Sheikh Muhammad Mahmoud Turi, Leader of El-Zakzaky Muslim Sect in
Kano, on Thursday declared that there is no way the Federal Government
can exonerate itself from the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
The sect leader said the consistent operation of the sect in the
Northeast and other parts of the North indicated that government and its
agencies have a hand in its activities.
Sheikh Mahmoud, who spoke to reporters at NUJ Press Centre, also
said his people would commence a six-day mass trekking ritual from Kano
to Zaria starting from Sunday, December 7, to commemorate the martyrdom
of Imam Hussain, a freedom fighter.
“It is an open secret that the present government cannot exonerate
itself from all these mayhem that is happening in the country. It is so
obvious that whatever may be the reason, nobody in the country can tell
us that the government is not aware or has no hand in what is happening,
the government is fully responsible and there is no doubt about it.
“If one is saying that government is not Boko Haram, how did the
soldiers get guns and killed us in Zaria? Are they not the Boko Haram?
Who killed the three sons of our national leader in broad day light in
Zaria? The soldiers killed our people. Those children were university
students and Boko Haram means education is sin, then the soldiers killed
them for nothing sake! The soldiers are the Boko Haram.
“I cannot agree with the vice president or any other person who made
such a presentation that the government can be exonerated from the
activities of Boko Haram. Nobody anywhere in Nigeria can agree to
that—except if that person is either afraid or he is a politician. You
can never exonerate or separate the government from Boko Haram,” he