Mohammed Yusuf, also known as Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf, was a Nigerian Muslim sect leader and founder of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram in 2002. He was its spiritual leader until he was killed in the 2009 Boko Haram uprising.
The official name of his self created terrorist group is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which in Arabic means “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”.
Mohammed Yusuf was born in Girgir village, in Jakusko, present-day Yobe State, Nigeria.
had four wives and 12 children, one of them being Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who has claimed since 2016 to be the rightful leader of Boko Haram, opposing Abubakar Shekau.
He was executed by the Nigerian police during the Boko Haram uprising after being captured in his parent in-law house.