Rimamde Shawulu, House of Representatives member, representing Donga/Takum/Wusa federal constituency, has claimed that Boko Haram insurgency could not have existed without the support of political, religious and traditional rulers in the north.
Shawulu, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated this in a chat with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said for insurgency to end, its root cause, ideological mindsets of their operatives, sponsors and supporters at all levels of the society must be addressed.
He noted that government got it wrong from the on-set, when it adopted a military approach to solving insurgency, adding that “no such group exists for so long in a society without the connivance and tacit support of the traditional, religious and political leaders within such a society.”
His comment comes after a cleric, Reverend Musa-Dikwa, in an interview with The PUNCH over the weekend, alleged that three governor from the north created the jihadi group in 2000, to frustrate the then government of Olusegun Obasanjo, for failing to choose a Muslim among his service chiefs.