The Presidency says it has uncovered the Nigerians who are transferring money to Boko Haram terrorists from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant To The President On Media and Publicity, disclosed this when he featured on a Channels Television programme.
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He said some persons have been arrested in connection with the incident.
“Bureaus de change are facilitating money to terrorists. We have already worked with the UAE,” he said.
“Convictions have been achieved of Nigerians who are transferring money to Boko Haram terrorists and this also happens domestically. And I tell you that by the time we finish this investigation, the shocking details will surprise many Nigerians.”
Earlier in the week, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, who is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, had said there is a link between kidnapping, banditry and terrorism.
Those Agitating For Biafra, Oduduwa Republics Are Miscreants Not Different From Boko Haram — Sheikh Ahmad Gumi
Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has described those agitating for Biafra and Oduduwa republics as miscreants akin to the Boko Haram sect terrorising the country,
There have been calls for secession in the various parts of the country over allegations of marginalisation.
But speaking in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Saturday, the cleric described such people as miscreants who should not be taken seriously.
Gumi claimed that Nigerians are committed to having a united country, noting that the opinions of a few people championing the division of the country should not be taken seriously.
He said: “I usually give an example of General Murtala Muhammed, the former head of state from Kano, that was assassinated by the Buka Suka Dimka-led group. He had a Yoruba wife. So, where do you want his children to go if the nation is divided? Are they going to be with the Yorubas or Hausas in the North?
“Look, let’s forget these useless youths. They’re no more different from these herdsmen. These people agitating for Oduduwa, Bifafra or Arewa are all the same group of people with Boko Haram.
“The majority of Nigerians want to stay with Nigeria. And if they are in doubt, let’s have a referendum. Look at elections, for instance, millions of votes from all the states, whether from the All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party. This means that Nigerians are ready to stay with a united Nigeria. That is an indirect referendum which shows that the people are ready.
“So, all these youths that are making noise, whether Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram, Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra and their Oduduwa counterpart, they are just a tiny minority of Nigerians using ethnic, archaic and retrogressive sentiments to destabilise the nation.
National President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Shettima Yerima has admonished the governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, to rescind the quit order he earlier gave the Fulani residing in his state and compensate those who fell victim of the attack on Fulani communities in the southwest state.
Yerima said in Kaduna on Sunday that the quit notice order by the Governor of Ondo State Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN and subsequent attack and destruction of property in Oyo were not only worrisome but disturbing.
“Let it be known that the constitution of Nigeria guarantees every Nigerian to live in any part of this country and free to engage in any legitimate business of his or her choice, the Governor of Ondo State being a learned person is expected to know better.
AYCF will not support any group that engages in any form of criminality and such People should not be identified by their religion, tribe or ethnicity but should be treated as a criminal.”
“The subsequent attack that followed the quit notice in Oyo state is rather uncalled for and condemnable’. The perpetrators must be brought to book and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“AYCF supports constitutional ways of every state protecting her citizens but quit notice should be out of it and must not be considered under any circumstance.
“Nigeria is an indivisible entity and whatever has the tendency like happenings in Ondo and Oyo must be discouraged in the interest of peaceful coexistence and one Nigeria.
I call on the Government of Ondo and Oyo states to give peace a chance and rescind the quit notice order while those whose Property has been destroyed should be compensated accordingly.”
“Finally, we must guide against any act that will create a war-like situation in Nigeria, we must learn from mistakes of the past and avoid a repeat because it’s consequences may be unimaginable,’ he said.
In a related development, National President of the Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, Gambo Gujungu and former Secretary General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Mr Anthony Sani, has sued for peace and called on the authorities in Ondo state to abide by the constitution.
“As a lawyer, the Governor of Ondo state knows very well that law-abiding citizens are free to stay anywhere in Nigeria without any intimidation.
“So unless if there is a hidden agenda, Fulani herders or any other Nigerian for that matter, should not be given an ultimatum to leave. Doing so is setting a precedence that might not augur well, in the long run,”
Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, National President of Arewa Youth forum,AYF,has said.
Anthony N Z Sani, immediate past Secretary of ACF, told Vanguard that; “I share the concern of Ondo state Governor about the prevalent insecurity perpetrated by criminal elements who go by the name of kidnappers and armed robbery in his state, and his determination to rid the state of crimes, considering his place in the state as Chief Security officer.”
“But in doing so, he should be cautious in his approaches lest he creates more problems. For example, his order to herders to leave the forest within seven days amounts to ethnic profiling of the crimes with attendant implications and effects.
“Such unhinged generalization tends to provide platforms for criminals to hide and prostrate crimes, since it is hard to prosecute ethnicity, religion or occupation, going by our constitution.
“That may explain what the Federal Government is saying, that any actions that would aggravate the insecurity and go against the constitution is counterproductive and should be avoided.
“The best approaches are therefore for the authorities to use intelligence community and fish out criminal elements of the society and treat them as such in order to deter future occurrence.” (Vanguard News)