Federal Government cautions Obasanjo over Boko Haram comment, demands apology

Federal Government cautions Obasanjo over Boko Haram comment, demands apology

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been asked by the Federal Government of Nigeria to publicly apology over his comments imputing ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and ISWAP. The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, said it was particularly tragic that a man who gave his

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been asked by the Federal Government of Nigeria to publicly apology over his comments imputing ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and ISWAP.

The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, said it was particularly tragic that a man who gave his all to keep Nigeria one is the same one seeking to take advantage of the country’s fault lines to divide it.

He said Boko Haram and ISWAP are terrorist organizations pure and simple, adding that they care little about ethnicity or religion when perpetrating their senseless killings and destruction.

”Since the Boko Haram crisis, which has been simmering under the watch of Obasanjo, boiled over in 2009, the terrorist organization has killed more Muslims than adherents of any other religion, blown up more mosques than any other houses of worship and is not known to have spared any victim on the basis of their ethnicity. It is therefore absurd to say that Boko Haram and its ISWAP variant have as their goal the ‘Fulanisation and Islamisation’ of Nigeria, West Africa or Africa,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

He further state that President Buhari has done more since assuming office ”which explains the massive degrading of Boko Haram, which has since lost its capacity to carry out the kind of spectacular attacks for which it became infamous, and the recovery of every inch of captured Nigerian territory from the terrorists,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

The Minister therefore called on the former President, whom he said took bullets for Nigeria’s unity, not to allow personal animosity to override his love for a united Nigeria, saying it will not be out of place if he withdraws his unfortunate statement which is deeply offensive and apologizes to Nigerians.

 

 

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