Leadership (Abuja)

1 July 2012

Nigeria: Emirs Can Handle Boko Haram Menace - Potiskum Emirate

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Nigeria's Boko Haram.

Special Adviser on Communications and Security Strategy to the Mai Potiskum, Yobe State, Mallam Gidado Ibrahim has said that all the Emirates in Yobe State are capable of putting an end to the Boko Haram menace in the State.

Speaking with news men in an interview in Kaduna at the weekend, Ibrahim said if all the Emirs in the State had mustered the courage without fear or favour and collectively work assiduously with the security agencies, the Boko Haram sect would have found the State a "no-go" area to operate.

He said, the Potiskum Emirate is an example for every Emirate in the State to emulate in terms of collaborating with the security agencies in checkmating the activities of the Islamist sect in their respective domain.

Ibrahim further stated that it was the Emirate's collaboration with the security agencies that has so far kept the Boko Haram at bay from carrying out bombing in Potiskum over the years, and therefore called on other Emirs in the State to work out a synergy that will put and end to the activities of the sect in the entire State.

The Special Adviser also described the Emirate as a whistle blower on insecurity in its jurisdiction, saying that over the years it had written several petitions to the National Security Advisers as well as the Inspector General of Police on some people, including an Emir over their roles in encouraging crisis in the State.

"Even before the coming of Boko Haram crisis, we wrote so many things to the National Security Adviser (NSA) under Sarki Mukhtar, General Aliyu Gusau, including the State government that there was danger coming, in fact, one of the Emirs we petitioned was summoned by the then Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro who sent in investigators to find out the details of the petition, but up till date the Emir was not prosecuted.

"So it is these political criminals that wanted to join, wanted to conspire with Boko Haram as to get amnesty in order to quash all prosecuting issues before the government. They should have amnesty so that they will not be prosecuted before the court. I hope you understand what I mean. So they should not use bombing as Boko Haram issue. They are using this bombing as a security threat to get what they want, to get their political achievements, not for the sake of anything.

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