- Senator Ali Ndume has been asked to stop playing politics with the lives of people
- A group in Borno said the timing of the statement by the Senator on Boko Haram is suspicious
- According to the group, the Senator should concentrate on facing the electorates at the polls
A group, Borno Integrity Forum (BIF) has called on the Senator representing Borno south federal constituency, Ali Ndume, to stop playing politics with the safety of his people.
The group also urged the Senator to face the electorates at the polls like his counterparts in the progressive and peaceful constituencies of the country are doing.
BIF while reacting to a statement credited to the Senator where he expressed regret over resurgence of Boko Haram said the timing of the statement by the senator is suspicious.
The group said such comment by the Senator is "fraudulent and politically masterminded."
A statement signed on Saturday, September 8, by the national coordinator of the group, Ali Abbas, said Ndume may have made the call in an attempt to scare away would be voters to ensure that he returns to the senate.
Abbas said, "The Senator’s expression of worry is therefore apparently a bid to again have the people scampering out of their towns and villages so that there would be no voters left to sack him at the polls.
"The worry he has expressed rankles considering that the very people he left without food, clothes and other life’s essentials languished in camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) without a Senator Ali Ndume visiting them to provide succour," Abbas said.
He further urged the federal government to take active steps to prevent Boko Haram from being reactivated as a political tool for those wishing to exploit the group for the next general elections.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Ndume had expressed concern over escalation of Boko Haram attacks on Nigerian troops and locals in the northeast.
Ndume while talking to journalists on the situation on Friday, September 7, said that Boko Haram had launched several attacks which led to mass casualties of troops in the last two months in Borno and Yobe.
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