BY Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI — IGBO Youth Coalition for Development, IYCD, Wednesday , cautioned the Boko Haram sect over its threat against Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, Engineer Elias Mbam.
According to the group, “any affront on the interest or personal safety of an Igbo man is an affront on the collective interest of Nd’Igbo.”
IYCD, in a statement by the President, Stanley Eze, and Secretary-General, Alozie Ubani, in Enugu, described the threat against efforts of the RMAFC boss to review the salaries and allowances of states and National Assembly members as an attempt to heighten tension.
It noted that the sect demonstrated obvious ignorance of the workings of RMAFC, adding that its action had always been that of disdain for democratic processes by ordering the chairman to review legislators’ emoluments downwards or face fatwa.
Part of the statement read: “We have read with utmost pain and discomfiture the evil vituperation of the faceless Boko Haram, and wish to state that the threat against the Chairman of Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, Engr. Elias Mbam, is the height of infamy.
“It is evident from the belligerent posture of the Boko Haram that it is in a hurry to transform from quasi-religious revisionists into a shadow government.
“It is, therefore, against this ominous reality that we, the members of the Igbo Youth Coalition for Development, IYCD, wish to remind Boko Haram and its patrons that the threat against the RMAFC Chairman represents a joke taken too far.
“IYCD is particularly piqued that Boko Haram, which has wasted the blood of innocent Nigerians, now wants to acquire the toga of champions of people’s rights in a vain attempt to set an agenda for its devilry and criminality.”
The group called on the Federal Government and all security agencies to take special note of Boko Haram’s latest antics.
It said: “It is our resolve that if Boko Haram insists on extending its madness to the citizens of this country, outside their catchment area, by carrying out its threats on Engr. Mbam, or any Igbo person for that matter, we shall not hesitate to remind them that they do not own Nigeria.”