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Lawmaker Sacks Aide For Describing Shekau As ‘True Hero’

Abdulkadir Rahis, a member of the house of representatives from Borno, has sacked his aide, Bukar Tanda, for describing Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader as a “true hero”.

Shekau, reportedly killed himself with a bomb on Wednesday— to avoid being captured by fighters of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) — a breakaway faction of Boko Haram.

But in a Facebook post on Thursday, Tanda praised the dreaded leader of Boko Haram, saying “he lived a live of hero and died a true hero”.

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“I admire and appreciate his courage to terminate his life. He lived a life of a hero and died a true hero. He did it in such a way that not even traces of his corpse will be found,” Tanda wrote.

The comments did not go down well with Rahis, his principal, who issued him a letter of dismissal.

“I wish to formally write and notify you of the termination of your appointment as my legislative aide, forthwith,” Rahis said in a letter he personally signed.

“Your actions, utterances and opinion of recent are at variance with my interest, that of my constituency and our great party, the APC.

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“The letter also serve as a disclaimer to any action or position you took or wish to take, on any matter that may have the remotest connection with me as a person or my office.”

Shekau terrorised northern Nigeria for more than a decade.

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