President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said his principal will not make a public show of Boko Haram financiers and other sponsors of terrorism in the country.
Adesina also, said that Buhari’s regime does not have the motive of shaming the terrorists’ sponsors but will make them face charges.
He spoke during a Channels Television programme on Monday evening.
His words, “Naming and shaming will not be the motive. Bringing malefactors to justice will be it. Nigeria is not interested in naming and shaming anybody. Rather, it wants to bring them to justice.”
The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, har announced in May, 2021, that high-profile Nigerians were financing terrorism in the country.
According to Malami, “In essence, it is indeed true that the government is prosecuting, and it’s indeed initiating processes of prosecuting those high-profile individuals that are found to be financing terrorism. It is indeed true.”
However, contrary to expecting, the government has not only failed to reveal the identities of the terrorism financiers but said it was not interested in doing so to shame them, even as Adesina asked Nigerians to be “rest assured that these people will be dragged before justice, and justice will have its way.”
He added that investigations were ongoing at various security agencies to enable the authorities to arraign such suspects appropriate courts.
“Investigations are going on at different levels; it will be at the level of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; it will be at the level of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency. All the security agencies will be working on it so that when those people eventually appear in court, there will be a prima facie case against them,” he further said.
Earlier, the Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Bawa, had also declined to name the financiers during an interview with Channels TV, Bawa said, “If you are my adviser, will you advise me to come on national television to tell the whole world regarding matters of sensitive national security issue? Certainly not.”
A former Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi, had also, in August, alleged that the Buhari regime was familiar with sponsors of terrorism but yet failed to bring them to book.
“The government has developed cold feet in fighting the insurgency because some of those backing Boko Haram are now top-ranking government officials,” the military intelligence expert had said. “Why can’t this government, if not that they are partisan, bring those people out for trial?”