The presidential candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha, has accused the Western nations of conspiracy in the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.
Al-Mustapha made the accusation during a recent discussion on the 2023 general elections in Abuja.
He said though the insurgency started on November 1, 1999, it actually gained momentum after the discovery of oil and gas in 1972.
He alleged that western powers were behind the persistent crisis in many mineral-rich African countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, and Libya.
According to him, while the conflict persisted, oil and uranium discovered in the North-East and North-West in 1996 are being extracted illegally by the west and their collaborators.
He said: “Borno State is a place ordinarily to be feared because of bombs in wrong places alone. But one may ask, NGOs in Borno State, particularly the capital, are too many. Houses for rent are difficult to find. They are renting houses for 10 years and above; 18 years, and 20 years. That is to say, there is a plan to stay longer.
“One may ask why? Who are these NGOs? Who certifies them and sends them to Nigeria? How come soldiers and police and all uniform men and women are scared of Nigeria and scared particularly of Borno State?
“How come NGOs are much friendlier? The weather is not friendly, the weather is harsh. How come they love Borno? How come they don’t go to other peaceful countries with better weather? What are they doing there? One may ask.
“Why are soldiers running away from the locations of Boko Haram? And why are the white men and women going there even at odd hours and coming back unhindered? Why are we not asking them questions?”
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