NORTHERN ELDERS FORUM TELLS BUHARI TO STOP PLAYING GAME ON BOKO HARAM ISSUES

The Director, Advocacy and Engagement of the Northern
Elders Forum, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has said this is not
the time to engage in blame game over Boko Haram
attacks in the North-East.
He said comments attributed to the President, Major
General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in which he said the
attacks could not have happened without the knowledge of
community leaders, were unhelpful at a time when the
nation should be united against insurgency.
The President had while addressing Borno leaders during a
condolence visit to the Palace of the Shehu of Borno, said
Boko Haram could not have been attacking the state
without the knowledge of community and other leaders of
the state.
Baba-Ahmed said, “These are not times for a blame game.
Every level of society in most of the North-East, especially
in Borno and Yobe states, has been victim of this
insurgency.
“Perhaps, President Buhari was unaware that there are many
places where citizens have been particularly vulnerable, and
this place of attack has been a position of major concern
for quite a while because the gate is closed in the night to
everyone’s knowledge.
“These comments will alienate more influential people from
the President at this time when we all need strong unity to
fight this insurgency.”

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