Boko Haram insurgency, not a religious war – Borno elders


“Much as we know, the whole matter has nothing to do with the claimed intention of a section imposing their will on the others, or issues of sharia or making the country
ungovernable for the President or a religious war as they
want to look at it”, Zanna Hassan Boguma while delivering a goodwill message on behalf of the Borno Elders Forum, at a gathering of Northern Elders Forum in Kano on Monday, said.  He accused the Federal government of lacking the political will to combat the menace, given its inability to implement the many reports turned in by many expert committees constituted by the government itself on the insurgency.

He described the current security situation in the north as in a state of war with enemies from within. The elder statesman further said, “We have been seeing hell, our people are constantly decimated, our towns and villages razed, properties destroyed, schools and places of worship burnt,
even innocent travelers were not spared”.

Lamenting the pathetic state of insecurity in the North East, he however cautioned that the solution did not lie with the PDP or the APC, but noted that it transcended politics. He therefore called on government to act decisively in order to save the region from further crisis, “Until those who were named as supporters, financiers, and allies to Boko Haram were brought to justice, until the political Boko Haram kingpins were apprehended and prosecuted, until the operations to contain this madness is sincerely handled, lives of our innocent villagers would continue to be sacrificed”, he said.


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