|Shekarau; Boko Haram Leader|
The escalation of violent campaigns by the blood-sucking Boko Haram which claimed scores of lives in separate attacks in Borno and Kano States within 48-hours should be a rude awakening to the Federal Government that it should seek yet no repose.
The brutal killings of innocent citizens in gun and bomb attacks by the dreaded group just as the Army paraded 42 suspected members of the sect nabbed in Lagos with warning from the Directorates of State Security (DSS) that deadlier attacks are on the way is a signal to the government that it cannot afford to take a pacifist approach as sympathizers of the sect who have “infiltrated” the administration may be counseling.
It appears to us in Afenifere that the government was being lured into some false sense of security so the sect could re-strategize for more devastating attacks.
It would be recalled that all manners of “leaders” and “statesmen” were piling pressures on the government to enter into dialogue with the terrorists before the state of emergency was declared in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states weeks ago.
The military action that followed the bold move by the government led to a bomb holiday in the North East which has been the headquarters of insurgency.
Thereafter, the coordinated assault opened an added axis of evil in the North West to continue the low-intensity warfare, assault and killings.
It was in the midst of all that the chairman of the Boko Haram panel, Alhaji Taminu Turaki announced to the country that he has secured ceasefire with Boko Haram. He was later to be disowned by Boko Haram and the latest dangerous assaults being launched by the group clearly suggests that Alhaji Turaki may be working for a fifth column.
In the light of the above, Afenifere asks the Federal Government to disband the Turaki Committee with immediate effect as it has outlived its usefulness. Also ask for a probe of the chairman of the panel to ascertain where his hoax ceasefire came from.
It must be clear to the government by now that what is required at this point is to strengthen the military and allied forces in hunting down these elements by spreading the dragnets nationwide given new maps being drawn by their activities.
The government should not hesitate to take all constitutional measures necessary to maintain law and order in any new corridor that the sect may be opening while intensifying the on-going military action in the states under emergency. Evil must be confronted not appeased.
Finally, we pray for the repose of the souls of those killed in the latest onslaughts just as we pray that God Almighty will grant the bereaved families fortitude to bear the irreparable losses.
National Publicity Secretary