- An investigation into the claim that a governor is sponsoring the Boko Haram insurgent group, has been called for the Northern Governors Fumes (NGF)
Recall that Obadiah Mailafia, a former deputy governor of Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) had alleged that repentant insurgents names a northern governor as one of their leaders.
According to the Forum’s chairman who is also the Plateau state governor, the allegation is too heavy to be swept under the carpet.
Speaking during a programme on Nigeria Info 95.1FM on Monday, he said:
Through a statement yesterday, Makut Macham, Lalong’s spokesman, reiterated efforts by the northern governors to end the insurgency.
He added that such grievious allegation must be investigated.
The statement read: “The Northern Governors Forum has called on security agencies to investigate the allegation by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia in which he alleged that ‘… one of the Northern Governors is the Commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria.’
“The Forum is concerned about the weighty allegation made by Dr. Mailafia which must be thoroughly investigated. 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.
The statement added that the Northern Governors have met severally to discuss insecurity in the Northern Region and the nation at large.
It said that they did not only condemn the activities of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals, but also pressed on the President and all heads of security agencies to find solutions to the problem.
The statement claimed that accusing one of the fore fighters of the insurgency battle is a serious allegation that cannot be swept under the carpet.
The governor asked Mailafia and anyone with useful information on the activities of criminals and the insurgents to assist security agencies with such intelligence “for proper action”.
“The Forum does not, and will not support the activities of any criminal group, because we as Governors and our families are also not spared as was recently witnessed when the convoy of Governor Babagana Zullum of Borno State was attacked,” he said.
The Department of State Services (DSS) earlier invited Mailafia over the claim.