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President Jonathan has no links with Boko Haram - Turaki


The Minister for Special duties, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki, on Saturday refuted the claims of those who said that the Federal Government had links with the activities of Boko Haram, as illogical and unpatriotic statements.

He unequivocally described the individuals going about with such rumors as "most unpatriotic".

"It is an open secret that government does not have a hand in the current insecurity facing us.

"Although, some people have been spreading falsehood linking government with the problem," Turaki said.

"The people of Borno are well known for their intelligence. I am sure that they know very well that government cannot have a hand in this mess," he said.

Turaki recalled that the regime of Alhaji Shehu Shagari faced a similar problem.

"We have the Maitastine uPpraising during the Shagari regime; nobody then blamed the president for the crisis.

"We also had a similar crisis during the military regime of General Mohammed Buhari, nobody blamed him for the problem.

"But now politicians are trying to blame our president for the Boko Haram crisis. This is illogical no doubt," Turaki added.

He, however, advised Nigerians to seek divine intervention towards ending the insurgency.

"As Muslims, we believe that everything is from God. We must return to him and seek help rather than shifting blame," Turaki said.

Turaki said that the government had adopted numerous strategies towards ending the crisis.

"It was based on the concern of President Goodluck Jonathan on the insurgency that he approved a dialogue committee to explore the dialogue opting to end the crisis.

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