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Boko Haram denies cease-fire, explains Yobe school massacre

By Tony Nwankwo, with agency reports

The leader of Islamist group, Boko Haram,  has denied entering into a cease-fire agreement with the Federal Government and endorsed an attack last weekend  on a school in Yobe State.

The sect leader, Abubakar Shekau, in a video message sent to reporters, yesterday, denied  the claim by the Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki, that a cease-fire was reached on July 8 after talks with the group’s deputy leader, Mohammed Marwan.

“Let me assure you that we will not enter into any truce with these infidels,” Shekau said. “We will not enter into any truce with the Nigerian government.”

Tanimu Turaki
Tanimu Turaki

Boko Haram, whose name means “western education is a sin” in Hausa language, has killed thousands of people in gun and bomb attacks since 2009 in Muslim north and Abuja in its campaign to establish an Islamic state in the country. Nigeria

The purported cease-fire took  effect two days after 20 students and a teacher were killed in an attack on a secondary school in Yobe. Eli Lazarus, a spokesman for the joint military and police task force in Yobe, said the attack was probably carried out by Boko Haram.

“We believe in the massacre inflicted on the secondary school in Mamudo and Damaturu and other schools; we earlier warned that we were going to burn all schools,” Shekau said. “They are schools purposely built to fight Islam.”

While Boko Haram doesn’t attack “children and young girls or old women,” he said, “teachers that teach Western education, we are supposed to kill them in the presence of their students.”


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