Abuja - The Borno Elders Forum has called for
the prosecution of all culprits involved in the arms deal scandal for alleged
complicit in the Boko Haram crisis.
In a moving statement, Usman Gaji Galtimari, Chairman of the
BEF, sponsors of Boko Haram or those who turned away from their official
responsibilities on security issues, as well as those who allegedly looted
funds meant for the prosecution of the war against terror were “ one and the same.”
“Those who collected such huge sums of money from the
national treasury and converted same for their unending greed and avarice,
should be regarded as part and parcel of the sponsors of Boko Haram. Get them
and you will get the rest,” said Galtimari.
“They all individually and collectively aided and sponsored
the Boko Haram insurgency. They colluded to ensure the death of our brave
soldiers, our innocent people and the near total destruction of our society.”
Galtimari said Nigerians should stand by the organisation
and collectively assist to bring those responsible to book.
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“ It does not speak well of any Nigerian, for whatever
reason, to fight or criticize the President or calling our anti–corruption
agencies names when they simply want to make offenders pay for the crimes most
of them have confessed to have committed.”
Galtimari said the forum thus felt “hurt” and “betrayed”
that some Nigerians are politicising the arms deal.
Some high-ranking officials of the past administration have
been arrested for allegedly diverting money meant to purchase arms for the Boko
Critics suggest the anti-corruption drive was initiated to
settle political scores.
The Boko Haram scourge has claimed the lives of more than 20
000 people, with Borno the worst affected by the terror.
“We are aggrieved and any further aggravation of our agony
would be most inhuman,” said Galtimari.
“We equally plead with Mr. President, the National Assembly,
the Judiciary and all anti-corruption/crime bursting agencies to dispense
justice accordingly. We cry for justice.”
- CAJ News