OrderPaperToday – Former Minister of Aviation and spokesman of the 2015 Goodluck Jonathan Campaign, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode has lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari, describing him as a pernicious liar on the claim that the dreaded boko haram terrorist sect has been defeated by his government.
In an open letter to President Buhari, Fani-Kayode challenged the country’s leader to come clean and be truthful with Nigerians and the international community on the battle against the terrorists instead of making contradictory claims which “are unworthy of the office that you presently occupy.”
According to him, the president has failed in his campaign promise to end boko haram in no time by leading from the front, saying: “We your subjects look up to you for consistency, strength, unequivocal commitment, a firm resolve and the ”leadership from the front” that you promised during your presidential campaign in this war. We do not want and neither do we need doublespeak, lame excuses and buck passing.
“Your penchant for blaming your failings in this regard on the previous administration is simply nauseating and it does not serve you well. You continuously contradict yourself when it comes to this matter and frankly such flip flops are unworthy of the office that you presently occupy.”
In the letter which was posted on his Facebook page, the former aviation minister provided example of Buhari’s alleged flip flop on boko haram saying: “Permit me to point out a few examples of your contradictory assertions and your buck passing in this short intervention. Initially you claimed that your predecessor in office President Goodluck Jonathan never bought any arms and that instead he squandered and stole all the money that was appropriated for the procurement of arms.
“Yet when the British Minister of Defence visited you in the Presidential Villa the other day the story changed. You did a U-turn and gleefully told him and the wider world that President Jonathan bought arms with raw cash.
“One wonders which story you shall come up with next and which one you will conjure up in the future. Kindly tell us what the position is: is it that Jonathan did not buy arms at all and stole all the money or is it that he used cash to buy arms? You cannot have it both ways. It is either one or the other.”
Fani-Kayode went further to punch holes on the president’s claim that the dreaded terrorists have been defeated: “As a matter of fact you went as far as to say that we had ”won the war” against Boko Haram and your Minister of Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed, echoed that grotesque mendacity and reiterated that sentiment by adding the words ”technically won” (whatever that may mean) to the equation.
“Sadly, two days later, on Christmas day, in what can only be described as an eloquent response from the terrorists, scores of innocent civilians were killed by Boko Haram in Borno state and a whole community was burnt to the ground.
“Again on Sunday 27th of December Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, came under heavy attack from the terrorists. So much for having ”won the war against Boko Haram”, whether ”technically” or otherwise.
“Instead of conceding that you had told the Nigerian people a pernicious lie, curiously the next thing that you did was to tell them that you would ”persuade Boko Haram to drop their arms”. One is compelled to ask: why would you have to persuade them to drop their arms if you had already defeated them and won the war against them?”