The Executive Director of the Kaduna based Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, Comrade Shehu Sani, Sunday, has described the purported ceasefire agreement between the federal government and Boko Haram sect as a complete fraud.
Sani, who had in the past initiated talks between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and leaders of the Boko Haram sect, said, “It is either government sat with fake persons or the government is part of the forgery.
“The person who made the claim of speaking on behalf of the group is a fraud”.
Sani recalled that it was not the first time the Nigerian government had fallen into such a trap of a ceasefire pact, which turned out to be a hoax.
He said: “In 2012, one Abdulaziz made claim of speaking on behalf of the group and said they had reached a ceasefire over five times, the group disclaimed the ceased fire. In 2013, one Muhammad Marwana also claimed to have spoken on behalf of the group and reached a ceasefire; that turned out to be a fraud”.
He picked holes with the current ceasefire deal based on a number of reasons.
“Number one is that the person addressed himself and the group as Boko Haram while the group does not address itself as Boko Haram.
“Two, he claimed to speak for the group, while it is only the leader of the group that has always spoken for the group. And he even went further by making statements such as ‘our government’, ‘our country’. These are words that the group does not consider using”, he said, adding: “I think government has fallen into a scam or it is part of the scam. Hassan Tukur should be able to explain further”.
The rights activist said he believes that the journalist, Ahmed Salkida, is still the credible go-to person as far as the issue of Boko Haram is concerned.