Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has called for the removal of the National Security Adviser, Awoeye Azazi, if he failed to defend his claim that Boko Haram’s deadly attacks were politically motivated by identifying and prosecuting the sect’s backers.
The NSA’s remark, made on Thursday at the South-South Economic summit in Asaba, Delta state, as the nation witnessed another suicide bomb attack on ThisDay newspaper house in Abuja, has drawn scorching criticisms.
Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack.
“The reckless statement credited to general azazi should not go unchallenged,” Mr. Falana said.
“Since he knows those who are using Boko Haram sect to cause mayhem, he should name them and ensure that they are prosecuted. Otherwise he should resign or be sacked by President Goodluck Jonathan.”
Mr. Azazi, a retired army general, blamed the group’s unabated attacks on the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s politics of exclusion which he said had fuelled discontent.
President Goodluck Jonathan denounced the comments while visiting the bombed premises of THISDAY on Saturday.
Mr. Jonathan said the NSA might have miscommunicated and that Nigerians need to ask him for clarification.
“People need to ask the NSA to explain what he really meant,” the president said.
He said he did not believe happenings within his party, the PDP, had a role in crisis. After the president spoke, the PDP issued a statement later on Saturday condemning Mr. Azazi’s remarks.
Mr. Falana called on the president to replace his chief security advisor if the general failed to identify and prosecute those he knew as the sponsors of Boko Haram, or refused to step down.