The Northern Emancipation Network took exception to Femi Fani-Kayode’s call for Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State to account for the missing Chibok girls, asking him instead, to look for them from his former boss, Goodluck Jonathan.
A statement signed by the Coordinator of the Group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said it only takes a sick mind to attempt to shift responsibility for security lapses from a President and Commander-in-Chief of the nation’s armed forces unto a state governor.
“The Chibok girls got missing under the watch of Fani-Kayode’s boss, Jonathan whose government literally and deliberately resigned itself to live with the Boko Haram murderers and rapists in the Northern part of the country. It therefore points to a severe case of untamed insanity for Fani-Kayode to ask Governor Shettima to account for them.
“We recall also that Jonathan himself set up an investigative panel in May 2014 which comprised largely his close associates (past and servicing intelligence officers from the DSS, Army, Air Force, piolice) and Civil Societies (local and international). The panel submitted report to him at the end of June same year. He refused to publicise the findings. Femi Fani Kayode should therefore know who to ask about Chibok girls.
“Similarly, the nation and the entire world know that it was the sack of the Jonathan presidency which Fani-Kayode served in one way or another that marked the commencement of the process of actually fighting Boko Haram and freeing our people from the stranglehold of the insurgency that was chasing away our troops from large portions of our nation.
“It is impossible also to forget that before 2015, virtually the entire North was a battlefront, and the nation was a hostage of Boko Haram which would have, without a doubt, completely routed the Jonathan administration by understanding that weak political will and corruption had weakened his resolve to fight it.
“Today we move about in a vastly-improved security atmosphere, free from the fear of bombs and bullets that was the hallmark of the Jonathan’s 6 counterproductive years.
“With Boko Haram today pinned to enclaves, what is expected of patriotic and sane Nigerians is to support and encourage the current administration of President Buhari to improve our security which is exactly what Governor Shettima is doing and what Jonathan and Fani-Kayode are not happy with.
“It may be convenient for distorted minds such as Kayode’s to attempt to downplay the significance of the contributions and efforts made by Shettima towards the current successes against this murderous insurgency. We from the North, however, understand what it means, and we must thank God that we had a change of administration in 2015.
“We must therefore continue to commend the successes of our gallant troops, the strong will of President Buhari and the spirit of cooperation of Governor Shettima in the fight against Boko Haram.
“We urge Shettima to disregard the criticism of people like Kayode and continue to support the federal government and security forces to fight this insurgency with resolve and awareness of their obligations under the law, as well as the knowledge that victory will only be pronounced when the nation achieves full cessation of hostilities, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in the entire region,” Suleiman said.