A former Governor of Borno State, in Nigeria’s north-east, Ali Modu Sheriff, will soon appear before the Department of State Services (DSS) to answer questions over allegations that he is one of the sponsors of a terrorist group, the Boko Haram.
Spokesperson to the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, told reporters in Abuja on Friday that the service had once invited the former governor for questioning over the activities of the Boko Haram in the past, but that he would be invited again.
She dismissed insinuations that the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, had any link to the sect.
“I would want to say here that it is absolutely uncharitable for us as Nigerians to reward somebody who laid down his life in pursuing this same people for us to accept that he can in anyway be associated as sponsoring the same sect.
“The military together with this service succeeded in bringing the activities in Kano Okene and other parts of Nigeria to a halt and pushing them to Sambisa forest is the same man we want, because he is no longer in office, to say that he is the one that is sponsoring the Boko Haram. I think it’s being wicked. That should not be the way we should reward people who laid down their lives to provide a secured environment for us,” she said.
An Australian hostage negotiator, Dr Stephen Davis, had accused prominent Nigerian politicians, including former Governor Sheriff, of being primary Boko Haram sponsors.
Dr Davis, a self-appointed negotiator, has been negotiating for the release of some 200 girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect in April.
Meanwhile, she appealed for caution as such allegations by Dr Davis, an Australian was capable of destroying the good works of patriotic Nigerians if not based on facts.
Mr Sheriff has denied the allegation, saying he had no association with any terrorists anywhere.
The Boko Haram sect had carried out series of attacks on villages, churches, mosques, schools and at public places mostly in the north eastern part of Nigeria.