The plenary at the ongoing National Conference was thrown into a ruckus yesterday due to the arrest of the 486 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect by the army in Abia State, with delegates warning of dire consequences should the activities of the sect be allowed to disrupt oil production through the destruction of the pipelines and oil and gas facilities.
Before the conference went into the plenary yesterday, a member representing Rivers State, Chief Sergeant Awuse, raised a motion of urgent national importance.
The delegate raised the alarm about the safety of Nigerians, especially as it regards the arrest of 486 people in Aba, Abia State, on their way to Port Harcourt.
According to Awuse, “We were told that those men are members of the Boko Haram sect. These are happenings that make us to begin to see that we should be more proactive about these matters.”
He drew attention to a newspaper report quoting the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, that if Boko Haram members succeeds in overrunning the North-east, they will try to overrun other parts of the country.
Awuse further said if the activities of Boko Haram were allowed unchecked into the South-south, especially in Port Harcourt that houses several oil companies and their pipelines, the effect would be dangerous to the economy of Nigeria.
But the former Minister of Steel during Sani Abacha’s regime, Bashir Dalhatu, from Jigawa State rose to castigate the arrest, stating that those arrested are migrant traders from the North to the South, explaining that it was not fair for Awuse to tag the traders as Boko Haram members.