The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has warned that the Federal Government must deal decisively with the crisis entrepreneurs in Borno state if the Boko Haram insurgency is to be defeated.
A statement issued by CESJET on Sunday noted that the recent renewed Boko Haram attacks are evidence that Borno crisis entrepreneurs are not ready to quit their inhuman business of war mongering.
The statement by the centre’s Executive Secretary, Comrade Ikpa Isaac stressed that only a probe of the stakeholders from Borno irrespective of whether they are part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government or not can bring a lasting peace to the north east.
It said “The military has adequately demonstrated that they are up the task and all they have achieved in a short span of time should not be thrown away simply because some leaders in Borno state want the war to linger for their own interest.
“President Buhari has to finally honour the implied promise of exposing these people who have been running terrorism as a business despite the toll of human misery they are exacting on the nation. There is no justifiable reason for the military to have carried out successful operations while the other components of the anti-terror efforts are being frustrated.
“We have even seen instances were some so called leaders or elites in this area covertly or openly come out to speak for the terrorists. Some also take action or use inaction to aid the cause of the insurgents all in attempts to roll back the gains made in combating Boko Haram.
“In our view, time is running out not just for the civilian population of Borno state but also Nigeria as a country since there is a limit to which a now commercialized war should be allowed to run. This is especially so because other crises entrepreneurs have been emboldened by the seeming government delay in dealing with the rouges in the northeast. It is this boldness that allowed them to open shops in the south-south and southeast,” the statement explained.
It reiterated that a federal administrative board of inquiry should be set up to investigate the roles being played by the various stakeholders with a view to making anyone indicted face the law to the fullest.