The Northern Governors Forum, NGF, has called on the security operatives to launch an investigation into the allegations of links with Boko Haram insurgents leveled against its members by Dr. Obadiah Mailafia.
Recall that in an interview with an Abuja-based FM Radio, Mr Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, had alleged that one of the Northern governors is the Commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Reacting, the Forum chairman and Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, described the allegation as weighty, saying that such allegations are either smear campaigns or attempts to discourage the Northern governors who are putting in their in the fight against the terrorists.
Mr Lalong, in a statement signed on Wednesday by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Macham, said that the Forum is, “concerned about the weighty allegation made by Dr. Mailafiya which must be thoroughly investigated”.
He said: “Forum which has been working with the Federal Government, security agencies, community, civil society, traditional and religious leaders as well as development partners to defeat terrorism, banditry and other forms of crimes in the region, finds the allegation by Dr. Mailafiya very weighty which deserves further investigation.”
“We as Northern Governors have met severally to discuss insecurity in the Northern Region and the nation at large where we did not only condemn the activities of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals but also engaged the President and all heads of security agencies in finding solutions to the problem.
“To now say that one of our members is leading Boko Haram in Nigeria is a serious allegation that cannot be swept under the carpet. We demand an immediate and thorough investigation,” the statement noted.
He, therefore, urged Mr Mailafiya and other Nigerians with useful information on the activities of criminals and terrorist groups to assist security agencies and governments at all levels for proper action.
He reiterated that the Forum does not, and would not support the activities of any criminal group, “because they as Governors and their families are also not spared as was recently witnessed when the convoy of Governor Babagana Zullum of Borno State was attacked”.