A former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has denied either sponsoring or backing Boko Haram as alleged by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
He said the PDP is playing politics with Boko Haram insurgency to cover up for the deluge of public perceptions against the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
But there were indications last night that Buhari might go to court to clear his name if the PDP does not withdraw its allegation.
Buhari, who made the clarifications through his spokesman, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, likened the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh to Joseph Goebbels in the last days of Adolf Hitler’s regime.
He said: “For clarity, Gen. Buhari has never supported or sponsored insurgency. He has no link with Boko Haram; he cannot do any of such things, he would never be involved in insurgency. They are just afraid of this man at the poll
“In all his years, in the service of Nigeria, he has always shown total patriotism for the state. It is total arrant nonsense. It is a ploy by PDP to cover up the deluge of negative perceptions against the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan because the general elections are around the corner. Unlike 2011, they know they have a mountain to climb to convince Nigerians to vote for them.
“PDP has found it convenient to play on the very thin line of religion and ethnicity to remain in power but Nigerians are wiser.
“General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) has proven his mettle as a patriotic Nigerian leader whose passion for the virility of the Nigerian Nation is untrammeled.
“He is still the reference point in transparent, honest and compassionate leadership. This, obviously, contrasts the present leadership that constantly evinces larcenous disposition in its governance of the nation. Indeed, Nigerians are asking: where is the $20 Billion that NNPC has not remitted to the Federation account?”
Responding to a question, Fashakin, who was a former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) added: “Gen. Buhari might go to court; he has had enough of this nonsense from PDP and the likes of Metuh.”
A follow-up statement condemned the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh for showing desperation with fabricated lies to gain political advantage.
The statement added: “Metuh is showing as much desperation as Joseph Goebbels in the last days of the Hitler regime.
“It is sad that Mr. Metuh decided to deal in despicable fabrications with a view to gaining political advantage through iniquitous revisionism.
“The former NSA, late Gen Andrew Azazi, was unequivocal in his assertion that the power play in the PDP was the raison d’etre of the Boko Haram insurgency. Apparently, the discomfort caused within the PDP hierarchy was the reason for his sack.
“Furthermore, we knew of the confessional statement to the SSS by one of the PDP stalwarts that the contact with Boko Haram was with the imprimatur of the VP Namadi Sambo!
“It is well understood that after the ruinous Jonathan regime had impoverished the teeming population of Nigerians through its deliberate policy of leadership-centred corruption, there will obviously be a desire to attempt to deflect the pressure put on it by Nigerians.”
The statement asked the PDP and Jonathan administration to address exploitation of jobless youths instead of clinging to any excuse for not providing employment.
It said: “An exploitative and iniquitous regime that specializes in exploiting poor Nigerian youth on the pretence of providing elusive job placements.”
“This is a regime that has shown culpability in the needless deaths of vulnerable Nigerians through the callous lusting for greedy gains by the key honchos of the PDP party, as seen in the botched immigration job recruitment earlier in the month of March.
“This is a regime that is now so desperate as to employ the services of an Olisa Metuh who, without scruples, evinces infernal asininity with his press statements.”