El-Rufai to sue Ihejirika over Boko Haram Commander claims

A chieftain of the of the opposition All Progressives Congress [APC], Nasir El-Rufai, is suing Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, over claims the former is a commander of the terrorist Boko Haram sect.

Mr. Ihejirika, a retired army General, had claimed in an interview with a newspaper that Mr. El-Rufai is a commander of the deadly Boko Haram sect which is murdering innocent Nigerians and overrunning communities in northeast Nigeria.

The former army chief’s allegation followed a Facebook post by Mr. El-Rufai quoting an Australian negotiator, Stephen Davis, who had named Mr. Ihejirika as a major sponsor of the sect.

The Australian negotiator claims he had related with the Boko Haram since 2006, and worked with past Nigerian presidents and recently with the President Goodluck Jonathan administration where he came close to freeing the over 200 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls in Borno.

In an interview with Arise TV in Uk, the negotiator said leaders of the sect briefed him that the former army chief, alongside a former governor of the Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff, funded their operations.

Mr. El-Rufai posted excerpts of the interview on his Facebook page and subsequently attracted the wrath of the former army chief. In an interview published by the Vanguard newspaper, Mr. Ihejirika described Mr.El-Rufai as a commander of Boko Haram.

“People cannot make such outrageous allegations without evidence about others and be allowed to walk free,” Mr. El-Rufai said, in justification of the court case he plans to kickstart later in the week.

Grievous allegations, but government won’t react
Mr. Davis based his claims on intelligence he purportedly gathered from Boko Haram top commanders, and did not offer verifiable evidence.

Some Nigerian civil society activists have since called for a thorough investigations of the negotiator’s claims.

Despite the grievous allegations by the Australian negotiator, the Nigerian government has remained quiet on the matter.

The defence headquarters, where Mr. Ihejirika served untill his removal in January, declined to comment on the allegations.
When contacted, the Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, a Major General, referred PREMIUM TIMES to the “National Security Adviser, NSA, and political authorities.”

Both the NSA and the president’s office also declined to comment. Phone calls rang out unanswered.

Nigeria’s Information Minister, Labaran Maku, also did not respond to phone calls.

A high placed military source, however, told PREMIUM TIMES the military hierarchy is not in the mood to investigate the matter arguing that “In cases like this all the structures of government are involved.”


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  • mfon

    This man is only trying to divert attension.
    ihejirika remains the only COAS that dealt with BH the way they should be dealt with. During his time BH did not control any territory, by the northern elders started shouting Genocide Genocide, as though there wont be collateral damage in every battle…

    • lotanna

      Yea i love ur comment, is d same northern elders accussing ihejirika of genocide, is now calling d fed govt for help. Nw who dey comment genocide. Boko haram or d army.

    • redeem

      Davis who gave the said interview in Australia, saw El-Rufai post a different thing on his sharia reporters led web page. El Rufai did the same with Ibb- If you read the Australian interview, he said the SPONSORS of Boko Haram are in the opposition party——–APC. Now El-Rufai is in the opposition perhaps one of the SPONSOR according to the former army chief. Which again is very true——let elrufai go to court–he is the brigade commander of the janjaweeds in boko haram kalas——the fulanis are the main backers of boko haram–el rufai is fulani–just like atiku–dangote–buhari–kwankaso–aliu—-lamido——dasuki–ati gusau—–
      “Celebrating the news of the alleged Ihejirikas involvement in boko haram on state TV by Sjhettima and El rufai tells you that whoever pays the piper dictates the tune. There are many political question to this for those with the knowledge of politics and disaster, but we are not interested in the DIRTY games APC ati the the fulani janjaweeds are playing in 9ja. 9jas yearn for peace. Fulanis in power are the main sponsors of Boko Haram which has been killing and advancing from one town, village and local government without being challenged by the emirs soldiers and the police. The poor man in Borno is in trouble but God will rise to our Defence,”–its clear as day light that it was el rufai who doctored the interview and planted same in various media houses—the trouble however lies with the type of security outfit we have in Nigeria-the worst in africa—government has these security people who could have since investigated the allegations-in Australia-but will relax until its too late-d presidents media team is another thing—the only way out is to sack dasuki–that man is very dangereous–himself and elrufai who planted the story in our national dailies–most especially sharia reporters–which we all know is for tinubu ati his janjaweeds in APC——

      • 2015 president

        Sorry redeem I know know say Ebola dey worry you,

      • Wähala

        Redeem Dr. Gobbels,
        Quit flaunting falsehood. Dr. Davies gave his initial interview in London to a Nigeria-owned news outlet. Later, he reiterated his bold claims to SaharaReporters… where unfortunately you’ve been duly declared, “perona-non-grata” for your criminal postings of fake news. No wonder Punch also banned you. Oloshi.

      • abiola

        Oloriburuku olofo. How much are the PDP paying u cyber dog

    • redeem

      *I was the one that made the law prohibiting Boko Haram in Borno.
      **I was the first victim of Boko Haram in Borno State. In their first attack, they killed my brother, the same father and mother with me.

      The Former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff who was recently named to be among Boko Haram major sponsors and financier has voiced out his opinion and what he knows about the dreaded sect, he also denies the allegation levied against him by the Australian negotiator who indicted him along with former retired Army chief, Ikejirika as BH sponsors.

      Sheriff said records of his activities as governor of Borno State showed that he was against the sect, adding that anybody who links him with Boko Haram must be insane.

      His words: “The Boko Haram war as we know it today, started in 2002 in Yobe State. The first attack of Boko Haram was in 2002 in Kanama, from there they ran to Borno State. And in 2002, where was I? I wasn’t a governor. There was a sitting governor in Borno State, and there was Boko Haram. They ran away from Kanama and moved to Gwoza hill!

      “But come to think of it, who is Mohammed Yusuf ( first leader of the group)? Yusuf had been in Maiduguri, doing his preaching and later taken to court by the Federal Government, and prosecuted in Abuja, ever before I became a governor. And who was the first casualty of Boko Haram in Borno State? It is me.

      • redeem

        “I was the first victim of Boko Haram in Borno State. In their first attack, they killed my brother, the same father and mother with me. That was when they fought with the military in Borno.

        “The first casualty was me. Then, they killed my cousin. They killed my candidate for governorship; they killed my party chairman. Two of them were direct relations of mine. Why did they do that? Because I made a law prohibiting Boko Haram in the domain of Borno State.

        “The law said anybody practising or associated with what Boko Haram was doing, was banned by law from so doing, and if caught, will be prosecuted and jailed for 25 years”.

        On the story by the Australian negotiator, Sheriff said he was shocked as the whole thing looked senseless and baseless.

        His words: “The man that purportedly gave the interview said he was an Australian, who said he came to Nigeria, and spoke to Boko Haram. I thought that really, if he is a professional mediator or negotiator, or whatever he calls himself, his report would have been given to the security agencies of Nigeria.
        That is number one. Number two, also, if at all he spoke to Boko Haram, before making his views public, he should have known that I have a right of reply.

        He should have asked for my reaction or views on his findings, because I am a Nigerian, I am in Nigeria, I didn’t go anywhere. Number three, I was the governor of Borno State for eight years

    • redeem

      APC Will Ensure That Nigeria Will Not Survive If Jonathan Wins In 2015″. – Party Chairman.

      “We Will Ensure That Nigeria Will Not Survive If Jonathan Wins In 2015”. – APC Chairman.

      “APC would make sure Nigeria doesn’t survive another four years should PDP/President Goodluck Jonathan win next year President/////YES OOOOOOOOOOOH

  • janjaweed3

    the fg appointed this negotiator.,simple. if the FGN in its wisdom decided to appoint the man as a negotiator he must have had some credentials .
    insinuations that he had a falling out with the FG doesnt preclude the fact that he made damaging allegations against IHEJIRIKA and modu sherriff

    and fairness dictates, (especially in light of damage done to nigeria by BH) A FORMAL INVESTIGATION BE CARRIED OUT.

    As for IHEJIRIKAS comment that El Rufai is a BH Commander , the onus is on IHEJIRIKA to state the facts and save us from whoever is behind this evil.

    if IHEJIRIKA can not substantiate his allegations , then EL Rufai is free to sue him.

  • Maria

    Ihejerika is a man with no brains… Dr Davis made allegations…. you turned the heat on someone else. We never heard Ihejerika abusing or making counter allegations against Dr Davis… Please, ElRufai make this buffoon pay through his nose for his foolishness.

    • lotanna

      So up till nw u dont dt mr davis doesnt exist, or have u seen a video clip of so called davis. Is just a plot by d opposition.

      • Wähala

        That’s how you sycophants led by Lady Hippopatience wanted a list of names and pictures of the kidnapped Chibok girls… to you everything is a plot that eventually blows up on your faces!

        • redeem

          what has the first lsdy go tom do with this nonsese u just posted—

          • 2015 president

            Have you forgotten so soon ?

          • Wähala

            She was the first to commission Keme Chikwe to ask for a list of names with pictures and witnesses to tell her if the kidnapping took place… so short is your memory?

      • aladeadekunleoluwaadeshinaola

        Mr. Davies appeared on a TV program in the UK, if you have not watched it, please search for it using google, the man was on arise tv owned by a Nigerian.

        • Maria

          Arise news to be precise bro.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        lotanna,

        Such a simple thing to do…

        Just Google it and watch the video yourself.

        It is on Arise.

        Is that too much for you to do?

      • Maria

        Australian news outlets have also interviewed him apart from Arise news in London… in deed he doesnt exist in your stupidity.

      • Maria

        I saw the videos on arise news and in Australian news papers. Get lost… were.

    • redeem

      because it was el rufai who doctored the interview and posted same on sharia reporters–he did same with IBB—hope u dont have erasable brain

      • alao

        For your information, it was thisday newspaper that first broke the news. Georges Ruggiu you can never change. Stop the hate and criticize objectively. Besides,the Australian was hired by the Fed Govt and no one else.

      • Wähala

        Doesn’t she sound like @Delta Queen? You gotta love her insight… me-ma dey fall over myself rushing to read read latest contributions. Wallahi, I dey gbadun her lyrics… reminds me of an old lover gone AWOL. Wia’s Delta Queen sef? Tell Dr. Dumbo to.. #BikoBringBackDQ!

      • Maria

        Oh El rufai owns Arise News in London? Does it occur to you that Arise news in the UK that interviewed Dr Davis is owned by a Niger Deltan man? Brain-dead!!!

  • John green

    If the government can’t do anything just because all those guys belong to their party, someone should, it’s a great shame that the federal government wouldn’t help to save the country because it’s only the commoner that are dying leaving them enjoying themselves. They should all rot in jail

  • BlackieUmukoro

    This EL-Ruffian will surely see pepper this time. You have been messing up with civilians, now that you want to try a professional soldier, you better be prepared. By the way what is el-ruffian doing about his uncles and prospective inlaws in the CBN that transferred funds to their sect

    • Al

      BlackieUmukoro i assure you whoever want to deal rudenesly with Ihejirika is as simple as ABCD, it is just a matter of time. If not bcuz nigeria is still a decent place compare to Russia or Italia when it comes to assassination bizness,Ihejirika wil have become history

      • BlackieUmukoro

        If el-ruffian is their commander, then your rank is higher
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Dr. Kay

          Blackyumukoro why are you still flogging a dead issue, Ihejerika is their commander not El rufai , go and collect more cash envelope and use the cash to gulp more ogogoro like Dumbo , then come back to the forum and give us the evidence that states boko haram is commanded by El Rufai. If you don’t have any then shut up and stop this rantings as we now know PDP is the real Janajaweed party , or abi you disagree Biko? If you do let us have the evidence ,we live in a digital age world ,all these noises by you internet jobbers and your Aso rock paymaster keeps making about APC and it’s chieftains being Bokoharam haven’t been substantiated , now that we have a light being shed that points towards your paymasters you are fighting roforofo fight , my friend a beg make you go Siddon give us evidence ,if none then you don get am say PDP is janjaweed

    • alao

      A professional soldier?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        You were too cowardly to join the army, so at least show some respect to those who are not afraid to pay the supreme price Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • ND

    El Rufai stock in trade is to spread hatred and division all in the name of opposition. If APC represent the face of opposition in Nigeria, I pray that God give us a one party state.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    El-Rufai does not think like a lawyer. Has it ever occurred to him that the Boko Haram people could just mention Ihejirika in order to give the impression that Boko Haram has support from other parts of the country, including important people from other parts of Nigeria? El-Rufai should remember that the Northern Elders Forum immediately declared that they would take Ihejirika to the International Criminal Court over what the Northern Elders claimed was Ihejirika’s ‘crime against humanity’? Would El-Rufai not think that this could be a continuation of campaign of calumny against Ihejirika? Would El-Rufai not think also that the Boko Haram could still be shielding some very important or kingpins of the Boko Haram and merely trying to deceive Nigerians by calling names that could be far away from reality? El-Rufai has the freedom to go to court over Ihejirika’s declaration but two things could have made Ihejirika call El-Rufai ‘Boko Haram commander’: either that Ihejirika was angry with El-Rufai for possibly drumming a fictitious sound byte from Boko Haram, or that Ihejirika had evidence to show that El-Rufai was/is indeed a Boko Haram commander, in which case El-Rufai is only grandstanding. Everybody must search his conscience very well because a matter in court could wash up some cryptic facts from the bottom of the water. In my view, I posit that Ihejirika could not be a sponsor of Boko Haram for the simple reason that Ihejirika is a Christian and his views are completely out of line with what the Boko Haram espouses. And saying Ihejirika is a Boko Haram sponsor implies that his boss, the commander-in-chief, knew very well the fact and still appointed him chief of army staff. And so, Jonathan is also a Boko Haram sponsor! People should stop listening to Boko Haram because they are agents of the devil; and the devil is the father of lies; the devil cannot speak the truth.

    • Sani

      Then we should leave it to the courts to decide. I am 100% behind El-Rufaí on this.

      • tsunami1earthquake

        Yes, we leave it to the courts to decide! In fact I cannot wait to see this case before the courts; maybe something more fruitful than even this name calling may appear. I am waiting very eagerly! I am 100% behind the two gladiators!

    • Dr. Kay

      The guy gathered his intelligence from Boko haram commanders after interacting with them since 2006 , so he must have been taken in confidence by the terrorists as they knew him and also how he gathered his intelligence may not be as simple as asking a question directly , for example , who are your sponsors , it’s more subtle than that. The silence from the presidency and PDP is more of damage control . They are all in caucus think inking and plotting of how to get out of this mess . Now my PDPigs lovers who is the Janjaweed now ? Metuh , fanikayode, maku, okupe etc you all have to think hard and find a way you gonna wriggle out of this because as I see it this is really messy.

      • tsunami1earthquake

        No worries, bro. But, as you know, if this issue comes to court, the accuser must have to buttress his accusations with hard facts. Merely saying that Ihejirika sponsors/sponsored Boko Haram is no evidence. And the Boko Haram members who said that must have to come to court to testify, otherwise the statements credited to Davis, the Australian, would be regarded as hearsay which is not admissible evidence. It is very funny how Nigerians have already jumped into the fray to conclude or agree that Ihejirika is/was a Boko Haram sponsor. This shows that many Nigerians harbour this disturbing lynch-law mentality. One question that beggars the mind is: what is Ihejirika’s motive in sponsoring Boko Haram? The accuser or whoever brings him to court will have to supply such motive also.

        • Dr. Kay

          Are you listening to yourself or you just wake up from a deep sleep ? Bokoharam members who said that must come and testify in court ? What are you smoking or drinking because I don’t think you thoroughly processed your statement ,I will give you the benefit of doubt and say it is a typographical error. Lol.

          • tsunami1earthquake

            Don’t worry, the world will know between you and me who is smoking or drinking something when the chips are down. And don’t give me any benefits of the doubt for I sure know what I’m talking about, and it is no typo. When the chips are down then you will see how the law thinks and operates and not the way I see you thinking now. Boko Haram is the purveyor of that information, that is, that Ihejirika supports Boko Haram. Even if Dr. Davis appears to say that Boko Haram told him that, the court (and this is the law, brother) will still insist that the original purveyor of the statement, that is the Boko Haram, must appear, failing which Dr Davis’ statement would be bunkum and consigned as hearsay. And hearsay is no evidence. Again, that is the way the law thinks!

          • abiola

            It obvious this tsunami is either high or in a mental home. How come he got access to Internet and phone.

          • tsunami1earthquake

            O, sure, tsunami is ‘either high or in a mental home’ but tsunami is happy that the person he addressed his reply understood the reply; and that is what is important.

        • muhammad zuezz

          Let me try and break it down for you may be you will understand something.
          1. BRUTALITY OF SOLDIERS (under Ihejiria’s command) that burn down entire villages, and rampantly kill innocent civilians (example the Baga incident) prompted the Northern Elder’s Forum to call for the prosecution of the general. And to be fair we all know how soldiers can descend on innocent civilians when they are provoked, remember the Lagos BRT buses incident.
          2. BOKO HARAM BECOMES STRONGER DURING IHEJIRIKA’S TIME. Many reports of helicopters dropping food and weapons to BH have circulated a lot. Assume it is illogical to assume the involvement in the army for the supply, but why and how could BH move in large convoys of more than 40 trucks operate for hours in an area under STATE OF EMERGENCY?
          3. THE FG, DSS and even the PRESIDENT keep telling us on several occasions that they know the sponsors of BH, then why on earth wouldn’t they arrest them? Even Ihejirika now (counter) claiming El-Rufai was/is a BH commander why didn’t he arrest him when he was in office? That in itself amount to gargantuan federal offense!
          4. The MOTIVES that could have been behind ihejirika supporting BH could be (1) to justify the huge security budget money running into trillions of Naira, which he is trying to use to contest governorship. Or (2) As insinuated by others to get back at the North for the defeat in the Biafra war.
          5. Though am not a lawyer, but you got the legal aspect all twisted.
          – If someone says something about you publicly which you believe is a lie, you sue for defamation of character, where the judge asks the accuser to provide evidence. Failure to do so would result in damages. Buhari sued Metuh and PDP on similar accusations, which PDP begged to settle out of court.
          – In this case, Ihejirika (and Sheriff) could have sued Mr. Davis, since they were the ones initially accused, but since they didn’t, we assume they agree with what he said.
          – El Rufai only rebroadcasted the interview Davis gave and added his own comment that he wishes to see those duo investigated.
          6. Finally, this is how I think the case would go.
          – Ihejirika you are accused of calling El Rufai BH commander, how do you plea. -Not guilty.
          – Ihejirika what’s your proof that El Rufai is BH commander?
          – Ihejirika gives proof(s). Which two things could happen.
          (A) Court is NOT satisfied with the proofs, Ihejirika is asked to pay El Rufai damages.
          (B) Court is satisfied with the proof, and quashes the case clearing Ihejirika. Subsequently the police arrest El Rufai as BH commander, and possibly someone else will sue Ihejirika for not arresting El Rufai when he was in office despite the evidence he had against him.
          Have a nice day.

          • tsunami1earthquake

            Thank you for your time in producing this rather long string of ‘arguments’; appreciated! Yes you tried to justify your stand but I must say your effort was not just good enough; and I shall show you shortly. But before doing that I shall want to accept your disclaimer of not being a lawyer and subsequently, I shall not comment on your layman’s view of what would happen in court, should the matter ever go to court. I allow you title to your opinion on that; that is for that aspect.

            Then, coming to other aspects of your ‘argument’, I daresay your string of thoughts in the argument are both factually and logically wrong. And I shall just touch each of the salient points raised. Your mention of soldiers’ brutality as something against the person of Ihejirika is factually wrong. Though you said that soldiers could be brutal when wronged. Taking your statement from there, you could easily see that Nigerian soldiers are one of a kind whose only language is violence against civilians, sometimes for no apparent reason other than an attempt to assert authority over such a ‘bloody civilian’. And so using brutality as an argument is to suggest that a Nigerian soldier is inherently mild and friendly and so the soldiers sent to those places of war were instructed by Ihejirika to be brutal! So you see that the conclusion does not support the fact, which is a soldier would be brutal no matter the circumstance and such brutality does not emanate from his superiors. Maybe you and I might not change that; it has become a norm among the Nigerian military, since the end of the Nigerian civil war. Accordingly, Ihejirika did not manufacture ‘brutality among the soldiers’.

            Your second ‘argument’ is a statement of BH strength during Ihejirika’s time. Muhammed, I’m not sure you’re sincere with this statement. In any case to debunk that statement a few facts will be presented by way of comparison, since this is the only logical method. Muhammed, close your eyes for a moment and tell us what the BH has achieved since the exit of Ihejirika. Shall we forget easily the series of mass adoptions that have happened since that time? Was Ihejirika there? The Chibok Girls’ Abduction is now a global news! Was Ihejirika, who left office in 2013 responsible for that? And to fast-forward events after the exit of Ihejirika, Nigeria has never been so disgraced when its soldiers ran to Cameroon, not once. Nigeria has never been disgraced when the army in Maiduguri mutinied for poor fighting conditions. Now, we hear of Boko Haram Caliphate! And, you, Muhammed, are saying that the Boko Haram was stronger when Ihejirika was there! Come on, if you don’t know something, why don’t you go and ask or do some research, rather than coming here to say very funny things that are devoid of any iota of truth!

            Then the motives you supplied for Ihejirika being a Boko Haram supporter are very preposterous. Now listen to the conclusion of your logic which I put in one sentence here: ‘Ihejirika is a supporter of BH’. Taking off from there you zeroed in by saying that one motive is to use the money to run for governor in his state of origin! If Ihejirika were to steal that money, the various gains made at the beginning of fight against BH would not have occurred as you see in today’s situation where the army chiefs are accused of stealing millions of naira meant for weapon purchase. Tell us how much military funds Ihejirika stole when he was the chief of army staff. Tell us how many mutinies happened when he was heading the army. Tell us how many soldiers took refuge in Cameroon when he was head of the army. We await your evidence and answers to these questions.

            Then the other motive you supplied was serious and dangerous. And that really suggests why Ihejirkal is being hounded all over the place, especially from the northern part of Nigeria. Ihejirika was having revenge over Biafra? What a tissue of nonsense! What the purveyors of this view want to achieve is to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. What you northerners are saying is to suggest that Ihejirika used his position to revenge for Biafra. Then when you repeat it many times it sounds like truth to you; then you will begin again the massacre of the Igbo people and plunge again this country into another bloody civil war. I think the northerners must be very careful in their utterance and must stop leapfrogging from the present BH to accuse another ethnic group of a crime they know nothing about in order to cause trouble. I do hope the security agents will read this and mark your Internet IP.

            I am saying all these things in defence of Ihejirika, not because he is my brother, father or relative. I am not even an Igbo person. I am saying them because the Oddi Massacre happened, the Zaki Biam massacre happened; and these were under the watch of various chiefs of army staff. Yet the northerners never said anything about those military chiefs. They are now trumpeting strings of nonsense all because Ihejirika is Igbo person.

    • Ladan Haruna

      Don’t worry, time ll tell.

    • Think well

      stop shooting at the messenger, and face the source of the message

      • tsunami1earthquake

        I beg your pardon? Could you be more explicit?

    • UseYourBrain

      Is it you that is thinking like lawyer? How did we even get here as a country? What kind of education are the schools providing? When someone can write so many sentences, yet cannot make any sense! So if the Northern Elders Forum is accusing Ihejjirika, it means he was against boko haram, or not a sponsor? Nonsense! I beg don’t insult lawyers, they don’t think like that. The Elders Forum challenged Ihejirika for atrocities of the army against civilians in the name of fighting boko haram. Those atrocities have now been severally corroborated by foreign governments and organizations such as Amnesty International with video footage evidence. So Ihejirika is sponsoring boko haram as part of his smokescreen to attack and annihilate northern population because he supports boko haram on the one hand, and then returns to kill civilians on the other, do the math, or do the law, what do you get?

      • tsunami1earthquake

        I don’t even know what you are talking about, brother. Come out and be more explicit. Don’t put your readers in a position where they begin to second-guess what you say or want to say. Don’t lump so many things together and expect your reader to understand your mind. If I were you, I would go for short, digestible sentences that would be devoid of any equivocations.

        • Wale

          What hes saying is really above your level; have you ever seen the video where members of the Nigerian Army were allegedly slaughtering civilians. And Ihejirika was the Army chief as at that time.

          • tsunami1earthquake

            Yes, what he’s saying is ‘above my level’ but within your own level of comprehension, maybe. However, you have still not made any sense in what you claim to have knowledge about.

          • abiola

            Guy stop disgracing yourself you showing you either went to evening old people’s school or read sport magzine in your workshop. Look for a vase educated member of your community to inform you about the step that results to ICC. We are all learning try read and think.

          • tsunami1earthquake

            Yes, from what you’ve written, I can see you have built a school. Can you enroll me in that school?

    • Gworoman

      That is not the issue. He is going to court to sue Ihejiraka for calling him a Boko haram commander. Let the the former army produce evidence to prove his allegation.

      • tsunami1earthquake

        Brother Gworoman, that is the issue. El-Rufai will make his claim and Ihejirika will counter, in his defence, that El-Rufai published a statement that he, Ihejirika, is a supporter of Boko Haram. Then the onus rests on El-Rufai to prove his published statement. After all, El-Rufai is the agent provocateur in this circumstance because he initiated the occasion that made Ihejirika call him ‘Boko Haram commander’. And this is where the whole process will begin. Will El-Rufai prove that Ihejirika is a Boko Haram supporter by just voicing that he read or heard about that from…whomever or wherever? Once El-Rufai mentions any name the court will begin the process of summoning the originator of that statement. So you see, if El-Rufai fails to establish a solid evidence against Ihejirika, his case will collapse like a pack of cards; and Ihejirika might counter-sue for defamation. We are not living in a lynch-law regime where you think an accused immediately becomes guilty because somebody has brought him to court. Just wait and see and you will see how the court will operate here. I am sure El-Rufai knows this and he will weigh his options with his lawyers properly to know whether he has a case or not.

        • Oskirin

          olodo ni e ni?.y r u comprehendin tins like ds? el-rufai quoted a source.did ihejirika av any source b4 he made such remarks? pls let him provide it.

        • AK

          Even Nollywood won’t employ u coz ur IQ is damn too low.
          Get a life pls.

  • Ladan Haruna

    Pls u people should stop disturbing yourselves, Former head of the Army has right to suit the Negotiator in the court, so let us wait an see, all what I knew the truth is only one, an it must surely comes out one day.

  • solomon

    Has this man elrufai has no shame or how many children of his does he want to use for ritual just to remain relevant.

    • Solomonson

      What we are talking here is about the allegation of sponsoring Boko Haram Mr. Now that one of ur own was fingered as key sponsor of Boko Haram u are trying to divert attention from what people are saying.

      • ozaluoku

        Mumu.where is the proof? Arm chair critic

      • Joy

        It is not about your people or my people or any people. It is just that common sense should not be bombed here.
        Bizarre to even remotely suspect Gene. Ihejirika, Boko Haram’s worst enemy of being their sponsor. The uninformed Australian has revealed his naivety by expecting Boko Haram to tell him who their true sponsors are.

    • Onike24

      To use the death of a man’s children against him, says a lot about you. Shameful statement

      • the truth

        Is he behaving like someone mourning the death of a beloved son? How come he have time to write rubbish after few days of his sons burial? I don’t blame people who write evil things about Nigerian politicians for they are evil. El-rufai is a trouble maker and trouble will continue to be his birth water.

        • Onike24

          Again, you cannot defend your comment, it is indefensible, are you now the mourning Police? May you never witness the loss of a child. So because he deigns to try and get on with life however difficult it may be, you are castigating him? Completely out of order.

        • muhammad zuezz

          ‘The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away!’ You are supposed to be a Christian I presume.

  • the truth

    All this irrelevant businessmen,I wouldn’t call them politicians because they are only prepared to steal government money.who do u think you are deceiving el rufai.we all know your party is boko haram,I blame premium times who u guys patronize and hire them to spread your lies.the truth is about to come out

  • Psalm 35

    El rufai the cry baby, go on go to court after all you have a lot of money to waste on lawyers, it must feel good spending the 5 billion CBN consultancy Sanusi frittered into your account

  • Clay

    el Rufai, when is the court case starting, murutu mpafu.

  • Mr. Abdin

    iS JUST A MATTER OF TIME THANK GOD THE SPONSORS OF BOKO HARAM ARE COMING OUT.

  • Gbish Bash

    Who is he fooling?

  • blueeyedkitten

    Australian negotiator indeed! How are we even sure this “Australian negotiator episode” isn’t a hoax.
    I havent seen anything credible about this whole story. I just hope its not one of those internet clowns, who love spreading false news on the web…. that are behind this whole story. All these Nigerian media outfits should be absolutely sure of whatever they are reporting.

  • Joy

    Bizarre to even remotely suspect Gene. Ihejirika, Boko Haram’s worst enemy of being their sponsor. The uninformed Australian has revealed his naivety by expecting Boko Haram to tell him who their true sponsors are.

    • AK

      …also bizarre to suspect the USA of sponsoring Al-Qaida against the Soviet Union!!!
      You are a product of daft parents, go back to school pls.

  • Gworoman

    Right step. Let ihejirika substantiate his allegation with facts and also explain why he did not arrest El-Rufai when he was the COAS.

  • tijan kabba

    i have waited for the move for too long a time. it has come to that point when claims have to be backed up with evidences. people must learn to stop making baseless claims

  • arise_9ja

    El-Rufai has sued FG, INEC, SSS and what were the results? Good radiance to bad rubbish! tell the jobless mallam to back back to facebook and twitter and start tweeting BringBackOurGirls until our girls return. Who does not know that El-Rufai’s boy, Sowore, is Boko Haram’s unofficial mouthpiece? When Boko Haram destroy Nigeria, El-Rufai mocks us through his wahala reporters. El-Rufai’s close associate, the former CBN governor, has also been fingered in this mess.

    • tsunami1earthquake

      Don’t worry, @concernednigerian, and @arise_9ja, the truth is waiting to surface. I am keeping my fingers crossed to see El-Rufai carry out his threat of suing Ihejirika! Then bingo! All the skeletons in hidden cupboards will be unearthed. I cannot wait for that time. Please, El-Rufai, go ahead and sue Ihejirika! I am waiting to have a good laugh at how some people will be running helter-skelter hiding their faces in shame. And, El-Rufai, if you fail to sue then that will be the greatest shame on your face.

  • concernednigerian

    This little man is always fighting everybody who does not share his political and religious belief. He might have been the person who fed the Australian, Davis, with false information about Ihejirika and others. Indeed Davis’ role was to negotiate with Boko Haram and not to offer an analysis of the evil phenomenon called Boko Haram. Those who support Boko Haram in the belief that they will make Jonathan unpopular should think again. Since Boko Haram is raising flags over ‘captured territories’, they should understand that other nationalities will not stand idly by without declaring their own Republic. I now believe fervently that Jonathan, indeed, might be the last President of a united Nigeria.

  • Usman

    that is excellent malam Nasir, that is the best way to confront those guys, I wish the APC has since taken similar action on Mrs Ogar

  • GbemigaO

    So Boko Haram will tell someone about their sponsor so that the government can arrest him , prosecute him etc. what is the logic in that anyway . We are just dis spitting our energy on useless stuff and leaving the main thing. When you interview or interrogate, it is the logic you need to check out. Why would they willingly name their sponsors . To achieve what ?

    • Abada Arinze Ehidonye

      my brother i hail thee, how could they name there sponsor

  • Osogagba

    The Midget is still threatening to sue. That shows you he’s only interested in the histrionics. Those who genuinely feel offended that they have been slandered do not waste time issuing threats. Their slanderers usually hear their own responses through court sermons. But, of course, it is certain that the Little Man will not go that route for obvious reasons.

  • Anyone still wondering why it’s so difficult for Nigeria to officially unmask the sponsors of Boko Haram? Or win the war against it? You have an idea now. Little wonder Boko Haram is having a field day despite the purported claims of victory over it. Lies, Deceit, Overt, and Covert operation all for what? Position of Authority? ISMH!

  • jack

    EL-rufai,you told us that your Australian contractor mentioned Ihejirika and Alli sheriff,but in all your interviews that i have so far seen,you are ready to sue only Ihejirika,what about the other person?

    Kindly stop this your cover-up tactics,we know what you can do.

    • Bala

      You are a real JACK!

  • AK

    Since we are in the era of constituting committees even when someone stumbles, GEJ should constitute one to counter investigate the Australian negotiator. Lol.

  • Cyril

    Okonjo-Iweala has been a reformer and driver of change in our economy. There are tangible achievements that we can point at

  • Garden-City Boy

    A sick, old, tired dog to hit the ground running?? Ah-ah…foul! I don’t see that happening now or in the future. Or they should keep an air-ambulance handy and ready should his mischievous cheer-leaders insist on he trying the risk. Hit the ground running, indeed.