A former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. David Idoko, representing Ogbadibo, Okpokwu, Ado Federal constituency in Benue State, has challenged leaders in northern Nigeria to move into villages, communities and hamlets in the region to fish out the perpetrators of the bombings and killings going on in the name of Boko Haram.
Idoko said the remarks credited to elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, calling on the Senate President, Senator David Mark, to resign from office for issuing a warning that Nigeria might split if the activities of Boko Haram were not checked, were uncalled for.
He also decried the comments by the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and human rights activist, Mallam Shehu Sani, where they attacked Mark.
The former lawmaker noted that the statements made by Mark in Uyo at the Senate retreat were supposed to be corrective, but people are venting venomous anger on him. “I think that is not the issue. We should look at the substance of what he has said and really see if it could help solve the problem.
"We have a problem and we must agree that the problem is real. We have people who are killing unarmed women and children, just throwing bombs and killing them”, he stated.
"In those days when a visitor – and even till today – comes to a community and he is spending more than four, five days, the community leader must be told there’s a visitor in that community.
“And where I come from, Idoma land, it is difficult for the community not to know who is the odd one out in terms of acts of destruction or damage; so what the Senate President has said, I think that we must not read other meanings to it. Let us wake up, move into our communities, ask questions; let the leaders do what they should do to stop the wasting of lives.
“Just like Bishop Kukah said, we can’t be dancing on wet graves, we are human beings and unless you are not a human being, people should be sufficiently angry to try to solve these problems.
"Government is not supposed to fish out these people, we are supposed to point them out to government – it’s not in every village that you have the police, it’s not in every village that you have the army; there are indeed leaders whom government pays in most villages but not in every village.
“There are some villages that you have heads that are not even paid by government and so what we are saying is that the leadership of the North should sit together, including us who are leaders and let us fish out who these devils are; the economy in the North is crumbling and we can’t throw our eyes the other way and pretend these things are not happening."