In a 15-minute video, received by The Associated Press through intermediaries, the Boko Haram sect headed by Abubakar Shekau has denied entering into any ceasefire agreement with the Federal Government.
A denial which contradicts last week Monday’s claim by Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki.
Speaking in native Hausa in the video, Shekau said:
The Quran teaches that we must shun democracy, we must shun Western education, we must shun the constitution.
Rather, shaking a finger while cradling an assault rifle in the video, the bearded leader of Nigeria’s extremist Islamic sect threatened to burn down more schools and kill teachers. Though he denies his fighters are killing children.
We don’t touch small children, we only burn the schools. Our religion does not permit us to touch small children and women, we don’t kill children.
School teachers who are teaching Western education? We will kill them! We will kill them!” he warns, wagging his finger.
We support the work (attacks) they did at the school at Mamudo and Damaturu, and other attacks in other schools. And we are going to burn down more schools, if they are not Islamic religious schools for Allah.
Mr Shekau however confirmed that Boko Haram wasn’t responsible for the attack on a government secondary school in Mamudo where about 28 students and a teacher were killed, burnt alive when gunmen attacked the school.