Say revealing the watch list is the first step to tackling the menace

A high level security meeting ended on Monday in Abuja with a decision to expose top politicians who are believed to be backing the deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram.

The decision came on the heels of a revelation that some key political leaders are involved in financing terrorism in an attempt to destabilise the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The meeting was a follow up to an earlier National Security Council session. It deliberated on the controversial statement made by the National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi, who had said the ruling People Democratic Party’s (PDP) zoning policy should be blamed for Boko Haram insurgency.

A presidency source at the meeting, who requested anonymity, disclosed that the office of the NSA is to be formally furnished with details of the alleged involvement of “these greedy elements in the formation and operations of terror groups in the country”.

According to our source, it was agreed during the meeting that Azazi was quoted out of context “as he meant to say that greedy politicians who insisted that no one else can rule Nigeria after the demise of President Umaru Yar’Adua, except someone from the same region”.

“The meeting heaped the blame on greedy and selfish politicians who don’t want Nigerians from outside their region to rule the country. Otherwise how do you explain the genuineness and sincerity as well as equity disposition of a political party that wants all Nigerians to aspire to become president, to mean something else,” the source said.

The source, who noted that the meeting was fruitful, said “at least, for the first time, we now have a watch list with names of possible backers of terror groups. Very soon we will expose them. We all agreed that while we sustain the stick and carrot approach, the battle against terrorism can be ended in no distant time if people with link are exposed”. 

“We will continue to tell our people that the industry of politics in Nigeria that we have hitherto controlled cannot last for ever, as other regions someday would demand a feel of the presidency, just like we have it now that a south-south man is the president,” the source, a northerner, said.

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