Abuja - A leading rights group has called on government to investigate reports by an Australian negotiator that former government and military officials sponsored the Boko Haram.
The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) called on the Federal Government to investigate the allegations leveled against pointed former Borno State Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Iheajirika by Stephen Davis.
The call was contained in a press statement signed by the group chairman, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, in Abuja.
“It is with a sense of uttermost shock, despair and excruciating pain that TMG reacts to reports reaching us that the Federal Government’s chief negotiator to free the abducted Chibok Girls, the Australian, Stephen Davis has pin pointed former Borno State Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Iheajirika, among others as sponsors of Boko Haram," the group said.
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"While agree with the principle of natural justice that says an accused should be considered innocent until he is found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction, we contend that these allegations are too weighty to be overlooked,” the statement read.
TMG added that if the allegations were proven to be true, it would be the "height of man’s inhumanity to his fellow country man."
“Davis’ pointed assertions and his direct naming of the alleged sponsors is too damning to be waved aside. His weighty voice about the activities of some Nigerians puts in bold relief the unpatriotic and wicked machinations of the Nigerian political elite.
"The vast majority of Nigeria’s political elite are vile and evil minded people prepared to consistently spill the blood of innocent country men and women in order to remain relevant in the scheme of politics,” the group added.
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The group believes it is time to hold those responsible for sponsoring the group accountable.
“They must be made to face the music for causing Nigerians so much pains by creating a group of senseless blood guzzling terrorists that now trouble the country. These are the men that have murdered the sleep of Nigerians, and they themselves must cease to sleep.”
It called on the International Court of Justice at the Hague and the International Criminal Court to investigate the alleged sponsors.
"Irrespective of where those accused come from, we call for thorough investigations, and anyone found to be culpable must be brought to justice.”
The implicated officials have denied any involvement in the sponsorship of Boko Haram.
- CAJ News