Nigerians should interrogate the relationship between MEND, Boko Haram and Buhari, says Fani-Kayode


Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has called on

Nigerians and members of the international community to interrogate the

relationship between Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND)

as well as Boko Haram and the All Progressives Congess (APC) with its

presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
Fani-Kayode made the call yesterday in Abuja against the backdrop of the

purported endorsement by MEND of General Buhari's presidential candidacy

on the APC platform.
He said when accosted by journalists that Buhari's comments about

insurgency in Nigeria were worrisome and that his endorsement by MEND, a

discredited militia group, should also give Nigerians and the

international community great concerns.
The PDP Presidential Campaign spokesperson said with the way events are

curiously unfolding, it would not come as a surprise if Boko Haram group

equally publicly endorses General Buhari and the APC.

According to him, “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.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 shiuld stop

attacking th Boko Haram, and in fact, should treat them like the Niger

Delta militants; in other words, 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 group 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 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

the 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.

Fani-Kayode also said that the disclosure on Thursday by President

Goodluck Jonathan that some Nigerians hired MEND leader, Henry Okah, who

masterminded the October 1, 2015, to kill him was not late in coming.

According to him, “I think it is better late than never; perhaps if it has

been exposed at that time, the implications would have been not so good

because it would have created more tension in the land.

“The most important thing is that this is a government and a president

that is quite open that tells Nigerians what they ought to know at the

right time. There is no question about the fact on October 1 on that

particular year, there was a bomb; the president was meant to actually

appear at that venue, but luckily for him and luckily for us, he did not

turn up there and this bomb went off and people were killed.

“It is self-evident even from those facts alone that it was an attempt on

the president; people could have put two and two together at that time and

got four. It wasn't really for the president to say so but now, it is

relevant simply because this same organization that wanted to kill your

president, our president, the president of the leading nation of the

African continent and the president of the nation that is seen by many as

the hope of the black man on the planet, four years later that same

organization is endorsing General Buhari, a man that wants to take his

seat. You put two and two together, it becomes four; it doesn't become

five and I will let you work out what is going on.”

Reacting to the swipe taken at him by his counterpart in the APC

Presidential Campaign Organisation, Malam Garba Shehu that he was

attacking the person of Buhari rather than focusing on issues, Fani-Kayode

said it was not in Sheu's place to teach him how to do his job.

According to him, “It is not for the spokesperson of the APC or the

spokesman of the presidential campaign of General Buhari to tell me what

to do or how to do my job. I would do my job the way I see fit.

“I believe General Buhari himself is an issue. He is just one of the many

issues because you have a man that has told the world his intentions for

Nigeria, whether it will be that he wants to spread Sharia throughout the

country, whether it would be he wants to tamper with the secularity of the

state, whether it would be that he believes that Moslem should only vote

for Moslems, whether it would be that he believes that an attack on Boko

Haram is an attack on the North.”
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