Boko Haram leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau
The Leader of Jama’atu Jama’atu Ahli Sunna lid Da’awati wal Jihad popularly known as Boko Haram, Imam Abubakar Shekau, has tagged President Goodluck Jonathan a coward to preach dialogue, saying the only way for a possible dialogue with his government is for Jonathan to repent and become a Muslim.
Speaking in a video posted on YouTube, Shekau said negotiations suggested by Jonathan between the sect and the government would not happen.
He said: "He's lying. He cannot do it. If Jonathan does not repent as a Muslim, even if I die myself, Jonathan's going to see. He's looking at me like I'm nobody, but he'll see."
In the message, Shekau acknowledged that Boko Haram carried out the January 20 attacks in Kano that killed over 200 people.
However, Shekau denied killing civilians in the attack, claiming the sect's gunmen tried to protect the more than nine million people who live in the city.
"We're killing police officers; we're killing soldiers and other government people who are fighting Allah and Christians who are killing Muslims and talking badly about our Islamic religion.
"I am not against anyone, but if Allah asks me to kill someone, I will kill him and I will enjoy killing him like I am killing a chicken," he said.