Boko Haram: Senator Zanna Blames Jonathan Government

By SaharaReporters, New York

Ahmed Khalifa Zanna, the Senator representing Borno Central,in the heart of Boko Harm Northeastern Nigeria, has blamed the federal government of President Goodluck Jonathan for its ineptitude in handling the ruthless Islamic sect.

“Recently about 2,000 or more [of the militants] assembled at a certain point called Sambisa,” he said in an explosive interview on SaharaTV.  

“That is [only] about 40, 45 kilometers away from Maiduguri,” he said, referring to the federal government. “You know where they are, why can’t you go?”

An animated Senator Zanna, pulling no punches, spoke freely about the different variations of Boko Haram, the group’s camp location at a game reserve and the Nigerian government’s lackadaisical attitude towards going after the sect and shutting them down.

He told SaharaTV that the situation is far worse than the media has even portrayed so far, pointing out that 24 of Borno’s 27 local government areas are under the control of Boko Haram.
“The damages are more than what the international community has seen there is nothing like this in this world”, he declared.  

Recently the villages of Baga and Bama became the scene of Nigeria’s worst confrontation between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Police Force, leaving over 200 people dead.

Asked if he had visited Baga village since the massacre, Senator Zanna said, “My colleague confirmed to me where some 223 people were slaughtered.”

He further disclosed that shortly after the Baga massacre, Boko Haram held up the local government in Bama Village for more than two hours, leading to the death of over 50 police officers.

Boko Haram has been in operation since 2001, saying it wants to enforce Islamic Sharia Law throughout Nigeria. In 2009, the group’s terror became internationally known when a bloodbath in July left more than 1,000 dead. The sect is responsible for more than 10,000 deaths in the country, with killings now a common occurrence in parts of Northern Nigeria.

Because of the negative image and reputation of the Nigerian military, some accusations have been made against them concerning their role in the confrontations in Baga and Bama attacks, among others.  Nigeria’s military and police forces are widely-known to be involved in extortion, harassment and beatings of locals.  Often seen as an army of occupation, they are therefore denied respect and cooperation.  

Britain and the United States recently called for a thorough probe of the Bama and Baga killings.

“We are deeply concerned about reports of excessive use of force by Nigerian security forces in the name of combating Boko Haram, including extrajudicial killings, prolonged detention and disappearances,” the US said in a statement.

Many people in the region of Borno and Yobe acknowledge thatthe principal incitement of Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria is the twin evils of poverty and unemployment, and that they must be addressed.

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, said recently in a report in The Guardian that “poverty was at the root of the problem. Unless, and until, we address some of these fundamental issues [of poverty], believe me, the future is very bleak for all of us," he said.

Of the methods of the militants, Senator Zanna explained to SaharaTV that when a local Government is crippled, Boko Haram group takes advantage and raids the area, killing, destroying buildings and burning residences and schools.

“And then they parade within the city and they say anyone who wants to join please come we got guns and go around in a pickup and small boys where cheering them”, Senator Zanna said.
He regretted that while everyone is crying for an answer, President Jonathan has not bothered to consult with any of the sitting Senators from Borno State to assess the situation. Along with the unproductive approach of the military and police, the Senator said, has led to confusion over the issue of fighting Boko Haram.  

“The police agencies are not doing anything. I don’t know whether they are waiting for these boys to try and take over Maiduguri and the military will fight and then destroy the city,” he said.

It will be recalled that in October 2012, Shuaibu Mohammed Bama, a man identified as a “top commander” of Boko Haram was arrested by the Joint Task Force, which said he was picked up was in “a serving politician’s house.”

That home was alleged to belong to Senator Zanna, and the incident led to Senator Modu Sheriff, a former governor of the state, to urge the security authorities to fully investigate the incident and Senator Zanna’s possible links with Boko Haram.

Senator Zanna told newsmen that although Bama was his nephew, the arrest did not take place in his home, and “they should go and investigate [Bama’s] relationship with people they arrested him in their house.”
 

 

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more than mumu

u ve said it all. if there is any other term to describe this barometer for measuring foolishness called zanna it would have been better cos there are people who are mumu but not as stupid as this senator. God bless Nigeria and destroy all the Zannas them.

HEAR MR SENATOR

Hear him; the youths were chearing them while they drive around in pickup vans asking pple to join them that they have guns; meaning that the pple there are fully in support of boko haram therefore someone shouldn't cry foul when militry enters d town to demolish it. He also said poverty n unemployment is the cause of the insurgency; pls my pple has the govt of this country ever provided job for anyone?? Why r pple in the south here not killin each other then?? Religious fanatism is the pure problem of d north and not poverty n unemployment as they always claim.

senators n reps in Borno n Yobe are BH

How can I be convinced that all the politicians in those area are not Boko Haram, a senator of FRN telling the nation that he know the meeting point of Boko Haram, how many are they in numbers imagine that what is this nation becoming. our politicians are VIPERS I wonder why they're not fall victim of BH.

They will show themselves one

They will show themselves one by one. Zanna is obviously one of them

Sahara Reporters are liers

"Because of the negative image and reputation of the Nigerian military, some accusations have been made against them concerning their role in the confrontations in Baga and Bama attacks, among others. Nigeria’s military and police forces are widely-known to be involved in extortion, harassment and beatings of locals. Often seen as an army of occupation, they are therefore denied respect and cooperation".

SR, you are liers. The above claim is not in the character of our military. Who are you working for, you bastards?

Hypocritic murderers

Does that buffon understnd wot being a senator is all abt? All dis crisis in nothern nigeria has a lot 2 do in league wth their thieving governors n criminal senators. If u ask me, i'l advice GEJ 2 equally set up a clandestine killer group 2 equally go abt murdering members of dis ppl's family so they wil understn wot it means 2 loose loved ones n after dis u wil naturally hear of d demise of boko haram

Nigeria Will Grow out of Difficulties

This is not the end of Nigeria.

Our Kids in the North are

Our Kids in the North are suffering, being an almonjeri do not mean they should suffer on the street begging for food, it is morally wrong. I challenge people like Buhari, Babagida, Sultan of Sokoto and all intelligent elders in the North to come together and think about what they're doing to our children in the North else GOD will ask for their blood in their hands.

Alli Modu Sherif intensify

Alli Modu Sherif intensify the Boko Haram thing, He should have been picked up long time ago, the Senator is right about something, poverty", if the elders and political people of the north including the Senator has done what they are suppose to do like educating their people, then we would not have this issue, if He's that educated as a Senator, why dont He fight for the education of his own people, or dont He knows that educating his own people will eradicate poverty?, sorry to say Northern elders you're all the cause of our problem in Nigeria, God bless the soul of Shewu of Borno, He warned about this but none of the Northern elders listen, Borno State was a peaceful State.

Here is it boko or no boko

Here is it boko or no boko all this is political manipulation since the northerners have a major role in politics let them be confused with a stirr after all 2015 if the north is displaced then its up to the igbos to recuprate already if the president is pdp den the govt in lagos must be AD its simple logic boko is any islamic union its just politicians using blood to get wat they want politics is masonic power to which people and for which people the best source of income is war,we all know that why was azazi killed its a common sense

Shame on you

And you ran away to London. how about Saudi Arabia?

Look Who Is...

talking? a fool-ani boko haram Senator himself blaming the president. Sen. Zanna, didn't they recently catch your boko haram cousin in your very own house? Didn't you claim that you knew nothing about his activites? I said it before, and at the mercy of repeating it again, all high placed fool-ani moslems including VP Sambo (whom Sen Ndume said is aware of Bh activites) are all implicit and have thourough knowledge and favor boko haram activities.

The solution is to enforce late Maj. Orka's prior attempt and allow all the sharia states of the north (and their sister state of Osun) to form their Taliban islamic republic of Arewa.

Long live the good people of Maynmar (formally Burma) who have made it a point to chastise and drive away all moslems from their country.

QUESTION! QUESTION!! QUESTION!!!

Y in God's divin names do Nigerians think senselessly?! Asari & his MEND & wahala, BH & thier troubl, kidnap every where, PDP, ANPP, CPC... etc & their ailments, desersters, ethnic clashes, hunger & povert, joblessnss etc... Till thy kindom com!
Has democracy (demonstratn of craz id say) fulfild her promis? Christians do u honestly practice wat u r taught? Muslims, do u practic ur teachings? Do u christains & muslims understnd ur religions???!!! Y do u christains & muslims insult each othrs religions?! Do u respect ur belivs & religions? Otherwise y do u abuse urselvs & religions?!
Leaders av u 4gottn u will DIE? Wen born, wat did u com with?! Presidnt, u didnt av shoes u said wen a child. How many do u av now? How much does each cost?
Ppl remenber o! No matter ur status as human u eat, sleep, feel cold & hot, shit, piss, feel pain, bleed, etc. Bottom line, we r mortals & most respectd creations of God. Y must loose our value?
BE WARNED END TIME IS @ HAND!!!

I have always said it that

I have always said it that these extremist would surely meet their waterloo and their sponsors must go in for it.
The time for the above is now and Jonathan has taken a commendable step.
The senator now has no excuse whatsover. He should give the infos he has to the security forces.

Zannah!!!

Senator Mark should stop paying Zhanna and other senators from Borno, they are not representing anybody. The LGs has been occupied by Boko Haram. I can remember during a coup before Babangidas advent North Eastern Nigeria was excised from Federal Republic of Nigeria by the young military men that hatched the coup. Let North Eastern Nigerians decide whether to be part of the republic rather than wasting souls of innocent citizens.

Mumu

A mumu will always be a mumu. He opened his mouth an rubbish came out. How did he know the number, when they gathered or where they gathered. why did he not report to the authorities or the nigerian military is now the Holy Spitit that is everywhere and knows everything. Mumu. He is one of them.

WHY DID'NT ZANA TALK ALL THE WHILE......

If Senetor is sincere why didn't he make this revelation all this while? He is only talking now when they realise d situation is beyond their control and nemesis is catching up with them. He should be invited by the president and d security council for more revelation. infact he seems to have all d information required.
A repented Boko Haram sponsor....God will judge all of them

THE NORTHERN ELITE AND THEIR LOYAL JIHADISTS GROW INSECURITY !!

The Northern Elite's strategy is simple:Grow widespread insecurity and disaffection. And if the government takes the step to arrest the situation, the same Northern Elite and their supporters sing their usual 'This is war on the North and Islam' hymn in order to prop up Jihadist sentiments and discourage the government's effort. It's a case of deliberately setting your house on fire, calling the fire department, but as soon as the firemen start to fight the inferno, you blame them for failing to stop you from starting the fire in the first place. It's a callous and well orchestrated ploy aimed squarely at bringing the President to disrepute and rubbishing his government. It won't work.

THE NORTHERN JIHADIST ELITE & THEIR BLACKMAIL OF NIGERIA

Senator Ahmed Zanna and fellow Northern Elite members are indeed the sponsors and grand benefactors of Boko Haram. They own the group's command and control apparatus and support them with crucial intelligence obtained through their membership of the Nigerian Senate, armed forces, security institutions, etc. They essentially use their 'insider' privileges to benefit Boko Haram in order to blackmail and embarrass President Goodluck Jonathan's Administration as they further their quest to make the country ungovernable. The Northern Elite's strategy is simple:Grow widespread insecurity and disaffection. And if the government takes the step to arrest the situation, the same Northern Elite and their supporters sing their usual 'This is war on the North and Islam' hymn in order to prop up Jihadist sentiments and discourage the government's effort.

evil that elders did living with them now

What else do u expect little boys to do? In All their life, what all they have see study and heard is only arabic studies and islamic teachings. The northern politicians denied them social education so as to keep them uninformed and misinformed with the aim of using them am human weapon. Now the evil the planten have turn against them and they are blaming it o Govt og GEJ.

What else do u expect little

What else do u expect little boys to do? In All their life, what all they have see study and heard is only arabic studies and islamic teachings. The northern politicians denied them social education so as to keep them uninformed and misinformed with the aim of using them am human weapon. Now the evil the planten have turn against them and they are blaming it o Govt og GEJ.

Stupid Arse Senator

Sinator: "Recently about 2,000 or more [of the militants] assembled at a certain point called Sambisa,”

Go catch them yourself. Or use your sharia police.

Are you sure it was 2,000? maybe it was just Buhari, Bakare, IBB, Atiku, ACF members and the 19 Northern govenors.

Senator representing Blind fools

This is not a senator, he is a pig using lies and more lies as the only knew weapon. We know the you are a sponsor of killers and we know you have run away but still collecting your salary as a senator but with time hand will touch you and you too will know what terror is all about. Spinless fools

My Person,People seem to

My Person,People seem to amazed me alot in this place.if the Governor of a place cannot not handle security in His domain why call him a Governor?Senator Zanna shouting Jonathan has not called any of them to address the issue of facing His terrain. Very sorry.which way Nigeria.?

Senator

Hear the Senator

"Recently about 2,000 or more [of the militants] assembled at a certain point called Sambisa,”

This happened? did the people of the community give information to the security outfits when his was going on?

Hear him again

"President Jonathan has not bothered to consult with any of the sitting Senators from Borno State to assess the situation"

Must the senators wait for Mr. President to consult with them before they take action to tackle the security problem in their constituencies? The president is just one man, the issue of security should be the concern of all of us, they should not wait for the President before they find solution to the problem of Boko Haram.

Jonathan is the head of all the Problems in Nigeria

It baffles me that every bad thing in Nigeria is associated with Jonathan?Is it because He is from the Minority group or because he is nt supposed to be there in the first Place?Nigerian let every hands been on Deck from NORTH,SOUTH,EAST and West Unit to address the Problem of insecurity in our great Country before she will split in our hands:it would have be ideal if every body commenting in this forum could provide a single way forward on how to address those multidimensional issues confronting our dear Country.

To hell with this senator, to hell with buhari too

The haramist (top commander) they arrested was a nephew of the senator. Is this nephew a poor man?

I see they clame the root of boko haram is poverty. Are they sure that the root isn't Sharia Law and brainwashing extremist Islamic teachings?

This senator is a terrorist, how did he know that 2000 haramist were conveying at a specific location? Why didn't he notify the US to drop a boom on them all?

What is Brono State? Why do those demons contribute to the nation Nigeria? Useless state.

Boko Haram

And then they parade within the city and they say anyone who wants to join please come we got guns and go around in a pickup and small boys where cheering them”, Senator Zanna said.
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