The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) on Wednesday,12 August, 2020 tasked the security agencies to investigate the allegation by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, that “one of the Northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria.”
This was contained in a statement issued by the chairman of the Forum who is also the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Simon Machan.
Lalong said the Forum is concerned about the weighty allegation made by Dr Mailafia which must be thoroughly investigated.
He said the 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 Mailafia very weighty which deserves further investigation.
In his words “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.”
He also urged Dr Mailafia and indeed all citizens with useful information on the activities of criminals; and terrorist groups to assist security agencies and governments; at all levels with such intelligence for proper action.
Lalong further explained that he hopes the allegations are not smear campaigns; or attempts to discourage the Northern governors who are putting in their best to bring an end to insecurity in the region.
He reiterated that the Forum does not and will 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 Zulum of Borno State was attacked.