By SaharaReporters, New York
SaharaReporters has obtained an audio
interview of a man, identified as Mujhahedeen Muhammad Marwana, who
claims to be the second-in-command to Boko Haram leader Imam Abubakar
Shekau, conducted in Hausa by phone in Bauchi State, by a foreign
In it, Marwana speaks authoritatively about meetings
between members of his group and some top Northerners, including
Governor Sule Lamido, former Minister of Defence Bello Halliru, and
Sheik Dahiru Bauchi. The translation, into English, did not provide any
context to those meetings.
According to the source which made
the tape available, the interview was broadcast yesterday, January 28,
but it is unclear when it was conducted and where it was broadcast.
Translated into English, the interview shows Marwana dispelling any
possible dialogue with the militants because the government has
allegedly killed 47 Boko Haram emissaries in dialogue efforts that have
never seen the light of day.
In the interview, Marwanna also
explained Boko Haram’s predicament in Kano, stating that four principal
members of their group are being “unjustly” held there and must first be
released as a pre-condition for any future developments. He indicated
that there are others also being held in Abuja, Maiduguri and other
locations in the North.
He told his interviewer: “Many people
have called us for dialogue many times but the government is fooling
itself, thinking they are clever but [are] deceiving themselves. They
are insisting they don’t know us, it is false, we have met their
representatives many times but because of their evil plan they kept
denying [us] because of their greed and wickedness.”
also reiterated that Boko Haram is following Allah’s instruction to
serve him and that his group is not attacking anyone unjustly.
asked: “Before they attack us, have you ever see us attacking them and
their cronies from the beginning? Even pressmen we have no problem with
them except where there were some plots,” he said.
the subject of treachery on the part of the government, he recalled “the
first meeting” following the execution of former Boko Haram leader
Mohammed Yusuf in Maiduguri.
“We were six in Shehu’s Palace,” he
recalled. “From there we were 40 that met in Damaturu and only three of
us survived. We went to Kaduna and met in Arewa House; of 11 of us, 10
were killed by special squad of security agencies around Tafa on Abuja
way, with all these, who is a cheat and want trouble? We sat with
Governor Sule Lamido, former minister of defence, Bello Halliru and
Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, this is what we want our Muslim Ummah to know.”