The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, has said although President Goodluck Jonathan may not have been involved in the attempt on the life of a former Head of State, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the assailants may be Jonathan’s sympathisers. He subsequently urged the Federal Government to carry out a comprehensive investigation as the attempt on Buhari’s life might be connected to the 2015 general elections.
Igbokwe said this in a write-up titled, “Who Wants General Buhari Dead?”
He said had the assassination attempt been successful, it would have become easy for Jonathan to win next year’s election.
He recalled that a former National Security Adviser, General Owoye Azazi (retd.), once said that the Boko Haram crisis was a fallout from the zoning debacle in the Peoples Democratic Party.
He warned the Federal Government to revisit Azazi’s theory as this could go a long way in addressing the security situation in the country.
He said, “I am running away with the thinking that the crisis bedevilling the nation cannot be divorced from President Jonathan’s ambition to rule Nigeria beyond 2015. While this inordinate ambition is being pursued left and right, front and back, up and down, the nation is left bare at the mercy of insurgents, and mass murderers.
“If the truth must be told, Nigeria has to remain a political entity for somebody to become the President. President Jonathan should look inwards pronto. Those who targeted Gen Buhari may be playing real politics for President Jonathan’s 2015 ambition. It may be right to push the blame to Boko Haram but nobody is a political idiot here.
“All things considered, General Buhari remains the greatest threat to President Jonathan’s ambition in 2015 and the handlers of Mr. President know this very well. Once Buhari is out of the way then it is a walkover for the President. But one basic truth is self-evident here: General Buhari of 2003, 2007, and 2011 is no longer the same Buhari. Time, space, and history has strategically positioned the man differently today and woe betides anybody who will not see the difference.”