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The Northern Alternative Forum (NAF) has berated Governor Kassim Shettima of Borno State over his repeated comments blaming the federal government for the deteriorating security situation in the North-east, particularly the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls by the terrorist group, Boko-Haram.
The National Chairman of the group, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim, at a press briefing yesterday in Abuja noted that the governor had consistently made the ongoing military operation in the North-east a subject of self-exoneration of responsibility, adding that the failure of some past northern politicians led to the emergence of insurgency.
He stated that the federal government had no hand in the emergence of Boko-Haram and should not be held responsible for the social condition which had fuelled insurgency in the region.
“The attention of Northern Alternative Forum has been drawn to an interview granted by Governor Kashim Shettima on CNN, where the governor in continuation of his campaign of blackmail and distraction against security operatives in the North-east, blamed the federal government for the abduction of the schoolgirls in Chibok. We in the North know that the federal government has no hand whatsoever in the emergence of Boko-Haram,” Gidado said.
He added that the illiteracy and poverty level in the region which resulted to the emergence of Boko Haram was an indication of the kind of leadership provided by northern politicians over the years.
“Every sincere northerner knows that the failures, actions and inactions of the governor and government of Borno State led to the rise of terrorism and BokoHaram insurgency. Not only did the government of Borno State fritter away their huge resources on self-aggrandisement and investment in violent politics but also produced the monster that is now confronting the whole northern region,” he said.
According to Gidado, contrary to Shettima’s position that the federal government didn’t not listen to the advice of the state government three years ago, some governors and politicians in the zone had turned down several decisions of the federal government to begin security operations against Boko Haram.
He noted that the same set of politicians gathered in Abuja to demand the withdrawal of security operatives in the Borno and Yobe States.
Gidado also commended the federal government for the extension of the state of emergency in the North-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, saying it had succeeded in restoring social economic activities in some of the affected states.
“While the federal government and the international community are engaged in the search for our unfortunate sisters and daughters, we can confirm to the world that without the state of emergency, perhaps by now, the states would have been ghost towns,” he stated.