Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described recent Boko Haram attacks in Borno and Adamawa States as disheartening and an indictment on the All Progressives Congress federal government.
The insurgents had reportedly attacked people queuing for petrol at a filling station in the Polo Area of Maiduguri metropolis on Sunday night while on Monday morning, a female suicide bomber was reported to have blew herself up at a Mosque, killing over 20 persons. Later same day, suspected suicide bombers attacked a busy motor park in Madagali, Adamawa State, killing over 14 persons.
Both attacks left scores injured and came some few days after the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Boko Haram terrorists had been “technically defeated”.
Reacting to the attacks in a statement Tuesday, Mr Fayose said that the Minister must explain to Nigerians how the same Boko Haram he said had been “technically defeated” could carry out such daring and deadly attacks.
Gov. Fayose, who commiserated with the government and people of Borno and Adamawa states, especially those who lost their loved ones, said; “In other countries of the world, the government would have taken responsibility for deceiving and misleading the people and apologised”.
In a release issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor asked; “If Boko Haram had indeed been technically defeated as Lai Mohammed made Nigerians to believe, what do we call the Sunday and Monday attacks in Maiduguri, Borno State capital and Madagali, Adamawa State?
“Should we say that the ‘technically’ defeated Boko Haram insurgents attacked Borno and Adamawa States, killing close to 100 Nigerians and injuring several others?”
“Only Lai Mohammed who told Nigerians that Boko Haram had been technically defeated can tell us what happened and he must have to explain how ‘technically defeated’ insurgents could carry out such deadly attacks”, Fayose insisted.
The governor, who urged the APC-led federal government to stop deceiving Nigerians, especially on the Boko Haram insurgency and its anti-corruption fight said; “This governance by deceit must stop. Nigerians deserve to know the truth concerning how they are being governed”.
Fayose also challenged the federal government to tell Nigerians how much had been spent on security matters since June, this year, saying; “As it is today, they are just using the anti-corruption fight to shift the attention of Nigerians from their failure to fulfil the promises they made while seeking votes.
“They are deceiving Nigerians while diverting Security Vote under the pretence of fighting Boko Haram insurgency.
“It has therefore, become pertinent that they are told expressly to stop behaving as if they are still the opposition. They should realise that election is over and it is already seven months that they assumed office”, Fayose said.