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'Committee lied about Boko Haram truce'

15 July 2013, 09:01Augustine Osayande

Abuja - A prominent Christian organisation accused the Presidential Committee on the peaceful resolution of conflicts in the north of misleading the nation about a truce reached with Boko Haram.

The accusation by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) follows reports by the committee that it had reached a ceasefire agreement with the sect's leader Abubakar Shekau.

At the weekend, Shekau denied such agreement.

“We in Northern CAN believe the presidential committee is useless. They lied to Nigerians about a ceasefire just to fool President Goodluck Jonathan to expand its tenure so that they can grab more money,” CAN spokesman, Sunday Oibe, said in a statement from Kaduna.

Oibe said instead of upholding peace, Shekau had promised to continue the hostilities in the region.

“Shekau said more schools and more people will be killed for learning and teaching western education in the North. He is the real Boko Haram leader and his threat must be taken seriously,” Oibe said.

He called on the Federal Government to continue supporting vulnerable communities in the affected states and the military to continue dislodging the sect.

- CAJ News



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