Thursday, September 4, 2014

Boko Haram Sponsorship Allegation: 'Boko Haram Killed My Blood Brother'- Modu Sheriff Cries Out

Dailytimes reports that Former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff has denied claims by Australian negotiator, Rev. Stephen Davis that he is one of the major sponsors of the sect.

Sheriff said he was instead one of the first victims of Boko Haram and that the Jihadist group started before his tenure as Governor.

He spoke in an interview with New Telegraph.

His words: “The Boko Haram war as we know it today, started in 2002 in Yobe State. The first attack of Boko Haram was in 2002 in Kanama, from there they ran to Borno State. And in 2002, where was I? I wasn’t a governor. There was a sitting governor in Borno State, and there was Boko Haram. They ran away from Kanama and moved to Gwoza hill.

“But come to think of it, who is Mohammed Yusuf ( first leader of the group)? Yusuf had been in Maiduguri, doing his preaching and later taken to court by the Federal Government, and prosecuted in Abuja, ever before I became a governor. And who was the first casualty of Boko Haram in Borno State? It is me.

“I was the first victim of Boko Haram in Borno State. In their first attack, they killed my brother, the same father and mother with me. That was when they fought with the military in Borno.

“The first casualty was me. Then, they killed my cousin. They killed my candidate for governorship; they killed my party chairman. Two of them were direct relations of mine. Why did they do that? Because I made a law prohibiting Boko Haram in the domain of Borno State.

“The law said anybody practising or associated with what Boko Haram was doing, was banned by law from so doing, and if caught, will be prosecuted and jailed for 25 years.”

Sheriff said Davis’s allegations were baseless and senseless.

“The man that purportedly gave the interview said he was an Australian, who said he came to Nigeria, and spoke to Boko Haram. I thought that really, if he is a professional mediator or negotiator, or whatever he calls himself, his report would have been given to the security agencies of Nigeria. That is number one. 

Number two, also, if at all he spoke to Boko Haram, before making his views public, he should have known that I have a right of reply. He should have asked for my reaction or views on his findings, because I am a Nigerian, I am in Nigeria, I didn’t go anywhere. Number three, I was the governor of Borno State for eight years”.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry for that but it didn't say u don't have link with u started it n they become too powerfull more than u can control . Y did ur govt gave order for their leader to be killed after he was handed over to the police alife by d military maybe we would have gotten som information from him but he was killed so I still feel u have something with them even though it was b4 or now.