A non- governmental organisation, The League of Borno Professionals, has described a former Borno State Governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, as having the “same anti-western education philosophy with the Boko Haram sect.”
The former governor has been in the eye of the storm after the Australian hostage negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, alleged that Sheriff was one of the sponsors of the terrorist group.
Sheriff has also received knocks from many Nigerians after pictures showed him to be with President Goodluck Jonathan during the President’s visit to Chad.
Sheriff also last week came under the attack of some people in the state, who claimed that the much publicised N150m cash gifts to victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the state was never received by any one or group of people.
In a statement on Monday, The League of Borno Professionals, an “association of Borno indigenes in different sectors of the economy working to enhance the capacity of members to add value to the lives of our people,” said the gift of the former governor coming at this point in time was “diversionary and playing to the gallery.”
The group, in the statement by its President, Pindar Bitrus, and Vice President, Aisami Habib, said, “We see the purported donation by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to Internally Displaced Persons in Borno State as diversionary and playing to the gallery.
“His statement is a deliberate attempt to win social and political capital, which he squandered in his eight years as governor through politics of greed and bitterness.
“How come the same Borno people he once described as pigeons, who can do anything when they see grains in the countdown to the 2007 general elections, now be the people dear to his heart.
“Senator Sheriff never commiserated with our people over the Boko Haram crises in the last three years nor condemned the sect. His latest propaganda cannot dissuade our people from their call on the International Criminal Court to investigate him for his alleged role in funding Boko Haram.
“It is the dawn of a new era in Borno and we shall make all locusts, who looted the treasury, to face the full wrath of the law.”