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July 24, 2014
by Obinna Akukwe
Yesterday there was an attempt by suicide bombers to kill the main opposition leader to President Goodluck Jonathan’s government in the person of Muhammadu Buhari. The suicide bomber was trailing the convoy of Buhari for a while and deliberately rammed into his convoy, spreading bloodshed at Kawo junction in Kaduna. By the grace of God and the help of Isa Al-Masihu ( Jesus the son of God), though the jeep he was riding on was affected by the blast, he was not hurt. Some of his aides are seriously wounded and in the hospital.
Buhari in a statement issued yesterday called it an assassination attempt. According to him “I was personally involved in a clearly targeted bomb attack today along Ali Akilu Road, Kawo-Kaduna at about 2:30pm on my way to Daura,” Mr. Buhari said.
“The unfortunate event, clearly an assassination attempt, came from a fast moving vehicle that made many attempts to overtake my security car but was blocked by my escort vehicle.
“We reached the market area of Kawo where he took advantage of our slowing down and attempted to ram my car and instantly detonated the bomb which destroyed all the three cars in our convoy,” Mr. Buhari said.
The former leader said when he came down from his vehicle, he saw many dead bodies littered around.
“They were innocent people going about their daily business who became victims of mass murder,” he said.
Video from attack on Buhari’s life
PDP branch of Boko Haram simply wants to kill Buhari because his political profile in the North has refused to diminish. All the attempts by the clueless and corrupt PDP regime which budgeted and embezzled over four trillion naira ($25 billion dollars) in four years while rescuing over 250 Chibok Christian girls from the hands of Boko Haram is a mirage, to tarnish the image of Buhari had failed woefully. This obfusicately corrupt PDP which turned Boko Haram into a multi-billion dollar corrupt enrichment programme, instead of exposing the sponsors of Boko Haram, tagged Buhari, Atiku and some northern governors sponsors of Boko Haram in a political propaganda towards 2015 elections. They have failed to prove that the opposition is behind Boko Haram and taken solace in presidential mudslinging while they are the real sponsors of terrorism.
Most senior citizen interrogated on the behalf of Boko Haram all happen to be of the ruling PDP. Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is now a member of PDP, the day he joined the party, Maidugeri Airport, closed for over two years, was opened for his use, and closed again after his ceremonial decamping into the party Senator Ali Ndume, another PDP member, was dragged to court by Nigeria’s secret police because he was romancing with Boko Haram members. In his affidavit before a Nigerian High Court the senator claimed that the Vice President of Nigeria authorized him to be kissing Boko Haram members. In his 24 paragraph affidavit Senator Ndume averred that:
“The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Namadi Sambo, is also aware that he was in contact with the Jammatul Sunnah Walid Jihad (otherwise known as ‘Boko Haram’).”
Nigeria’s president Good luck Jonathan had told Nigerians in 2012 at an inter-denominational church service that Boko Haram sponsors are in his government. The president even expressed fear that they could bomb or kill him anytime. According to President Jonathan,“Some continue to dip their hands and eat with you and you won’t even know the person who will point a gun at you or plant a bomb behind your house” He also said that “Some of them are in the executive arm of government, some of them are in the parliamentary/legislative arm of government, while some of them are even in the judiciary”. This president left these people dining with him in the ruling party and continuously accuses Buhari and opposition figures of being behind insecurity in Nigeria.
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Few months after Jonathan’s statement , his National Security Adviser, Lt Gen Owoye Azazi at a conference in Asaba, capital of oil rich Delta State, told an audience that Boko Haram sponsors are in the PDP. According to Azazi “The issue of violence did not increase in Nigeria until when there was a declaration by the current president that he was going to contest. PDP got it wrong from the beginning. The party started by saying Mr. A can rule, and Mr. B cannot rule, according to PDP conventions, rules and regulations and not according to the constitution. That created the climate for what is happening or manifesting itself in country.” Few months later Azazi was sacked and when he failed to go home and enjoy his own share of the national cake, preferring to pock nose on security matters, he was killed in an helicopter accident while attending the burial of the father of the president’s aide.
Buhari has been a thorn in the flesh of the ruling party. His anti corruption stance and his rising popularity in the core north is a headache Jonathan’s men cannot subside. The ruling party had succeeded in tagging him a terrorist sponsor and that theory has succeeded only in the South East and South South and parts of the middle belt while the rest of Nigeria knows better. Therefore it is logical to assume that best option is to eliminate him. This they tried and it has failed woefully.
It is obvious that the ruling PDP wants to turn Christians against Muslims in Nigeria, and turning Northerners against southerners in Nigeria by trying to kill Buhari. If Buhari had been assassinated, the northerners will abandon the PDP Boko Haram members among their people and descend on Igbo businessmen and women and slaughter them in their tens of thousands, the Igbos will in turn slaughter back some northerners and another civil war will start. In the event of a Buhari assassination, Muslims will rise up against Christians in anger and Christians will respond promptly, leading to another religious conflict in Africa’s most populous nation. These people in PDP do not know the implications of what they are doing until they drag innocent Nigerians harangued by government inflicted poverty, into unnecessary bloodshed.
It has been proved from this attack which consumed over ninety lives, of which Buhari could have been among, that the ruling PDP is sponsoring Boko Haram. Goodluck Jonathan had better fish out his party members who are behind Boko Haram… one day what happened to Buhari may happen to him and he may not be as lucky. I have always known that Boko Haram sponsors are in PDP as early as 2011, from information gleaned from reliable sources, local and international, and had always voiced it out in print and other forums where I have opportunity to address people. However, this desperate attempt by the Boko Haram members in PDP to kill Buhari so brazenly is an act that should be condemned by all lovers of peace and truth before the consequences destroys the