A video has surfaced online -depicting a man who shares similar physical features with Boko Haram leader- advising his followers to “surrender to save themselves.”
In the video which has gone viral, ‘Abubakar Shekau’, speaking in Hausa Language, told his followers that ‘his campaign of violence has ended’.
He urged his followers to embrace peace and stop the fighting, while calling on them to lay down their arms.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria military has said it is subjecting the video to forensic examinations ‘in order to ascertain its authenticity’.
According to PRNigeria, a top military officer revealed that “we are aware of the video but we are subjecting it to thorough forensic investigation. We wont take any action that can stop the ongoing offensives against the terrorists in all fronts. Every terrorist is free to surrender.”
“While the military is conscious of sustaining the tempo on its war against terrorism, the military intelligence will subject the undated and unverified video to forensic analyses.”