- AYCF has advised Senator Ndume to sue his blackmailer
- The senator was accused of having link with Boko Haram insurgents
- But the group insisted that the legal action should be taken against the peddler of the rumour
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has asked Senator Ali Ndume to take immediate legal action against one Hassan Biu for linking him with Boko Haram insurgents.
The northern group described the claims about Senator Ndume as an insult on the leadership of the Nigerian Senate.
Legit.ng’s regional reporter in Kaduna, Nasir Dambatta, reports that in a terse message issued in Kaduna on Saturday, October 19, the national president of the group, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, noted that, "Since a court of competent jurisdiction had cleared him, it was a slap on the entire Nigerian legislature for a faceless person, masquerading as public commentator to haul degrading accusations against a respected Senator of the federal republic, who is also the chairman of Senate committee on Nigerian Army."
The AYCF described the stance of Biu as "direct character assassination, because the matter has since ended with a court pronouncement that Ndume was not guilty as alleged long ago.
"The way and manner the malicious allegation spread in many Nigerian newspapers is capable of ridiculing the image of not only Senator Ndume but that of the people of Borno south that he is representing," Shettima said.
On the alleged killing of over 800 soldiers, the AYCF said: "The masked media hack that attacked Ndume does not have authority to deny figures given by the Senate committee chairman on Army and therefore only the Nigerian Army can officially deny this figure or give the nation a different casualty figures.
“By suddenly stepping in with malicious article, the masked man has arrogated to himself the powers to say which figures are authentic. But we will be satisfied if the Senator will sue the media houses that gave an unknown writer the platform to spite a senator."
The AYCF said it has the conviction that a legal action by Senator Ndume would propel the media houses to produce the so-called Hassan Biu, not only to set the records straight, but serve as a deterrent to others who might want to create the wrong impression that Ndume and the Army were not united in the efforts to end insurgency.
The AYCF said: "We insist that Senator Ndume should take legal action against this libellous news by taking the media houses that provided the opportunity for maligning the lawmaker, so that both the hack and his sponsors would be promptly exposed. If the senator fails to take such a decisive action he will face our anger."
The group, however, took the masked commentator to task, saying that he has duty to come out and apologise to the lawmaker before the wrath of democracy advocates and the long arm of the law catch up with him and his sponsors whoever they might be.
AYCF said: "This kind of intellectual brigandage character assassination should fought with all legitimate weapons at the disposal of all men and women of goodwill in this country.
"We cannot fathom why anyone sponsored by dark forces in this country should be aided and abetted by the media to malign innocent Nigerians in positions of authority."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by Boko Haram in the Lamba’a forest in Borno state against Nigerian soldiers killed seven terrorists and heavily wounded eight others.
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