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Post by SKOOKID on Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:35 am

The highly dreaded leader of the Islamic sect,
Boko Haram, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, has
reportedly been shot and deposed by aggrieved members of the sect who are close to him.

“The be-headings, the killings, the
recent death of students …this is not the way of the Holy Quran. We could tolerate it no longer ."

Consequently, a new leader has been appointed
for the sect:
The new leader, Abu Zamira Mohammed, who is
the sect’s leader negotiating with the federal
government was unanimously chosen by the
group’s Shura Council.

The group also said that its ceasefire
declaration is working, pointing out that there
has not been any suicide bombing since the
declaration. It condemned the Yobe massacre
where 40 students were killed.

According to report, they said some politicians
now commit murder and ascribe it to Boko

On the Kano blasts last Monday, which led to
the death of about 45 people, the group
blamed it on federal government’s tardiness in
responding to the ceasefire agreement.
A joint report published on Thursday by Dr.
Stephen Davis, a conflict resolution expert
and an adviser to the last three Nigerian
Presidents and Phillip van Niekerk, President
of Calabar Africa, a strategic advisory company focusing on Africa, quoted one Imam Liman Ibrahim, spiritual leader of Boko Haram, as saying that the change in leadership was prelude to peace negotiations with federal government.

Recall that a faction of Boko Haram entered
into a back-channel dialogue with the
government in the search for peace to a
conflict that has seen multiple suicide
bombings, attacks on public buildings and
churches, and has claimed thousands of lives
since 2011.

On why they decided to go against Shekau:
Imam Liman Ibrahim, spiritual leader of Boko
Haram, explained that the teaching of Shekau
was becoming increasingly harsh and began to
depart from the Holy Quran. “It was harsh,
harsh, harsh,”
Imam Liman said when explaining
the reasons for the change of leadership.

“Imam Liman explained that Shekau was given
a choice of joining the peace dialogue with the
government, forming his own sect or be
killed. Several senior Boko Haram commanders including Shekau’s Chief of Security and personal bodyguard, Abdullahi Hassan, have
claimed that Shekau has since been shot in the
lower leg, thigh and shoulder ,”
a report said.

The report further added that, "Shekau’s
exact fate is not known. [But] a video clip
recovered from a Boko Haram camp in the
Sambisa Forest Reserve in the northeast
Nigeria, raided by the military on May
16, shows Shekau limping, providing
confirmation of reports he had been shot.

“However, Shekau has been noticeably absent
from recent public statements... It had been
presumed that Shekau chose to voluntarily
leave peace discussions in the hands of Boko
Haram’s leadership group.”

The JAS leadership were quoted as citing the
Quran as their inspiration for seeking peace.
“ In the Holy Quran, Sura At Tauba: Wa-
injanahuu-Lisalmi Faji Nahlahaa, we are
encouraged to seek peace. The Holy Quran
also tells us it is good to negotiate. Sura At
Nisa Ayih: Wa-sulhu Haira.”

The report said “Boko Haram leadership has
appointed Abubakar Babasani Ibn Yusuf as
spokesman to replace Zamirah. Babasani says
the leadership has been consulting all senior
commanders to assure compliance with the
ceasefire. He said commanders as far afield
as Niger, Chad, Sudan and Cameroon have
agreed to the ceasefire and discussions with
the Nigerian government on the subject of a
peace deal.”

It would be recalled that Shekau launched a
series of well-planned assassinations and
suicide bombings that targeted Police Force
headquarters, UN building and several
churches in the Northern part of Nigeria.


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