Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) and governor of Niger State Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has deconstructed the conspiracy theory suggesting that Jama’atul Ahlil Sunnah Bil Da’awatil Wa Jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram, is solely responsible for the series of bombing attacks and killing of innocent people in the north.
The chairman of the NSGF noted that the explosions currently rocking the north may be part of a wel-co-ordinated attempt to cripple the economy of the region.
Aliyu, who was reacting to the latest attacks on churches in Kaduna and Zaria on Sunday, said, “Given the level of sophistication involved in the activities of the perpetrators of the bombings, it is easy to conclude that some oblique forces are behind the violence in the north and not Boko Haram alone as widely believed.”
Governor Aliyu, in a statement by his chief press secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, described the targeting of churches as a diversionary tactic used by the perpetrators of the dastardly acts, knowing full well that religion is a very sensitive tool that could be easily used to cause disaffection in the region.
“If progress must be made, security agencies must deal decisively with all those arrested in connection with terrorist acts, particularly bombing of churches and schools claimed by Boko Haram, to serve as deterrent to others,” he said.
The forum warned that the continued existence of Nigeria as an indivisible entity depends largely on the quick resolution of the security challenges currently confronting the nation.
The statement urged Christians not to retaliate, emphasising that judgement belongs to God. He prayed God to grant those who lost their lives in the multiple blasts eternal rest, and their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Meanwhile, Governor Aliyu over the weekend, while receiving Tijjanniya Islamic Sect, emphasised the need for the federal government to release its white papers on the various bomb blasts in the country, so that all persons connected with the acts could be identified and punished accordingly.
The governor, however, said that Islam is a religion of peace and that and all Muslims are expected to work towards ensuring peace and stability in the country and shun all negative acts.
He therefore commended the Tijjaniyya sect members for trooping in their thousands for the annual international Maulud celebration in honour of their late spiritual leader, the late Sheikh Ibrahim Inyass, despite the stories of security challenges in the country.
Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who led the delegation, thanked the governor for the successful hosting of the Maulud, while also expressing the group’s appreciation to the host communities for their understanding and warm reception.