The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been accused of aiding and abetting the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
In a statement yesterday by Mr. Sunday Dare, media aide and Chief of Staff to former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, he said: “Obanikoro (aka Onikoro) and this shameless PDP government should step forward and explain to Nigerians why the over 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok are yet to be rescued.
“They should explain why the Boko Haram insurgency continues unabated despite the billions that is being voted for security.”
Continuing, Dare alleged that the defence budget to fight Boko Haram and terrorism had become a conduit pipe for the ruling party PDP just as the likes of Obanikoro continue to use Boko Haram as a tool of blackmail against the opposition.
“This time, just like it failed in the past, it will not stick. It will not stand. It is the PDP-led government in which Obanikoro is an active and pliable agent that is perpetrating the insurgency for pecuniary benefits,” he stated.
He noted that the government had no shame and lacked the moral authority to point fingers at individuals or the opposition, adding: “The country is literarily on tenterhooks and all the PDP can do is lie to Nigerians in order to cover up its failures.
“Obanikoro’s allegation that Tinubu and his friends in the opposition created Boko Haram is both fallacious and untenable. It is the kind of fable that can only come out of the mouth of someone who is delusional.
“One whose intoxication with power is not in doubt. This allegation is both unreasonable and unsustainable, but not surprising coming from the person it came from.”
Dare held the view that his principal and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been on the record repeatedly condemning killings and bombings by Boko Haram and proffering solutions to the menace.
“The PDP is preparing the grounds for its next round of hounding opposition leaders, militarising our cities and violating the democratic rights of Nigerians to move freely. This is political Boko Haram of which the PDP is the chief architect.”
He said in the Ekiti governorship election the public saw a “dress rehearsal of the impunity and near brigandage of this government and its agents,” and urged Nigerians to be vigilant before a few desperate persons steal our voices, our rights, our liberties and freedoms.