The dreaded Islamist sect, Jama’atul Ahlis Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad also known as Boko Haram has disclosed that it is now willing to embrace dialogue and ceasefire. The group disclosed that it is ready to put a stop to all atrocities being perpetrated by the group and work against other existing groups if the State and Federal Government will truly heed to the group’s demands.
Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulazeez, the second-in-command (Amir) to their leader Imam Abubakar Shekau who spoke on behalf of the group made this known in a tele-conference with journalists in Maiduguri on Thursday. He stated that if state governments and the Federal Government want the group to stop hostilities, one of their terms is arrest of the former Governor of Borno State,Ali Modu Sheriff as well as his prosecution according to the law of the land.
He also said that apart from the arrest of Senator Ali Sheriff, government should compensate the group and rebuild their places of worship which were destroyed during 2009 uprising that claimed tthe life of their former leader.
Abu Abdulazeez also mentioned that all their members who were arrested and are in the custody of security agencies must be released with immediate effect while all their wives who were displaced following the crises as well as their children must be rehabilitated into the society to create room for a fruitful dialogue with the Federal Government.
He stated that if a dialogue would take place, it must be through the following elders namely: Dr. Shettima Ali Monguno, Former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, former Yobe State Governor, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Ambassador Gaji Galtimari and Barr Aisha Alkali Wakil and her husband, Barr, Alkali Wakil. The sect’s spokesman insisted that the dialogue must not take place in Nigeria but Saudi Arabia because the group is still in doubt as far as the sincerity of the Nigerian government is concerned and this, he said was largely due to its betrayal in the past.
Abu Abdulazeez also said that the group has mandated five members who are to mediate on their behalf; they include himself (Abu Mohammed Abdulazeez), Abu Abbas, Sheikh Ibrahim Yusuf, Sheikh Sani Kontogora and Mamman Nur, who was declared wanted by the State Security Service after the attack on the Force Headquarters, Abuja.