“It is straightforward and clearly there is some mischief here”
Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has taken to citizen journalism website, Sahara Reporters to clear up the news circulating that he is justifying the acts of Boko Haram.
Yesterday Sahara Reporters published a personal message from the CBN governor titled; “That ThisDay Story By CBN Governor Lamido Sanusi”. In the short messaged Sanusi said: “My attention has been drawn to a story in ThisDay today which suggests I justified BH activities because of uneven distribution of resources and derivation funds to the Niger Delta. I haven’t read the story (as I am just on way back from Davos) but would like to issue this clarification to this network.”
Titled “Sanusi Links Boko Haram to Derivation” the ThisDay report quoted Sanusi from his interview with the Financial Times as saying: “There is clearly a direct link between the very uneven nature of distribution of resources and the rising level of violence.”
But Sanusi claimed the interview with the Financial Times was done long before these bombings indeed part of it had been used in the FT review of Nigeria late last year. “It is straightforward and clearly there is some mischief here,” he said.
“I have long held the view that ethnic and religious violence in Nigeria has its roots in poverty and deprivation and perceived marginalization. I always said this about the militancy in the delta while fully condemning it, the truth remains that militants tapped into a groundswell of frustration. In addressing that problem we have gone to an extreme now where the levels of poverty in the north are recreating the same conditions and results we saw in the delta. I made more or less the same points in interview with David Frost shown on Al Jazeera yesterday and I think to be repeated Sunday. I hope this clarifies the position and urge anyone interested to read the FT piece which in my view was harmless enough and reflected the substance of my thoughts on the matter-that poverty and marginalization create conditions of the possibility of radicalization.”