The Council of Babalawos in Northern Nigeria has urged security agencies in the country to probe a former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff and ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (retd) within 40 days or it would be forced to sue both them for allegedly financing terrorism.
In a statement signed by its chairman, Mr. Fabunmi Aiyesoro and vice chairman, Mr. Ogunwale Ogunshola, the Council regretted that 48 of its members had died in the hands of the Boko Haram since 2011.
“If the Federal Government refuses to do this, our members shall resort to special prayers for 21 days for God’s wrath to befall Sheriff, Ihejirika, their fellow collaborators and Boko Haram members”, the statement said.
The council further called on the government to dislodge the insurgents from all the forests and villages in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states with immediate effect.
“Our members source herbs from forests like Sambisa, Biu, Gwoza and Hong and taking over these areas by this retrogressive group has denied us the opportunity of contributing to the health and well-being of the people.
“Babalawos are Nigerians and deserve the same recognition accorded Imams and Pastors by government. Many churches and mosques have received compensation from state governments for the destruction of their places of worship but not a single Babalawo has received a condolence message or any form of monetary compensation since the Boko Haram problem started three years ago”. The council stated.