Vanguard (Lagos)

7 November 2012

Nigeria: I Would 'Ve Joined Boko Haram - Ex-Military Gov, Onoja

Minna — One time Military Governor of Katsina State, Gen. Lawrence Onoja (rtd.), has said Boko Haram Islamist sect was fighting a good cause, lamenting, however, that it was spoiling its case by killing innocent Nigerians.

Onoja said he would have joined the sect if they had started killing election riggers, who carry ballot boxes home, thumb-print and announce results from their houses instead of resorting to killing innocent people.

He made this known in Minna, Niger State, while contributing to steps towards achieving peace in the country, especially in the northern region, pointing out that the sect has "a genuine case".

He said: "If you look at it from the beginning, they (Boko Haram) have genuine case. I have told people that I would have been a member of Boko Haram before they started killing innocent people.

"But if they had started going after those who rig elections; those who carry ballot boxes to their houses, thump-print and start announcing fake results the next day, which is what most people are doing; if they go after such people, I will join them.

"What we don't want is to start wasting innocent people's lives."

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