Nigerian government not responsible for bomb attack on Buhari – Official

The government stated that Boko Haram had previously made threats against Mr. Buhari.

The National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, has refuted claims that the Federal Government was responsible for the recent attack on a former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari and a Muslim cleric, Dahiru Bauchi.

Mr. Dasuki was addressing journalists after the extraordinary meeting of the National Council of State. He spoke alongside the Governors of Niger, Babangida Aliyu; Akwa Ibom, Godswil Apkabio; and Enugu, Sullivan Chime.

The meeting was called by President Goodluck Jonathan to discuss the state of the nation.

Mr. Dasuki noted that the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, had threatened to attack Mr. Buhari as far back as February.

Mr. Shekau, in a video released by the terrorist group, had referred to Mr. Buhari and some other northern and Muslim leaders as infidels, promising to deal with them.

“We said something about the attack on Buhari and Sheik Dahiru Bauchi . There was a threat as far back as February this year issued by Shekau calling them infidel by name and position saying that they were in trouble and they were going to see.

“Well, the government was not responsible, and if you say that the government was responsible in the case of General Buhari, why don’t you say the same in the case of Sheik Dahiru Bauchi?” the NSA asked rhetorically.

He said that the accusations against the government were made “because it is what sells the paper.”

“That is the most unfortunate thing. And we want say that it was not only General Buhari; there were others mentioned too,” he said.

Dozens of people were killed in separate bomb attacks on Messrs Buhari and Bauchi on July 23.

The Council, during its meeting, resolved to deliberately support President Goodluck Jonathan, to enable Nigeria get rid of the Boko Haram insurgency before December.

The Niger State Governor, Mr. Aliyu, noted that leadership was not about a beauty contest, but taking difficult decisions. He noted that most of the threat posed to democracy emanated from politicians and leaders, adding that the boundaries and responsibilities of leadership must also be understood.

“More fundamental is the issue of the buck stopping with the leadership. In fact, it came to the fore that if there is any threat to either the state or democracy, probably the threat is coming from politicians and from leaders of the country. We must understand the boundaries of leadership and also the responsibilities that are involved. Leadership is not about beauty contest.

“In leadership, you must take difficult decisions and really go about implementing them. So, all the things came to the fore at the meeting and subsequently, each of us made it a deliberate resolution to all bi-partisan or non-partisan to support the President to make sure that we get rid of this insurgency and indeed suggesting that before December,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to pay no attention to predictions by other countries that come 2015 the country would fall apart.

“Yes something will happen in 2015 but something positive” he said, adding that the ties of Nigeria will be strongly bonded after 2015.

The meeting was attended by five former leaders including Yakubu Gowon; Shehu Shagari, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdusalami Abubakar, and Ernest Sonekan.

Two former Chief Justices, Muhammed Uwais and Alfa Belgore, were also present.

The Governors in attendance included Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Babangida Aliu (Niger), Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Sullivan Chime (Enugu).

Also present were Seriake Dickso (Bayelsa), Abdufatah Ahmed (Kwara), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Willy Obiano (Anambra) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto),

Others were Abubakar Yari (Zamfara), Ibrahim Shettima (Borno) and the Acting Governor of Adamawa state, Umaru Fintiri.


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  • Truthometer

    Really? Why don’t you allow independent international investigators?

    • redeem

      Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

      Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

      The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

      While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the SECURITY situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state.

      According to Buhari “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all.

      “What happened is that the governors of the Niger Delta region at that time wanted to WIN their elections. So they recruited the youths and gave them guns and bullets and used them against their opponents to win

      • redeem

        where is wahala the buhari assertions don come again ooooh

        • Wähala

          BREAKING NEWS !!!
          I dey punch knuckles for Punch, the no-go area where you have been declared persona-non-grata. Mega news… Boko Haram invaded three creek enclaves in Rivers State and slaughtered 15 innocent Nigerians. You neva hear? Remember you were laffing at me after that Motor Park bombing in Kano some years back? Well, the tolo-tolo has come home to lay her eggs. Dumbo refused to fight the Bokos believing it’s a ‘Northern thing’ and sending Asari to mouth-off at us, Nigerians. E don shele… the eagle has landed for Aborigine Republic of Sou-south. Time for obese Asari to put the bullet where his fat ahse is. I’m waiting for Dr. Dumbo to ask Sou-South leaders to call Boko Haram to order. Meanwhile, I dey gulp odeku. Hahahaa chai… na laffu for kalabari !!!

      • Wähala

        Omo ale. Where are your dates… when or which Sunday did Buhari speak to Liberty Radio?
        You don come with your jibiti old news to try and muddle-up the discussion with your dirty diversionary tactics. Olosi. Who cares about Aborigine Governors, they steal your allocations dry anyway. Where’s Ibori?

      • Shehu

        SAME STUFF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOU BRAIN IS DEAD.

    • redeem

      because of buhari abi—-

      • TRUTH MASTER

        It is simple: The government cannot exonerate itself. Let’s have an independent inquiry. The outcome will be more believable

  • TRUTH MASTER

    The government is beginning to feel the heat! Hahahahaha…….

    • greatbiodun

      yes sir, no hidden place again, they cant continue their blame game again; the government is now exonerating itselves

  • redeem

    (Jihadist Islam predates Nigeria’s independence. A ‘famous’ Islamic figure in Nigeria is Sheikh Usman dan Fodio. Usman dan Fodio is highly respected among muslims in the country. Many of them regard him as a role model. In fact, one of Nigeria’s Universities is named after him. Dan Fodio was a muslim teacher, preacher and jihadist who lived in the Hausa state of Gobir. He fell out with local authorities including his former student who later became the ruler of Gobir, Yunfa, due to his ‘reformist’ views and opposition to the violations of sharia. He was forced into exile. From exile, he launched a jihad. Does that action sound familiar? Does it sound like something which Prophet Muhammed also did? Dan Fodio Jihadists overran Gobir and killed the ruler, Yunfa. The jihad swept across most parts of what constitutes the present day Northern Nigeria. It led to the establishment of the Sokoto caliphate, with dan Fodio’s son, Mohammed Bello as the first Sultan.) Same old rubbish—–what would the government of jonathan gain by assassinating buhari who was with abacha when kudirat was assassinated–kensarowa was hanged-kalitho a journalist was killed-jailed Sam Mbakwe then quietly went after his second wife-

    • Ahmad

      U and that ND Goriila Asari Dokubo have missed your target. Remain frustrated for life.

      • redeem

        A former MILITARY governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar(retd.), on Tuesday, said that violent disintegration of Nigeria would do no one any good.

        He also said that the attack on Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), should not be blamed on the Federal Government, as being done in some quarters.

        Umar, while reacting to the bomb attacks on the former Nigerian leader, appealed to the nation’s political elite to desist from what he described as ‘politics of brinkmanship’ all aimed at achieving their narrow political interests.

        “Once again, I appeal to our political elite to desist from politics of brinkmanship all aimed at achieving their narrow political interests. They need not be reminded that a violent disintegration of Nigeria would be an ill wind that will blow nobody any good,” the former governor said in a statement on Tuesday in Kaduna.

        The former governor, while condemning the attack on Buhari, argued that the Federal Government could not have planned to assassinate the APC chief, when at the same time decided to upgrade the SECURITY around him (Buhari).

        According to him, it would have been so strange for a government that want to assassinate a popular northerner, like Buhari, “to retain as its National SECURITY Adviser, Col. M.S. Dasuki, son of the Sultan of Sokoto; and his brother-in –law, Gen. Aliyu Gusau, as its Minister of Defence, or even its Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar, from Zamfara State.”

        Umar said, “When on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, some yet to be identified persons attacked the convoy of Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari with a car bomb, some of his supporters or his representatives, as one of them claimed on BBC radio Hausa Service, accused the Federal Government of complicity. This was even before investigations commenced.

        • Ahmad

          Copy and paste researcher! U have no independent idea or mind of your own.

    • Shehu

      MR. ISLAMOPHOBIA, YOU ARE DERANGED. YOUR HATRED FOR ISLAM AND HAUSA/FULANI WILL KEEP YOU IN YOUR FRUSTRATION FOREVER. YOU HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. FIRE ON!!!

  • Wähala

    Nobody expected the NSA to come out an say their Govt. is behind the attacks, this release is crass and incriminating, if anything. The Army embarrassed themselves by parading a transvestite as the “mastermind” of the twin attacks, now the Govt. flanked by stooge-Governors want Höly Wähala to believe they’ve concluded investigations (sans Committee) and are certain every member of this Admin is kosher. It transmits only one message: The Govt. has panicked… on their heels and on the ropes. Feeling the heat. They know the truth will creep out so, this is pre-emptive announcement.

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    • Ahmad

      Who told you every Nigerian is a Niger Deltan. Crooks by default.

  • Ahmad

    What is now pretty clear is that the FG is 100% aware that Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi and Buhari’s lives were under threat by the BH simce February but instead of doing something about it, the government through Rueben Abati chose that moment to call the General’s party JANJAWEED and sponsor of BH so as to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Gradually it is comming to light that the FG is aware of many of the BH attacks well before they are lunched but decides to treat them with KID GLOVES. Die ris God! And the father of the fatherless is God.

  • Shehu

    TELL IT TO THE BIRDS MR. DASUKI. WE WILL NEVER BELIEVE YOUR LIES. IT’S NOW CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT ARE THE SPONSORS OF BOKO HARAM NOT BUHARI AS PDP ALWAYS CLAIM?

  • Shehu

    TELL IT TO THE BIRDS MR. DASUKI. WE WILL NEVER BELIEVE YOUR LIES. IT’S NOW CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT ARE THE SPONSORS OF BOKO HARAM NOT BUHARI AS PDP ALWAYS CLAIM?

  • redeem

    A former MILITARY governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar(retd.), on Tuesday, said that violent disintegration of Nigeria would do no one any good.

    He also said that the attack on Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), should not be blamed on the Federal Government, as being done in some quarters.

    Umar, while reacting to the bomb attacks on the former Nigerian leader, appealed to the nation’s political elite to desist from what he described as ‘politics of brinkmanship’ all aimed at achieving their narrow political interests.

    “Once again, I appeal to our political elite to desist from politics of brinkmanship all aimed at achieving their narrow political interests. They need not be reminded that a violent disintegration of Nigeria would be an ill wind that will blow nobody any good,” the former governor said in a statement on Tuesday in Kaduna.

    The former governor, while condemning the attack on Buhari, argued that the Federal Government could not have planned to assassinate the APC chief, when at the same time decided to upgrade the SECURITY around him (Buhari).

    According to him, it would have been so strange for a government that want to assassinate a popular northerner, like Buhari, “to retain as its National SECURITY Adviser, Col. M.S. Dasuki, son of the Sultan of Sokoto; and his brother-in –law, Gen. Aliyu Gusau, as its Minister of Defence, or even its Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar, from Zamfara State.”

    Umar said, “When on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, some yet to be identified persons attacked the convoy of Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari with a car bomb, some of his supporters or his representatives, as one of them claimed on BBC radio Hausa Service, accused the Federal Government of complicity. This was even before investigations commenced.

  • Shehu

    SO WHAT’S THE NEED OF THE COMMITTEE WHICH THE POLICE IG SET ON THE ATTACK. THE GOVERNMENT ALREADY KNOWS WHO THE ATTACKERS ARE. WICKED PEOPLE KAWAI.

  • Anonymous11443

    Good observation.I know a white man from England who was an apprentice electrician with no degree to his name but recruited to Nigeria as an engineer.He now works on one of the oil rigs as an “engineer”.They respected him and the Nigerian workers think of him highly.He is a supervisor even though he is less qualified than his Nigerian co-workers.Only because of his white skin.