Saddened by the failure of past efforts by government to get members of the Boko Haram insurgents to come to the negotiating table for dialogue, the Northern Alternative Forum yesterday advised the government of President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow itself be dragged into what they say is “ a wild goose chase.”
Chairman of the group, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim, while speaking with The UNION yesterday in Abuja, urged President Buhari to distance himself from such misadventure as it will produce no good result and also may lead to avoidable embarrassment for his administration.
According to Gidado who is also the Sarkin Yamman Potiskum, “those who love President Muhammadu Buhari cannot advise him to embark on such a “wild goose chase.”
He noted that several attempts made earlier were not only discovered to be fake, but served as a conduit pipe for massive corruption and drain pipe.
“Let me assure Nigerians that the North is not interested in such cheap thing as seeking for amnesty for some unidentified hoodlums called Boko Haram” adding that “ rather, we appeal to President Buhari to be courageous in confronting them so that peace can be restored to the north.”
“One person once came from Yobe who we later discovered to be fake. Later, when Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi came out to negotiate on their behalf, he was rejected and was denounced by the Boko Haram sect, without nominating anyone to replace him.
The highly respected Muslim Cleric was embarrassed for trying to do something good.” The last one you are aware, was spearheaded by the Principal Private Secretary to the former President. He said he was negotiating with the sect members and travelled all over the place spending the nation’s hard earned funds, going to Chad, and other countries.
Tell me, what came out of it.” “Why do we like deceiving our selves? Have they (Boko Haram) ever come out to say that they are ready to negotiate? Under what terms and conditions are you going to negotiate?” he enquired.
Alhaji Ibrahim, while commending the President for appointing new Service Chiefs, also urged the President to investigate factors that led to the current increase in the terrorists activities in the country.
He also called for more investment in military intelligence, surveillance and the ability of security agencies to distinguish between criminal activities and those perpetrated by terrorists. “There was a sigh of relief when in the last days of former President Jonathan, our military were able to massively weaken the insurgents, the President must look at what led to the new wave of increase in their attacks and deal with the issue” he said.
According to him, “Nigerians are being cheated on the name of negotiating with Boko Haram.” “We also advise Nigeria to stand up to fight corrupt politicians” adding that “there is no vacancy for corrupt politicians in this government because they rather than add value, will diminish what the President wants to do for the country.” He appealed to Nigerians to support the current administration to fight corruption
-Tony Ailemen, Abuja