A group of Borno indigenes Monday said that the federal government’s efforts in fighting to end Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast would be a “futile exercise and frustrations,” as long as immediate past governor of Borno state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is walking freely on Nigerian streets.
247ureports.com gathered that the group, Borno Patriots (BOPTS) in a press statement signed by its Chairman, Ibrahim Modu and Secretary, Samuel Mshelizza, said the former governor will not allow the military to end the insurgency as “he will continue to sabotage such move.”
The group also threatened a mass protest that will shut down the northeast, if Sheriff is not arrested within the next seven days by law enforcement agents.
The statement reads in part: “If he is not arrested within seven days, we shall lead a mass protest of all members in the north east and widows of soldiers to shut down the northeast. We can no longer allow SAS to dance on the grave of Boko Haram victims and add salt to the injury of grieving mothers.
“Senator Ali Sheriff’s visit to Kano to negotiate the release of the seized plane containing ammunitions is an insult on the people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa and Nigerians in general choking under the cloak of the insurgency that are being killed and maimed daily.
“His acceptance of the fact that he was in Kano at the time in question is mockery of the Chibok girls and their suffering parents,” the statement said.
However, the group also demanded for the immediate arrest and investigation of Sheriff for his alleged role in funding Boko Haram, alleged that; “Sheriff and Jonathan have blood on their hands as the lives of over 13,000 people killed so far will surely not go in vain.”
The Borno Patriots while calling on the former governor to account for alleged misappropriation of public funds; which took Borno that he inherited as a peaceful state to a “home in pieces” due to his selfish political interest, said: “Sheriff is a man without conscience that even the devil will be scared of him, due to the level of evil machinations in him.”