April 28, 2015

Boko Haram is religious fraud – Buhari

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA – President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has said that Boko Haram was nothing but a religious fraud, stressing that this would be known when it denied a recruitment base the local communities.

Buhari said this when leaders of various communities from Nassarawa State led by the State Governor, Mr. Tanko Almakura paid him a congratulatory visit in Abuja

He noted that no genuine religion would support the shedding of blood.

“The fraud called Boko Haram can be defeated by denying it a recruitment base. No religion allows for the killing of children in school dormitory, in markets and places of worship. They have nothing to do with religion. They are terrorists and we are going to deal with them as they deal with terrorists anywhere,” he said.

Buhari said he was greatly pained by the destruction of schools in the North-eastern part of the country, an action he said could deny thousands of youngsters access to education and a better future unless something was done urgently to avert this tragedy.

“The worst thing anybody can do is to deny children access to education. That will be destructive to their lives and we are not going to allow that to happen,” the President-elect assured.

He announced that his government will help the States to get more money to improve infrastructure by ensuring that all revenues due to the federal government would be collected and paid directly into the federation account to enable each tier of government get its share.

“As at now, the government does not even know how many revenue accounts it has. We will give all the tiers what is due to them but will hold them to be accountable as we would the federal government.”

Buhari described Nassarawa state as his own “political laboratory”, following its control by the defunct Congress for Progressives Change, CPC, one of the legacy parties that fused to form APC.

“From one state, I now have 22 political laboratories.”

He commended Governor Al-Makura for surviving his many impeachment plots, saying “without Nassarawa, there would not have been an APC.”