Shekau Was Wrong! We Negotiated Boko Haram Ceasefire With Marwana, Not Abdulazeez – Turaki


Chairman, Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, Mr. Kabiru Turaki (SAN), had while reacting to Boko Haram leader, Ibrahim Shekau’s denial of a ceasefire, said he (Shekau) got it all wrong.

Turaki had last Monday announced a ceasefire deal between the government and the sect, but the sect through its leader Shekau released a video at the weekend, distancing itself from the deal.

“Let me assure you that we will not enter into any truce with these infidels,” Shekau said.

“We will not enter into any truce with the Nigerian government.”

“We believe in the massacre inflicted on the secondary school in Mamudo and Daamaturu and other schools; we earlier warned that we are going to burn all schools,” Shekau said, adding, “They are schools purposely built to fight Islam.”

In his reaction to Shekau’s video message, however, Turaki insisted an agreement on a ceasefire was reached. He said the committee held discussions with Mohammed Marwana and not Abdulazeez as was alleged by Shekau in his recent video.

The minister said, “The person referred to was Abdulazeez; I don’t know him (Abdulazeez) and our committee is certainly not talking to Abdulazeez please. The person we are talking to is Mohammed Marwana.”