The genuine commanders of Boko Haram do not go to the battlefields, according to an ex-Boko Haram commander who has ‘ repented’ and surrendered to Nigerian Army troops.
According to him, the majority of those killed or arrested by soldiers recently are regular fighters or low-ranking commanders of the feared group.
The ex-fighter, named Adamu Rugurugu, went on to say that the top leaders enjoy sending them to battlefronts to die while they remain safe in their strongholds.
Rugurugu made the admissions in a video clip, according to PR Nigeria, adding that the bulk of them was forced into the Boko Haram terrorist organization, indoctrinated, and taken to the battlefields to carry out operations.
Others who have yet to surrender should do so and lay down their arms, he said, emphasizing that the commanders’ promise of doing it for God and receiving a special reward in heaven is a complete lie.
He said, ” The leaders (top commanders) had misled us and only God can avenge on our behalf because most of us were forcefully abducted from our homes, marched to Sambisa Forest, conscripted into their evil ideologies, persecuted and ill-treated because there is nothing that we have not seen.
” However, we were mobilized and stationed at Sambisa Forest, busy holding the horn while the leaders (top commanders) are milking the cow.
” Those sipping the milk are different from those holding the horns, we are the ones holding the horns, while they are busy drinking the milk.
” We created ourselves, and we will not go back again since God has now delivered us out of this predicament, we returned to the community and soldiers have accepted us.
” The leaders are not attending the battle, it is only the low-ranking members that carry guns, have you ever heard of any ‘ Khadi’ or ‘ Wazir’ leading the battle on the frontlines? They will say you are doing this thing for the sake of God and when you are killed, paradise will be your final abode, I swear to God this is a scam, you are not going to any paradise.
” Personally, to my brothers who are still inside the forest, we choose to lay our arms and surrender ourselves in order to turn a good leaf.
” You should become a responsible man, everybody will praise you and government is living up to its promise, they are very vigilant, anybody who did not repent and adjust his attitudes, action will surely be taken against him. ”
He also thanked the military for treating them well when they repented and urged the residents of their various towns to accept them back, claiming that they had been reformed.
” Those soldiers who pity us without any ill-treatment or molesting us, we pray that God increases them in value. Whoever will bring tension in Nigeria and who doesn’t want peace to reign, may Allah distance him far away from us totally, ” he stated.
Over 5, 000 ex-Boko Haram warriors have surrendered themselves and their weapons to the Nigerian military, according to Naija News, and have asked to be reintegrated into society.