Rep ac­cuses North­ern govs of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

North­ern gov­er­nors sup­port ter­ror­ism in their do­mains, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­ber Al­bert Sam-Tsokwa said yes­ter­day.

He said their in­abil­ity to tackle clashes be­tween herds­men and farm­ers in many parts of the re­gion sug­gested their sup­port ter­ror­ism.

The law­maker who is the chair­man of the House com­mit­tee on Rules and Busi­ness stated this while ad­dress­ing news­men at the Na­tional As­sem­bly, Abuja yes­ter­day.

“Most of the prob­lems we have are cre­ated by our lead­ers and that was why in one oc­ca­sion, I said I am of the opin­ion that most north­ern gov­er­nors sup­port ter­ror­ism. Be­cause I see the at­tacks on farm­ers as a ter­ror­ist act, not a con­flict,” he said.

Sam-Tsokwa who rep­re­sents Donga/ SSA/Takum federal con­stituency of Taraba state also said elec­tions in ar­eas where safety of life could not be guar­an­teed would be dif­fi­cult to con­duct.

He said the at­tacks on farm­ers amounted to an act of ter­ror­ism, sim­i­lar to Boko Haram in­sur­gency leav­ing the coun­try hang­ing a tick­ing time bomb if left unchecked.

He said: “You stay in your house, some­body come to your land and be­gin to cause prob­lems and de­stroy your crops. You com­plain and he brings out a gun, sacks you from that place and they call it con­flict. What con­flict is that? It is an act of ter­ror­ism.”

Re­act­ing to INEC’s con­cern in go­ing ahead with elec­tion in states fac­ing in­sur­gency by mem­bers of Boko Haram, Sam-Tsokwa said: “this is a ques­tion of fact. You can­not talk of food in (a) house when there is no peace.

“If INEC said it would con­duct elec­tions in those states, I am telling you if I were to be in any of the states, I will not vote. What is the point if in the process, I am go­ing to die?”

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