Long associated with the creation and funding of the dreaded Boko Haram in some quarters, factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff has denied involvement with the sect in any form.
He maintained that those linking him with the sect were cowards who were scared of his political prowess and towering profile. Sheriff who spoke in Makurdi, the Benue state capital where he addressed his supporters and selected PDP stakeholders, said he also lost loved ones and political associates to the activities sect.
“Those who feared my political prowess were those who turned around to say I created Boko Haram which is obviously not true, because my brother, loved ones and political associates were also killed by members of the sect.
“I therefore couldn’t have had a hand in a group that turned around to kill my own people, so those allegations were unfounded and baseless.”
The former governor of Borno state who commended the Nigeria military for routing and defeating the sect, said the success had given the people of the area new lease of life.
“I am obviously happy with the success recorded by the military in the operation which ensured the defeat of the sect, they deserve the commendation of all Nigerians because they have made us proud.”