Mixed Reactions Trail Time Magazine's Listing Of Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau, Amongst 100 Most Influential People In The World
The current President-elect of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari as well as three other Nigerians which includes Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, have been named among the world's 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.
The other people on the list are former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, bestselling author, and Chimamanda Adichie.
According to the Magazine, the deadly killer, Shekau, was listed based on these qualities.
"Abubakar Shekau – Scourge of Africa (by General Carter Ham (U.S. Army, retired)
Most Americans do not yet recognize his name, but the citizens of Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, know Abubakar Shekau all too well: he is the most violent killer their country has ever seen. Shekau took over the terrorist organization Boko Haram in 2009 after the group had been weakened by Nigerian government forces.Click:Cholera outbreak in Ebonyi claims 20 lives
Shekau, who is believed to be in his 30s, began to stage increasingly daring kidnapping and killing raids on schools, churches and mosques thought by Boko Haram to be violating their interpretation of Islam. The taking of over 200 schoolgirls in April 2014 brought Boko Haram into the international spotlight.
By most accounts, Boko Haram has killed more than 10,000 people and is spreading into neighboring countries. Shekau's latest action may finally summon a U.S. response: he has publicly aligned his group with ISIS, the terrorist group that holds territory in Syria and Iraq and has expanded its reach into Yemen and Libya," the Magazine wrote.
Since the release, Nigerians have been reacting negatively to it. While some are of the opinion that he doesn't merit to be on the list, other maintained that he is indeed influential but negatively.
"Influential, as in people who have influenced events/other people whether positively or negatively. I think even Hitler made the Time's man of the year once; so yes, Shekau is definitely meant to be there", one Nigerian argued.