Northern youths call for the sack ‘snail paced’, ‘docile’ AGF Malami
Northern youths under the aegis of the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCON) have given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to reveal the identities of those people financing terrorism or face a mass protest.
The group stated this in a press statement on Thursday signed by its National President, Comrade Isah Abubakar.
It said having monitored the popular Channels Television programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’ on Wednesday wherein its Guest, Kunle Olawunmi, a retired Navy Commodore and a Professor of Intelligence and Global Security Studies, said that he was a member of Committee that interrogated a senior member of the government on Boko Haram related issue, and up till now nothing has been done.
Abubakar stated that Olawunmi further stated that in April this year, the government said they arrested 400 bureaus de change (BDCs) operators that were sponsoring Boko Haram.
The group in the statement said that the retired military officer queried why these terrorists will not be tried since they are known.
“We know them. Why can’t this government, if not that they are partisan, why can’t they bring those people out for trial?” I can’t come on air and start mentioning names of people that are presently in government that the boys we arrested mentioned. Some of them are governors now. Some of them are in the Senate. Some of them are in Aso Rock”, Olawunmi was quoted.
The Northern group maintained that the weighty allegation, if not properly treated through deliberate government efforts, can further polarise the country that is already faced with different secessionist agitations.
The group called on the President to immediately sack Mr. Abubakar Malami who first brought the issue of the sponsors of insecurity to the public domain with the promise of unveiling their identities but failed to do so, which according to it led to the embarrassing and weighty allegation of sectionalism against the government.
The Northern youths while serving the government a 14- day pre protest notice, said that failure to unveil the identities of the sponsors of the killers of their brothers and sisters, they would have no other option than to occupy the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory until their demands are met.
“We believe strongly that the Attorney General is not doing much in prosecuting Boko Haram and Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements that have been arrested and the over 400 bureaus de change operators that are either in the custody of the security agencies or have probably regained their freedom.
“NYCON is of the belief that there can’t be peace without justice, hence, the office of Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Federation should be occupied by a proactive and more intelligent person other than the Snail paced and docile Malami,” NYCON stated.