Lagos - Reactions have started trailing the video by the leader of terrorist sect Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau asking his supporters to embrace peace and stop the fighting.
While some are casting doubts over the authenticity of the call to surrender by the leader, others seem to believe the video, adding that the recent moves of President Muhammadu Buhari seeking coalition with other Islamic nations may be yielding fruits.
Some parties believe is just a ploy by the terrorist to relax the military onslaught against them. They said it is only when Boko Haram wants to carry out mass attacks later that they come out with such videos, just to distract Nigerians.
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Some even connected the 'surrender' to President Muhammadu Buhari's ascension to power. They believe the president is a huge sponsor of the terror group. So in order to give credit to him, the terrorists decided to surrender just to make it look as if he defeated terrorism during his reign as president.
Some are asking the question that if truly the terrorists are throwing in the towel and ensuing for peace, how come the Chibok school girls captured over a year ago have not been released.
In the video, released online, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau could be seen advising his followers to "surrender to save themselves".
Although the footage appears to show a defeated Shekau surrendering power, contrary opinions have emerged from analysts who have reviewed the video.
Analysts believe that Shekau is not relinquishing power but instead using the video to let his followers know that he is alive, contrary to several media reports.
- News 24