Sheriff Replies Soyinka, Says He only Entertained Nigerians With His Mastery of English language.
Former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff has replied Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka over his comment on the alleged involvement Sheriff in Boko Haram sponsorship.
Sheriff, who spoke through Mr. Inuwa Bala, the Commissioner of Information and Home Affairs under his administration, in an interview with Punch newspaper said Prof Soyinka is a cultis who has no moral justification to speak on the alleged involvement of any Nigerian in criminal activities.
Professor Soyinka had in a piece titled #BringBackJonathan2015: The Wages Of Impunity he has no doubt whatsoever that Ali Modu Sheriff is complicit in the parturition of Boko Haram. He added that The evidence in possession of Security Agencies – plus a number of diplomats in Nigeria Against Sheriff – is overwhelming, and all that is left is to let the man face criminal persecution.
Sheriff was few weeks ago accused alongside a former Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika accused of sponsoring the Boko Haram sect. Both men has since denied the allegation.
But reacting to Soyinka’s epistle, Sheriff said he was only entertaining Nigerians with his mastery of the English language.’
“As the ‘cultist’ we know him (Soyinka) to be, being the founder of a confraternity for which the world is still waiting for answers from him, he is the least morally qualified to speak on the alleged involvement of any Nigerian in whatever crime.
“We challenge him to name this person he says he knows as a sponsor of Boko Haram in the Central Bank, if he is as patriotic as he claims to be. We also challenge him to prove to Nigerians that he is not the cultist we have always known him to be.
“No security agency anywhere or an individual who claims to have investigated this matter independently can dictate to Nigerians or our security personnel what to do about this Boko Haram menace. Therefore, this needless diversion is unwelcome”, he said.
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