By Dapo Akinrefon
THE Niger Delta Nationalities Forum, NDNF, has objected to the withdrawal of the Joint Task Force, JTF, drafted to Borno State to curtail the violent activities of the Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, chairman of the group, Mr. Seigha Manija, said the presence of the JTF was to ensure the safety of lives and property, adding that attempt to withdraw them would be counter-productive.
He said: “JTF should not be withdrawn from Borno until there is peace in the state. We don’t support the withdrawal of the JTF from any part of the North.”
Manija called on the elders in the North to engage the group in dialogue with a view to addressing whatever was responsible for its violent activities.
He noted that NDNF was of the view that the extension of amnesty to the Boko Haram sect would mean it should be extended to other ethnic militias in the country.
On the proposed Islamic banking, he said: “We want a situation where there will be interest-free Christian banks too. Christians can go and operate theirs.
“We have noticed that it is only Christians who are complaining about the Islamic banking method.”