By Williams Orji, Abuja
The former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,(EFCC), Mr Nuhu Ribadu has described the activates of Boko Haram insurgents in Adamawa and the North East parts of the country as evil that should not be allowed by the people of Nigeria to stand with good.
Ribadu who stated this on the side-line of the annual convention and election of new executives by the indigenes of Adamawa community resident in Abuja, said the Boko Haram terrorist group has done terrible things to the people of Adamawa and the north east in general, with their unconventional method of attacking and killing of helpless Nigerians from the areas, he therefore called on Nigerians to continue to pray and not allow bad people to divide the country.
“We should say no with one voice to these bad people who are bent on inflicting divides amongst us through their unconventional method of terrorism.”
He said that the service chiefs are doing their best in fighting the menace of Boko Haram, and called for understanding and support from Nigerians on the peculiar situation the military chiefs found themselves, “as the situation takes time to overcome.”
He cited the terrorism situations in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan as examples of how difficult it could take to fight insurgency, adding that “even the United States has now seen the benefit of bringing these terrorists to negotiating table, with the recent agreement they signed with Afghanistan Talabans, which they have been fighting for years.”
Ribadu who is from Adamawa state, urged the new executives elected during the convention to be more transparent and feel the pulse of their followers, even as he urged members of the association to give maximum support to the new executives to move the association forward.
Earlier, the out-going President of Adamawa Community Association (ACA), Alhaji Sali Isa Bello, outlined some of the achievements of his outgoing executives in the past seven years to include, donations of food items and clothing materials worth millions of naira to various IDPs in Adamawa state; participating in the activities of Presidential Initiatives on the north east(PINE) and “made a representation on the bill by the NASS for the establishment of the North East Development Commission(NEDC) in February 2016; and securing a land for the association in the federal capital territory.”
Amongst the new executives of the association includes Engr. Bawuro Yahaya, President; Emmanuel Kari Bagara, Vice President; Asthon Balari, Secretary General; Haphsat Ibrahim Modibbo, Treasurer and Wingard Amos, Financial Secretary among others.