IGP, Mohammed Abubakar
By Chuks Okocha
The Borno State Government at the weekend alleged that there was a systematic killing of the member of All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) in the state.
The state government also stated that it doubted the claims made by the Boko Haram sect that it had opted for dialogue as a means of resolving the security challenges in the North.
Fielding questions from journalists in Abuja, the state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Inuwa Bwala, alleged that statistics had shown that members of the ANPP had remained targets, since the Boko Haram insurgency started.
In an apparent reference that the security challenges had political undertones, Bwala alleged that some people had been sponsoring assassinations and wreaking havoc in the state, using Boko Haram as a cover up for their nefarious activities.
According to him, “What many people do not tend to understand is the fact that, there is more to the whole crisis than just an insurgency. While we cannot deny that we have that ideological problem that has snowballed into violence, greater number of the incidents these few days are purely cases of political intimidation from our opponents. If you look at the roll call of people affected, you will agree with me that there is a serious political underpin.
“We are also aware that armed robbers and other related crimes have often found a good alibi in the Boko Haram situation to wreck havoc on the state. The danger in all these is the possible extinction of our future productive force and the future effect can be better imagined.
“As a government, we are conscious of the fact that our citizens are being exposed to unwarranted dangers, whereby we have taken up arms against each other. While some people have hijacked the crisis and converted it into a political tool, we cannot on our part afford the luxury of playing politics with the lives of our people,” he said.
While doubting claims that the Boko Haram sect had opted for dialogue as a means of resolving the crisis, Bwala added: “One cannot tell that this demand is actually from Boko Haram or from other people who want to use Boko Haram as an alibi, because Boko Haram has a modus operadi, one of which in the background of any of their conferences, you see a display of Arabic inscription, which is what they believe in. And part of their principal demand has always been for the introduction of Sharia in some states even across the federation, that was missing and thirdly, Boko Haram make its addresses or speeches in Hausa, both the two addresses were in English.”
He also said the Federal Government had abandoned the state as neither the President nor the Vice- President has visited the state since the insurgent started.
According to him, “Mr. President would have shown concern even for political reasons to visit us and so our impression is that we are being given this same bad child treatment because we are in an opposition political party, otherwise we expect the President or at least the Vice President to have gone there and shown sympathy with our people in their plight.
“Even the Senate President and the Speaker all of them are Northerners, as I speak to you except for different missions, we have not received a Federal Government official from minister up that has visited Borno State specifically to assess the situation,” Bwala said.