Maku denies accusing Jonathan of sponsoring Boko Haram

​A​ former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Tuesday denied reports that he accused President Jonathan of being the sponsor of Boko Haram.

Mr. Maku, who addressed journalists

​ in Abuja,​ said the reports were false and an attempt to discredit Mr. Jonathan by using his ardent supporters to make the falsehood look believable.

He said his campaign organisation had long refuted the publication.

He added that he had to address the press as the issue was still being mischievously peddled by some media platforms.

“As you are all aware, we are in the heat of politicking for the election of the next president and there has been a desperate attempt by the enemies of the president to slander him

​,” he said.​
“Two weeks ago, I saw an image in the media, purportedly quoting me to have accused President Jonathan of being the sponsor of Boko Haram​.​”

Mr. Maku expressed regret that

​despite ​the denial by of his campaign organisation, some media platforms still went ahead to quote him as saying that he regretted working with President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

​said he remained an ardent supporter of Mr. Jonathan and his transformation agenda, and believed that the president is the best candidate.

“As a journalist, I find these reports very reprehensible, slanderous and completely unprofessional.

“What is going on is beyond mischief, it is absolute desperation by the enemies of the president to pull him down using my name.

“I therefore want to make it very clear here that at no time in my life have I ever associated the president with the sponsorship of terrorism; it is absolute fiction.

“This is designed by the opposition to quote one of the most ardent believers in President Jonathan as telling a story against him.

“I must say that I cannot come against a government I defended for four and half years; a government I believe in.

“I believe in President Jonathan; he is a misunderstood leader who has done so much for this country and is doing so much for the nation.

“Let me make it very clear that even under APGA, President Jonathan is still my presidential candidate and I am the one leading his campaign in Nasarawa S​tate.

“I remain his loyalist, I remain his supporter, I believe in him, I believe in the great job he has done for Nigeria.

“I want the world to know that I believe in this government and whatever we have done together; I remain an adherent.”

Mr. Maku said it was commendable that the president had achieved so much during his time in office in spite the quantum

​of ​attacks and insurgency aimed at distracting him.
He urged the opposition to desist from unwarranted attacks on Jonathan, s

​aying that if they must, they should use their own names not the names of his supporters.
The former minister called on owners of social media platforms to desist from publishing falsehood.

“I have issued statements through my campaign organisation to no avail, they continue to carry them.

“If they continue, then I will not hesitate to take further action against those who are spreading this fiction against the President,” he said.

Mr. Maku said that Jonathan’s re-election as Nigeria’s president was more important to him than his ambition to be governor of Nasarawa State. (NAN)


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  • Jjh

    Pls go get life a masquarading parrot

  • Arrest Warrant

    Why denied go ahead,all is bad for u n DUMBO..he said it in your state presidential campaign..EXPOSE HIM MORE..And thank you regretin working with an unfocused PDP and thier VETERINARIANS HOME BOY..

  • King Carlos

    Maku no get sense, PDP came to Nassarawa to insult his life and rain curses on him, still, he says Jonathan is his candidate, when will Politicians start using their brains? Is Jonathan going to vote in Nassarawa? Instead of him to concentrate on his campaigfn, which Ahmadu Ali has predicted to fail, he is here defending Jonathan. Hope these selfish politicians like Maku and Dickson will learn from Ameachi and Sylva. It is better to be in the opposition rather than maintain a ‘frenemie’ relationship.

    • Bayo

      Dude is planning to go back him vomit (PDP).

  • international games

    The fear of EFCC is the beginning of wisdom.

  • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

    Lair ba ran, na you be this? When will remove the lair from your mouth?

  • Thepeople

    The celebration of pure undiluted sycophamcy.

  • Preco01

    MAKU……speak the truth and let the devil be ashamed. na so u talk, bro Jona get hand for this business jare!

  • otunba bode ola-omichesan, bdg

    This Maku of a guy needs assistance to wake up from his slumber. He is living under the illusion of the grandeur. GEJ can never be of any electoral value to his dead gubernatorial bid nor can he ,Maku be of any worthwhile use to the doomed reelection bid of the Otueke boy. Whether in PDP or APGA, Nigerians would show GEJ and MAKU that real power is the votes of the people come 28th March and 11th April 2015. God bless Nigeria and Nigerians.

  • Ayo Odunsi

    Isaiah 14:25 (NLT)

    “I will break the Assyrians when they are in Israel; I will trample them on my mountains. My people will no longer be their slaves nor bow down under their heavy loads.”

    Isaiah 14:25 (NIV2011):

    “I will crush the Assyrian in my land; on my mountains I will trample him down. His yoke will be taken from my people, and his burden removed from their shoulders.”


  • Scatter

    Very idiotic. This guy likes to hear his own voice. If he so much believes in Dumbo Dumbo, why bolt away from the PDP to contest the Nasarawa governorship under APGA since he would no doubt chip off the expected votes Dunbo’s governorship candidate might poll from Maku’s tribal base?

  • grace folarin

    Maku is loyal now…. he has learnt his lesson, his party APGA have thrown in their support for GEJ campaign #GEJ4NAIJA

  • Dazmillion

    Don’t despair Mr Maku, Jonathan will rehabilitate you after you lose the governorship election.
    We all know Jonathan loves sycophants like you around him.

  • Kingsley O. Agbontaen

    Maku was in the thick of things in the PDP and close to the presidency. We should take him serious when he talks. When he said Jonathan was sponsoring boko haram, he knows what he is saying. But with wisdom, denying it, further confirms what he said earlier without meaning to do so, all in an attempt to starve off reprisals. The EFCC is warming up. All of a sudden they will find something on him. That’s our beloved country.

    • Namoski

      You are as dumb as a box of rocks. The man called a press conference to deny ever making the comments and you are here saying he is retracting. Was there a press conference to buttress your insistence that he made the comments? Or were you called into confidence when he was allegedly making the statement? I detest people who are retarded in their thoughts. Campaign for your preferred candidate, and don’t seek to instigate mischief by making false allegations against someone simply because of your blind hatred.

      • Guguru

        Be quiet. Kingsley is correct.

      • Kingsley O. Agbontaen

        Ordinarily, I do not reply to insultive comments coming from a person with obvious poor upbringing and poorly trained. This is surely a comment from a child born of a prostitute mother, who was overly too busy servicing men to have time for her bastard son.

        So much for you. Ain’t going any further cause there is nothing to benefit.

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  • BlackieUmukoro

    The opposition are very professional in their spreading of falsehood and it is crafted in such a way that it remains in people subconscious mind for a long time. They are worse than Hitler’s propangada machiery. They even lie more than the devil


    Does anyone remember Mr. Maku for any dignifying role as Information Minister? Honestly I remember two young men who served in that same capacity, Chukwuemeka Chikelu and Frank Nweke Jnr, much earlier for their vibrancy and decency. Maku was just too sly in office. He could have said anything just to ensure his daily bread is buttered on both sides. Let him feel the heat now.

  • favourtalk

    do unto others, what you want them to do to you, now labaran maku should know how childish and petty he acted when he was using power of presidency to disturb the nation, change must come into place in nigeria now, we cant continue this way

  • Guguru

    Labaran Maku is still kissing Jonathan’s behind even though he is no longer in the PDP. he is now in APGA and still in love with Jonathan’s chit.

  • Abubakar Gaidam

    The rate at which APC is going about their propaganda shows that they are not bothered if Nigeria disintegrates or violent erupts.At every given opportunity APC is always saying something slandering Nigeria or against the government to cause disunity among Nigerians.If truly they care about Nigeria and the populace,they should be striving towards the unity of the country and stop using propaganda to cause disaffection.It is becoming obvious to Nigerians who has got good intentions for them.GEJ continues to deliver and preach peace.

  • Even if Jonathan isn’t directly sponsoring Boko Haram his lack of action and seeming indifference have aided their take over of the north and emboldened them to strike more and more. He basically gave up on hundreds of stolen women and girls with hardly a shrug and his complete lack of concern on the subject has aided their advances on all fronts. Now other countries must come and try and win back his country and protect his citizens while he runs around smiling and waving and cheering soccer teams