By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
Hon. Ahmed Maje, a member of the House of Representatives, recently alleged that politicians were behind the killings in Plateau State.
He also said he had ample evidence to support his claims and that a report on this had earlier been submitted but nobody did anything about it.
Reacting to this revelation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) said in a statement issued on Monday, 9th July, 2018 and signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, that it is greatly agitated by the disclosure. “This is a matter concerning security of lives and properties. The precious lives of our people are being wasted as if they are mere flies or cockroaches. It is callous, insensitive and inhuman. Hon. Maje’s claims must be investigated immediately. We suggest that a powerful commission of inquiry must be instituted for this purpose.
Speaking during plenary in the House of Representatives, Hon. Maje had said, “I want to tell this House and Nigerians that about 300 people were trained in Israel, it’s there in our report, we gave it to the government to work on and find out those sponsoring them. Till today, nobody has been traced and these people are the ones who go about killing people. I’m giving you this and I’m willing to surrender these documents.
“A company in Plateau State did importation and about four containers were missing and when we traced as a committee what was in those containers, we were told that the containers were taken to the house of a politician. When we traced the name of the company it was a security company in Israel. They bought arms.
“We do not want to say the truth and this will continue to hunt and bedevil us. The truth of the matter is that there are some politicians behind these killings. I’m from Plateau State and I’m saying those behind this are politicians and I know I’m putting my life on the line by saying this, but I prefer to die and save others. I’m willing to surrender some of these documents”.
Commenting on Maje’s allegation, MURIC said, “The above revelation is quite disturbing. Reference has been made to four missing containers. The four containers were traced to the house of a politician in Plateau State. Further investigations revealed that the containers were imported from an Israeli company which manufactures arms.
“There is more to six than seven. Even a six year old can deduce a connection between the four missing containers with arms which were traced to the house of a politician in Plateau State and other arms-laden containers which were intercepted by customs in various boarders.
“By extension, a link may be established between stories of containers seized at the nation’s boarders and the aircraft of the former president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, which was seized in South Africa in 2014 after a failed attempt to purchase arms in that country. With hindsight, we can see that those weapons were never meant for the Nigerian military but were part of the grand plot to arm some killer militia but Jonathan’s government simply gave Oritsejafor a coverup. A neatly packaged plot to train and arm militiamen in several Nigerian states is emerging from this scenario.
“It means that we have been living with killers all along and walking in the shadow of death. These people have prepared very well. They were only moving from state to state to execute their diabolical plot. The leakage of this deadly plot can be adduced to Allah’s response to the prayers of innocent Nigerians.
“Thinking aloud, we doubt if several trips made by former President Goodluck Jonathan to Jerusalem in company of some religious leaders were actually what we were made to believe or sheer hocus pocus designed as covers for the same grand plot, namely, a clandestine importation of large cache of weapons from Israel. We say this because the last time we checked, two plus two still gave us four. Those trips were too regular for comfort and they may have given official government cover for anything.
“This may have been responsible for the unusual push of a section of religious leaders to remove President Muhammadu Buhari from power as well as the several feverish rush for protests against killings organized by CAN. Are those protests intended as coverups? Are some religious leaders panicking? Has the wind blown? Are we going to see the ruff of the hen very soon?”
The Islamic organization followed this up with some posers, “Maje mentioned a report submitted to government. We need to know which government? Was he referring to this Buhari regime, that of Jonathan, Yaradua or Obasanjo? Again, when was this report submitted? Where are copies of the report? It is only after we have answers to these questions that we can know whether or not Maje’s claim has merit”.
MURIC therefore called on the Federal Government (FG) to immediately set up a powerful commission of inquiry to investigate the claims. “The identity of the politician connected with the four containers which disappeared must be revealed. FG must also provide adequate protection for Hon. Maje, his family and properties from harm. This is the Mother of Whistle-Blowing. There is no time to waste. We must make hay while the sun shines”.