- Elders and stakeholders in Borno state have been accused of complicity in the continuous existence of terrorism in the state
- The allegation against the elders was made by the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER)
- The centre also gave the elders and Borno stakeholders a 7-day ultimatum to initiate necessary actions in consonance with the concerns expressed in its open letter
The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has accused the Borno Elders Forum, politicians and other stakeholders of complicity in the continuous existence of terrorism in the state.
CALSER said some elders, political leaders, and stakeholders in the state were frustrating the efforts of the federal government to end terrorism in north east Nigeria.
In a letter addressed to BEF, and signed by the convener, Princess Ajibola, the centre posed several questions begging for answers from the elders and stakeholders.
CALSER also gave the elders and Borno stakeholders a 7-day ultimatum to initiate necessary actions in consonance with the concerns expressed in its open letter.
Commending President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Military for the efforts shown in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, none of the members of BEF needs an extra binocular to spot the difference before and now under this government.
Ajibola said the centre believes in the strategies being put in place by President Buhari and the security agencies across Nigeria to ensure the activities of the terror group is curbed.
She said: "It is unfortunate that BEF, politicians and other stakeholders in Borno state have wrongly perceived and interpreted the entire Boko Haram insurgency which has devastated and ruined, not only Borno state, but the rest of the Northeast region as the exclusive business of President Buhari."
The centre also alleged that the BEF have failed to contribute their quota to anti-terrorism battle to save humanity and their own remaining kith and kin trapped by remnants of insurgents.
"Disappointing though, BEF has abandoned its crucial part of the bargain or contributions to this collective warfare on anti-terrorism or has gleefully neglected it, while they wake up every day looking unto outsiders to solve a problem in their own house."
"It’s like members of this forum derive pecuniary benefits from the deaths, devastations and ruination of their land by insurgency or indeed, pleasure in its festering," Ajibola added.
Also, having issued a 7-day ultimatum to Borno Elders to initiate necessary actions in consonance with the concerns expressed in the centre's letter, Ajibola said, CALSER would be forced to activate other peaceful and lawful instruments in order to give peace and security to our distressed and traumatized humanity in Borno state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Martin, has decried the continued attacks on Nigeria's soil by members of the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists' groups.
Martins said the terror groups are holding Nigeria as a country to ransom.
He further urged the Federal Government and the Nigerian Military to intensify its counter-offensive to crush the groups and restore normalcy to end fear among citizens.
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