Mr. Shekau said he gave no mandate for ceasefire or dialogue.
The leader of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnal, lil Daawati wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has denied that the extremist sect was in dialogue with the government of Borno state, and had agreed to a ceasefire.
Mr. Shekau spoke in a new video message sent to journalists in Maiduguri, barely a week after a self-acclaimed leader of the group, Abu Abdulazeez, said he had Mr. Shekau’s backing to announce a ceasefire.
The video also came days after the group released a video showing a French family of seven abducted in Cameroun.
Mr. Abdulazeez had warned that the group would go after those continuing with violence under Boko Haram’s banner.
In the new video, Mr. Shekau, denied knowing Mr. Abdulazeez or giving him his mandate, and rejected the claims of a ceasefire- one of several times the group has denounced such announcements.
“This is a special message to the people regarding the rumours going round that we have dialogued with government and have ceased fire,” Mr. Shekau.
“‘We are stating it categorically that we are not in any dialogue or ceasefire agreement with anyone. We have never asked anybody in the name of Abdulazeez to represent me, Abubakar Shekau, as the leader of this movement in any meeting,” he said.
Mr. Shekau accused the government of blaming the attacks carried out by the sect’s members on armed robbers.
“Some of our works are being credited to armed robbers and the security agents are using that as an excuse to kill our members, who are carrying out a holy mission,” he added.
“Let the world know that whoever kills any of our members in the name of being armed robbers, would definitely be avenged unless they repent.”
I don’t know Abdulazeez
Mr. Shekau said he knew no one called Abdulazeez, let alone, task the person to represent him at a dialogue with the government. He threatened to “deal” with the group led by Mr. Abdulazeez.
“I do not know him. And if we ever get to meet Abdulazeez and his group, I swear by Allah that we are going to visit them with the judgment that Allah has prescribed for people like them in the holy book,” he said.
The fugitive leader, who has issued no messages in months, said he had tried to pass the group’s position across repeatedly since the issue of dialogue resurfaced; but each time, the messages were deleted from the internet by those he suspects were government’s agents.
“Some government agents keep blocking our messages on the internet,” he said, adding that those behind the fake dialogue do not want the world to know the truth.
“God knows that we do not kill unjustly except those that conspired against us or those that fight us directly.
“We will continue our against them until we succeed in establishing an Islamic state in Nigeria,” he said.