Northern Nigerian sociocultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has said that Obadiah Mailafia’s allegation that a certain northern state governor is a commander of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, should be taken seriously.
National publicity secretary of the forum, Mr Emmanuel Yawe said the department of state security (DSS) was right to have invited Mailafia for interrogation over the allegation.
“Given his status as former deputy governor and the weight of the allegations he raised, the DSS did the correct thing to have invited Obadia Mailafia.
“He owes it to the country to shed more light on these allegations. We cannot afford to sweep such allegations under the carpet. Boko Haram has killed many people, destroyed the lives of many Nigerians, foreigners and Nigeria’s image in the comity of nations.
“The allegation that a governor who swore by the constitution and the holy book to defend the lives and property of the citizenry is behind such a satanic group is repugnant and must be properly screened.
“Additionally, we fought a costly civil war in terms of human life and materials between 1967 & 1970. If there is any information that a group is planning a civil war, we should do all we can to verify such information and abort the plan. We cannot afford a second civil war”, Yawe was quoted to have said.
Meanwhile, the northern governors’ forum (NGF) has tasked security agencies to thoroughly investigate the allegations made by Mailafia that one of them is a commander of the Boko Haram sect.
Chairman of the forum, who is the governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, said this in a statement he issued on Friday.
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 immediate and thorough investigation”.
NGF said Mailafia and all citizens owe the nation a duty to provide useful information on the activities of criminals and terrorist groups to assist security agencies and governments.