Minna – The Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), Dr Babangida Aliyu, says the spate of bombing by Boko Haram and other forces are intended to cripple the region’s economy.
Aliyu, who is also the Governor of Niger, said this on Monday in Minna in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Danladi Ndayebo.
“The conspiracy theory suggesting that Jama’atul Ahlil Sunnah Bil Da’awatil Wa Jihad popularly known as Boko Haram is solely responsible for the series of bombing attacks and killing of innocent people in the North calls for more investigation.
“The spate of explosion currently rocking the North may be part of a well co-ordinated attempt to cripple the economy of the region,’’ the governor said.
The governor said targeting of churches was a diversionary tactics used by the perpetrators of the dastardly acts to cause disaffection in the region.
“Given the level of sophistication involved in the activities of the perpetrators of the bombings, it is easy to conclude that some oblique forces are behind the violence in the North and not Boko Haram alone as widely believed.
“If progress must be made, security agencies must deal decisively with all those arrested for terrorist acts, particularly bombing of churches and schools claimed by Boko Haram, to serve as deterrent to others.
“The forum warned that the continued existence of Nigeria as an indivisible entity depends largely on the quick resolution of the security challenges currently confronting the nation,’’ he said.
He, therefore, urged Christians not to retaliate, emphasising that judgment belongs to God.
Aliyu prayed God to grant those who lost their lives in the blasts eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. (NAN)