Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Why We Did Not Kill Obasanjo Boko Haram Speaks Again

The fact that Boko Haram, the islamists sect currently terrorizing Nigeria did not start today is no news, as the group has been around since 2004 but did not start operations until 2009, when former president Olusegun Obasanjo was still in office.

The groups initial leader Yusuf Mohammed was killed when Obasanjo was still in power and that was when the story changed.
According to an interview by 247ureports with an unnamed man claiming to be a high ranking member of the group, Obasanjo could have been killed as he was in shooting range when he came for a meeting with Mohammeds in-law, Babakura Fuggu following the death of Mohammed.
According to the man, who was said to have spoken fluent English with an American accent, the outcome of the meeting resulted in the death of Babukura as he was said to have demanded for cash, which the sect members frowned upon.
Information recently made available to through a high ranking contact within the organizational structure of the terrorist Islamic group, Boko Haramreveals unnerving revelationsregarding the recent attacks on Kano, Bauchi State and theaborted attackofSeptember 15, 2011 visit by former President of the federal republic of Nigeria, General Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo to the home of the in-law of the slain leader of theBoko Haram, Babakura Fuggu in Borno State.
It was gathered that the leader of Boko Haram, Imam Abubakar Shekau who iscurrently hiding away in Qoundere, Cameroun following the recent and ongoing attacks on Kano and Bauchi State had deliberated seriouslyon the assassination of the former president of Nigeria, General Obasanjo on September 15, 2011 while on avisit to Borno State to the home of the in-law to the slain leader of Boko Haram [Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf].
According to the Boko Haram source, former President Obasanjo had made first contact with Yusufs in-lawal, Babakura Fuggu [eldest son of Yusuf's in-law] inearlySeptember 2012 concerning opening a channel of dialogue with the terrorist group. The leadership of the group took it uneasy with the choice of Babakura [since the line of leadership did not automatically follow family lineage as in traditional settings. As a 'religious' group they did not see Babakura as the rightful person to take over from Yusuf.] -For this reason, the leadership of the group silently objected to the meeting between Babakura and Obasanjo.
As Obasanjoconcluded hissecret meeting the previous day at the Green House with three otherreligious group [Jamatu Nasir Islam, JNI and CAN] in Jos, the capital of Plateau State on the Wednesday of September 14, 2011, and took off the following day to Borno State, the terrorist group, according to the source,marked the former President within their firing range from themoment he landed in Borno State at minutes after 11am till he departed the State in the late afternoon of the same day. According to the source, we were not sure of him.
He was going to be a big catch saidthe source who explained that the leadership halted the operationas Obasanjo went inside the residence of Babakura.
Obasanjo was good to us. We had no problem with Obasanjo. We had him. We could have taken him out, as he recalled that the sharia movement took off during the period when Obasanjowas president. The problem started during the late President YarAdua regime. Goodluck only inherited the problem. We have no problem with Goodluck. But his Ijaw people around him aredeceiving him.
Interestingly, the Boko Haram source who spoke influent English with a slightAmericanaccentexplained the decision to finish Babakura Fuggucame due towhat transpired betweenObasanjo and Babakura. We learnt he asked for money. Babakura requested on behalf of Boko Haram monies to enable the group defray litigation costs and other minor financial requests which the leadership of Boko Haram considered menial and demeaning. The wife,Yakolo, was said to have received money fromthe former president to the tuned of N500,000. Babakura Fuggu was gundown on September 17, 2012 as he existed his homeby his younger brother in the company of other young men dressed in reddish-orange babarigas each armed with AK47s justbarelyforty eight [48] hours following the visit of former President Obasanjo.
Meanwhile, information available to reveals the reason Kano and Bauchi State were attacked a few days ago as having to do with failed promises by the State governors of the two states. The entire northern governors, according to the Boko Haram source,have ongoing relationships with the group.Most of them pay usmonthly to leave their states alone.
In Kano State, the former state governor, Malam Shekarau reached an agreement with the terrorist group in late 2004 for an initial monthlydisbursement of N5million which was later bumped up to N10million in 2009. The agreement, according to the source, included provision of institutional infrastructural support through the Hisbah [Islam police] project which received yearly budgetary allocation of N1.01billion. The gubernatorial election of April 2011 which introduced Rabiu Kwankwaso as the new governorchanged the agreement. The Kwankwaso administration was quick to dismantle the Hisbah set up and the said agreement to disburse N10million monthly. The governor proceeded to make arrests of known Boko Haram members. Boko Haram leadership who hadfound comfort in Kano did not appreciate theKwankwaso administrations policy on Boko Haram. According to the source, we warned the Governor of the consequences.
We concluded on Kano in December 2011. The abrupt end to the oil subsidy strike and protests served an opportunity for the group to strike. The preparatorywork for the attack and the selection of targets had already been completed. According to the source, an estimated number of casualties was calculated tonet 300 minimum. Thego ahead order was given on Wednesday [January 18, 2012]evening before the leader of the groupleft the country to Cameroon on theearly morning of Thursday, the following day.
In Bauchi State, the Governor, Malam Yugudareached similaragreement with the leadership of the group. A monthly disbursement of N10million was agreed upon along with provision of traininggrounds on the many mountain scattered in Bauchi State. The governor also promised to give themsecurity against arrests by the federal government. The agreement was reached in June 2008 but mid 2011, the governor stopped thedisbursement of the N1omillion regularly. Boko Haram were nothappy butremained loyal to the agreement becauseof theunfettered access to the mountains of Bauchias training camps.
However the arrest and detention of their number 3 man by the State Security Services [SSS]fractured the relationship between the governor and the terrorist group. According to the source, the State was attacked to free the number 3leader of Boko Haram and to teachthem a lesson. The detained leader schooled at the prestigious Lincoln University located in the State of Connecticut, USA and owns a block industry in Bauchi State near the home of the former governor of Bauchi State an area densely populated by Boko Haram operatives.
According to the source, the northern governors are overwhelmed. They are aware of the capabilities of the Boko Haram operatives operating in their respective states. Some of the State government officials visit the terrorist groups in their training camps to watch the training exercises. We train harder than the Nigerianmilitary andthey see it said the source while lamentingthat the governor continueto tell the President that the menace ofBoko Haram is under control.
The Boko Haram source made it emphatic that we [they]have the weapons and are in control. We are not asking for Islamic Nigeria. We want our men free.
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