It is no longer in doubt that Nigeria is at war. Since 2009 when Mohammed Yusuf, founder of the dreaded Boko Haram was killed by Nigerian security operatives, members of the sect have taken arms and launched a full scale offensive against the nation. They have killed and maimed countless citizens, especially those within their enclave – the north-eastern part of Nigeria.
Although the size of Boko Haram membership is unknown, no one is in doubt as regard their potency. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has advised the Federal Government to consider investigating the source of funding for Boko Haram, following allegation of corruption by Sarah Sewall, the United States Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights.
Meanwhile, the HRW, at a news conference by its European Media Director, Mr. Andrew Stroehlein, in Lagos, said exposing sponsors of Boko Haram would go a long way in winning the war against insurgents.
Recalling that the US had hinted about the possibility of Boko Haram getting its funding from al-Qaeda, it stated that he coming together of the world powers to confront Boko Haram should have happened earlier than now.
At the meeting, the National Human Rights Commission called on the Federal Government to speedily investigate and prosecute all terror suspects in the country.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, represented by Oti Ovrewah a director of the commission, advised the government to apply state-of-the-art intelligence gathering equipment in combating terrorism.
However, in combating terrorism, the commission cautioned the government against abuses of human rights. It suggested that the law must be followed through in combating insurgents.
The NHRC said, “The temptation for the government, including National Assembly at this critical period in the country, may be to return fire for fire, setting aside the legal safeguards in a democratic setting.
“While the government has the right and the obligation to unleash its full arsenal to combat the evil scourge of terrorism and other security challenges, it must not employ arbitrary and indiscriminate measures which not only determine the fundamental values it seeks to protect, but also result in falling into the trap set by terrorists and their promoters.
“In the present situation where we find ourselves, respect for human rights is much more important and greater vigilance becomes absolutely necessary.
“Government at all levels and all organs, including the National Assembly, must intensify efforts to counter the narratives of the terrorists.
“The National Assembly, in particular, must be committed to its constitutional obligation of promoting good governance, inclusiveness and social harmony in the country.”
“These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,” the White House said in a statement formally notifying the US Congress about the deployment.
The Nigerian Senate was stunned recently as Senator Buka Ibrahim revealed that the Boko Haram sect employ threat tactics in getting influential persons to fund their activities.
Indeed, there have been reports of complicity by Nigeria’s former military rulers and a former vice president – all accused of selfish desire to retain political power for the northern part of the country.
Indeed, in early 2014, news broke out on the issue of former military president, Ibrahim Babangida (popularly called IBB) sponsoring Boko Haram in Nigeria which went viral on the internet. However, his camp offered a response to the allegation of sponsorship of the sect describing the repented Boko Haram member Haliru Sani’s statements as “effusions of a deluded mind”. A statement issued by General Babangida’s Media Spokesman denied any links with Haliru.
Also, the chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) and governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has said that it was uncharitable to blame northern governors for the insurgence, even as he asked why the government was reluctant to reveal the sponsors of Boko Haram.
Aliyu, speaking in Minna at a federal and state security administrators’ meeting, said the statement credited to the minister of information, Labaran Maku, that the northern governors were not doing enough to curb the insurgency was unfair.
However, there have been the audacious claim by an advocacy group, The Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) Council that American billionaire, Bill Gates is a major foreign sponsor of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s North East region.
Speaking with journalists in Owerri, the chairman of the GPA, Dr. Philip Njemanze disclosed that Gates and Monsanto were sponsoring the insurgency in the region using their biotechnology companies.
According to him, the major aim of the insurgency was to capture the food security of Nigeria and control Africa’s largest nation by population and economy. This could only be possible by fighting to displace the indigenous farmers in the country and replace them with Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs corporate farms in the North East food basket region of Nigeria.