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Shehu of Borno, El-Kanemi, reveals Boko Haram’s founders

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 Shehu of Borno El Kanemi reveals Boko Haram s founders

The Shehu of Borno, Abubakar El-Kanemi, said on Thursday that the Boko Haram uprising in Nigeria was the creation of foreigners who entered the North East pretending to be seeking Quranic education.

The monarch spoke during a town hall meeting organised by Yateem Faqeer Global Foundation in Abuja.

El-Kanemi said the authorities have reclaimed the 17 local government areas in Borno that were hitherto under the control of Boko Haram insurgents before the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), took over power in 2015.

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He said, “Borno has witnessed so many things, both good and bad. Boko Haram is meaningless, mindless, and without a sense of direction because neither the Quran nor the Bible commands you to disrespect others, burn, or destroy their property. And I want people to understand that Boko Haram was never founded or initiated by people from the Northeast Zone. It is something they just brought to us out of nowhere.

“Boko Haram insurgents came to Borno and the North-East under the guise of acquiring Quranic education, but few realised they had an ideology that had been polluted as well as promoted into the minds of the youths and caused havoc in our area. Our airport had been vandalised.

“We were not receiving visitors; no commercial flights, no roads. The only road we had was the Maiduguri-Kano road, as all other roads were besieged and taken over by Boko Haram. At that time, Maiduguri was hosting over two million people as IDPs, the majority of whom were women and children suffering very seriously.

“Honestly, we have suffered; the people have suffered. The palaces of our emirs were destroyed; some of them were killed, including other traditional rulers, religious leaders, and district heads, and so many other people were killed. There are numerous issues in the North East. But before we had this administration, out of the 27 local governments in Borno, 17 were under the control of Boko Haram. But now, no local government in Borno is under the control of Boko Haram.”

A former Chief of Army Staff, General Alwali Kazir (retd.), dismissed insinuations that “the bandits and other armed criminal gangs operating in the North-West and other parts of the country were the offshoots of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East,” adding that “apparent ideological differences separated them.”

He, however, recommended both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches as panaceas to Nigeria’s insecurity.

 

 

 

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