Former Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi has alleged that the Nigerian government knows those behind the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency in the country. Olawunmi in an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday August 25, noted that this adminstration announced that it has arrested 400 Bureau De Change (BDCs)-related people that were sponsoring Boko Haram, but now shielding them.
Also referencing his time as a member of the military intelligence team in 2017, he disclosed that some of the insurgents mentioned politicians who are now Governors and Senators as their sponsors. He said; “They [government] know. Of course, it is in the news. “In April this year, the government said they had arrested 400 Bureau De Change (BDCs)-related people that were sponsoring Boko Haram.
They told us. “Try them, we know them. Why can’t this government, if not that they are partisan, bring those people out for trial? “I can’t come on air and start mentioning names of people that are presently in government that the boys we arrested mentioned. “Some of them are governors now. Some of them are in the Senate. Some of them are in Aso Rock.”
Olawunmi who served as a security and intelligence brief at the Defence Headquarters between 2016 and 2017, added that the challenges facing the country cannot be solved the same way the Niger Delta issue was solved. According to him, fishing out the sponsors is a major way of ending the war.
The Professor of Intelligence and Global Security Studies added; “The challenge we have in this country cannot be solved the same way we solved the problem of the Niger Delta. I told them we can’t use the same strategy for Boko Haram. “The centre of gravity of Boko Haram and insurgency in Nigeria are the sponsors of that programme.”