Thursday 3 July 2014

PDP, Obanikoro Aiding Boko Haram—-Tinubu

In an apparent response to the allegation by Femi Fani-Kayode, National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola  Tinubu wednesday  accused Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro and the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) of aiding Boko Haram.

Fani-Kayode had on Channels TV alleged that Boko Haram is an armed wing of the APC. The party through its spokesman, Lai Mohammed had asked him to retract and apologise or face litigation.

In a statement last night by his Special Adviser on Media Sunday Dare, Tinubu said: “the PDP government should step forward and explain to Nigerians why the over 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok are yet to be rescued. They should explain why the Boko Haram insurgency continues unabated despite billions of naira that is being voted for security.

“The defence budget to fight Boko Haram and terrorism has become a conduit pipe for the ruling party PDP just as the likes of Obanikoro continue to use Boko Haram as a tool of blackmail against the opposition. This time , just like it failed in the past, it will not stick. It will not stand. It is the PDP-led government in which Obanikoro is an active and pliable agent that is perpetrating the insurgency for pecuniary benefits. This government has no shame. It lacks the moral authority to point fingers at individuals or the opposition. The country is literally on tenterhooks and all the PDP can do is lie to Nigerians in order to cover up its failures.

“Obanikoro’s allegation that Tinubu and his friends in the opposition created Boko Haram is both fallacious and untenable. It is the kind of fable that can only come  out of the mouth of someone who is delusional. One whose intoxication with power is not in  doubt. This allegation is both unreasonable and unsustainable, but not surprising coming from the person it came from. Bola Tinubu and the APC have been on record repeatedly condemning killings and bombings by Boko Haram and proffering solutions to the menace.

“The PDP is preparing the grounds for its next round of hounding opposition leaders, militarising our cities and violating the democratic rights of Nigerians to move freely. This is political Boko Haram of which the PDP is the Chief Architect.

“In Ekiti, we saw a dress rehearsal of the impunity and near brigandage of this government and its agents. Nigerians are urged to be vigilant before a few desperate persons steal our voices, our rights, our liberties and freedoms.”

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