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Boko Haram War Is A Scam - Evah

Boko Haram War Is A Scam - Evah

The leader and National Coordinator of the Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG), Joseph Evah, has described the Boko Haram war as a "scam".

He said this in an interview with The Sun newspapers, stating his reason for calling the war a scam, saying that it had "turned into a business".

Evah waded into various subjects including leadership in the country, blaming former President Olusegun Obasanjo for some of the problems besieging the country today.

Evah said, "What you may not know is that Obasanjo is the root cause of some of the problems that we are facing today, because he was supposed to do what is right during his time and put certain structures in place that cannot be reversed."

He asserted that Obasanjo, like his predecessor Abacha, tried to be the "another Mobutu Sese Seko".

"You know that these men, their ambition was uncontrollable. Obasanjo left a lot of loopholes in governance. I said in one of my television appearances that Buhari can take the excuse that when he wanted to be president when he was still very strong, Nigerians did not give him chance."

Boko Haram A Scam

Speaking on Boko Haram and the war against insurgency in Nigeria, Evah said, "I have said that the Boko Haram war is a scam.

"It’s a scam because it has been turned into a business, big-time business for some people. The elite forum is saying it. 

"We have told Buhari to remove the Service Chiefs, all elders, in the North, South, East and West, the Senate, House of Representatives members, in fact, entire Nigerians, are asking President Buhari to kick them out, but it’s only the president that sees nothing wrong. 

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"Even when you look at the Service Chiefs, you will see that they are tired of the work, but if any of them says he wants to go, there will be a problem and the person may not be alive to tell the story."

Spokespersons and Journalists

Evah commented on the remarks made by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who said that the 43 farmers killed in the Zabarmari community in Borno State did not "get cleared to work".

"He is a disgrace to the journalism profession. I am disappointed with Garba Shehu."

On the subject of harassment experienced by Nigerian traders at the hands of Ghanaian officials in Ghana, Evah said, "Just recently too, Abike Dabiri, who calls herself a journalist telling Nigerians that the harassment of our traders in Ghana is not because of the closure of the Nigerian border. 

"Ghanaian Minister of trade has said that if Nigeria closes the border for their economic reasons, that they (Ghana) are also coming up with their own economic reason. Let Abike Dabiri tell us the reason that it is not because of the closure of the border?"

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