On the front page: the umpteenth death of Abubakar Shekau …

Published on : 09/06/2021 – 10:21

« By dint of being declared dead, before resurfacing like an evil genius on springs, belching and threatening, Abubakar Shekau had seemed shrouded in an almost supernatural force., affirms The World Africa, that of a jihadist with nine lives who, perhaps more than anything, cared for his own caricature and pushed excessiveness in everything: in the massacres as in the clowning of his appearances; in the violence inflicted on the populations as in the vision taken to the extreme of a jihad which has repelled even the executives of the Islamic State organization. Abubakar Shekau, in his early fifties, had at least succeeded in one point: claiming to embody the very figure of jihadism in Nigeria, even though he had been, for more than a decade, only the leader of one of the main factions of this movement (…). »

So, ” no more demon of the absolute, like that of antics, s’exclame Le Monde Afrique, Abubakar undoubtedly died in mid-May, according to a testimony attributed to Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, former accomplice, long-time rival and current head of the branch of the Islamic State covering the so-called province. from West Africa. In a recording released last Friday, he confirms that on May 18, during an offensive by his forces in the Sambisa forest in northeastern Nigeria, Shekau preferred humiliation in the afterlife. to earthly humiliation and blew himself up to avoid being captured by the group he originally created in 2015. »

Like the phoenix?

But despite everything, the doubt remains … “Is he (really) dead?” “, wonders The Country in Burkina Faso. « Difficult for the moment to answer it with certainty. Caution must be exercised all the more since this is the umpteenth time that Shekau has been given for dead in combat. But each time, like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the man reappeared to cut short the joy of his opponents. “And the Ouagalais daily exclaimed:” Let him deny it again if he can! »

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In any case, he continues, ” everything suggests that even if confirmed, the death of Abubakar Shekau would not end the terrorist attacks in Nigeria. Because like a hydra, on the Islamic organization, even beheaded, will certainly grow another head. »

Gbagbo’s return: an opportunity to go to reconciliation

Also on the front page, the scheduled return of Laurent Gbagbo to Côte d’Ivoire. In principle, it will be June 17 … ” All lights should be green », Can we read in L’Intelligent this morning. ” We will all benefit from supporting the government, estimates the newspaper, which took note of the arrival of the native of Mama scheduled for June 17. We must also stand in solidarity with the pro-Gbagbo, continues the newspaper, determined to celebrate their leader. Thus, we will make the event a moment of gathering, understanding and true reconciliation. Therefore, any manifestation of joy should be seen as a legitimate expression of people who have long been deprived of their charismatic leader. Conversely, no act of provocation, of contempt for opponents of the event, which for the defense of the victims’ cause or for the expression of dissatisfaction with the decision of acquittal pronounced by the ICC, should be promoted. In short, Laurent Gbagbo’s return to the country should not be seen as an occasion for any outcry, but rather be seen as an exceptional opportunity to be seized by all to go to national reconciliation, an essential leaven for the establishment of ‘lasting peace in Côte d’Ivoire. »

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Presidential slap: “ Impossible in Africa! »

Finally, ” Macron the claque! », s’exclame WalfQuotidien in Dakar. The Senegalese daily publishes like many others a screenshot showing the French president receiving a slap in the face yesterday during a walkabout in the south of France.

« A slap on a president: impossible in Africa, even in a dream! », Launches WakatSéra. ” But what fly has stung this distributor of presidential slap? »

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