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ACF wants sponsors of Boko Haram exposed

By Saxone Akhaine, (Northern Bureau Chief), Karls Tsokar (Abuja), Seun Akingboye (Akure) and Chido Okafor (Warri)   |   29 September 2015   |   12:24 am  

Colonel Rabe Abubakar• Military to sustain offensive against insurgents
• Naval chief warns ex-militants regrouping in Niger Delta
• Akure youths demand end to nomadic herding
INSISTING that the powerful sponsors of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria should not be spared, Arewa leaders yesterday asked the military authorities to expose the prominent northerners and politicians who have links with the terror group in the north east and treat them as criminals.

In a related development, the Nigerian military has vowed to sustain the offensive against the Boko Haram terrorists until they are completely incapacitated and “totally impaired.”

The Acting Director Defence Information (DDI) Col. Rabe Abubakar said yesterday in Abuja that the guerrilla tactics adopted by the insurgents require an all out sustained offensive to completely bring the menace to an end.

He said: “The coordinated operation and capabilities of the terrorist group would intensify because the guerrillas should not be given any breathing space to regroup and re-strategise their campaign.”
Meanwhile, the new Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, yesterday warned former militants, whom he said are re-grouping in the Niger Delta for another round of sabotage and attacks on oil facilities and vessels in the water-ways and creeks, to forget such plans or face the full wrath of the Navy.

He said the Nigeria Navy would not treat with kid gloves any act capable of breaching the prevailing peace in the region and in his area of operation.

In Akure, the Ondo State capital, a coalition of of youth organisations from four local councils under the aegis of Akure Youth Coalition (AYC), a national and socio-political movement yesterday protested the abduction of elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, demanding that the activities of Fulani herdsmen in Akure metropolis and environs be checked .

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) said that the statement credited to the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, that “the Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public and send a very strong and serious final warning to some prominent individuals and political groups who hail from Borno State in particular and Northeast generally, that there is information of plans by some highly placed individuals and political groups to undermine and scuttle the fight against terrorism and insurgency in this country,” must be taken seriously by Nigerians.

A statement by the forum’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Mohammad Ibrahim pointed out that Arewa leaders frowned at the activities of “the unscrupulous individuals and their cohorts who are determined to reverse the gains made and scuttle our efforts of achieving the Presidential directive to defeat Boko Haram terrorists within three months.”

According to him, the ACF considered the statement of the Army “very grave, disturbing and worrisome considering the efforts being put by the military and other security agencies to end the insurgency in the northeast region.”
“It is callous, wicked and unfortunate that some prominent individuals place their personal benefits above national interest, the daily killings of innocent lives and destruction of property as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in the last six years.”
“ACF urges the military to thoroughly investigate the clandestine activities and other diabolical efforts of these politicians, expose and prosecute them to serve as a deterrent to others. Nigeria cannot afford to treat such unscrupulous groups or individuals with kid gloves at this material time that all hands are on deck to restore peace and order in the Northeast sub-region and the country in general.”

The army statement may have corroborated similar allegations in the past.
It could be recalled that even before his sack and death, the then National Security Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, General Andrew Azazi once alleged that Boko Haram insurgency was being sponsored.

Jonathan also made a similar allegation, when he said that there were Boko Haram sympathisers in his government.
Also the governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima has said on several occasions that he knew the sponsors of Boko Haram, but will not name them.

Admiral Suleiman, who toured Naval formations in the Central Command area, warned the former militants that the Nigerian Navy has the capability to take them on and is fully ready for any eventuality.
“We are battle-ready and we can never be caught unawares. It is in their best interest to forget whatever plans they are nursing which are capable of causing serious disaffection in the Niger-Delta region.
“The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)’s zero tolerance for oil bunkering and other criminal activities being practised in the creeks and water-ways must be implemented to the letter,” the FOC said.

He urged the former militants to channel their grievances through the coordinator of Federal Government’s Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boro (rtd) instead of taking the laws into their hands.
He equally reiterated his earlier statement on assuming his new position to deal ruthlessly with illegal oil bunkers, sea pirates, and all forms of criminality perpetrated in his areas of operation, saying he would do everything to achieve the feat.

The youths from Akure South, Akure North, Ifedore and Idanre local councils yesterday morning, marched to the Deji’s palace and Ondo State House of Assembly with placards proclaiming their grievances in inscriptions like: “Nomadic grazing must stop,” “Olu Falae is an elder statesman; respect our elders!” “Stop nomadic herding now!; “Give us a ranch in the state for the herdsmen!”
The President of the Coalition, Adekanbi Oluwatuyi said, as peace loving youths of Akure Kingdom, it was pertinent for them to express their dissatisfaction over the threats and acrimony allegedly being perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen in the capital city and its environs.

We are not unmindful of the fact that any Nigerian is guaranteed the freedom to live in any part of the country as enshrined in Section 41 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“We are however quick to state that this does not confer on them the right to intimidate and violate the rights of their host communities.”

The AYC leader narrated the hardship meted out to the Afenifere leader, Falae and his workers on the farmland, saying, “he was traumatised and turned a fugitive in his own native land for a period of four days. We wonder that if a man of his status could be subjected to this horrible experience, it then means that the likes of Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, Chief Alex Ekwueme, Chief Ogbonaya Onu, Chief Edwin Clarke and a host of our noble statesmen are no longer safe let alone the ordinary citizens.
“We are puzzled and cannot comprehend the intentions of these Fulanis, who want to constitute an internal threat, thereby, causing panic and unrest among their host.”

Oluwatuyi continued: “Having carefully reviewed the activities of Fulani herdsmen and more so, the recent kidnap of Chief Olu Falae , we demand that those behind this act be arrested and prosecuted without any further delay. We will not accept anything short this,” the youths said, enjoining the state government to initiate a bill to check the activities of rustlers and resist further attacks on their land.

The Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, who addressed the youths, commended them for their high sense of maturity and peace-loving disposition during and after the Falae abduction, saying they averted what would have led to widespread ethnic crises.



  • Ojiyovwi

    Unmasking the idiots who hoped to profit from the activities of BokoHaram has to be without any questions. Our dead children, brothers and sisters are crying in all the places they lie for just such. This must be a minimum outcome of the ongoing discussions even as our forces have cornered the terrorists. Nothing less will do and we must all be prepared to ask questions of the leadership if we don’t have these bastards tried in the courts of our nation.

    Alleging that some of the sposors of terrorism may have died in the stampeed in Saudi Arabia (SA) is not acceptable. Dead or alive these evil people must be exposed. I know that SA is implicated in the destructive and devastating insurgency in Syria that caused the current civil war there and I will not be at all supprised if SA is also implicated in the insurgencies in the African continent. Is it possible that SA has a lot of oil and sees distabilising of other oil producing nations as a strategy to securing more outlets for its oil?

    We must incetivise captured BH members invoulved in procurement of the killing machines to reveal their sources of weapons, ammunitions and above all funds.

  • Ebaah Odibo

    That Northern politicians and elders support Boko Haram is an open secret. President Buhari while campaigning for office was sympathetic towards Boko Haram. Boko Haram is a Frankenstein monster created and nurtured by northern Islamic leaders to desecrate ‘infidel’ Jonathan. Poetic and divine justice clearly dictate that Boko Haram will continue to destroy the north. Eventually Boko Haram will destroy its sponsors.

    • Sadiq Garba

      If your claims are right, for what purpose is it existing now?

      • Ebaah Odibo

        The purpose is to destroy its creators. It is poetic justice. Frankenstein monster eventually destroyed its creator. Those who live by the sword perish by the sword; Prophet Isa is known to have said. Almighty God will avenge the blood of those innocent women and kids killed; not in some afterlife, but right now! It pleases him to use the same ‘creation’ of theirs to spill their own blood. God told Noah, anybody who sheds a man’s blood, by MAN will his own blood be shed, for in God’s image, he created man

  • Fuzio

    It is Gen. Ihejirika and GEJ. Who else could it be?

    • AA

      And Allison Madueke and Ayo Oritsejafor.

  • Pastor Elias Osaghae

    The violence of Boko Haram and its sponsors can be better understood from the exposition in Ezekiel 8:17-18.

  • kk

    What criteria must be fulfilled before word the noble is used to describe someone?, is it not under Falae’s watch SAP was implemented to the detriment of education, health etc. Mandela, Tutu, MLK are noble & Falae is harvesting the seeds he sowed

  • New Nigerian

    36,000 Nigerians are asking the question? For what were we killed? And who paid for it? Answering this simple questions, and bringing the criminals to justice, is equally as important as freeing the chibok girls….this way we’d be sure that Never again would genocide be waged on Nigerians.

  • Delta_Quagmire

    Don’t expose them please……! Let the carnage continue unabated.

    • Sadiq Garba

      I pray that the “carnage” shift ground to your family house.

  • SWEET DADDY

    Stop making noise, take action and name them. Some of them had spoken in support of boko haram in public while in opposition and are now in Federal and State government ruling the Country.

  • Benbella

    Are you kidding yourself, Boko is made in Nigeria trouble, with those guys involvement the lists would never happen also they well know what is going on within the BOKO alright, , if you believe they will ever list them ,I wish you all the very best guy,,

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