Ali Modu Sheriff, former governor of Borno State, had in 2016 accused the administration of (then governor) Kashim Shettima of creating and funding the Islamic group, Boko Haram.
Sheriff, who was succeeded by Shettima as Borno’s governor, made the allegation while reacting to a call for his arrest and prosecution for creating the violent Islamist insurgent group by the Borno State attorney general and commissioner for justice, Kaka Lawal.
Lawal, had on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in Port Harcourt, at the 56th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, said the insecurity created by Sheriff during his years as governor of the state metamorphosed into Boko Haram
However, Sheriff, in his reaction through his special adviser on media, Inuwa Bwala, said Lawal was not being sincere and only acting a script written by Governor Shettima.
Sheriff advised the Justice commissioner of the state to look inwards so he could know those behind the Boko Haram menace in the state, adding that the Attorney General was “talking rubbish.”
“The commissioner is talking rubbish. He’s acting the script of his governor. Sheriff made the governor what he is today,” the statement said.
“Those who are making the allegation should know that three of his (Sheriff) brothers were killed by Boko Haram, his family is being threatened by the Boko Haram.
“The AGF’s predecessor died in circumstances not clear. What killed him and who killed him? The people are suspecting who is behind the killing. I pity him, he doesn’t know what he is talking about. He is serving in a government that created and funded Boko Haram,” Sheriff alleged.
The Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, has been waging war against innocent civilians, and has claimed responsibility for more than 35,000 deaths since 2009.