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Boko Haram sponsorship: We’ve been vindicated – APC

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Following the revelations of alleged Boko

Haram sect sponsors by the Australian negotiator,

Mr. Stephen Davies, the All Progressive Congress,

APC, yesterday declared that it has been

vindicated.

The party also stated that the development has

now revealed that members of the ruling Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, and political allies of

President Goodluck Jonathan are the true

sponsors of the Sect.

To substantiate its claim, the party played a

newsreel footage of a conversation between

Davies and a broadcaster from Arise Television in

London where the former mentioned the alleged

sponsors.

It particularly called the President to handover

the former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali

Modu Sheriff whose name was mentioned to the

International Court of Justice, ICC, for immediate

prosecution.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the

national chairman of the party, Mr. John Oyegun

said that PDP has politicized Boko Haram.

He said: “Dr. Stephen Davis, a man hired by the

President Jonathan-led Federal Government to

negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of the

Chibok girls decided to speak out, believing the

best way to tackle the insurgency is to expose the

sponsors. And who are they? On international

television last Thursday, and as you have just

seen and heard, he named former Borno

Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and a former Army

Chief, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, as the sponsors of

Boko Haram.

“The truth is finally out. We have been vindicated.

We have no hand in the Boko Haram insurgency.

The raison d’etre of our party is the well-being

and security of Nigerians

“The sponsors of Boko Haram are within the PDP

and the Presidency. They are known friends of

President Jonathan. He knows them and they

know him.

“The man who exposed these Boko Haram

sponsors is a Jonathan-appointed Negotiator. He

has no axe to grind, neither does he have any

motive to shield the APC or portray the PDP/

Presidency in bad light. In fact, if he had any

sympathy at all, it is for the man who hired him,

President Jonathan.

“We have said it all along. Boko Haram was

politicized purely for one reason, and one reason

only: To be used as a trump card for President

Jonathan to win another term. For that strategy to

work, the APC, which they see as the only

stumbling block to the PDP’s victory in 2015, must

be maligned and labeled. Gullible, duplicitous and

self-serving politicians like Femi Fani-Kayode

swallowed the bait, hook, line and sinker, and

started parroting the glaring lies. PDP spokesman

Olisa Metuh, an obvious pawn on the chess

board, followed suit, labelling a party that

comprises Nigerians of all ethnic and religious

hue a Janjaweed and Islamic party. Now he is

stewing in his own juice.

“Now that the cat has been let out of the bag and

the real sponsors of Boko Haram have been

exposed, we hope President Jonathan will

summon the courage to do the right thing: Hand

over the identified Boko Haram sponsors to the

International Criminal Court (ICC) for

investigation and prosecution.

“There is no doubt that Boko Haram has

committed crimes against humanity in its

scorched-earth campaign against unharmed

citizens, and the most appropriate body to

investigate and try the sect’s sponsors is the ICC.

“According to Article 17 of the Rome Statute that

set up the ICC, and to which Nigeria is signatory,

the ICC is a court of last resort, expected to

exercise its jurisdiction only if states themselves

are unwilling or unable genuinely to investigate

and prosecute international crimes.”

According to Oyegun, President Jonathan should

not feign ignorance of Sheriff’s involvement in the

Boko Haram’s activities.

“President Jonathan cannot pretend not to know

the alleged role that Ali Modu Sheriff has played

in the establishment and growth of Boko Haram,

yet he never allowed the man to even be

questioned by any of the security agencies under

his control. All through his time with our Party,

every time they accused us of sponsoring Boko

Haram, on the basis of his presence, we

challenged them if they had evidence to arrest

any of our members who is suspected to be a

sponsor, they never did. They dared not, because

Sheriff was their agent. Even if he had remained

in the APC after we democratically encouraged

him to go, they would still not have arrested him,”

he said.

Reminding the president that as the Commander-

in- Chief, “the buck stops on his desk,” Oyegun

recalled attempts by the PDP to cover up its

involvement, assuring Nigerians that now the

truth had finally prevailed, APC would ensure that

it would not be swept under the carpet.

“In a rare moment of truth, a top official of the

Jonathan Administration, no less a personality

than the former National Security Adviser (NSA),

Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi, situated the Boko

Haram problem within the PDP. Shortly thereafter

he was fired, and he later died in controversial

circumstances. Still we waited.

“They distorted and misrepresented the

statements made by our leader, Gen.

Muhammadu Buhari, to try to convince the world

that he was indeed the main sponsor of Boko

Haram. They continued to echo the same slander

about Gen. Buhari that was started by

Presidential Spokesman Reuben Abati in 2011,

and for which he and his cohorts eventually

begged to settle out of court and to apologize to

the General. Still we waited.

“Nigerians can rest assured that the APC will not

allow this issue to be swept under the carpet,”

Oyegun stated.

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