Boko Haram Sponsorship: DSS Has Vindicated Me – Sheriff

Former Governor of Borno State, Sen. Ali
Modu Sheriff on Thursday said he owed the
Department of State Services (DSS) gratitude
for coming out with facts exonerating him of
sponsoring the Boko Haram insurgents.
Sheriff’s statement came on the heels of the
arrest of six persons by the DSS, including a
former special assistant to Borno State
governor Kashim Shettima, who confessed to
being the
one that cooked up stories indicting a former
Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika
(retd.) and the ex- governor as sponsors of
terrorism, as announced by the Australian
hostage
negotiator, Dr. Steven Davis.
“Nigerians, by now, should have been
convinced about my innocence on the lies
being told against my person as a. major
sponsor of Boko Haram, but by God’s will, no
amount of attacks would deter me from
taking Borno State to the right path of
politics and development”, he said.
The ex-governor said he was consoled that
the federal government, through the, DSS,
was able to conclusively unravel the truth
behind his alleged involvement in terrorism.
“Do I need to stress to you that the
government has vindicated me as the
outcome of investigations have more clearly
revealed the source of the blackmail against
me.
Those behind the plots to smear my name
are more on the spot now, going by what has
happened.
“I have always said that attempts to give me
a bad name will always fail. I stand by the
truth and I will not relent in pursuing the
truth. Let them continue to toe the line of evil
against me, but rest assured that those
involved would soon burn their fingers”.
The former governor further praised the DSS
for its relentless quest to unravel the
mysteries behind Boko Haram, and urged
Nigerians to always accord the government
and security agencies the necessary
cooperation they need to win the war against
terrorism in the country.
Sheriff, who made these remarks in an
interview with journalists yesterday, said his
efforts to ensure victory for the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno State was
the reason he has been constantly under
attack with desperation by those he
described as “political foes” to link him with
insurgency in the state.

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