The Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Imam Shekau, and his deputy, Muhammad Marwana, have reportedly disagreed over the issue of dialogue and ceasefire with the Federal Government.
Shekau, in a message sent through YouTube, said that that there was no dialogue or ceasefire pact with the Federal Government, while the deputy leader of the sect, Marwana, in his own statement disclosed to the Voice of America (VOA) that Shekau's comment via YouTube was his personal opinion and not that of the sect.
"Shekau speaks his own opinion," he told the VOA.
Marwana, in a comment he sent to the VOA via email, he said the sect was fully ready to meet with the committee on dialogue.
He stated some of the actions the security agencies took against Shekau's family and said, "That is why we took verdict for retaliation."
Marwana, however, said: "There is a need to meet with the committee and let's forgive one another and make sure that there is no rivalry between us and the populace."
Marwana also urged Nigerians to shun any statement made by Shekau, especially as they relate to attacks.
"Anybody that hears issue of attack from Abubakar Shekau should go and sleep; nothing will happen by the grace of God," he added.