The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) on Wednesday, August 12, urged the security agencies to investigate the allegation by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, that “one of the Northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria.”
This was contained in a statement issued by the chairman of the Forum who is also the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Simon Machan.
Lalong said the Forum is concerned about the weighty allegation made by Dr Mailafia which must be thoroughly investigated.
He said the Forum 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 by Dr Mailafia very weighty which deserves further investigation.
Lalong 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.
“To now say that one of our members is leading Boko Haram in Nigeria is a serious allegation; that cannot be swept under the carpet. We demand an immediate and thorough investigation.”
He also urged Dr Mailafia and indeed all citizens with useful information on the activities of criminals; and terrorist groups to assist security agencies and governments; at all levels with such intelligence for proper action.
Lalong further explained that he hopes the allegations are not smear campaigns; or attempts to discourage the Northern governors who are putting in their best to bring an end to insecurity in the region.
He reiterated that the Forum does not and will not support the activities of any criminal group; because they as governors and their families are also not spared; as was recently witnessed when the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State was attacked.
Meanwhile, the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday, August 12, issued an invitation to the former Presidential candidate, Obadiah Mailafia over his claims regarding the funding of Boko Haram.
Mailafia was summoned over a recent claim that a Northern governor is behind the funding of Boko Haram.
He said he got the information from talking to some former fighters of the terrorist group that has wreaked havoc in the northeast over the past 11 years.
Mailafia’s claim attracted public attention when a video of the interview was posted online, an attention which has now earned him an invitation with the secret police.
Mailafia, said that the DSS invited him to appear at the agency’s Jos office at noon on Wednesday.
During his Monday interview, Mailafia also claimed that Boko Haram is planning an invasion of the southern region in a bid to trigger a second civil war.
He said, “They are already in the South, in the rain forests of the South. They are everywhere.
“They told us that when they finish these rural killings, they will move to phase two.
“Phase two is that they will go into urban cities, going from house to house killing prominent people.
“I can tell you this is the game plan. By 2022, they want to start a civil war in Nigeria.
“Don’t joke with what I am saying I have a PhD from Oxford University. I am a central banker, we don’t talk nonsense.
“I have this from the highest authority, some of the commanders of Boko Haram.”
The Boko Haram insurgency has led to the death of over 30,000 people; and displacement of over 2.5 million in the northeast; and surrounding border countries in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.