A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has insisted that a Northern Governor is Boko Haram’s leader.
Obadiah Mailafia who was also a presidential candidate on the platform of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 general elections made this assertion on Wednesday while speaking with journalists shortly after he was released by the Department of State Services (DSS).
He was detained for questioning by DSS officers for over six hours in their Jos, Plateau State office.
However, Mailafia made it clear he did not intend his statement and is standing by every word he said. In reiteration of his claims, he said, “Yes, all of those words were made by me. If the whole of the 55 minutes was played out, the context of what I said would have become clearer.
“This is not the time to disown what I said. Yes, I was privy to some very sensitive information which all statesmen are entitled to have by virtue of our public roles. “I know that I should have corroborated some of the information I received, but perhaps some of it was uncorroborated. I was in no position to follow them to the camp to corroborate what was going on.”
Mailafia added that “I must never give up on Nigeria, if need be, I will die for Nigeria.”
The Boko Haram is a terrorist group fighting against Westernization, which it views as negatively impacting Islamic values. The group blames Western influences for Nigeria’s culture of corruption, which has contributed to a wide gap between the few rich and the many poor. The militant group uses violent cohesion in form of bombings, kidnappings, rape, arson and beheadings to drive home its radical message.
The Boko haram insurgency has killed an estimated half a million people in Nigeria including pregnant women and children since they began their campaign of terror in 2009. The group is also responsible for the Chibol girls kidnapping in 2014.
Meanwhile, the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has called for an investigation into the claims. Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, said the forum was worried about the weighty allegation made by Dr. Mailafiya, which must be thoroughly investigated.
Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, said the forum was worried about the weighty allegation made by Dr. Mailafiya, which must be thoroughly investigated.
The forum, according to Lalong, which has been working with the Federal Government, security agencies, community, civil society, traditional and religious leaders as well as development partners to defeat terrorism, banditry and other forms of crimes in the region, finds the allegation “very weighty and deserves further investigation.”
He further said, “We as Northern Governors have met severally to discuss insecurity in the northern region and the nation at large where we did not only condemn the activities of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals but also engaged the President and all heads of security agencies in finding solutions to the problem.