Nigerian Govt not Behind Boko Haram – VP Sambo
Vice President Namadi Sambo has denied insinuations that the Nigerian government is behind the raging Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Sambo stated this in Kano during a visit survivors of last Friday’s bomb attack in the city’s central Mosque near the Emir’s palace three days after the incident.
He spoke against the backdrop of the allegation by an Islamic organisation which said the Friday’s bomb attack in Kano may have occurred to justify the government’s plan to extend emergency rule in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
“But must blood be spilled to justify the extension of State of Emergency?” Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, which is headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, had asked in a statement Sunday. “Why is it that any time, the ineffective State of Emergency is about to elapse and or an extension is being sought, attacks are carried out with sophistication?”
But Mr. Sambo said it does not make sense for any government to attack its own people.
“It is seriously disturbing to hear people spreading rumours that Federal government is behind what is happening, while in the real sense we are doing our best to tackle it,” he said in Kano Monday.
The Vice President, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been variously criticised for failing to visit communities and towns ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgents, instead of his routine statement of condemnation and promise to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Sambo arrived first at the palace of Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sunusi, before visiting Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and the Mosque where the attack took place.
He also visited hospitals where victims of the attack were receiving treatment.
Mr. Sambo said the federal government could not be behind Boko Haram when majority of security establishments are headed by northerners, from the Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki who is from Sokoto State, to Inspector General Abba Suleiman, who is from Jigawa State to Defense Minister who is from Zamfara State.
“Including myself Vice President from Kaduna State Zaria, so with all these high profile Security operatives in the government and other sensitive positions control by the Northerners they can never be party to these heinous acts been perpetrated by the terrorists,” the vice president said.
Mr. Sambo said the attacks should be politicized.
“Security and politics should not be put together in this context, this business is more than what people think, rather they should be seen cooperating with the security in tackling this problems then politicizing it,” Mr. Sambo warned.
“In any case, like I said earlier, I don’t see all these top security echelon who hold highly placed and sensitive positions in the Security circle of this Government conniving with the Insurgents to kill their own people. Does it make sense?
Mr. Sambo said the government has since directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to distribute relief materials where necessary, and that they have ordered for a large quantity of blood from their blood bank in Kaduna and Katsina to be given to those in need of it.
Mr. Sambo also urged the Emir of Kano, Sunusi Lamido, to enlighten his subjects against accusing the federal government, saying they should know that government is rather with them not with the Terrorists.
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