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How Late Nasco Biscuits Founder, Ally Of Terror-linked Buhari’s Minister Pantami, Others Funded Terror Cells In 2002, Before Boko Haram Emerged





An investigative report by Nigerian journalist, David Hundeyin has revealed how the late NASCO Group’s multimillionaire founder, Ahmed Idris Nasreddin and Yakubu Musa Kafanchan, also called Sheikh Yakubu Musa Katsina, an ally of Nigeria’s terror-linked Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Isa Ali Pantami funded Islamic terror cells in 2002.

In keeping with the report printed on West Africa Weekly, Hassan is a founding member of the Izala Motion (JIBWIS), and the present Chairman of its board of trustees and the Chairman of the Katsina State JIBWIS chapter.


They have been alleged to have funded the actions of individuals like Kabiru Sokoto, the mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of the St Theresa Roman Catholic church on December 25, 2011 in Madalla, Niger State which killed 37 Christians.


The report learn partly, “Nasreddin was an Eritrean who moved to Jos in Nigeria’s Plateau State, and grew his father’s small manufacturing enterprise right into a $460 million conglomerate concerned in every part from breakfast cereal and confectionery to prescription drugs, actual property and vitality. After a few years of progress and success, he finally handed his sprawling enterprise empire over to his son Attia Nasreddin, and retired at an outdated, happy age.


“What on earth may this shrewd, respectable businessman who seemed like he couldn’t harm a fly have finished, to place him in the identical article as a narrative in regards to the world’s deadliest terrorist organisation? Why would the model he constructed, which to many Nigerians evokes recollections of a beloved childhood breakfast staple, seem in the identical sentence as Boko Haram?


“To reply these questions, our story begins on one other continent in 1955, some 8 years earlier than his father would transfer to Nigeria and set up NASCO Group. The yr is 1955, and a 33 year-old Islamic scholar from Gummi in modern-day Zamfara State has made his approach to Mecca for his first Hajj pilgrimage. Alongside him is a sure Ahmadu Bello, who’s the Premier of Northern Nigeria. 


“Throughout this journey, the scholar impresses each Ahmadu Bello and the Saudi King Sa’ud together with his Arabic translation expertise. He quickly makes a giant impression on many locals and clerics in Mecca. These relationships will later turn out to be his most precious asset following the occasions that happen after his subsequent return to Nigeria. Upon returning to Nigeria, he takes up positions instructing Arabic Research at Islamic faculties in Kano and Kaduna. His fashion of instructing focuses on educating his college students in regards to the variations between Islamic spiritual doctrine and native customs. Primarily based on his strict Sunni understanding of the Qur’an, he teaches his college students to undertake a ‘pure’ Islamic id on the expense of practises that he thought of bid’ah (roughly translated as ‘innovation’ or ‘corruption’).


“He additionally turns into the primary Islamic scholar to translate the Qur’an from Arabic into Hausa, which places him in a uniquely influential place similar to that of Ajayi Crowther in nineteenth century southwestern Nigeria. Utilizing this leverage, he turns into an more and more highly effective determine in Northern Nigeria, together with his essentialist views on Islamic doctrine gaining recognition. To him, the prevailing Sufi orders of Northern Nigeria are polluted with bid’ah and unfit for function. He turns into well-known for attacking the Tijaniya and Qadriyya brotherhoods throughout his appearances on Radio Kaduna, whereas advocating for a ‘return’ to ‘Islamic purity.’


“Following the loss of life of his buddy and benefactor Ahmadu Bello, the scholar finds himself in a precarious scenario. The brand new Nigerian federal authorities led by troopers has a motive to crack down on anybody who’s outspoken and influential. He could also be a large in Northern Nigeria, however he is a huge with toes of clay. His answer is to hunt monetary, doctrinal and political assist from his buddies in Mecca. The Saudis, as all the time, are prepared to assist.


“His Saudi backers are eager to make use of him to espouse the Saudi Arabian state’s official interpretation of Islam, which relies on the work of 18th century Islamic scholar Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab. This fundamentalist doctrine, typically referred to as Wahabbism matches very intently with the teachings of our hero in Northern Nigeria, and he enthusiastically units about gathering assist for this new Saudi-funded venture. 


“These efforts bore fruit in Nigeria’s Muslim northern area with the creation of a motion (the Izala Society) devoted to wiping out ritual improvements. Important texts for members of the Izala Society are Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab’s treatise of God’s unity and commentaries by his grandsons. Reaching out to his erstwhile college students throughout Kaduna and Kano over the course of the Seventies, the scholar-turned-politician slowly builds a coalition of strategically-aligned people who will sometime turn out to be very highly effective individuals in Northern Nigeria. In 1978, one in every of his outstanding college students, Sheikh Ismaila Idris takes cost of this more and more highly effective however considerably unofficial motion, and calls it Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Iqamatus Sunnah (Society of Removing of Innovation and Re-establishment of the Sunnah), also called JIBWIS.


“Primarily based in Jos and identified colloquially because the Izala Motion, this organisation will go on to turn out to be essentially the most influential Islamic physique in Nigeria over the following few a long time. Its members will turn out to be a few of Nigeria’s most revered Imams and clerics. They may obtain excessive ranks within the Nigerian Armed Forces. JIBWIS will come to exert a stage of affect over Nigeria’s nationwide politics and governance that’s unprecedented for a non secular physique in Nigeria. Quickly, it should turn out to be virtually unattainable to attain energy in lots of components of Northern Nigeria with out figuring out with the Izala Motion.


“Amongst different issues, the scholar states that Muslims ought to by no means settle for a non-Muslim as ruler, which might be interpreted as a name for revolt in opposition to a Christian Nigerian president.


“Quick ahead 33 years. It’s Christmas Day in 2011 and Abubakar Gumi has been lifeless for over 19 years. A bomb abruptly goes off at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 35 individuals and wounding an extra 52. Nearly concurrently, a sequence of coordinated bomb assaults and shootings happen at church buildings in Jos, Gadaka and Damaturu. An obscure Islamist group calling itself Boko Haram claims accountability for the assaults.


“In the course of the trial of the principle suspect Kabiru Umar A.Ok.A Kabiru Sokoto 2 years later, a masked witness claims that an Algerian Islamist group supplied funding and assist price N40,000,000 ($250,000 on the time) to hold out the assaults. To most people, it’s unclear what the hyperlink is between Islamists in Northern Nigeria and well-funded terror teams in North Africa.


“To these within the know nevertheless, the incidents of December 25, 2011 should not solely anticipated, however are more likely to intensify and turn out to be extra common. It’s because whereas the Nigerian public up up to now has been fed with what quantities to a tiny share of the particular story behind the Boko Haram group, this group has in actual fact been incubating and nurtured on the highest ranges of the theological, financial and political areas in Northern Nigeria. Boko Haram in actuality, is a lot larger than Mohammed Yusuf and Abubakar Shekau that lowering it to these 2 males serves to overlook the precise story spectacularly.


“To begin to get a number of the image of what Boko Haram is and the place it got here from, allow us to retreat from 2011 to 2006 to learn an excerpt from a letter written by the Everlasting Consultant of Nigeria to the United Nations, Aminu B. Wali, addressed to the Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee. This letter is out there in full right here from the official repository for UN paperwork. Written by the Nigerian authorities to the UN, it lays out the measures it has taken to combat terrorism in Nigeria. Take particular observe of the names talked about in daring.


“A Wikileaks cable from 2002 confirms that this arrest really did happen, just for the suspect to be launched inexplicably after 27 days in detention. For individuals who should not conscious, Yakubu Musa Kafanchan, also called Sheikh Yakubu Musa Katsina and Yakubu Musa Hassan is a founding member of the Izala Motion (JIBWIS), and is in actual fact, the present Chairman of its board of trustees and the Chairman of the Katsina State JIBWIS chapter. He’s a extensively revered Islamic cleric and a really shut private buddy and public affiliate of – no prizes for guessing – Isa Ali Pantami. Sure, that Isa Pantami.


“Kafanchan was even lately named as one of many 500 Most Influential Muslims within the World by The Royal Islamic Strategic Research Centre, a Jordanian government-affiliated NGO. Extra on that later. Apparently Mr. Kafanchan has been identified to the Nigerian safety forces because the chief of a terror community making an attempt to arrange terror cells in Katsina and Kano way back to 2002. Maintain that date in thoughts as a result of it should turn out to be much more essential as we unravel this additional. 


“In keeping with official Nigerian authorities communication to the UN, this real-life Islamic terror organiser is understood to have affiliations with a sure ‘GSPC’ group making an attempt to hold out terror assaults in Nigeria, and he was even arrested for it in 2005 – 4 entire years earlier than the world ever heard of a “Boko Haram.” But in 2021 he’s not solely a free man, however a robust free man, with entry to federal ministers, state governors and President Muhammadu Buhari himself.


“After which there’s the GSPC angle. ‘GSPC’ stands for “Groupe Salafiste pour la Prédication et le Fight” (Salafist Group for Preaching and Fight). A full primer on the origin of the group and what it stands for is out there right here. Cliff notes abstract: It’s an unlawful Salafi terrorist organisation based mostly in Algeria which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. It specialises in offering coaching, funding and assist to Islamists and jihadi fighters all over the world utilizing an unlimited world community of smugglers, cash launderers and rat traces. Which brings us to the second title within the above letter excerpt. Alhaji Shahru Haruna, within the Nigerian authorities’s personal phrases, is a GSPC agent who funds the actions of individuals like Kabiru Sokoto by laundering proceeds from smuggled items. He too, was arrested and held on terror financing prices. In some way he too, is just not solely a free man in the present day, however a robust one in his personal proper too. It won’t shock the reader to search out out that Alhaji Haruna can be a rating member of the Izala Motion.


“Much more apparently, once I do some digging into Mr. Haruna, I uncover one thing doubtlessly much more alarming. It will likely be recalled that in September 2021, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele claimed that a good portion of {dollars} purchased by Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in Nigeria goes into unlawful importation of arms. We now rejoin our Eritrean buddy within the yr 2006. The Nigerian Monetary Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has lately been gazetted, and one of many first issues its counter-terrorism unit does is to freeze all property linked to NASCO Group Nigeria Restricted. Apparently, Mr. Nasreddin has been doing a little inventive accounting to cover the truth that he’s transferring cash all over the world to fund Islamist terror organisations. Or a minimum of, that was what the Nigerian authorities itself wrote to the UN in the identical letter.


“A Wikileaks cable from 2002 hints at American hesitancy with reference to freezing NASCO’s Nigerian property as a result of financial implications for Plateau State and political implications in Nigeria. The true proof of Nasreddin’s double life nevertheless, comes from the US Treasury Division which publishes a complete account of how he launders and strikes cash all over the world for terrorist entities. Wish to hear the true kicker? Nasreddin has been funding and laundering cash for none aside from GSPC – the Algerian terrorist group which Yakubu Katsina and Shahru Haruna are additionally concerned with at the very same time.


“The Nigerian jihadis being educated in Algerian camps in 2002 will later return to Nigeria and make up the core of what is going to later turn out to be referred to as ‘Boko Haram.’ And – what a coincidence – NASCO can be based mostly in Jos, which so occurs to be the headquarters of the Izala Motion and its many North African dalliances.

“Utilizing cash comprised of promoting market-leading FMCGs to Nigerian shoppers, a cross-border community of terrorism is being nurtured that may sometime kill the very youngsters consuming NASCO cornflakes each morning. And it’s all because of this good gentleman from Eritrea.


“Nasreddin nevertheless, is a really wealthy man. Like all very wealthy males, he seems to have a means round issues that will floor different individuals. In 2005, Lisa Myers and Aram Roston of the NBC Information Investigative Unit uncover that regardless of his designation as a terror financier within the US, Nasreddin’s Nigerian enterprise empire and his Italian lodge are nonetheless working as regular.”


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