Arrest And Probe Sheriff, Ihejirika Now! – Group

The Northern Emancipation Network, a non-governmental organization has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to order the arrest and probe of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd) in the light of the revelation by Australian negotiator, Austin Stephen, that they are involved in the Boko Haram insurgency.

A statement signed by the group’s Coordinator, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the action has become necessary in order for the President to reclaim his already battered image as a result of the insurgency.

The group said acting on Dr Austin’s revelation would also reshape Nigeria’s image in the face of the international community.

According to Suleiman, the attempts by Sheriff and Ihejirika to clear themselves in the media should not be equated to proof of their innocence.

The group, however, frowned at attempts by the opposition to make political gains out of the situation, adding that it is the peak of insensitivity to issues that concern national security.

The group said it was unacceptable for the opposition to lump Sheriff’s indictment on the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party.

“In any case, Sheriff had, since 1999 been in the opposition until just recently when he shifted to the PDP,” Suleiman said.

He also described attempts by Igbo commentators to exonerate Ihejirika as pedestrian, saying Nigerians should stop interpreting the insurgency in tribal or ethnic terms.