Some of them are governors now, some of them are in the Senate, some of them are in Aso Rock.
A former Nigerian Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi, has questioned the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to probe high-profile politicians whom Boko Haram terrorists named as their sponsors during interrogation.
Olawunmi, who spoke yesterday, when he featured on a television programme, condemned Tuesday’s attack by bloodthirsty bandits on the Kaduna campus of Nigeria’s foremost military university, the Nigerian Defence Academy, (NDA), where two military officers were killed and another kidnapped.
The Professor of Global Security Studies said: “It is an aberration; you don’t attack the Nigerian Defence Academy and get away with it”.
He, however, revealed that the NDA, like other military environments in the country, carelessly opens its doors to everyone on Friday for Jumaah prayer.
Olawunmi said terrorists and criminals profile military environments during Muslim prayers on Fridays, saying, “Our problem is religion and socio-cultural”.
Olawunmi added that he was a member of the Intelligence Brief at the Defence Headquarters during the leadership of the then Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd.).
The intelligence expert said he told the then CDS that the centre of gravity of the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the North-East and spreading to other parts of Nigeria was the sponsor.
“Recently, 400 people were gathered as sponsors of Boko Haram, why is it that the Buhari government has refused to try them? Why can’t this government bring them to trial if not that they are partisan and part of the charade that is going on?
“Remember, this Boko Haram issue started in 2012 and I was in the military intelligence at that time. We arrested those people. My organisation conducted interrogation and they (suspects) mentioned names.
“I can’t come on air and start mentioning names of people that are presently in government that I know that the boys that we arrested mentioned. Some of them are governors now, some of them are in the Senate; some of them are in Aso Rock.
Olawunmi also said that the Department of State Services, (DSS), had tremendous information on terrorists, but said they could not do anything except by the body language of the Commander-In-Chief.