Again, Borno Professionals Accuse Modu-Sheriff Of Sharing Same Principles With Boko Haram


SAN FRANCISCO, September 22, (THEWILL) - A Borno-based non- governmental organisation, The League of Borno Professionals, Monday, carpeted the embattled former governor of the state, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, saying he shares same principles with Boko Haram.

Maintaining that Modu-Sheriff cannot wash his hands clean off the insurgents' activities as recently alleged by the Australian hostage negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, the Borno Professionals said Modu-Sherriff has the “same anti-western education philosophy with the dreaded sect.”

In a statement signed by its President, Pindar Bitrus and Vice President, Aisami Habib, the League of Borno Professionals, said the recent gift of N150 million purportedly given by Modu-Sheriff to victims of Boko Haram attacks in the state was “diversionary and playing to the gallery.”

The group said: “We see the purported donation by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State as diversionary and playing to the gallery. His statement is a deliberate attempt to win social and political capital which he squandered in his eight years as governor through politics of greed and bitterness.

“How come the same Borno people he once described as pigeons who can do anything when they see grains in the countdown to the 2007 general elections now be the people dear to his heart.

“Senator Sheriff never commiserated with our people over the Boko Haram crisis in the last three years nor condemned the sect. His latest propaganda cannot dissuade our people from their call on the International Criminal Court to investigate him for his alleged role in funding Boko Haram. It is the dawn of a new era in Borno and we shall make all locusts that looted the treasury to face the full wrath of the law.

“How come Senator Ali Sheriff who shares the same anti-western education philosophy with Boko Haram now claim to have a human face?

For eight years that he was governor, he never sent a single Borno indigene abroad to pursue higher education. For Borno indigenes sponsored by the late Mala Kachallah's administration between 1999 and 2003, Ali Sheriff stopped the payment of their bursary allowance in the United Kingdom on assumption of office, forcing them to drop out of school. He spent the money to fund the ECOMOG movement and buying of jeeps for the likes of Musa Ecomog, Duhu and Dog father who are wing leaders of his thugs.

“It is not surprising that despite his illegally acquired wealth and eight year reign as governor, there is no single Borno politician of repute sticking out his neck for him since the Australian negotiator made his revelations few weeks ago. This underscores how terrible and irresponsible his government was.

“The only person we hear is Inuwa Bwala who shares the same philosophy like Sheriff. After all birds of the same feather flock together. Bwala like Sheriff has no principle or values such that if the devil or Boko Haram requires his services as media aide today, he will accept the offer provided they can pay his price.

“Sheriff also used the tax payers money that should have been used in educating Borno children in order to bridge the educational gap between the North and South to invite foreign musicians from all over West Africa to entertain his wife every May 29 for eight years.”

The group sad the embattled former governor should know that the day of reckoning has come for him, saying “the trio of Fatima (his wife), himself and his father, Modu Sheriff , will account for their deeds.”