Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau Denies Ceasefire Deal with FG’s Amnesty Committee
The claim by Minister of Special Duties, who also doubles as the Chairman of the presidential amnesty committee for Boko Haram that the committee has secured a ceasefire deal with the jama’atu Ahlul Sunnah Lidda’awati wal Jihad sect popularly known as Boko Haram has been punctured by the sect’s spiritual leader, Abubakar Shekau.
Turaki had last week Monday in a Hausa service of Radio France International announced that the Federal Government has secured the ceasefire with the sect, whose deadly atrocities has lead to the death of thousands of people.
To confirm Turaki’s announcement and to dispel the suspicion of Nigerians especially against the backdrop of similar claims in the past, which ends up being denied by the Boko Haram leader Shekau, the presidency announced that the ceasefire is with the authentic Boko Haram and has the consent of its leader, Abubakar Shekau. It said that a formal cease-fire deal will be signed publicly soon even though a private agreement has been reached.
“We have spoken with somebody who is second in command as far as Boko Haram is concerned and he has informed the media that he has been discussing with us with full knowledge and authority of Imam Abubakar Shekau, so we have no cause to doubt him, Turaki said.
But the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau in a new video obtained by the AFP has denied such claims.
“The claim that we have entered into a truce with the government of Nigeria is not true. We don’t know Kabiru Turaki. We have never spoken with him. He is lying,” Shekau said.
Shekau did not only deny negotiating with the FG, but he also endorsed the July 6 attack on a government owned school in Yobe, that killed 29 students (according to military figures, although some reports placed it as high as 42). He however did not claim responsibility for the massacre.
“We fully support the attack on this Western education school in Mamudo.” Mamudo is a town near Potiskum in Yobe state.
The Yobe attack was the third school attack in recent weeks and the second in Yobe.
Shekau voiced similar support of the Damaturu attack, describing all “Western education schools” as a “plot against Islam”.
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