- Former senate president, Ameh Ebute, wants United Nations to sanction two African countries over alleged role in the Boko Haram insurgency
- Ebute sited various reasons why he traced the Boko Haram terrorists to the countries
- He pleaded with the highest world body to consider his reasons and place heavy sanction on the Camroun and Chad
A former President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ameh Ebute, has called on the United Nations (UN) Security Council to sanction Cameroun and Chad over what he called their complacency and role in the activities of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Senator Ebute, in a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General, said the two countries have acted suspiciously and have been part of a conspiracy to undermine Nigeria's security.
The letter was also copied to the Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, Hague, the President of France, through the French Embassy, Abuja; the President, United States of America, White House, Washington, through the US Embassy in Abuja.
Others are the Nigerian President, National Assembly, African Union Commission and others.
Senator Ebute stated that after a critical examination of the phenomenon and keen observation of the trends in Boko Haram operations, it left disturbing clues about their sponsorship which he said pointed to the direction of Nigeria’s francophone neighbours of Niger, Chad and Cameroun.
According to him: "The first clue revealed in unequivocal terms that each time the insurgents strike in Nigeria, they escape into either or all of these countries for refuge, during which time, they recuperate, re-energise, re-arm and surface to attack new targets in Nigeria.
These countries showed little or no concern about the atrocities of the sect on Nigerians, in spite of consistent loud complaints by the Nigerian government."
He urged the UN Secretary General to invoke relevant instruments, particularly Article 99 of the UN Charter, to draw the attention of the UN Security Council to investigate the nuances of the consuming terrorism in Nigeria which are potent enough to cause international breach of peace and security.
Enumerating some of what he described as suspicious actions of both Cameroun and Chad, the elder statesman said Nigerians have suffered a great deal and deserve justice to be served.
He added: "When Boko Haram changed its leadership in 2015, the Chadian President Idriss Deby acted suspiciously by openly confessing that the Boko Haram sect now had a new leader, as Abubakar Shekau, had been replaced by Mahamat Daoud, who is amenable to dialogue.
“How he displayed such intimate knowledge of the disposition of the new leader of Boko Haram raised suspicions about his closeness to them and the external links.
"Also of note is that after interactions with the leaderships of Chad, Niger and Cameroun, by the Nigerian government, an agreement was reached on how to root out Boko Haram terrorists from these countries.
“They all consented to the formation of a Multi-national Joint Military Task Force (M-JMTF), which was mandated to launch collaborative counter-attacks on fleeing insurgents in the border communities of the respective countries.
“But the M-JMTF only functioned in Chad, Niger, and Cameroon for a few weeks and after that eclipsed or relaxed its operations for no apparent reason. But fleeing terrorists and their families chased from Nigeria by the Nigerian military ran to these border countries without molestation by any security force, where they regroup to launch fresh attacks on Nigeria.”
He said further: "Consequently, I am pleading with the international community, particularly, the United Nations and the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICCJ) to apply its appropriate instruments to conduct a proper investigation into the operations of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, the seeming links and roles France and her former colonies of Niger, Chad and Cameroun played in the burgeoning of terrorism in Nigeria.”