FORMER Military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida said yesterday that the secular status of the country cannot be compromised just as he dismissed some text messages being circulated that he was planning to sponsor an attack by Muslims in the north on Christians.
According to the 2011 presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the move was not only out to blackmail, but also wicked and ill conceived.
The former president, who noted that the blackmail was an indication of how desperate some politicians could be at destroying the character and personality of others all in a bid to get to political offices, said, “No matter the motive, it is conceived in bad taste and should be condemned in all its ramifications.”
A statement by the director, IBB 2011 Campaign Organization, Prince Kassim Afegbua, said, “Our attention has been drawn to a very damaging, spurious, untrue, ill motivated, and orchestrated text messages being circulated by people who are desperate to blackmail our presidential aspirant, General IBB linking him to a purported attempt by Muslims to attack Christians in the North.
“To all intents and purposes, this latest blackmail is not only wicked and ill conceived, but further goes to show how desperate politicians could go to blackmail people.
“General IBB has been in the forefront of those crusaders who believe in religious harmony in the country. As a president, he was able to open bilateral relations with Israel which paved the way for our Christian brothers and sisters to go on holy pilgrimage. He neither discriminates against Christians nor does he engage in anything that tends to undermine the secularity of the nation.”
The purported text message which Sunday Vanguard obtained read, “From a very reliable source, Muslims are about to violently attack Christians in the north. Sophisticated weapons have been stored in various mosques in the north, south south, south east and in the FCT. IBB is one of the sponsors of what they have tagged “mother of all jihads’. Let’s get ready both spiritually and physically. Please send to many. From Evang. Blessed Usman.”