Former Lagos State Military Administrator, Brig Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd) said insurgent group plaguing the North-East had existed over 25 years ago in Borno State before it’s metamorphosed to Boko Haram.
Marwa made the statement at a Ramadan lecture organised by Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society themed: “Fast, Feed and Be Just”, in Abuja, today.
“Boko Haram had existed over 25 years ago when I was a military administrator in Borno State. We had Boko Haram then but later it metamorphosed to different name”.According to him, all the Governors of Borno would confirm his assertion that Boko Haram had always existed in the state.
But he said his administration had managed the insurgents and ensured that they could not take arms to fight.
He called on Nigerians to support President Buhari to achieve the desired goal of addressing security challenges in the country.
Speaking earlier, The National Chief Imam of Al-Habibiyya Islamic Society, Imam Fuad A. Adeyemi said they organised the event to address challenges facing the nation.
“We have peculiar challenge in Nigeria and it is our duty as Muslims to see the challenge of the country as our own challenge. We discovered that the main problem that is confronting us now is the problem of corruption. That is why we chose the theme to address this challenge facing our nation”.
In his remark, Prof. Salisu Shehu, said available data shows that Muslims are living in abject poverty and they are the poorest all over the world.
He said Muslims would continue to remain poor if the rich people among them continue to be stingy and not willing to give out their wealth to the needy.
According to him, some of the link between fasting and feeding include fasting encourages the rich to take care of the poor, it also making the rich appreciate the suffering of the poor by experiencing hunger and thirst.