By Ehi Ekhator
The Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose said waiting for the President Muhammadu Buhari to save Nigerians from the onslaught of Boko Haram terrorist is a complete waste of time.
He said, through several tweets on Thursday that those benefiting from the lingering terrorism would make sure that the insurgency persists.
He said: “It appears that Boko Haram has become a source of indirect treasury looting. Those benefitting from IDPs scams, payment of ransom (in dollars) to free those abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents, among others will never wish to see the end of the insurgency.
“Most importantly, govt officials are using IDPs camps to perpetrate monumental fraud. As long as the fight against Boko Haram remains a business venture, providing cheap money for top officials of this government, the insurgency will continue.
“We have heard stories of diversion of foods and relief materials meant for the Internally IDPs in the North-East to Chad and Niger Republic, about 200 tons of dates donated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for distribution to the IDPs sold in the open market in Abuja.
“Nigerians are now getting to a state of helplessness on the insurgency as it now appears we will have to live with Boko Haram for a very long time because waiting for this President Muhammadu Buhari led federal gov to save Nigerians is a waste of time.”
Fayose said the President and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) have continued to deceive Nigerians by using different grammar: “Boko Haram technically defeated, Boko Haram completely defeated and now Boko Haram completely degraded.” adding that three months had turned to 30 months.
Speaking on the abduction of over 105 students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, Yobe State, the governor questioned the withdrawal of soldiers from the community prior to the attack.
“The alleged withdrawal of military check-points from Dapchi and other communities, few days before those 110 Girls were abducted by Boko Haram is no doubt a major pointer to possible conspiracy in the abduction of the school girls and other dastardly acts of the insurgents.” He noted.
The anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International said last year that corruption in the military was weakening Nigeria’s efforts to battle Boko Haram.
In Transparency International’s words; ‘corrupt military officials have been able to benefit from the conflict through the creation of fake defense contracts, the proceeds of which are often laundered abroad in the UK, U.S. and elsewhere.’
The US Department of State’s Bureau for Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism said that the inability of security agencies in Nigeria to share intelligence report because of animosity is affecting the success in the fight against Boko Haram.
Fayose stressed that “Public disagreement between army and police over security arrangements that were in place in Dapchi a few days before the abduction of the 110 girls has further lent credence to the position of the US Dept of State’s Bureau for Counterterrorism & Countering Violent Extremism.”
Adding that “President Buhari must, therefore, have to look inward and purge his government of those benefitting from the insurgency is indeed he desires that it should end.”