A video has surfaced that indicates that jihadist group Boko Haram may have finally surrendered to superior powers in Nigeria.
According to a Naij report, the video shows Islamist leader Abubakar Shekau, who was previously rumoured to have been killed, advising his followers to “surrender to save themselves”.
The surrender follows several successes made by the Nigerian Army against the terrorist group.
Meanwhile, reactions have started trailing the video by the leader of terrorist sect Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau asking his supporters to embrace peace and stop the fighting.
While some are casting doubts over the authenticity of the call to surrender by the leader, others seem to believe the video, adding that the recent moves of President Muhammadu Buhari seeking coalition with other Islamic nations may be yielding fruits.
Some parties believe is just a ploy by the terrorist to relax the military onslaught against them. They said it is only when Boko Haram wants to carry out mass attacks later that they come out with such videos, just to distract Nigerians.
Some even connected the ‘surrender’ to President Muhammadu Buhari’s ascension to power. They believe the president is a huge sponsor of the terror group. So in order to give credit to him, the terrorists decided to surrender just to make it look as if he defeated terrorism during his reign as president.
Some are asking the question that if truly the terrorists are throwing in the towel and ensuing for peace, how come the Chibok school girls captured over a year ago have not been released.
Contrary to the video, translators noted that Shekau continually used: “Naji sakon ku, naji, gaisuwar ku, Allah ya saka maku da alkairi,” meaning “I have received ya messages, I have heard you greetings, God bless you.”
He also spoke about their deformed caliphate in Gwoza, noting that the people are also wishing him well.
Further analysis of the video suggests that a surrendering man does not surrender with arms at his shoulder.
Shekau was carrying a firearm and could not possibly be telling others to lay down theirs, experts say.