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Boko Haram ‘Sect’s sponsors paid actors for recent video,’ Group claims

The claim was made by AYIF’s National President, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

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Abubakar Shekau in the middle, with other lieutenants. play

Abubakar Shekau in the middle, with other lieutenants.

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A northern group, the Arewa Youths Integrity Forum (AYIF), has alleged that the latest video released by Boko Haram, in which it claimed not to have surrendered, was paid for by sponsors of the sect.

The claim was made by AYIF’s National President, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, April 3, 2016, The Nation reports.

“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,” Abubakar said.

“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.

“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,” he added.

The sect’s video followed a previous one release by its leader, Abubakar Shekau who was said to have called on his followers to surrender.

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Watch Shekau's recent video below:

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