The Borno State Government has insisted that the Boko Haram extremist was created through the excesses of former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.
It said the guerrilla warfare of the extremists ravaging the North-East is as a result of illiteracy, bad governance and impunity of Sheriff.
Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Borno State, K.S Lawan imparted this information to sources in Port Harcourt.
Lawan who commended the Nigerian Military and the Local vigilante for their continuous efforts in fighting the insurgents, said Boko Haram had been decimated.
The Attorney-General said Boko Haram was now weakened and could no longer take any Local government in Borno state.
“Ali Modu Sheriff is a former Governor of Borno and he ruled for 8 years before leaving the state in a state of insecurity.
“The insecurity that has brought us to this level in Borno is a result of bad governance, illiteracy, lack of respect for the rule of Law and impunity by the administration of Ali Modu Sheriff when the Federal government at that time failed to checkmate his excesses and it has escalated up to this level.
“Up till today, Sheriff is still moving freely with no one doing anything about it. So, all hands must be on deck if justice must be done to the hundreds of people that have been killed by these ruthless insurgents.
“Sheriff should be investigated. He should be arrested and prosecuted with all the facts available to them. There are enough notorious facts indicting Sheriff,” Lawan said.
Reacting to the allegation, Inua Bwala who is the spokesman to Ali Modu Sheriff said the Federal Government and the security agencies do not have anything on Sheriff.
According to Inua, “The Attorney-General has merely made allegations that he cannot prove. What you don’t know is that the Attorney-General is a closer character to the Boko Haram than Ali Modu Sheriff.
“No individual or group has linked Boko Haram to Ali Modu Sheriff anywhere. When Sheriff was Governor, no single local government was under the control of Boko Haram in Borno state.
“Ali Modu Sheriff left Borno state when people could sleep with their both eyes closed.
“One of the Special Advisers to Governor Kashim Shettima has been paraded on television and no has said anything about it.”