Boko Haram: Borno residents condemn plans to denigrate ex-Governor Sheriff

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Aug 30th, 2014
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imageResidents of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital have said that, reports going round linking former governor of the state, Ali Modu Sheriff and Ex-military chief, General Ihiejirika with the Islamic sect, Boko Haram was politics in action. They have called the Ex-governor and the former military chief to sue for defamation of character.

According to some residents, Boko Haram did not begin when the ex-governor came to power, adding that the sect activities began in the northeast long before General Ihiejirika became the army chief, and that as such, they could not establish an link or relationship between the ex-governor, the Army chief and Boko Haram in the ensued political play by the opposition APC.

Speaking on the publications and news aired by the Borno Radio Television, BRTV, Mallam Hussaini Sani observed that, this is politics in play. According to him, the Austrialian Negotiator, Stephen Davis did not mention any name in his interview with ABC News in Australia, as such there is no connection between that interview and what El-Rufai posted on his Facebook page, except for some political mischief.

“If I were in the shoes of Ali Modu Sheriff or General Ihiejirika I would sue both the Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima and El-Rufai because the story was celebrated in a state television, BRTV which goes to tell you that they are doing the bidding of the state governor.

Why didn’t NTA carry the report as such? This Austrailian Man was in BRTV. He did not call anyone’s name. If I were him I will sue anybody that link my interview with a massage from El-Rufai.

Another resident, Mr. Ishaku Duniya, a civil servant said, our problem in Maiduguri now is how to have peace. Many people cannot sleep well now for fear of uncertainty and some people are trying to create more problems. “I think these are the enemies of the common man.” He said.

Speaking on the issue, he said, ” This white man granted an interview in Australia, far away and El-Rufai posted a different thing on his Facebook page. If you read the Australian interview, he said, the sponsors of Boko Haram are in the opposition party. Now, El-Rufai is in the opposition, perhaps one of the sponsors according to the former Army Chief.

“Celebrating it in a state TV tells you that whoever pays the piper dictates the tune. There are many political questions to this for those with the knowledge of politics and disaster, but we are not interested in their games, we want peace. To me, everyone in power is a sponsor since these Boko Haram members have been killing and advancing from one town, village and local government to another without being challenged. The poor man is in trouble but God will rise to our Defence.” He said.

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