Nigeria risks losing 19 states to Boko Haram terrorism – Gen Olanrewaju

Former General Officer Commanding, GOC, Third Division of the Nigerian Army and ex Minister of Communications, Major General Tajudeen Olanrewaju, has called for an immediate declaration of a state of emergency in Borno State in view of the revelations involving the immediate past governor of the state and two serving senators over Boko Haram activities that have dragged the progress of Nigeria especially the Northern part of the country in the mud for over two years.He said Nigeria risks losing 19 States to Boko Haram.

Olanrewaju spoke following the killing of former GOC, 2nd Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Muhammadu Shuwa in the early hours of yesterday by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect at his home in Maiduguri, the state capital. General Shuwa, a contemporary of General Benjamin Adekunle, was renowned for his strategic role during the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, which he fought on the Nigeria side.

Olanrewaju said with the alleged involvement of the former governor, Alli Modu Sheriff and the two serving senators with the sect, Borno State was under siege and no longer under control, adding therefore that the only option for peace in the North Eastern state was for Mr. President to declare a state of emergency in the area.

He warned of the consequence of the government’s failure to do so even as he reminded the government of the fate that befell the neighbouring State of Mali, where the same Islamic insurgency had led to declaration of the Islamic State in Northern Mali.

“Two senators have been indicted or interrogated and a former governor is said to be involved. General Shuwa has just been killed at his home in Maiduguri. This is a strong pointer to a very unpredictable situation about to happen and Mr. President cannot be at peace with himself now. It is like when you kill a police man, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, will not be in peace. The best way to it is for President Jonathan to, as a matter of urgency, declare a state of emergency in that state of Borno and there will be peace. Theres no other way to it,” he added.

Meanwhile, former governor of Yobe State, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, yesterday indicated his readiness to mediate in any talk between the Boko Haram sect and the Federal Government aimed at bringing about peace in the country.

The former governor, who is now a Senator, was one of the northern leaders named by the sect as possible mediators they would accept in any negotiation for ceasefire with the government.

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  1. SIRAJ MUHAMMAD FUNTUA Reply

    General, we are in a democratic time, governing by a democratic politicians, let’s take things easy and step-wise; killing of a retired General should not be your only concern; what about thousands of lives lost and still loosing in Borno? Have you ever ask yourself how many lives is lost daily in Maidiguri? A lot of lives of able youths, aged and elderly have been wasted since the born of this un-Islamic group groomed by either politicians or an individual or selfish group of people. General lets trade with caution, please. If the Federal govt lead by PDP is serious about bringing end to this unholy act; the govt know what to do. But one would imagine a govt that cannot manage lasting solution proferred by late Ummaru Yar’adua to stop daily killings and kidnappings of Niger Delta region; can that govt provide solution to Boko Haram bomb attacks in some part of the north?
    General, that is food for thought. May God almighty save us from the hands of bad leaders.

  2. SIRAJ MUHAMMAD FUNTUA Reply

    General, sorry for giving you a count-down of Nigeria civic unrest. PDP govt in Plateau state for the pat 5 years is not able to bring peace to its people. To worsen the situation the same Governor was awarded most peaceful Governor in Nigeria some time ago by the Presidency. Up till date civic unrest continues in Plateau state. The two Chief Security officer of the state, past and the incumbent, have been linked with the killings, but nothing happen to them. Tell me General, how can this type of govt profer solution to the state of unrest caused by Boko Haram? Even if the govt is out to play double standard, it will fail. It is only when govt is ready for justice and equal treatment of citizens that it will succeed.

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