The Federal Government yesterday slammed the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, for saying he did not understand the Boko Haram phenomenon.
Atiku had, at the weekend during the People’s Town Hall 2023 series aired on Channels TV, said, “I served in Borno State in the North-East and as a customs officer, I was patrolling the entire North-East. So, I’m very conversant with the vegetation and with the border areas. I still cannot find a place in the Borno areas where anybody can hide and cannot be seen. I cannot understand honestly, the Boko Haram phenomenon.”
But the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at the 11th edition of the PMB Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023), said Atiku should simply ask PDP “under whose watch the Boko Haram insurgency started in 2009.”
“For six years, until 2015 when our administration assumed office and inherited Boko Haram, the PDP more or less nurtured the insurgents to the monster they later became.
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“Alhaji Atiku should ask his party why it allowed Boko Haram to operate freely, bombing cities, motor parks, schools and other soft targets unrestrained.
“Alhaji Atiku, who was then residing in Abuja before porting to his new abode in Dubai, should ask his party, the PDP, while it allowed Boko Haram to bomb the police headquarters, the UN Complex, a shopping mall and motor parks in Abuja with so much ease,” he said.