A former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Monday, February 17; has written a lengthy letter to President Muhammadu Buhari following recent tension in the country.
This letter by Fani-Kayode comes in the wake of a series of videos released by the infamous Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.
The former minister criticised the decision of the Federal Government to release “hundreds of Boko Haram fighters from prison claiming that they are reformed.” This incident happened just a few days after a murderous rampage by the terrorists in Borno State.
He lamented the slow reaction of the president to the insecurity and plight of the victims.
“It took you three long days to fly directly to Maiduguri to express your condolences to the Governor and people of Borno.
“Even then you could not muster the courage to go to the town of Auno; where the bombing took place but only to Maiduguri, the capital of the state.”
Meanwhile, Fani-Kayode reinforced his point by drawing attention to a recent confession by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; who allegedly confessed that “we have defeated insurgency but we are facing the challenge of terrorism.
There is no-where you will not find Boko Haram; even in Lagos here, there is Boko Haram. In Kaduna, there is Boko Haram. There are more across the North East. Many have been arrested here in Lagos. We have been tracking them. We arrest them and take them into custody”.
The former minister queried the rationale behind drafting ex-Boko Haram terrorists into the Nigerian Army “on the spurious grounds that they have repented and that they have been reformed.”
“Both of you have failed the Nigerian people; just as I predicted that you would and if you had any decency or honor you would both resign,” the letter stated.
Fani-Kayode also lamented events surrounding the murder of Nnandi Michael; the seminarian that was abducted and later murdered by alleged herdsmen.
The letter continued, “According to the World Bank, 87% of poor people in Nigeria are in the North.
“One wonders what 58 years of northern oppression, tyranny, aggression, manipulation, and hegemony over Nigeria has actually done for the northern masses.
“I guess this is why northerners keep screaming “one Nigeria” and threatening the lives and liberty of those that do not share their view.
“Without Nigeria they would be groping in the dark, wobbling on their feet and literally starve to death.”