Friday, October 17, 2014

Nigeria - Ceasefire with Boko Haram ?

Last UPDATE: October 25, 2014

Boko Haram, Islamist organization in Northern Nigeria, should have agreed to a ceasefire with government troops and should be ready to return 219 Nigerian girl students they had abducted already months ago. Such information was independently released by Nigeria's government and military, however, confirmation by Boko Haram is still missing. That agreement should have been reached with the participation of the neighbouring Republic of Chad.

According to a French expert, some political deal of the kind is considered as realistic because the Nigerian girls could be exchanged against Boko Haram fighters including their commanders that have fallen into the hands of government troops. It was mentioned that a similar deal had already been reached between Boko Haram and the government of Cameroon where some abducted member of parliament and his wife were released following direct negotiations.

Furthermore, it was indicated that Boko Haram might soon confirm the agreement in the frame of a video which seems to be their major form of communication with the outside.

[Source: France Info on October 17, 2014]

Additional information on similar abductions by Boko Haram is provided by sources in Cameroon:
17 Cameroonians and 10 Chinese hostages were delivered to Cameroonian authorities after their release by Boko Haram. The government of Cameroon has not said how they were freed, but a security source told AFP that "a ransom" was paid and around 20 imprisoned Islamists were freed in exchange.
The Chinese were seized in May from a construction camp in Waza, near the border with Nigeria in an attack that left one Cameroonian soldier dead. The Cameroonians, including the wife of one of Cameroon's deputy prime ministers, were abducted in July during two simultaneous assaults, also blamed on Boko Haram, in which at least 15 people died.

[Source: allAfrica on October 14, 2014]

Suspected militant Islamists have shot and slaughtered people in three villages in north-east Nigeria, despite government claims that it had agreed a truce with them, residents say.

[Source: BBC News on October 20, 2014]

Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed that the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap.
Moussa Mahamat Dago, the No. 2 official at Chad's foreign ministry, said it appeared some Boko Haram factions were refusing to abide by the deal, brokered by the Chadian foreign minister with two representatives of the Islamist group and two Nigerian negotiators at meetings in Chad on Sept. 14 and 30.

[Source: Reuters on October 24, 2014]

Boko Haram video mocking the Nigerian campaign
that is intended to get the abducted girls back home.
(May 15, 2014)

View in fullscreen mode and activate English subtitles !
The Boko Haram video is in Arabic and Hausa language,
"Boko Haram" meaning "Western education is forbidden".
Boko Haram is being regarded as an Al-Qaeda affiliate.

The following quotations from the Holy Book of Islam should be compared with violent stances made by Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, in the above video. They might serve as an example for tolerance, Muslims are obliged to practise towards Christians and Jews, and contrast sharply with Abubakar's hostile position. The so-called "Hadith", quoted by Abubakar, are a secondary source of Islam not included in the Qur'an, even so some of these "prophet's talks" are regarded as "holy" or directly perceived from Allah. However, it's not quite clear which of them have been quoted by Abubakar.

Quotations from the Holy Qur'an - Surah 5 Al-Ma'idah
القران الكريم - سورة المائدة

44. Indeed, We sent down the Torah [to Moses], in which was guidance and light. The prophets who submitted [to Allah] judged by it for the Jews, as did the rabbis and scholars by that with which they were entrusted of the Scripture of Allah, and they were witnesses thereto. So do not fear the people but fear Me, and do not exchange My verses for a small price. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed - then it is those who are the disbelievers [Al-Kafirun].

46. And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel [Evangelium], in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous [Al-Muttaqun / the pious].

48. And We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book [this Qur'an] in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth.
To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ.


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