From Edwin Olofu & Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Vice President Architect Mohammed Namadi Sambo, Monday exonerated the Federal Government of having hand in the insurgency being perpetrated by members of the dreaded Boko Harama sect.
Sambo who was speaking when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sunusi II at his palace in Kano, yesterday to commiserate with him over last Friday mosque attack that claimed dozens of lives, said the insinuations being peddled in some quarters that the Boko Haram insurgents are enjoying the support of the government, is totally untrue.
He added that the issue of political undertone attached to the issue is the handiwork of mischief makers who are bent in causing disaffection among citizens.
“Contrary to assertions by some people in some quarters that the issue of Boko Haram is the handiwork of the federal government. Federal government has no hand in the ongoing insurgency in Nigeria. The government is saddled with responsibility of protecting lives and properties of its people as well as ensuring peace in the nation.” He said.
According to him, the federal government is deeply worried by the unfolding calamity in the country, adding that, the government is taking proactive measures in tackling the escalating crisis in the north east.
He however stated that, those saddled with the task of ensuring security in the country, are from the north, and are adherents of the religion of Islam, stressing that, no right-thinking person would love to take solace, or derive any pleasure in the atrocities committed by members of the Boko Haram sect.
“Take the issue of the minister of defence, Gen. Aliyu Gusau, he is a Muslim and from Zamfara state and the national security adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, is also a Muslim from Sokoto state, and the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Suleman Abba is also a Muslim from Jigawa state and I myself, from Zaria town, Kaduna State. It is unfair, as Muslim northerners holding political positions in the federal government to aid in committing atrocities in the north and the nation as a whole.” He explained.
He further revealed that, with the crop of the security chiefs in the saddle of authority, who are from the north, one should understand the fact that, there is no way this insurgency would be fuelled by the government.
He also averred that, fighting terrorism is the collective responsibility of all, which requires a close collaboration between the communities and security agencies.
The vice president stressed that, with unity and sincerity of purpose, the Boko Haram menace could be put in check.
In his response, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sunusi II, attributed the Kano attack as the will of God.
According to him, the issue of the ongoing insurgency was a matter that must be thoroughly investigated by the federal government with a view to identifying who the culprits are, in addition to knowing their sponsors, so as to bring them to book.