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Published On: Tue, Sep 2nd, 2014

APC to Jonathan: Hand over Sheriff, Ihejirika to ICC for prosecution

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Senator Ali Modu SheriffBy Umar Muhammad Puma

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on President Jonathan to hand over former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and immediate past Chief of Army staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika as well as other sponsors of Boko Haram to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation and prosecution.

The party, at a press conference yesterday in Abuja, by its national chairman, Chief John Oyegun, told journalists that now that it is clear that PDP was behind the Boko Haram insurgents for the purpose of winning 2015 presidential election.

He revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan, cannot longer deny knowledge of his party men, sponsoring the dreaded Boko Haram, saying the alleged sponsors are president’s personal friends.

The opposition party said it believed that the truth is now finally exposed by the Jonathan-led government appointed negotiator, Mr. Stephen Davis, adding that it is now clear that the APC does not have hand in the Boko Haram insurance in Nigeria.

“We have said it all along; Boko Haram was politicized purely for one reason, and one reason only: To be used as a trump card for President Jonathan to win another term.

“The man who exposed these Boko Haram sponsors is a Jonathan-appointed Negotiator. He has no axe to grind, neither does he have any motive to shield the APC or portray the PDP/Presidency in bad light. In fact, if he had any sympathy at all, it is for the man who hired him, President Jonathan.”

The party chairman said immediately the former governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff, which he said was planted by the PDP government to destabilize APC went back to the party the “Maiduguri Airport that had been closed to even the pilgrims from the state on grounds of security, was re-opened specially for him.”

The chairman continued: “We know for sure that Ali Modu Sheriff was planted in the APC to help decimate our party. We confronted him openly during the merger negotiation but he denied vigorously.

“His surrogate for the post of the Chairman of the APC, Chief Tom Ikimi together with whom they planned to hijack the Party for the Presidency was firmly rejected. Realizing they have failed, they fled our party and returned to where they came from, and were duly embraced by their controllers.”

The party’s call is coming on the heels of revelations in media interviews by an Australian, Dr. Stephen Davis hired by the federal government to negotiate the release of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno state some three months ago. The Australian negotiator had said in the course of meetings with Boko Haram leaders in Nigeria, they named Modu Sheriff and Ihejirika as some of their high caliber sponsors.

The Australian negotiator claims he had related with the Boko Haram since 2006, and worked with past Nigerian presidents and recently with the President Goodluck Jonathan administration where he came close to freeing the over 200 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls in Borno.

In an interview with Arise TV in UK, the negotiator said leaders of the sect briefed him that the former army chief, alongside a former governor of the Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff, funded their operations.

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