Hajia Naja’atu Mohammed, former Director of the Presidential Campaign Council of the ruling All Progressives Congress, has fired her former party alleging that its vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima is a sponsor of terrorism.
This was said by the former APC leader during an Arise Television interview.
She went on to say that the home of the former governor of Borno State who is now a vice presidential candidate was where known terrorist Kabiru Sokoto was discovered and detained at the time.
Weeks before the elections on February 25, Naja’atu resigned from her position with the APC and Tinubu’s campaign train.
She said that recent changes in the political and democratic landscape had forced her out and prevented her from continuing to take part in party politics.
Her allegation of resignation was refuted by Tinubu’s campaign council, who said she was fired for serving as a snitch on the team.
Further harnessing her reason for leaving the ruling party, Naja’atu said, “Especially as it concerns security, you must have an enabling environment before you do anything, so you cannot take someone that is virtually senile and another person that has been associated on several occasions with funding terrorism. That is Kashim Shettima.
“We should not forget Kabiru Sokoto, one of the most wanted terrorists, was found and arrested in his (Shettima) house.
“These are people that have severally being accused of habouring terrorists and why should Shettima be visiting and making solidarity with a policeman that is being tried for drug trafficking. Why?” She questioned.
“So when you begin to put these things together, you begin to understand why Nigerians must retrieve their country. We can’t allow this to happen,” Naja’atu added.
The former APC director continued by claiming that banditry and terrorism are multi-billion dollar industries and that resource extraction is at the root of terrorism in the nation, particularly in the North.
She claimed that in addition to the blue diamonds in the Northeast and the gold from Zamfara, even the soil in Zamfara is being unlawfully plundered because it includes strategic minerals.
She further claimed that some governors and other prominent individuals in the nation engage in terrorism and banditry to uproot the populace so they may easily extract these resources illegally.
A livid Naja’atu said, “Let us understand and not forget that this terrorism, this banditry, this carnage is not just happening by mistake, it is a multi-billion dollar industry, because it takes a lot of money on defence budget, it has a lot to do with the sale of drugs, it has a lot to do with illegal and illicit mining and illegal bunkering.
“Look at the areas that are generally affected by this. The North-East for instance has the blue diamonds that is a strategic mineral, you have oil at the Chad Basin that is being explored right now but illegally.
“What of in Zamfara State, Zamfara has more Gold than Ghana but gold from Zamfara is being traded in Dubai. There is a market in Dubai called ‘Nigeria gold market’ go and check. So who is doing this mining? Most times they are the governors, the people in power in connivance with foreign mercenaries.”
Revealing further, she continued, “Remember when they said there is a no-flight-zone in Zamfara, why should there be a no-flight-zone when Zamfara doesn’t even have an airport but aircrafts land and take off from Zamfara.
“Let me tell you something else, every container that comes from China ends up in Zamfara. Why? Because the soil in Zamfara has all the strategic minerals that you can think of. So when these containers come they pack the soil. A bag of soil from Zamfara is today sold at N5,000, so they need to displace the people to allow them to continue with their mining. It’s multifaceted.”