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Buhari’s Government Strengthened Boko Haram Via Ransom Payments – Obasanjo

President Buhari with former President Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former President who spoke at the 2nd session of the Synod held at the Cathedral Church of St.Paul’s Anglican Church, Oleh in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, stated that Buhari’s government strengthened Boko Haram by paying ransoms.The former President who warned that every insecurity situation in Nigeria must be taken seriously and be addressed at once without favouritism or cuddling, spoke on the topic, “Mobilizing Nigeria’s human& natural resources for national development and stability”.


Admitting that Boko Haram and herdsmen acts of violence were not treated as they should at the beginning, Obasanjo stated that Buhari’s government strengthened Boko Haram by paying ransoms which they have continuously denied. He said;


“They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalized with ISIS in control. It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African fulanization, African Islamization and global organized crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.


“Yet, we could have dealt with both earlier, and nip them in the bud, but Boko Haram boys were seen as rascals not requiring serious attention in administering holistic measures of stick and carrot. And when we woke up to the reality, it was turned to industry for all and sundry to supply materials and equipment that were already outdated and that were not fit for active military purpose.


“Soldiers were poorly trained for the unusual mission, poorly equipped, poorly motivated, poorly led and made to engage in propaganda rather than achieving results. Intelligence was poor and governments embarked on games of denials while paying ransoms which strengthened the insurgents and yet governments denied payments of ransoms. Today, the insecurity issue has gone beyond the wit and capacity of Nigerian Government or even West African Governments”.

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2 thoughts on “Buhari’s Government Strengthened Boko Haram Via Ransom Payments – Obasanjo

  1. Daniel Eyituoyo says:

    This issue should not be taken lightly, it has turned a serious matter, the mood of the current commander in chief attest to that underwise why is he globe trotting to seek for help. That Baba voice out the threat that we face on daily bases should not be taken as incitement but a way to rack our brain for solutions. We should not pay ransome to keep the die had hoodlums to killi us, even the ones we covertly paid in the past does not bring solution but instead have strenghtened them. The ISIS are no stranger to armtwisting for exortions. They will do everything possible to win new territories now that they have been driven from their bases in the middle East. America and allignes find it difficult defeating them, so what should we do now?

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