Following the allegations made by Australian Negotiator, Stephen Davis that former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff and Ex Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika are Boko Haram sponsors, the Council of Babalawos in Northern Nigeria has urged security agencies in the country to investigate them.
The Council of Babalawos who gave a 40 ultimatum said if Modu Sheriff and Gen Ihejirika are not investigated they would be forced to sue the men for allegedly financing terrorism.
In a statement made available to Punch and signed by its chairman, Mr. Fabunmi Aiyesoro and vice chairman, Mr. Ogunwale Ogunshola, the Council lamented the death of 48 of its members in the hand 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.’’
“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.’’