The Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organization has claimed that while in the opposition in 2014/2015, President Muhammadu Buhari allegedly supported Boko Haram insurgents.
The spokesperson of the Atiku Campaign, Segun Showunmi, made the claim while appearing as guest on Arise TV on Wednesday.
“When the Boko Haram insurgency started, there was an opinion of carrot-and-stick approach. The role of the then opposition, President Buhari and his cohorts made certain statements in support of the insurgency,” said Showunmi.
The Atiku Campaign spokesperson said this in reaction to a claim by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, “have decided to dance on the graves of our valiant and patriotic soldiers” by alleging that the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had diverted funds meant for the military to APC’s 2019 campaign.
The PDP had made the funds diversion allegation following the death of several Nigerian soldiers resulting from an attack on a military base in Metele, Borno State, by the insurgents.
But stating that the APC and President Buhari had allegedly made worse statements before assuming power, Mr Showunmi said “They (the then opposition in 2014/15) even made worse statements, even to say that nations of the world should not sell weapons to Nigeria.”
The Atiku Campaign spokesperson further criticized President Buhari, saying his he “has not paid enough attention to the organs of government. How could the Air Forces not provide cover for the foot soldiers. You need to do your estimation. Do you have the needed motivation for the troops? Do you have enough weapons to execute the war?”
Showunmi added that, “I have always wondered if everytime we need to pick a President, if the issue is the Party or the President we need to bring on board. Atiku is aware of how Obasanjo stamped Sharia. Atiku comes with extra competence having watched for 12 years from the sidelines.”
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