Godwin Alabi-Isama, a retired army general has initiated Ahmed Nasreddin, the founder of NASCO Group to terrorism financing in the country.
In an interview with TVC monitored by BusinessDay, the retired general said he learned about Ahmed Nasreddin and his role as a sponsor of the peaceful Izala movement during his time as an instructor at the military school in Jos.
“Ambassador Wali wrote a letter to the chairman of the United Nations Counter Insurgency about Ahmed Nasreddin in Jos when I was an instructor at the military school in Jos. All students of military school went to training at Naraguta in Jos, I took them there, so we knew NASCO,” Alabi-Isama said.
Who is Godwin Alabi-Isama?
Brigadier-General Godwin Alabi-Isama (retd.) was the Chief of Staff of the famous 3rd Marine Commando during the Nigerian Civil War. He was the chief of staff to the late General Adekunle who headed the Commando unit.
General Isama authored a book titled the tragic tragedy of victory in which he related his own account of the Civil War, an important event in Nigeria’s history.
How NASCO’s founder, Nasreddin, helped start a war – Isama
“We knew Baba NASCO ever since,” the war veteran said.
“It is true that he made a lot of money in Nigeria, but he was financing a peaceful Islamic group called Izala. Jama’atu Izalatul Bid’ah Wa’Ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) is another name for it.
“But by the time they (Izala movement) got involved with the Algerian group, which is called GSPC. They were now saying pamphlet alone is not enough to spread Islam, it has to be pamphlet and conflicts and that was how Izala movement got to where they are now.”
Isama added that “Baba Nasreddin was funding the Izala movement until he died in May last year at the age of 96.”