The leader of the deadly Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, has stated that the war against Nigeria has just started.
Reports have it that Shekau made the statement while reacting to the message by Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, to sect leaders and members.
Zulum recently urged them to turn away from their violent ways, embrace peace and return to normal life, Daily Post reports.
On Sunday evening, Ahmad Salkida, a journalist renowned for his closeness to the sect, disclosed that Shekau has turned down the advice.
Tweeting via his handle, @A_Salkida, the conflict and terrorism reporter wrote:
“Shekau, in a recorded audio in Kanuri and Hausa declined the governor’s olive branch.
“In a calm tone, uncharacteristic of Shekau, he said the war was just starting. He vowed that his group was not ready to give up arms, chiding the governor for ‘misinterpreting’ a verse.
“According to Shekau: His members that want to leave, “know that is about Allah, it is not about any human being.”
“Informed analysts consider the exchange a good sign and have urged the governor not to relent in engaging the insurgents at all necessary levels.”
Boko Haram insurgency clocked 10 years in July 2019, Daily Post reports.
Over the last decade, the conflict has claimed the lives of some 27,000 civilians and devastated entire communities, villages and towns across the three most-affected states.