On Thursday November 1st 2012, the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram made a surprise announcement, saying they were ready to ceasefire if the conditions they stated were met. Among the conditions was that they wanted to dialogue with the Federal Government of Nigeria in Saudi Arabia and they mentioned the names of those who would form the mediation group.
Prominent on that list is the national leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and former President of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari.
While Nigerians are still digesting the news and debating on whether the Federal Government should succumb to their demands, General Buhari, through the National Publicity Secretary of his party has reacted to his name being mentioned as one of the mediators.
Below is a press statement from his party absolving himself from any connection to the sect and the insurgency against the Nigerian nation. You might need a dictionary to understand it fully but please read it and share your thoughts.
WHAT IS THE PORTENT OF USING BUHARI’s NAME IN FG/BOKO-HARAM PARLEY?!
Our attention, in the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), to a widely publicized news that our National Leader, General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) has been appointed to take part in a Boko Haram/Federal Government parley. As a Party, we are convinced that this is the latest gambit in the desire of this organically corrupt PDP-led Federal Government in diverting the attention of the unsuspecting Nigerian public from the on-going massive looting of their common patrimony. Without any scintilla of equivocation, General Muhammadu Buhari has never been directly or remotely connected with any insurrection or insurgency against the Nigerian Nation and her people.
He remains the quintessential Patriot that continues to magnetize the very best across the ethno-religious boundaries within the Nigerian nation-space. As we have stated in an earlier communication, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as a corporate entity, is the harbinger of the insecurity travails of the Nigerian People for the sole reason of ensuring perpetuity in governance. From recollection of events of the last two years, there are three variants of the Boko-Haram: the original Boko-Haram that is at daggers drawn with the Nigerian authority for the extra-judicial killing of their leader; the criminal Boko-haram that is involved in all criminality for economic reasons and of course, the most lethal of all, the Political Boko-Haram-which this PDP-led Federal government represents.
The President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan had once alerted the Nation of the ubiquitous presence of Boko-Haram
in his government- a fact aptly amplified by his erstwhile National Security Adviser, General Andrew Azazi. Undoubtedly, the latest revelations by the State Security Services (SSS) on the complicity of the top echelon of the PDP leadership in Boko Haram activities aptly bear testimony of the noxious subterfuge to extirpate the essence of our Nationhood.
Finally, we call on all Nigerians to reject this latest deceptive ploy by this PDP-led government and demand for more transparency in the governance of the Nation. As a Party, we remain unfazed by the cheap propagandist endeavours of the PDP, knowing that Nigerians are the best judge of the under-performance of this regime.
God bless Nigeria.
Rotimi Fashakin (Engr)
National Publicity Secretary, CPC.
(Friday, November 02, 2012)