ACF demands probe of Nyako’s memo


The Arewa Consultative Forum on Monday in Kaduna has asked the Federal Government to investigate the allegation leveled against it Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State that the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, was the creation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government to wipe out the region.

“The scale and sophistication of weapons used for the attacks against armless people is beyond the capacity of the semi-illiterate almajiri that we know,” it said.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, the ACF expressed concern over the killings in the region, especially in the North-East.

Specifically, the ACF said that it had variously called on the Federal Government in the past to probe the sources of funding of the insurgent both internally and externally, but to no avail.

The northern body noted with shock that despite the claim by the military high command that it had seized 700 vehicles and cache of weapons, the activities of the insurgents continued unabated in the North-East.

“ACF had in the last six years expressed serious concern over the spate of killings and destruction of property by the Boko Haram insurgents and other criminals in the North especially in the North-East region.

“It had also appealed to Government at various levels on the need to adequately equip and fund its military and other security personnel to tackle the insecurity challenges bedeviling the North.

“Unfortunately the measures employed by government including a state of emergency have not yielded the desired result, hence the incessant attacks and kidnapping of innocent people by the insurgents and unknown gunmen.

“It would be recalled that not long ago, our military command informed the world that it had found and destroyed over 700 vehicles belonging to the insurgents in one of their camps, so as to wither the fighting being waged by the Boko haram insurgents, how come the killings and kidnappings have continued to be on the increase especially in the North-East region?

“ACF had earlier called on the government to thoroughly investigate the source of funds, arms and ammunitions the insurgents have in carrying on with their deadly acts of terrorism against the people without much resistance from our security forces deployed in the affected states.

“Therefore, Governor Nyako being a victim of the calamity that has afflicted the Northern states is only expressing the frustrations being felt by other victims.

“ACF therefore calls on the Federal Government to urgently investigate the allegations made by Governor Nyako especially the support being enjoyed by the insurgents from third parties within and outside Nigeria in order to get to the root of this insecurity ravaging the North.”

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