Former Minister of Aviation and Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayodeon Friday, January 9, 2015 challenged Nigerians and the international community to investigate the connection between the All progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and two different armed groups: Boko haram and the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND)
Fani-Kayode’s call was made in Abuja and comes on the heels of an alleged endorsement of Buhari’s presidential bid by MEND, adding that from the look of things, Boko haram might come forward to publicly support Buhari’s campaign.
He said: “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.
“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; a sect that 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 criticised government for protecting Nigerians against attacks by Boko Haram and has gleefully announced that government forces should stop attacking the 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.
“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 organisations that find it easy to kill people and the leading opposition presidential candidate and the APC.