The President of the Republic of Chad, Idriss Deby, has warned Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari not to enter into negotiations with the Boko Haram sect, adding that Abubakar Shekau is no longer the leader of the terrorist group.
According to the UK Telegraph, Deby disclosed that the sect has a new leader who is indicating interest of negotiating with the Nigeria government.
Speaking during a ceremony to commemorate Chad’s 55 independence on Tuesday, he said there is someone.
“Apparently called Mahamat Daoud who is said to have replaced Abubakar Shekau and he wants to negotiate with the Nigerian government,”
“For my part, I would advise not to negotiate with a terrorist.” he added.
While claiming progress in the fight against the jihadists, who have repeatedly hit border areas of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, Mr Deby admitted that suicide bombers still posed a threat.
But he added: “Boko Haram is decapitated. There are little groups (of Boko Haram members) scattered throughout east Nigeria, on the border with Cameroon. It is within our power to definitively overcome Boko Haram.”
The Nigerian government recently revealed that it had been approached by members of the sect seeking a peace deal, however the sect’s carnage in recent weeks has been on the increase.
Shekau was last heard from in March 2015 when Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.