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Army Guilty of Everything in Connection to Boko Haram – Junaid Mohammed Alleges

Army Guilty of Everything in Connection to Boko Haram – Junaid Mohammed Alleges

…Reveals that Relations, Friends, Nephews, and In-laws of President Buhari are at the Centre of Corruption

…Says Buhari has Ruined National Economy; Messed National Security

…Reminds that Crowd that Welcomed Buhari in Kano Was a Rented One

… Informs that Tinubu is Not Happy With Tenure Elongation of the Executive of APC

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Second Republic lawmaker and a vocal politician Dr. Junaid Mohammed has accused the army of being guilty of everything in connection to Boko Haram, adding that people are playing politics with it.

According to him, “The  army, for example, is guilty of everything in connection with Boko Haram: Abduction of people, seizing people’s farms, raping of women and young girls; taking people’s  property especially in Lake Chad (area) which is rich in terms of fish.

Instead of protecting people, they’re confiscating  what belongs  to innocent people. What we have is an army of occupation that does not care about what is happening to hapless, harmless, innocent people. And  I believe there’s no good intention to resolve the issue, he said.

He continued: “When you look at the top echelon of the Armed Forces, you will see people who are marking time; officers whose tenures were extended not because of their achievements or merit but due to other considerations. We are troubled by some lousy leadership at the cabinet level and at the president’s level.

 He made the allegation in an exclusive interview with THISDAY on Wednesday. The the prominent northern politician also gave insight as to why the fight against corruption is selective. He also touched on other topical issues in the polity.

 On whether Buhari is in charge of his government, Dr. Junaid said:

”It is clear that Buhari is not in charge. Who is in charge of security and who’s in charge of the economy is anybody’s guess. Clearly, Buhari is not in charge; clearly, the Presidency isn’t in charge.

Clearly, the National Assembly isn’t in charge –they’re too irresponsible. They’re too obsessed with their own welfare and corruption;  humongous and  irresponsible salary to pay attention to the well-being and development of citizens of this country.

I believe any responsible government confronting any of the challenges Nigeria is confronted with should pause and think –think very seriously about the problems  bedeviling the people of  this country.

Any attempt by anybody to explain away the phenomenon of Boko Haram terrorists, the miscreants in the Niger Delta, and the so-called herdsmen-farmers conflict, will do himself a world of good to look at the underlying facilitation of the problems in this country”.

He also gave insight as to why corruption which is endemic is fought selectively;
“Nigeria is faced with serious nepotism which is a form of corruption; some people who’re related to Buhari have been indicted with serious acts of corruption and he has not done anything.

But other people who have no connection with him are being hounded and frustrated.

From the injustice, total lack of responsible policies,  governance,  corruption which is endemic and is only being fought selectively, while other people – relations, friends, nephews, and in-laws of the President are at the centre of corruption. I  really can’t see how this can be resolved,  because they’re multi-ferious and multi-faceted”.

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When asked to give his own assessment of President Buhari’s leadership style, the second republic lawmaker goes thus:

“I will describe him as thoroughly incompetent. He has been clueless. He is out of touch with reality. In his first coming as a military head of state, even though he was in charge of authority, there were a lot of things he could not do.

He was like a figure head then. It is the same situation today. This president cannot do anything without the power of the group that has a stranglehold on him.

On his own, he’s unprepared. There are so many other things which are obvious. The man is sick physically and intellectually, and is otherwise unfit for office of the president of Nigeria.

That’s why he is in the midst of a security challenge, social and economic upheaval  and does not know what to do. But clearly, he has not demonstrated any sense of rational thinking in the way he manages personnel – in the way he makes appointments so as to put round pegs in round holes.

Now, a person with this kind of attitude –primitive attitude towards power –will never be a leader of 200 million people and for that he has  failed abysmally. He doesn’t have a government worth its name.

The people he surrounds himself with are only looking after themselves. We’re in very serious trouble because of a man who is timid – a glorified president who cannot explain himself well. Nigerians are very robust but they didn’t bargain for what they have now.”

 Dr. Juniad was reminded that such commentary cannot hold true for President Buhari with the mammoth crowd that trooped out to welcome his during his recent state visit to Kano. Hear his response:

“I am based in Kano and I am a Kano man. No Kano man would go around looking for him (Buhari). What I am telling you is that that crowd was a rented crowd. Many people were brought in from nearby Jigawa State; some from Katsina and some from Kaduna; others are from Zamfara. I have never been impressed by a rented crowd.

The rented crowd didn’t come out to welcome Buhari out of conviction. They did it out of hunger. They’re poor. If you pay anybody without a job N500 or N1000 to come from Kaduna or Zamfara to Kano, he’d come because he has no means of feeding himself.

It is, however  to his credit, that he’s the most divisive and incompetent leader the country has ever had. All those people around him are gathered there not because they love him. Make no mistake about that.

Let’s not waste our time. My concern will be in the next (presidential) election; it is against national interest, common sense, and rationality for Buhari to stand for election and get the kind of crowd that he got in Kano. Tell me one good thing Buhari has done for this country?”

 On what he thinks will happen if Buhari Wins election in 2019, Dr Junaid said:

“Eight years or given more than that, this man will not be able to do anything for this country. He’s simply incapable. He’s too incompetent and unprepared to preside over Nigeria.

If he’s selected as the anointed presidential candidate of his party, if he doesn’t win the election,  it would be rigged in his favour – and if that were to happen, I want to assure you that from the day they announced the election results until the end of the four years there would be no peace in this country because people would not tolerate the incompetence, illiteracy, greed, nepotism, and corruption.

There’s a limit to their patience.

“I cannot tell you the nature of the trouble because Nigerians will determine what the trouble will be. Buhari cannot win 2019 election on the basis of performance. The APC government under his leadership has performed abysmally.

Buhari has ruined the national economy; he has messed up the national security; he has lied through his teeth about integrity by promoting and supporting people who have no gravitas –those who’re related to him that have become billionaires overnight. On what basis did they become overnight billionaires?

Simple: on the basis that they are related to him. Buhari cannot win a free and fair election in 2019. I challenge Buhari to tell me one thing he has done for this country. If he got re-elected, it might be because of tribal sentiments or geo-political sentiments.”

 When he was reminded that the likes of Tinubu views President Buhari from a different lens, he said emphatically:

“I can assure you that Tinubu is in a very difficult situation – in what can be described as a ‘double bind’. I also know that he’s not happy with the tenure elongation of the executive of the APC.
He had been confronted; he did not agree with and he did not accept the violation of the national constitution and the violation of the APC constitution.

But I also know that Tinubu is a sitting duck; they can arrest him or attempt to take his life. He has to be very careful because nobody will like to suffer death in the course of doing the right thing.

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“You don’t expect them to be shouting at each other in the public. You wouldn’t expect that, right? But you should also know that the most aggrieved person in the APC government today is no other than Tinubu. One of the biggest slaps he got was the appointment of Fashola as   minister. It was Tinubu who built APC, not Buhari or Fashola.

If Tinubu had not bent over backward to accommodate Buhari’s camp, there would have been no APC and there would have been no Buhari presidency.

How can you ask a man who is most aggrieved to go and reconcile people who are equally aggrieved? It is hypocrisy. Buhari knows he has offended Tinubu. He knows he has publicly spited Tinubu. M

ost of the bad blood in APC was created by Buhari. Buhari  now asking Tinubu to go and reconcile aggrieved members of the APC is like asking someone to take medicine for your headache. I don’t see how the party is going to survive when they are violating its constitution. Some people are going to court, mind you.

There are members of the APC who are now in court challenging Buhari’s unilateral and arbitrary extension of the tenure of the party’s executive committee. I am telling you we haven’t seen anything yet.”

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