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Published On: Fri, Jan 3rd, 2020

Boko Haram: Rights group accuses Borno elders, politicians of complicity

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By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has accused the Borno Elders Forum(BEF), politicians and other stakeholders of complicity in the continuous existence of terrorism in the state.
According to the group, some elders, political leaders and stakeholders in the state were frustrating the efforts of the federal government to end terrorism in North East Nigeria.
The right group, had in a letter to BEF, signed by the convener, Princess Ajibola, posed several questions begging for answers from the elders and stakeholders.
Therefore, he gave Borno Elders a 7-day ultimatum to initiate necessary actions in consonance with the concerns expressed in its open letter:
The letter reads in part; ‘’We are very conversant with the difficulties of combating terrorism anywhere in the world. But the Buhari Presidency has demonstrated commitment, purposefulness and seriousness in ending the scourge of terrorism plaquing Nigeria, with deep roots in the Northeast. Of course, none of the members of BEF needs an extra binocular to spot the difference before and now under this government.
‘’CALSER also, most objectively believe in the strategies being put in place by President Buhari and the security. But must be unequivocal that military action alone with the current posture of the Borno State Stakeholders will yield no meaningful result or deliver the kind of results to restore peace and normalcy.
‘’President Buhari has repeatedly proved that he knows the sensitivity of this national assignment, the indispensability of security in the country and has determinedly confronted the hydra-headed monster to a standstill. Let’s be frank with you that the Nigerian military has considerably obliterated the shadows of Boko Haram in the Northeast.
‘’But it is not edifying for us to think the United Nations (UN), government or any other authority is not doing enough to end Boko Haram. Our people say, charity begins at home. So, fighting insecurity of the identity and magnitude of Boko Haram insurgency anywhere in the world demands concerted efforts by all stakeholders to record and sustain the desired impact.’’
Further in the letter, the group posited that, ‘’It is unfortunate that BEF, politicians and other stakeholders in Borno state have wrongly perceived and interpreted the entire Boko Haram insurgency which has devastated and ruined, not only Borno state, but the rest of the Northeast region as the exclusive business of President Buhari.
‘’However, what other stakeholders in this collective battle against insurgency in Nigeria, including BEF have failed to do is to also contribute their quota to this battle to save humanity and their own remaining kith and kin trapped by remnants of insurgents.
‘’What has remained confounding to the rest of us and the world is the unconcealed politicization, indifference and urbanian inclination of BEF to the total elimination of Boko Haram terrorism in Borno. BEF has postured as more interested in condemning the Presidency, or lobbying Mr. President to change leaders of the Nigerian troops in the frontlines for not doing “enough.”
‘’BEF consistently leads bogus delegations of prominent elders from Borno, armed with a plethora of demands of what they think should be done to end Boko Haram terrorism. Which is good in itself. And overtime, President Buhari has responded by implementing some of these demands he deems sensible within the context of finally routing out Boko Haram in Borno, the Northeast and Nigeria..’’

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