President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday in Kano berated those insinuating that the Federal Government has a hand in the sponsorship of Boko Haram insurgency, arguing that there is no way a government in power, with all the security agencies apparatus at its disposal can take such a step.
Jonathan, who spoke through Vice President Namadi Sambo, condoled the Kano State government, the Emir of Kano and people of the state over last Friday’s attack on the Kano central Mosque.
He called on Nigerians to join hands and fight the war against terrorism, saying the menace will be a thing of the past.
President Jonathan said, “I want to seize this opportunity to call on people not to listen to rumours as a lot of rumours are going around that it is the government that is doing this. The government can never and never ever kill its own people.
“I will seize this singular opportunity to call on all Nigerians to be our their brothers’ keepers, to be security conscious and to continue to cooperate with the security agencies so that we will be able to achieve our noble objectives of bringing back peace, tranquillity and development to our dear country.
“Politics should not be part of this business and I must also seize this opportunity to call on those that have been spreading mischievous rumours all over that it is the government that is involved.
“I want to say it categorically clear that the government is not a party to this and the government is doing everything to arrest this terrorist act. The government is doing everything to ensure that we go back to peace and with this insinuation, I want to draw our attention to the fact that the security operators of this country are headed by Muslims.
“The National Security Adviser (NSA) of this country is a Muslim – Col. Sambo Dasuki, he is from Sokoto and he is from a Royal House. The Minister of Defence, Gen. Aliyu Gusau is from Zamfara State and he is a Muslim.”