NIGERIA GOVERNMENT FINANCING TERROR – OBASANJO

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Evidence abounds that Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) Government supports terror organizations. First, before he became the president of Nigeria, he was the most vocal advocate of Boko Haram. He attacked the then President Goodluck Jonathan for fighting Boko Haram. Recall that Buhari was quoted by Newsday as declaring the killing of Boko Haram members a declaration of war against the north. He was such a passionate defender of the terror group.

In one of his statements in support of the insurgent’s crude attacks, he addressed the Boko Haram sect as “our misguided brethren,” and urged Jonathan’s Government to begin negotiations with the terror group with an aim to granting them amnesty. Many would still remember that Buhari was emotionally vexed against Yar’dua for granting amenity to Niger Delta militants. He felt paying N65, 000 monthly to repentant militant was cheating to the North. Shortly after his vituperations against amnesty to Niger Delta militants, which helped to significantly lower the spate of attacks in that region, Boko Haram emerged.  Many believe Boko Haram is a creation of the north, particularly Buhari, to try to force amnesty payments to northern youths to even the deal.

NIGERA GOVERNMENT FINANCING TERROR - OBASANJO
NIGERIA GOVERNMENT FINANCING TERROR – OBASANJO

Soon as Buhari began preaching and advocating amnesty to Boko Haram, Jonathan expressed willingness to negotiate. But with whom? Jonathan insisted he cannot start a negotiation with faceless persons. Boko Haram then named Buhari to negotiate on their behalf.

The significance of the choice of him by Boko haram is never lost even though he turned it down. Following what looked like imminent monthly amnesty payouts to Boko Haram, Northern youths to Boko Haram, Northern youths were encouraged to enrol as terror members in order to access the funds. Recruitment centres were opened all over the North. Jonathan, however, didn’t follow through because nobody came up to speak for the group. Buhari, originally retired from politics, jumped in the back after Yar’dua offered amnesty to Niger Delta militants. His all-consuming passion has always been to right the perceived wrongs against the North. He felt Yar’dua was giving away too much to the south and attacked him every step of the way.

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