A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Charles Idahosa, has alleged that terrorists are being sponsored by members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to destabilise the current administration.
He said terrorists and not herdsmen are behind the killings across the country.
According to him, the opposition is hell-bent on frustrating the President Muhammadu Buhari government.
In an interview with Daily Independent on Saturday, May 5, 2018, Idahosa said corruption is fighting back with much vigour.
He said, “As far as I am concerned, the insecurity in the country is being perpetrated by corrupt people who want to frustrate the war against corruption that Buhari has been dogged about.
“I feel very sad when Nigerians get confused and misled. I said in one of my interviews that corruption will fight back. I recall when President Buhari visited London shortly after he was sworn in as President, he said when he gets home he will release the list of looters. But for strange reasons the party did not release the names then and that gave room for those looters and thieves to retreat and go planning.
“What we are seeing today are not herdsmen, thee are terrorists imported into this country by the looters to cause mayhem and create a situation of crisis in the country. The PDP guys who looted this money and the former leaders who don’t want Buhari back want to create a situation of insecurity in the country so he will not return. How do you explain when one will go to a village and kill 73 people and you call them herdsmen?
“We grew up in this Benin, the herdsmen we knew carry sticks and dagger but now you see people carrying AK-47 to kill and you call them herdsmen so as to give Buhari a bad name. These are trained killers imported into this country by the PDP looters, corruption is fighting back. These people know that if Buhari is re-elected, many of them will be in jail.”
Obasanjo and Babangida’s letter
Idahosa also berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida for opposing Buhari’s second term bid. He said they do not have the moral right to advise the President.
“Look at former Presidents writing letters to him telling him not to run, what moral justification do they have to advise Buhari? . Buhari was former governor of the North East region which was about five states then but he has no house in Benin or Lagos. And he has no property in Dubai or London but look at other former presidents who came into power without a penny, they are all billionaires today”, he said.
“Babangida never wanted to leave office, he set up an interim government and planned how to kick out the interim government. The freest election in this country was conducted under him but he nullified it. He will still sit down and be advising Buhari that has integrity and respected worldwide. Nigerians are being respected today in world because of Buhari.
“Atiku cannot go to America and he is one of those talking. It was Orji Kalu that dropped money for Obasanjo when they wanted to make him President. He rigged elections in states including the Alliance for Democracy (AD) states in the South West. Here is a man that wanted third term even after people helped him into power without him winning his region”, Idahosa added.
Obasanjo and Babangida had written separate explosive letters to Buhari, highlighting the failure of his administration and advising him not to seek re-election in 2019.
But weeks after the letters, which sparked mixed reactions amongst Nigerians, the President declared his intention to run for a second term.