Boko Haram: Northern Gov behind recent funding of terrorist group, former Presidential candidate claims

Boko Haram: Northern Gov behind recent funding of terrorist group, former Presidential candidate claims

A former Central Bank of Nigeria, deputy governor, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, on Tuesday, August 11, revealed that a serving northern governor is one of those behind Boko Haram operation.

This comes in the wake of complaints raised by Borno and Zamfara governors which are still rattling the insecurity in their respective states.

Mailafia made this assertion during an interview, explaining that he had a chat with two repentant Boko Haram terrorists who identified the northern governor.

Obadiah Mailafia
Obadiah Mailafia

He said the terrorists and bandits were one and the same.

Mailafia, who was the Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the last election, said the terrorists moved weapons even during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19.

He said, “Some of us also have our intelligence networks. I have met with some of the bandits; we have met with some of their high commanders – one or two who have repented – they have sat down with us not once, not twice.

“They told us that one of the northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram and the bandits are one and the same. They have a sophisticated network. During this lockdown, their planes were moving up and down as if there was no lockdown.

“They were moving ammunition, moving money, and distributing them across different parts of the country.”

Mailafia said Boko Haram had already infiltrated southern Nigeria; adding that their plan was to spark a second civil war.

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The former CBN deputy governor, who holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University in the United Kingdom; said he was not one to make spurious and unfounded allegations.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday, August 11, appointed Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the chairman of the 104-member National Campaign Council for the Ondo Governorship Election.

This was likewise contained in a statement titled; “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Heads 104-Member APC National Campaign Council for Ondo State Governorship Election;” signed by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja, late Tuesday.

Nabena stated that “the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Mai Mala Buni has approved the appointment of the Governor of Lagos State, H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to chair the Party’s high-level National Campaign Council for the Ondo State Governorship Election.

“The Governor of Plateau State, H.E. Simon Lalong will serve as Deputy Chairman; and Comrade Mustapha Salihu as Secretary of the 104-member APC National Campaign Council.”

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