Nigerians and the International Community have been told to interrogate the relationship between the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Boko Haram and the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said this in Abuja against the backdrop of the purported endorsement of General Buhari by MEND.
The PDP Presidential Campaign spokesperson said with the way events were unfolding, it would not come as a surprise if Boko Haram group equally publicly endorsed General Buhari and APC.
He said: “It is important for Nigerians to take another look at General Buhari’s comments about Boko Haram and the way he has encouraged Boko Haram group.
“It is on public record that Buhari had announced to the whole world that it was unfair and unjust for the Boko Haram to be tackled after it had killed over 20,000 innocent Nigerians, mostly women and children, after burning their homes and destroying their communities.
“It is also on record that Buhari has severally and consistently criticized government for protecting Nigerians against the attacks of Boko Haram and has gleefully announced that government forces should stop attacking Boko Haram, and in fact, should treat them like the Niger Delta militants. In other words, he was saying government should rehabilitate them, grant them amnesty and pay them every month, concluding that any attack on the Boko Haram sect was a declaration of war on the people of Northern Nigeria.”
This, according to Fani-Kayode, brings us to the question of the true nature of Buhari’s relationship with these terrorist groups and its international affiliates.
He further stated that the APC’s presidential spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, whom he described as a friend, had supported Buhari by stating that the proscription of Boko Haram by the Federal Government after they had murdered 20,000 Nigerians in cold blood was unjust and unconstitutional.
“I think it is relevant and something of interest for all Nigerians and members of the international community to begin to ask questions about the nexus between Boko Haram, MEND and all these terrorist organizations that find it easy to kill people and the leading opposition presidential candidate and the APC.
“This is the question Nigerians should seek answers to because insecurity is one of the fundamental issues of the campaign for the office of president and Nigerians must be wary of any person seeking to be president and has such public sympathy for terrorist organisations in spite of the obvious damages that they inflicted on the country,” he said.