A northern group, the Arewa Youths Integrity Forum, has described the latest video of Boko Haram as false, saying that it is the handiwork of selfish Nigerians determined to ensure that the insurgency continues.
Last week, the sect had allegedly released a video claiming it has not surrendered after initially releasing a video where it stated that it has submitted itself to the army.
The National President of the group, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, in a statement, said the video showed there was a crack in the ranks of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Abubakar, who described the individuals as “war entrepreneurs”, said: “The war entrepreneurs, who defrauded the Goodluck Jonathan administration to the tune of billions of naira with the claims of negotiation and ceasefire are back to their game of wanting to keep exploiting Boko Haram for monetary gains.
“They will use the two videos as a compelling argument to draw the Federal Government into engaging them as brokers and will pocket the proceeds of the media they have carefully set up. The country must not be led down this path again.
“An equally possible facet is that Boko Haram sponsors, patrons and benefactors, who want to undermine the Army and the Federal Government, used paid actors for either of the videos or for both. The intention will be for the Federal Government, the Army, to become complacent and engage in premature celebration of a seriously-battered Boko Haram and consequently slow down the offensive against the terrorists, who will then regroup and receive arms and logistics to take on the military.”
Abubakar, therefore, enjoined the Army and the Federal Government not to be lulled into any false sense of achievement by Boko Haram.
“The only surrender that Nigerians will recognise is that of Boko Haram members or leaders that surrender or hand themselves over to our troops.
“Surrendering by video or any other indirect method is not acceptable. The crimes they committed were committed in person, so they should also surrender in person. Those who want to continue fighting the Nigerian state have made their choices as enemy combatants and the rules of engagement are clear,” he added.