Eye on Africa

Abubakar Shekau says he is still leading Boko Haram

In tonight's edition: Abubakar Shekau says he is still leading Boko Haram; focus on Nigeria's recession; and Timbuktu residents say they are ready to forgive jihadists who destroyed their city.


As Boko Haram insurgents launch more fatal attacks in the northeast, their longtime leader releases a new video insisting he's still in charge. Abubakar Shekau's words have been dismissed by the army as the rantings of an unstable mind.

Weighed down by an insurgency, plummeting oil prices and attacks on oil installations, this year Nigeria lost its place as the continent's top economy. Last month it entered recession. We take a closer look at its economic fortunes.

And as the ICC prepares to pass its first judgment for charges of destroying a cultural site, people living in Mali's historic city of Timbuktu say they're willing to move on from the damage done by jihadists who rampaged through their hometown.

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