APC alerts on plans to arrest a 'fake Shekau' to incriminate Buhari

APC alerts on plans to arrest a 'fake Shekau' to incriminate Buhari

Monday, February 23, 2015 8:32 pm

•The lifeless body of the Shekau that the military claimed was killed in 2014

•The lifeless body of the Shekau that the military claimed was killed in 2014

The APC Presidential Campaign Organization (APCPCO) has raised the alarm about reports of a fake Shekau being presented before Nigerians by the Jonathan government to claim glory of winning the war on terrorism.

At the same time, the party urged Jonathan to quit the presidential race having admitted that he underestimated the Boko Haram insurgency.

In a statement today, the party said it has information from some credible sources that a fake Shekau might become a tool by the Jonathan administration to blackmail members of the opposition by coaching the phantom terror chief to say he was working for the opposition party candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari in order to link its presidential candidate to terrorism as it had attempted but failed in the past.

In the statement issued by Shehu Garba, the Director of Media and Publicity of the APCOPC, the party wondered where the ‘new Shekau’ will come from after government at several times in the past, announced that they had killed the insurgent leader.

Shekau: old and new face

Shekau: old and new face

“The charge to the military, that they should catch Shekau alive by the President in the last 24 hours lends credence to the report that indeed a fake Shekau is about being created.”

The statement went on to assert that the profile of the leader of the insurgents, Shekau, of a dedicated ideologue presupposes that the man is not likely to allow himself to be caught alive.

Abubakar Shekau:

Abubakar Shekau:

“It is both contradictory to the ideology he preaches and the psychological profile that the world has of him that Shekau would allow himself to be caught alive,” the statement asserted.

The APCPCO recalled that the attack back in Kaduna on the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari was seen and believed by most Nigerians that it was perpetrated by the Boko Haram.

“The police that is constitutionally empowered to investigate and report on such incidents has not contradicted the widespread belief that this was a Boko Haram attack.”The view of the APC is that it does not make sense for General Muhammadu Buhari to be in league with, or be associated in any way with people who have set out to kill him.”

In the view of this, the APCPCO said the government needs to listen to the various counsel from international bodies and lately by our religious leaders that campaign must be about issues and not maligning people.

“Unfounded allegations linking the opposition to insurgency amounts to leaving the issues to pursue personal attacks as warned against, barely 24 hours ago by leaders of the Catholic Community in the country, through ArchBishop John Onayekan.

The APC presidential campaign said it was no less shocked, as other Nigerians by the President’s admission in a weekend newspaper interview that he has underestimated the Boko Haram challenge, arguing that any leader in that circumstance should not consider himself fit to seek re-election.

Quoting President Jonathan’s recent confession that he underestimated Boko Haram, the APC presidential campaign said the admission was a direct evidence that the PDP President has nothing to offer and must bow to the wind of change.

According to the statement, President Jonathan is out of touch with the realities of the lethal challenges posed by global terrorism, including Boko Haram, which is affiliated to Al-Qaeda global terror network.

Malam Garba Shehu explained that for any President to under-estimate terrorism, it means that he doesn’t take any national challenges seriously, including health, poverty, unemployment, power, education, infrastructure and other issues.

The APC presidential campaign added that with his admission, President Jonathan has passed a vote of no confidence on himself and his government.

The statement added, however, that APC presidential campaign was not surprised by the self-confessed failure by the PDP President, explaining that his confession underlines the imperative for change.

Shehu said that with a President admitting his incompetence of a mortal challenge to the security of Nigerians, he has no business seeking re-election or looking for excuses to delay the polls.

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  • August January says:

    Only unreasonable people won’t know that PDPand Jonathan may be planning “something” more than facing Buhari at the polls on 28 March. The other day, Okupe vowed in the presence of journalists at aso rock that Buhari will NEVER be president of Nigeria. Few days ago, Fayose said the same thing. Where are they getting their confidence and certainty from even when it’s become obvious that majority of Nigerians have rejected Jonathan? They most probably have something more than going to the polls on 28 March in mind. APC must start crying out now. APC must not underestimate any “rumours” regarding PDP plans. If for almost 6 yrs, Shekau wasn’t killed or caught alive, I wonder the kind of magic Jonathan and his army want to perform now that make them so certain and confident that they will catch him before election on 28 March. I smell a rat. Jonathan appears gentle like a dove, but is actually dangerous like a snake

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