The leader of the radical Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has denied in a video that his group is taking part in any peace talks with Nigeria’s government, threatening more violence in the restive north.
In a new video released by the sect, Shekau also denied Sheikh Abdulazeez, saying that nobody had asked anybody in the name of Abdulazeez to represent him or his movement.
Shekau threatened more attacks in Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa states, saying that anyone who kills any of the sect members will be attacked.
Part of the message, translated, reads in part: “There is this wicked rumour making the rounds that we have dialogued with the government of Nigeria which led to a ceasefire on our part. We have also heard how some of our operations and attacks are being credited to criminals. As such, the security agents have been killing our armed members in the name of criminals. We have seen how our members who were out on holy mission are being attacked and killed with the label of criminals.
“We are telling the world that whoever kills any of our members in the name of being criminals would surely be avenged unless such person repents now.
“We are stating it categorically that we are not in any dialogue or ceasefire agreement with anyone. And we have never asked anybody in the name Abdulazeez to represent me, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of this movement.
“I swear by Allah that Abdulazeez or whatever he calls himself did not get any authority from me to represent me in any capacity. I do not know him. And if we per adventure encounter Abulazeez and his group, I swear by Allah we are going to mete to them the grave judgement that Allah has prescribed for their likes in the holy book.
“I want the world to know that we have no dialogue with government. I have on several occasions attempted to pass this message