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Buhari regime lambasts Atiku over Boko Haram comments

Mr Mohammed said Mr Abubakar should throw the question to his party, PDP “under whose watch the Boko Haram insurgency started in 2009 and festered.”

• December 13, 2022
Atiku Abubakar and Lai Mohammed
Atiku Abubakar and Lai Mohammed

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has received flak over his criticisms of the President Muhammadu Buhari regime’s handling of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Mr Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), had in a town hall last weekend expressed dismay over the festering activities of the North-East based jihadists, since their breakout in 2009.

Mr Abubakar was quoted as saying that he could not understand the Boko Haram phenomenon, and wondered why Boko Haram continued to operate.

But in a reaction on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said Mr Abubakar should throw the question to his party, PDP “under whose watch the Boko Haram insurgency started in 2009 and festered.”

The minister gave the response at the 11th edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB)’s Scorecard Series (2015-2023)’ organised to showcase the achievements of the Buhari regime.

The edition featured the Minister of Power, Aliyu Abubakar, who gave the scorecard of the ministry in the past seven years.

In an opening remark, Mr Mohammed said for six years until 2015, when the Buhari administration assumed office and inherited

Boko Haram, “the PDP more or less nurtured the insurgents to the monster they later became.

“Alhaji Atiku should ask his party why it allowed Boko Haram to operate freely, bombing cities, motor parks, schools and other soft targets unrestrained.

“Alhaji Atiku, who was then residing in Abuja before porting to his new abode in Dubai, should ask his party, the PDP, while it allowed Boko Haram to bomb the police headquarters, the UN complex, a shopping mall and motor parks in Abuja with so much ease,” he said.

The minister said with the efforts and sacrifices of the Nigerian military, normalcy had been achieved in the North-East, the home region of Boko Haram.

He said the Boko Haram terrorists had been cleared from most of their strongholds while the remnants were being restricted to the tumbus island around Lake Chad that was difficult to access.

“The former Vice-President may want to know that both kinetic and non-kinetic activities employed by the military have seen the

terrorists surrendering in droves, thereby freeing large spaces for normal  socio-economic life to resume.

“The good news this year is that a bumper agricultural harvest is assured, as farmers were able to carry out extensive farming, which had not been possible since the beginning of insurgency/terrorism in the North-East,” he said.

The minister admonished Mr Abubakar to, while campaigning and throwing political jabs, ” take note of the popular idiom that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”


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