AIY condemns ACF over statement
… Calls on Igbos, Christians to be alert
From GEOFFREY ANYANWU, Awka
Monday, February 06, 2012
The demand by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) for a commitment from the Federal Government to guarantee the security of Boko Haram leaders for them to dialogue has been described as vexatious and insulting.
ACF had, in a press statement signed by Alhaji Aliko Mohammed and Mr. Anthony N. Z. Sani, its chairman, NEC and national publicity secretary respectively, stated among other things that, “the Federal Government should commit itself openly and unambiguously in guaranteeing the security of leaders of Boko Haram when eventually they come out for dialogue promised by the president.”
But the Alliance of Igbo Youths (AIY) which yesterday reviewed the state of the nation and the press statement of the ACF said though the Forum’s statement was equally disappointing, it had however made the search for the sponsors and powers behind the terrorist group easier.
Addressing newsmen shortly after its meeting in Awka, AIY’s Emeka Moneme and Johnbosco Muozoba, secretary and chairman respectively said it was necessary to remind the ACF that those they were seeking protection for had committed series of heinous crimes.
The statement which was read by Moneme reads in part: “We view with total disappointment, the vexatious and provocative press statement attributed to the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and published in a number of some national dailies demanding among other things, commitment from the Federal Government to guarantee the security of Boko Haram leaders.
“Do we need to remind the ACF that these Boko Haram leaders had committed, and boldly claimed responsibility for series of heinous crimes against humanity which included the Christmas Day bombing of Christian worshippers inside their place of worship at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla that killed over 44 innocent, defenseless men, women and children as well as systematic massacre of Christians and Igbos across northern Nigeria?
“The current campaign by the ACF to shield bandits and terrorists parading as Boko Haram from facing the consequences of their actions raises a number of curious questions. Do we need to search further for the sponsors and powerhouse behind the Boko Haram sect? Is the Boko Haram agenda same as the much touted Northern Political and Religious agenda?
“Why was it impossible for ACF to commit northern governors, emirs, imams and northern elders to guarantee the security of Christians and Igbos in the North as the so called Boko Haram sect freely carried out their programme of exterminating Christians and Igbos? “The reference by ACF to the UN resolution 1963 of 2010 is pathetic, as the premeditated, unprovoked attack and systematic killing of innocent, defenseless men, women and children because of their religious beliefs and tribal origin cannot be described as civil unrest or social conflict. It is called genocide.”
AIY described the claim by ACF that more Muslims were targeted victims of Boko Haram assault as not only an afterthought but mischievous, questioning how many mosques or Muslim gatherings were bombed or attacked by Boko Haram. It further asked, “If the Boko Haram agenda is to correct the mistake of 1914 and Islamize northern Nigeria as they claimed, why didn’t they engage the Federal Government to convene a Sovereign National Conference?”