Sheikh Muhammad Mahmud Turi addressed the press at the NUJ Kano sectariat on Thursday on the forthcoming Arba’een symbolic trek in Nigeria scheduled to kick off in Kano on Sunday. Below is the news of his address by The Nation Newspaeper. He responded to a question on the recent most attack in the city.
Written by KOLADE ADEYEMI, Kano (December 4, 2014)
Sheikh Muhammad Mahmoud Turi, Leader of El-Zakzaky Muslim Brothers in Kano, on Thursday declared that there is no way the Federal Government can exonerate itself from the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
The Sheikh Turi said the consistent operation of the sect in the Northeast and other parts of the North indicated that government and its agencies have a hand in its activities.
Sheikh Mahmoud, who spoke to reporters at NUJ Press Centre, also said his people would commence a six-day mass trekking ritual from Kano to Zaria starting from Sunday, December 7, to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, a freedom fighter.
“It is an open secret that the present government cannot exonerate itself from all these mayhem that is happening in the country. It is so obvious that whatever may be the reason, nobody in the country can tell us that the government is not aware or has no hand in what is happening, the government is fully responsible and there is no doubt about it.
“If one is saying that government is not Boko Haram, how did the soldiers get guns and killed us in Zaria? Are they not the Boko Haram? Who killed the three sons of our national leader in broad day light in Zaria? The soldiers killed our people. Those children were university students and Boko Haram means education is sin, then the soldiers killed them for nothing sake! The soldiers are the Boko Haram.
“I cannot agree with the vice president or any other person who made such a presentation that the government can be exonerated from the activities of Boko Haram. Nobody anywhere in Nigeria can agree to that—except if that person is either afraid or he is a politician. You can never exonerate or separate the government from Boko Haram,” he stated.