Obasanjo’s Boko Haram comment insensitive, mischievous – FG


Nigeria’s Federal Authorities has requested
former President Olusegun Obasanjo to tender
a public apology over his feedback imputing
ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and
Authorities additionally requested him to withdraw the
assertion it described as deeply offensive and
patently divisive.
It mentioned such indiscreet feedback are far
beneath the standing of an elder statesman.
In a press release issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the
Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, mentioned it was notably tragic that
a person who fought to maintain Nigeria one is the
identical one in search of to take advantage of the nation’s
fault traces to divide it within the twilight of his life.
He mentioned Boko Haram and ISWAP are terrorist
organizations pure and easy, including that
they care little about ethnicity or faith when
perpetrating their mindless killings and
”For the reason that Boko Haram disaster, which has been
simmering beneath the watch of Obasanjo, boiled
over in 2009, the terrorist group has
killed extra Muslims than adherents of any
different faith, blown up extra mosques than
another homes of worship and isn’t identified
to have spared any sufferer on the premise of their
ethnicity. It’s due to this fact absurd to say that
Boko Haram and its ISWAP variant have as
their objective the ‘Fulanisation and Islamisation’ of
Nigeria, West Africa or Africa,” Alhaji
Mohammed mentioned.
He mentioned President Buhari put to relaxation the mis-
characterization of Boko Haram as an Islamic
group when he mentioned, in his inaugural
speech in 2015, that ”Boko Haram is a
senseless, godless group who’re as distant
from Islam as one can consider”.
The Minister mentioned Obasanjo’s feedback are
due to this fact as insensitive and mischievous as
they’re as offensive and divisive in a multi-
ethnic and multi-religious nation like Nigeria,
questioning whether or not there isn’t any restrict to how far
the previous President will go in throwing
toxic darts at his perceived political