Abubakar Shekau

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Abu Mohammed Abubakar bin Mohammad al-Sheikawi (also known by the alias Darul Akeem wa Zamunda Tawheed, or Darul Tawheed; "the abode of monotheism"; born 1965, 1969 or 1975 – 19 May 2021) was a Kanuri man known as the leader of Boko Haram, a Nigerian Islamist militant group. He served as deputy leader to the group's founder, Mohammed Yusuf, until Yusuf was executed in 2009. Nigerian authorities believed that Shekau was killed in 2009 during clashes between security forces and Boko Haram until July 2010, when Shekau appeared in a video claiming leadership of the group. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abubakar Shekau has received more than 1,278,601 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Abubakar Shekau is the 189th most popular extremist (down from 166th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Nigeria and the most popular Nigerian Extremist.

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Among extremists, Abubakar Shekau ranks 189 out of 205Before him are Ross Ulbricht, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, Dawood Ibrahim, Robert Berdella, Robert Pickton, and Ramzi Yousef. After him are Abu Mohammad al-Julani, Karla Homolka, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, Yang Xinhai, Ziad Jarrah, and Baitullah Mehsud.

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Among people born in 1974, Abubakar Shekau ranks 203Before him are Maggie Siff, Olivier Dacourt, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Pablo Cavallero, Danny Pino, and Christopher Gorham. After him are Àlex Corretja, Roberto Heras, Stephen Wiltshire, Nelly, Flavio Roma, and Stephen Merchant.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Abubakar Shekau ranks 48 out of 200Before him are Daniel Amokachi (1972), Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912), Odion Ighalo (1989), Kelechi Iheanacho (1996), and Ernest Shonekan (1936). After him are Stephen Keshi (1962), Taye Taiwo (1985), Peter Rufai (1963), Vincent Enyeama (1982), Uche Okechukwu (1967), and Hakeem Kae-Kazim (1962).

Among EXTREMISTS In Nigeria

Among extremists born in Nigeria, Abubakar Shekau ranks 1