The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong has reacted to the recent comment of the former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the 2019 general elections, Dr. Obadiah Mailafiya, that one of the northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria.
The Northern Governors Forum has called on security agencies to investigate the allegation.
Lalong in a statement released through his spokesman noted that the forum is worried about the allegation of the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
According to him, 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 “very weighty and deserves further investigation.”
Lalong said, “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.”
Lalong called on Obadiah and other Nigerians with useful information to assist security agencies and Governments at all levels with such intelligence for proper action.
The Governor further stated that he hopes the allegation are not an attempt to discourage governors from the region from fight insecurity.
Lalong reiterated that the Forum does not, and will not support the activities of any criminal group, because as Governors and their families are also not spared as was recently witnessed when the convoy of Governor Babagana Zullum of Borno State was attacked.