A northern youth group has described the latest video released by Boko Haram, claiming it has not surrendered, as the handiwork of selfish Nigerians determined to ensure that the insurgency continues.
The group, under the aegis of Arewa Youths Integrity Forum, AYIF, said the video was evidence of a crack in the ranks of the terrorists.
Elusive Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, had in an unauthenticated video released over a week ago, made comments that suggested Boko Haram had suffered massively in the ongoing war against insurgency and was nearing its end but a video released last Friday by the group, in which an unidentified masked man spoke, vowed to continue fighting, saying “You should know that there is no truce, there is no negotiations, there is no surrender”.
Reacting to the contradictions by the insurgent group national president of AYIF, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, who addressed a press conference yesterday in Abuja, described those behind the latest video as “war entrepreneurs”.
According to him, “The war entrepreneurs, who defrauded the Goodluck Jonathan administration to the tune of billions of naira with the claims of negotiation and ceasefire are back to their game of wanting to keep exploiting Boko Haram for monetary gains”.
Abubakar said it was good that the military dismissed the indirect call for a truce and pressed on with President Muhammadu Buhari’s orders as commander-in-chief to wipe out the insurgents.
He said: “They will use the two videos as a compelling argument to draw the Federal Government into engaging them as brokers and will pocket the proceeds of the media they have carefully set up. The country must not be led down this path again.
“An equally possible facet is that Boko Haram sponsors, patrons and benefactors, who want to undermine the Army and the Federal Government, used paid actors for either of the videos or for both. The intention will be for the Federal Government, the Army, to become complacent and engage in premature celebration of a seriously-battered Boko Haram and consequently slow down the offensive against the terrorists, who will then regroup and receive arms and logistics to take on the military”.
The AYIF leader also enjoined the Army and the Federal Government not to be lulled into any false sense of achievement by the kind of trick that Boko Haram just pulled so it would not repeat the mistakes of the previous administration that dealt with paid actors while the terrorists continued their reign of terror.
“The only surrender that Nigerians will recognise is that of Boko Haram members or leaders that surrender or hand themselves over to our troops. Surrendering by video or any other indirect method is not acceptable. The crimes they committed were committed in person, so they should also surrender in person. Those who want to continue fighting the Nigerian state have made their choices as enemy combatants and the rules of engagement are clear”, he said.