The Northern Governors Forum has demanded a thorough investigation of the
allegation that a serving northern governor is a commander of Boko Haram.
A former Deputy Governor of the Central of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, had made the allegation while speaking with an Abuja-based radio station on Monday.
Reacting to the development, Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said the allegation was weighty and must be investigated.
Lalong, who spoke in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Macham, urged security agencies to immediately investigate the allegation.
He said, “The Northern Governors Forum has called on security agencies to investigate the allegation by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia in which he alleged that one of the Northern Governors is the Commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria.
“The Forum is concerned about the weighty allegation made by Dr. Mailafia which must be thoroughly investigated.
”The Forum which has been working with the Federal Government, security agencies, community, civil society, traditional and religious leaders as well as development partners to defeat terrorism, banditry and other forms of crimes in the region, finds the allegation by Dr. Mailafia very weighty which deserves further investigation.
“We as Northern Governors have met severally to discuss insecurity in the Northern Region and the nation at large where we did not only condemn the activities of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals, but also engaged the President and all heads of security agencies in finding solutions to the problem.
“To now say that one of our members is leading Boko Haram in Nigeria is a serious allegation that cannot be swept under the carpet.
“We demand immediate and thorough investigation. I urge Dr. Mailafia and indeed all citizens with useful information on the activities of criminals and terrorist groups to assist security agencies and Governments at all levels with such intelligence for proper action.
“The Forum does not, and will not support the activities of any criminal group, because we as Governors and our families are also not spared as was recently witnessed when the convoy of Governor Babagana Zullum of Borno State was attacked.”
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