Obasanjo Reveals What Boko Haram Members Told Him When They Met In 2011
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed what members of Boko Haram told him in 2011 when he had an encounter with them.
In 2011, the former president interacted with sect members and several family members of the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf.
At the Murtala Muhammed Foundation’s (MMF) 2022 annual lecture on Monday, February 21, Obasanjo claimed his fears about the Boko Haram terrorist have materialized due to their connections with foreign terrorist organizations.
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who blamed the country’s instability on easy access to weapons following the Nigerian civil war, also revealed that Boko Haram had no external connections at the time he met with them.
He claimed that the government’s poor handling of the situation exacerbated the catastrophe.
“We are not going anywhere until we take national building seriously. Justice and equity. We must build a society where everyone feels it has a stake. The insecurity in the country was caused as a result of the ease to access weapons and since then we have been unable to address the issue; it keeps getting worse.
“In 2011 when Boko Haram was just rearing its ugly head, I went to Maiduguri to try and find out a little bit more about Boko Haram and to also find out what their objective was apart from being interested in Sharia, but they also complained that their followers had no jobs
“In the process the government started chasing them and gunning them down. What I feared at that time seem to have been happening at that time, Boko Haram had not much external connections then, the ones they had would be Nigerians who had resources abroad, who were helping them.”
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