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Boko Haram video 'work of selfish Nigerians'

03 April 2016, 11:10

Abuja - A youth group in the north has dismissed the latest video by "Boko Haram terrorists" as the handwork of some "selfish Nigerians aimed at ensuring that insurgency continues" in the country.

According to Naij, the Arewa Youths Integrity Forum said these were the same people who defrauded the past administration of president Goodluck Jonthan of billions of naira.

The president of the group, Ibrahim Abubakar said this in Abuja on Sunday.

"They will use the two videos as compelling argument to draw the federal government into engaging them as brokers and will thus pocket the proceeds of the media they had carefully set up. The nation must not be led down this path again," Abubakar was quoted as saying.

Footage that showed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claiming surrender went viral recently.

Shekau, who had not been seen on camera for more than a year, was shown in the video saying his time in charge of the Nigerian jihadist group may be coming to an end.

However, soon after, another video followed, in which Boko Haram denied any suggestion that the group would surrender

"You should know that there is no truce, there is no negotiations, there is no surrender… This war between us will not stop," an unidentified masked man wearing camouflage said in a prepared script in Hausa, in the video posted on YouTube.  

Arewa Youths Integrity Forum said the aim of these videos was for the federal government and the army to become complacent and engage in premature celebration of a seriously battered Boko Haram and consequently slow down the offensive against the murderers "who will then have time to regroup and receive arms and logistics to take on the military".

The group said the only surrender Nigerians would recognize would be that of Boko Haram members or leaders handing themselves to "our troops". 

- News24 Nigeria


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