Former Minister of Information and gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State, Mr. Labaran Maku, on Tuesday denied linking President Goodluck Jonathan with the sponsorship of the insurgency in the North-east region.Maku also said his support for the re-election bid of President Jonathan was more important than his gubernatorial ambition.
“I still believe in President Jonathan; I am leading his campaign in Nasarawa State,” he said.
The former minister who addressed journalists on the matter in Abuja, noted that reports making the rounds suggesting that he accused the president of supporting the insurgents were malicious, fictitious and pure imagination of the president’s political detractors, instead of dealing with the evolution of this terror and see how we in the North can join hands to defeat insurgents.
“I therefore want to make it very clear here, that at no time in my life have I ever attributeed the president to the sponsorship of terrorism. This is absolute fiction, and this fiction is deliberately designed by the opposition to quote one of the most ardent believers of the president as telling a story against him,” he said.
Maku wondered why he would be accused of speaking against the government he had defended in the last four year.
“As a human being, I work with my conscience, I cannot come against the government I defended for four and half years, the government I believe in and I still almost remain its face in terms of public utterances. If were to say that, who will believe me? When I do something, I do it because I believe in it,” he added.
According to him, desperate politicians were more interested in making insurgency a campaigning tool than finding lasting solution to the problem.
“As President Jonathan struggles to deal with terrorism, some people are desperate to use it as a licence to turn the public against him, because they want political power. Terrorism in Nigeria is not quite different from what is happening in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Algeria and several other troubled nations across the world,” he stated.
Maku however commended the current administration for having recorded remarkable achievements even in the midst of war.
Speaking on the security situation in Nassarawa State, Maku said: “In the last four years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) rule in our state, we have also had a devastating advent of terror attacks in form of insurgents attacking villages, destroying communities, and as I speak with you, more than 60 towns and villages in the state had been destroyed in the last two years by insurgents, mostly brought in from outside Nigeria.” (Leadership)