B/Haram comment: Ndume tactically diverting attention, says NDF

By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

The National Democratic Front (NDF) has claimed that Senator Ali Ndume’s latest strategy on Boko Haram is aimed at diverting attention of his contribution to insurgency.
NDF made this claim in reaction to the Borno South lawmaker’s assertion, were he claimed that 847 soldiers were lost in the insurgency.
The group posited that the Senators’ recent claim confirms his ties with the Islamic sect.
In a statement signed by the Secretary General, Dr Bolaji Abdulkadir, the NDF reckoned it was time to address Senator Ndume’s inglorious role in the Boko Haram conundrum.
In a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, the group said, Mr Ndume, who was once heavily linked to the Islamic sect, genuinely knows about its activities and may be enjoying some benefits.
While the Nigerian Army has asked the former Senate Leader to substantiate his claim, the NDF asked Nigerians not to take him in a solemn manner, especially knowing his history of substance abuse.
The National Democratic Front, therefore, advised Senator Ndume to stop using Boko Haram as a political tool to impoverish his people.
The group further cautioned the lawmaker to desist from spreading falsehood in a bid to cover up for all the atrocities he has perpetrated in Borno.
The statement reads in part; “‘The National Democratic Front is constrained to convene this Press Conference in light of the shameful and dishonorable statement credited to Senator Ali Ndume, the Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District of Borno State, wherein he mischievously stated that over 847 soldiers had been killed by Boko Haram and buried in Borno cemetery.
‘’The National Democratic Front wishes to state that the statement credited to Senator Ali Ndume is not only mischievous, it is indeed a testament to the fact that he genuinely knows more about the activities of Boko Haram and probably benefiting from it.
‘’The National Democratic Front wishes to inform members of the general public that Senator Ali Ndume is not one whose perceived contribution to the national discourse should be taken seriously, not even with the fact that he is a Boko Haram sponsor despite the kangaroo judgment he secured from the courts when he was arraigned for terrorism related offences some time ago.
‘’Senator Ali Ndume has a long history of substance abuse and we are constrained to believe that his recent utterances might be as a result of the same substance overdose and as such his views on national issues should be viewed with a pinch of salt.
‘’The National Democratic Front, in the same vein, wishes to advise Senator Ali Ndume to desist from spreading fake news in a bid to cover up for all the atrocities he has perpetrated against the people of Borno State.
‘’He should, as a matter of urgency, seek forgiveness from his people and henceforth desist from commenting on national issues because he lacks the moral authority to do so.’’

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