Abdulkadir Abubakar (aka Abu Muhammad), a former commander of the Boko Haram terrorists group, said that the Albarnawi and Mamman Nur factions of the book haram were ready for talks with the Federal Government.
Abubakar was the Chief Intelligence Officer of the deadly terrorists group until his arrest in June by the military in Buni Yadi located in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
According to him, the two faction are willing to dialogue and cooperate with the government to ensure that Boko Haram’s most deadliest leader, Abubakar Shekau, is defeated.
He said that Shekau has been the major obstacle to peace, since the insurgency began in 2009.
“Shekau is not willing to surrender due to his high handedness. Unfortunately, the government and military authorities accorded priority to dealing with Shekau, who is blood thirsty.
“Albarnawi has indicated interest to dialogue with the government to end insurgency and provide a lasting solution to the crisis. Albarnawi discusses this with members of his circle. And I can assure the government that he would cooperate to achieve peace.
“The two factions are willing to cooperate with Nigerian Government to defeat Shekau,” he said.
He claims he provided the intelligence that led to many successful operations by the Boko Haram, including the April 2014 abduction of 275 students at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State and even the massacre of students at Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, amongst other operations in Maiduguri, Damaturu, Postikum and Mamudo.
“I am cooperating with the military and I am ready to provide information on the whereabouts of Shekau. Shekau has left his enclave in Sambisa and moved deep into Mandara Mountain. I know the area where he is hiding and willing to provide a guide to the military.
“The intensified military offensive has weakened Shekau’s position and that of the other groups,” he added.
“During the early days of the insurgency we fought for what we thought was a just cause, to establish a caliphate where human beings are valued, cherished and respected.
“After annexing vast territories, Shekau began to demonstrate his cruelty and atrocities against humanity.
“In view of the high level atrocities committed by the group, some of the top commanders including myself, Albarnawi and Mamman Nur challenged Shekau, demanding an immediate end to the ugly saga.
“Thereafter, Albarnawi and Mamman Nur parted ways, and formed their groups. Shekau is responsible for suicide bombings and attack on soft targets in the North-East.
“The Albarnawi and Mamman Nur groups never attacked schools, religious places of worship, markets, women and children. Our fight was strictly with security forces. Even the kidnapped oil workers would not be killed by the group,” he said.
He added that the Mamman Nur and Albarnawi group opposed the abduction of the Chibok Schoogirls, women and children.
“Shekau is fond of using the girls and other abducted women as s*x toys, and suicide bombers. He kills on the pretence of punishing for lies, theft, and rebellion. Shekau kills without justification.
“Shekau arrogated to himself the powers to accuse, prosecute, convict and punish in total contradiction to Islamic teachings. Children and women also starved to death in Sambisa due to Shekau’s cruelty,” he said.