Colonel Sani Usman, Acting Director of the Nigerian Army Public Relations deemed the Boko Haram sect untrustworthy for negotiations. This however serves as a setback to President Buhari’s initiative, inviting the United Nations to act as mediators to secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls. It is pertinent to mention the recent video released by the sect, discrediting the death of Abubakar Shekau in an air raid.
“No nation or society would believe him or any Boko Haram terrorist, based on antecedents. He has shown over time that he is irrational and is, therefore, unreliable, especially when it comes to negotiations on release of the abducted girls. Therefore, he must release them unconditionally,” Usman said.
The army in response to the video questioned Shekau’s stability, dismissing the video and referring to the Shekau led faction as a sinking ship. Following the announcement by Isis of the new Boko Haram leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi the sect has been divided along factions loyal to the previous and incumbent leaders. Skirmishes between the two groups have been reported, further diluting unity.
Colonel Usman said, “The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorist group leader is mentally sick and unstable. The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him, which is part of the signs of all wicked people. The video has further shown that he has derailed and no longer believes and practices the Islam he professes, as he was absent at the last Eid prayers. It is equally reported that he could not even lead prayers.”
The army used the opportunity to assure Nigerian residents, particularly those in Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and Zaria of the imminent end of the terrorist group.