Boko Haram Confirms Ceasefire Agreement with Federal Govt, Beg Nigerians for Forgiveness
Jama’atu Ahlul Sunnah Lidda’awati wal Jihad, the Islamist sect popularly known as Boko Haram, has confirmed that the ceasefire agreement announced to have been signed by the Federal Government with the group is real.
The announcement of the ceasefire was first made known by the Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, on Radio France International Hausa services, monitored in Kano Monday afternoon.
Speaking on behalf of the sect on the Hausa service of Radio France International, Imam Mammadu Marwana said they confirmed the ceasefire to end their deadly activities across most states of Northern Nigeria, which have claimed about 4,000 lives and destroyed properties worth billions of Naira since 2009.
Marwana dissociated the sect from the gruesome killing of 29 students in the recent Government Secondary school, Mamudo, Yobe state attack and asked for the forgiveness of Nigerians, just as it has forgiven those who wronged the group.
“I want to state clearly that we have no hands in the unfortunate attack on the secondary school (Government Secondary School, Mamudo, Yobe State),” said Imam Muhammadu Marwana, an influential member of the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram sect said as
In what will be a second ceasefire agreement, the Boko haram sect have gone ahead to tender an apology as Imam Marwana spoke
“We are seeking forgiveness from the people over the number of people killed in the country. I appeal to those who lost their loved ones to our activities to forgive us and on our side we have forgiven all those who committed atrocities against us.” he said.
Confirming the truce, Imam Muhammadu Marwana said: “This ceasefire, insha’Allahu, from the time I am talking to you (Radio France Hausa Service) we have ceasefire because of the discussion held so as to have peace over this struggle. We are seeking forgiveness from the people over the number of people killed in the country.”
Sounding apologetic during the Radio news, Imam Marwana declared that “I appeal to those who lost their loved ones to our activities to forgive us and on our side we have forgiven all those who committed atrocities against us.” He added that “I want to state clearly that we have no hands in the unfortunate attack on the secondary school.”
Although details of the peace deal were scanty, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki who spoke in Hausa further said that the Boko Haram insurgents had agreed to lay down their arms.
“We have sat down and agreed that Jama’atu Ahlul Sunnah Lidda’awati wal Jihad, known as Boko Haram will lay down their arms as part of the agreement so as to end the insurgency. Government agreed with ceasefire and will look into ways to ensure that the troops relax their activities till the final take off of the ceasefire,” Turaki told his interviewers.
It is not clear if the current agreement has the backing of the spiritual leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau.
In the recent past, a faction of the sect had similarly entered into ceasefire agreement with the Federal Government, but was roundly denied by Abubakar Shekau with continues killings by the sect going on.
This current agreement came exactly 82 days after the Federal Government raised a 25-man committee to work out modalities for granting the amnesty to the sect. Indeed, the Federal Government, yesterday, said that it had signed a ceasefire agreement with the militant group.
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