I Ordered Kano Blast to Prove I Am the Real Leader of Boko Haram, Factional Leader Marwana Says
A factional leader of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Marwana has claimed responsibility for the deadly Kano bombings that killed over 40 people in the Sabo-Gari area of the Kano late week, adding that the attack was carried out to prove that he is the authentic leader of the sect because people continue to doubt him and his group of negotiators.
Marwana is the leader of the Boko haram faction that has been in negotiations with the Nigerian government appointed “Amnesty Committee” headed by the minister of Special Duties, Turaki, who had earlier announced that the Federal Government had secured a cease fire deal with the sect.
There has been controversy regarding authenticity of Marwana as a member of the sect and its leadership, as he was recently dismissed by Imam Shekau in a Youtube video after he claimed that the sect had agreed to cease-fire with Nigerian government.
While confirming the ceasefire deal announced by the Chairman of the “Presidential Committee on Boko Haram, Marwana had apologised and begged for the forgiveness of Nigerians for the atrocities the group has committed in the country, adding that his leadership, which he claimed is the authentic had decided to thread on the path of peace.
But in an audio message obtained by Abusidiqu.com, Marwana who spoke in Hausa language said: “I personally instructed the attack in Kano to prove to the world that, I am the real leader of Boko Haram because there have been retrogressive forces on the issue of dialogue, who kept doubting my leadership in the sect. I told them ahead that there will be attack, and it has happened. It is a warning, and we need to say again that we carried out the attacks in Kano”, he said.
On the purported death of Imam Abubakar Shekau, the globally known leader of the sect, Marwana debunked speculations that he is dead, but confirmed that he only lost the leadership of the sect
“Shekau is alive contrary to speculations, except that he lost leadership of the sect. I will not tell you where he is, but he is alive, and we talked with him not up to three hours ago, except if he died while I am talking.”
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