Nigerian Govt ‘pampering’ alleged Boko Haram sponsor, Sheriff — APC

Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP-led Federal Government of engaging in a systematic harassment of members of the opposition party, while at the same time shielding accused Boko Haram sponsor, Ali Modu Sheriff, from the law.

In a statement issued in Ilorin on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party specifically condemned the harassment and intimidation of Danjuma Goje of the APC during a visit to his constituency in Gombe this week.

It said even though Mr. Goje (a senator) had alerted the police authorities in the state of his visit and was provided with security, in the course of the visit, the policemen attached to him were suddenly withdrawn while he was directed to cut short his engagements to answer a summon by His Majesty the state Commissioner of Police.

“Shocked at the action, the Senator decided to conclude his visit, which included a meeting with his constituents, but the policemen stampeded him out of the venue. His attempt to stop over for another condolence visit was thwarted by the police, who stopped his convoy at every turn, as he made his way from Deba to Gombe Town, just to embarrass him.

“When he finally arrived at Gombe Town, he went to see the Commissioner of Police, where he was kept for three hours in what amounted to an illegal detention. When the Commissioner of Police finally saw the Senator, he warned him to cut his convoy to only two vehicles, without explaining why he withdrew the Senator’s police security, why he detailed policemen to harass him, or why he detained him for three hours.

“This action is totally wrong and unacceptable. The police is a national institution that is maintained by tax payers, and it cannot afford to turn itself to the enforcement arm of the ruling PDP, no matter the temptation,” APC said.

The party said that as former the Governor and serving Senator Goje was being tormented, another former Governor and ex-Senator, Ali Modu Sheriff, was landing in Maiduguri, where the federal authorities provided him with massive security, including four truck-loads of soldiers led by a Lieutenant-Colonel, about 50 SSS personnel, hordes of policemen and two armoured tanks to escort him from the airport to his residence, which was also secured by armed troops and policemen.

“In the first instance, what qualified Sheriff, an alleged Boko Haram sponsor, for such a massive security while another governor and a serving Senator was subjected to incredible indignity? Why has the FG continued with its harassment and intimidation of opposition members, which played out massively during the Ekiti and Osun elections when many of them were arrested and detained without reason? Why has the FG continued to abuse national institutions in an unprecedented manner?

“In any case, has the special treatment given to Sheriff by the federal authorities not shown that he indeed has a special relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan, who made sure he (Sheriff) was part of his entourage during his visit to Chadian President Idriss Deby to discuss the Boko Haram terrorism, despite the bare-face lies by the Presidency? Do Nigerians still expect the same FG that is pampering Sheriff to seriously investigate his alleged sponsorship of Boko Haram? Is it not clear now that President Jonathan is himself sabotaging his government’s fight against Boko Haram, on the altar of electoral desperation, by hobnobbing with an alleged sponsor of the terrorist group?” APC queried.

The party said while the Jonathan Administration is free to make itself a laughing stock by shielding Sheriff from justice and even bestowing special privileges on the accused, it should desist from abusing its powers by constantly using the police and the military to torment the opposition.

“We are documenting all the abuses and in the fullness of time, we will present such to the nation as well as the international community to show the level of political intolerance, abuse of national institutions and the abridgment of citizens’ constitutional rights that are taking place under a democratically-elected government,” it said.

Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary


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  • redeem

    Reverend Stephen Davis said in an interview with The Cable, an online publication, recently that, “I have been involved in peace negotiations in Nigeria since 2004 when President Olusegun Obasanjo invited me to intervene in the Niger Delta crisis. I spoke with Asari Dokubo and took him to Obasanjo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Because Asari is a Muslim, the Muslim boys in the North heard about me and warmed up to me. I did a report in 2005 on the threat of extremism among young northern Muslims.
    “Obasanjo’s security chiefs dismissed the report with a wave of the hand. They said no such thing existed. In 2007, President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, who desired to end the militancy in the Niger Delta, invited me and made me presidential envoy. I toured all the northern states. I went to the country’s borders. I came back with a report that there
    were some budding sects in the North. The national security adviser (NSA) at the time, Gen. Sarki Mukhtar, dismissed the report. He said they didn’t exist. A succession of NSAs dismissed all these reports and allowed the groups to flourish.

    “By the time President Goodluck Jonathan came to power in 2011, these groups had spread all over the North. They had cells and commanders in 16 out of the 19 northern states. President Jonathan called me and sought my opinion on the best way to tackle the militancy and bring it to an end….On their demands, he said:
    “They wanted training for the widows of their deceased fighters. They asked the government to give these women cottage training. They, ironically wanted education for the children of their deceased members. That is why I don’t call them Boko Haram (“western education is a taboo”). Obj is so wicked he can with ease consume a pot of human flesh

    • Okodoro

      This suggest to me in a simple language that Asari Dokubo be arrested now

  • Scalywag

    SAS-Boko will not be investigated in Nigeria by the present administration. Even as an ‘APC member’, he was untouchable, not to mention now that he is a tested and trusted member of the PDP. All institutions in Nigeria have been degraded since the blight of 1999. Civil servants have been variously deployed to partisan ends and in their short sightedness have been unable to view the long term consequences of their actions. National institutions have been degraded and compromised. Police officers profess loyalty to the party and government and not the nation. The country is sick and in need of surgery!

  • redeem

    Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged Governor Babatunde Fashola of misappropriating worth of N160 billion loan which will better the everyday living of Lagosians within the affordable housing, transportation, education, medicals, and other facilities throughout the state.

    State PDP Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, in a statement said that Fashola’s explanation on how the loan was expended, during his inspection of the Light Rail project, was weak, unsatisfactory and diversionary.

    He said that that the Debt Management Office, DMO, which recently stated that the Lagos State Government is exclusively owing N1 billion out of the total N3 billion owed by all the 36 states in Nigeria is enough fact to justify the misappropriation of funds by the state government.

    Gani said Governor Fashola’s claim that he spent the money on infrastructure such as the ongoing light rail project is untenable, but an additional expose on Lagos PDP’s stand that the state has been plunged into irreparable economic damage, owing to the monumental debt profile.

    He said: “This N160 billion debt apart from other local and foreign loans and bonds running into over N1 trillion is baffling considering that the state is not enjoying commensurate services and infrastructure expected of a city like Lagos.

    “Therefore, it is our demand that the governor explain to Lagosians in details, the needless loans owed by the state. We also call on the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to take necessary action on the debt profile of the state.”

    • redeem

      what will happen if they get to the centre——————–The Nigerian economy will just collapse-

      • Okodoro

        I am not in any way surprised by your display of cruelty and misrepresentation of facts that can only be hinged to the loss of credibility by your party. The PDP has reduced to nothingness in Nigeria because of the way it has handled our economy and the office of the Ptesident that has been so much descreated.

      • Okodoro

        Nigeria will sigh a serious relief

      • Gbo_lee

        Fashola’s performance has never been in question so I do not know what you are trying to prove. Did you check the level of depletion of our foreign reserves under Jonathan before this comment? Are you aware of the loan request already before the National Assembly from Jonathan now? More importantly,all these loans are not problems…where the problems are is this…where is the impact of these loans? This is particularly obvious in Lagos…but what have our foreign reserves being used for…how did they suddenly get so depleted…which projects did government fund with them…this same government that removed subsidy from oil…what are the funds being used for…where are the city buses government promised it will also use subsidy funds for? Face reality redeem and stop shying away from the main issue

      • SB

        What is your point?

  • Okodoro

    We should continue to thank the APC spokesman for standing on the side of truth and Nigerian masses at all times, this statement too will send a strong signal to the man at the centre that the game will be up very soon.

  • SB

    Lai mohammed is a man of great courage.

  • SB

    The president is always sheilding miscreants from prosecution.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    You are too quick in running abroad to disparage your country