A former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, has reacted to allegation that he is one of the sponsors of the dreaded insurgents, Boko Haram.
Addressing newsmen Wednesday in Abuja, Sheriff, who recently decamped from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he had no reason to associate with the sect.
An Australian negotiator, Stephen Davis, had in a television interview indicted the former governor and a former Chief of Army staff, Lt Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, of sponsoring Boko Haram activities.
Mr. Davis was engaged by the Federal Government to negotiate the release of the over 200 Chibok girls still in the Boko Haram’s captivity.
Modu Sheriff insisted that those linking him with the insurgents are doing so out of sheer mischief, saying he had no reason to associate with terror group.
His words, “Those linking me with the sect are either ignorant or completely out for mischief. The sect has become captive of political forces and used for settling political scores.
“I have no association with any terrorist anywhere. I have never met the group. I cannot be a sponsor of a group I have not met before. I don’t have foot soldiers, as they alleged.
“My name has been mentioned for political reasons over the attacks of Boko Haram. I have been accused unfairly in connection with Boko Haram since I left office.
“For the records, let me state categorically that I do not share the same ideology with Boko Haram.
“It is instructive to point out that I have been one of the greatest victims of Borno. I was a target of Boko Haram during my time because I refused to abdicate my responsibility.
“For the records, the late leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, once named me, Umaru Yar’Adua and some other leaders as targets. He boasted he would deal with all of us.”
“The fact that one of my commissioners, Buji Koi was named as member of the group does not make me a member.
“It doesn’t make sense. I leave the rest for Nigerians to judge whether it is a crime to do good to all men.”