Femi Adesina, media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has said the government will not name and shame those financing Boko Haram and other sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria.
“Naming and shaming will not be the motive. Bringing malefactors to justice will be it,” Mr Adesina told Channels TV on Monday. “Nigeria is not interested in naming and shaming anybody. Rather, it wants to bring them to justice.”
In May, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, announced that high-profile Nigerians were financing terrorism in the country.
“In essence, it is indeed true that the government is prosecuting, and it’s indeed initiating processes of prosecuting those high-profile individuals that are found to be financing terrorism. It is indeed true,” Mr Malami had said.
Also, corroborating what the AGF said – The United Arab Emirates on Monday, 13th of September, 2021 – released full list of financiers of Boko Haram and other criminal activities in Nigeria and neighboring countries.
In the list, six Nigerians, namely; Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad were placed on the Middle-East giant’s watch list.
While Nigerians are expecting the Buhari’s administration to reveal the identities of the terrorism financiers in the country, Adesina said otherwise, stating that “rest assured that these people will be dragged before justice, and justice will have its way.”
He added that investigations were ongoing at various security agencies before arraigning the suspects.
“Investigations are going on at different levels; it will be at the level of the EFCC, it will be at the level of the NIA,” the presidential spokesman stated. “All the security agencies will be working on it so that when those people eventually appear in court, there will be a prima facie case against them.”