The Borno Elders Forum, in a signed statement by it’s chairman, Ambassador Usman Gaji Galtimari, said the people of Borno State feel betrayed that some Nigerians are supportive of those that allegedly diverted the funds meant to buy arms to prosecute the war on Boko Haram.
The statement read: ” We feel disturbed and even betrayed by some Nigerians who seem to justify the carnage perpetrated upon our people. The massive killing of our people, the wholesome destruction of our settlements, the massive humanitarian crisis faced by over two million internally displaced persons, the creation of hundreds of thousands of widows and orphans and so on, seem to be of no consequence to some Nigerians.
“The people who sponsored the activities of Boko Haram or those who deliberately turned away from their official responsibilities on security issues, or those who looted the funds meant for the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram, and those who spoke or continue to speak in their favour are all one and the same. 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.”
The Elders asked Nigerians to stand by them and collectively assist to bring to book those responsible form the scam, which has been termed Dasukigate or Armsgate.
They said: “It does not speak well of any Nigerian, for whatever reason, to fight or criticize the President of Nigeria 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.”
The Elders equally asked that apart from the prosecution of those involved in the scam, searchlight must now turn to the sponsors of the insurgents.
They said: “Much has been said about the sponsors of Boko Haram. With the horrifying revelations about the ‘Arms Deal’, it is no longer necessary to continue delaying the search for the real sponsors of Boko Haram. 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.”
The Elders while expressing their disgust towards some Nigerians still offering support for some of those persecuted for the scam, said: “We feel hurt and betrayed that some Nigerians are politicizing this despicable issue of ‘Arms Deal.’ People are rushing to our courts of law to manipulate the law, taking cover under the canopy of the constitution and misinterpreted human rights dicta to confuse the nation.”
They asked that: “Nigerians should allow the Federal Government and its relevant agencies to bring to book all those found to be involved in any act of omission or commission. Condoning blood money is to be equally bloody.”