The former Deputy Director for Foreign Liaison, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Prof. Kunle Olawunmi, has alleged that some of the major sponsors of the Boko Haram and bandits were aides to President Muhammadu Buhari and lawmakers at the National Assembly.
Olawunmi said that until the sponsors of bandits and insurgents were apprehended and prosecuted in accordance with the country’s law, the attacks on public facilities and killings of individuals including law enforcement officers would continue.
He noted that the 400 Bureau De Change (BDC) listed to be alleged sponsors of the bandits and insurgents were not the major culprit of the crime, saying if they were, why have they not been prosecuted as stipulated by the Nigerian constitution.
The former deputy director, who made the allegations on Wednesday while reacting to bandits attacks on the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State that claimed the lives of at least two army officers, stressed that the procurement of ammunition would not solve the case.
The Don, while describing the current tactics been used by the Nigerian Army against the bandits and other criminals as kinetics, stated that the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and other agencies were aware of the sponsors but cannot go after them considering their status in the country particularly under the present administration.
Olawunmi stated that before his retirement from the military, some of the insurgents during interrogation mentioned names of politicians that were currently serving under the present administration as their major sponsors.
“Some of the names mentioned by the insurgents during interrogation were discovered to be people in government under this administration. And that was why during an intelligence deliberation at a meeting chaired by the former Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin (retd), before his retirement, while many believed that killing Abubakar Shekau and other Boko Haram leaders would address stem the tide, I did not support it.
“And I told the then CDS that the solution adopted on the Niger Delta crisis was not fashionable against insurgents and bandits. I like Olonishakin, who is the current Nigerian Ambassador to Cameroon, he asked then what is the solution.
“And during the meeting, I told him and others present that the solution to end Boko Haram is not killing the insurgent leaders but their major sponsors that were scattered across the region. So they decided to check who their major sponsors were.
“The defense headquarters could not pursue the investigations further because it involves people that were above them; so it was difficult for them to pursue. And that is where I expected the President to have stepped in and given a marching order that anyone involve, irrespective of their status, should be prosecuted accordingly.
“But because of religion and ethnic-related issues, this administration looked away and allowed insurgency and banditry challenges to fester daily. And it chosed procurement of ammunition and I believed that such purchase will not solve the issue, rather will allow it to continue”.