I don’t believe Jonathan’s govt was behind bomb attack on Buhari – Col Umar




Former Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa UmarFormer Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd) has debunked allegations that the government of President Goodluck Jonathan was behind the recent assassination attempt on General Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari, a chieftain of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) survived a bomb attack in Kaduna on Wednesday July 23.

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Colonel Umar (rtd) in a statement today said in fact the Goodluck Jonathan government had upgraded Buhari’s security long before the bomb attack. He said “The point then is how can a government that is intent on assassinating the general provide him with added security? It would have been most strange indeed for a government planning to assassinate this very popular Northern icon to retain as its National Security Advisor, Colonel M.S. Dasuki, son of the Sultan of Sokoto and his brother-in –law, General Aliyu Gusau as its Minister of Defence, or even its Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar from Zamfara State.” Giving an insight into how Buhari’s security was upgraded, Umar said “When about 4 months ago General Muhammadu Buhari issued a condemnation of the activities of Boko Haram (BH) sect, the Presidency praised him for what it saw as an act of courage and statesmanship. Some of us agreed and welcomed this reaction particularly because it would have the positive effect of building the much-needed consensus in the war against the BH insurgency. We were also delighted by General Buhari’s action because it provided another evidence, if any was needed, that he was not a religious bigot, and like most Northerners did not share or support any terrorist religious ideology. However, fearing the usual BH reprisal we advised the federal government to beef up security around the General. The FG agreed and reached out to General Buhari with this proposal. By mutual consent, his security was upgraded. I have no doubt that this must have contributed to his survival of the attack.”

Read the full text of Colonel Umar’s statement below:

THE KADUNA BOMB ATTACK ON GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI

When on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 some yet to be identified persons attacked the convoy of General Muhammadu Buhari with a car bomb, some of his supporters or his representatives as one of them claimed on BBC radio Hausa service accused the federal government of complicity. This was even before investigations commenced. I was concerned and worried by possible dangerous repercussions of such allegations on the peace and unity of the country, which is currently under severe stress. I therefore decided not only to condemn their actions but also to adduce evidence to counter their wrong and preposterous allegations. Unfortunately my press statement, which was published, did not entirely include most of the points I raised in my rebuttal. To avoid misrepresentation and misunderstanding, I find it necessary to issue this clarification.[eap_ad_2] When about 4 months ago General Muhammadu Buhari issued a condemnation of the activities of Boko Haram (BH) sect, the presidency praised him for what it saw as an act of courage and statesmanship. Some of us agreed and welcomed this reaction particularly because it would have the positive effect of building the much-needed consensus in the war against the BH insurgency. We were also delighted by General Buhari’s action because it provided another evidence, if any was needed, that he was not a religious bigot, and like most Northerners did not share or support any terrorist religious ideology. However, fearing the usual BH reprisal we advised the federal government to beef up security around the General. The FG agreed and reached out to General Buhari with this proposal. By mutual consent, his security was upgraded. I have no doubt that this must have contributed to his survival of the attack. The point then is how can a government that is intent on assassinating the general provide him with added security? It would have been most strange indeed for a government planning to assassinate this very popular Northern icon to retain as its National Security Advisor, Colonel M.S. Dasuki, son of the Sultan of Sokoto and his brother-in –law, General Aliyu Gusau as its Minister of Defence, or even its Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar from Zamfara State. Not entirely satisfied with what was published from my earlier press release I decided to discuss this issue with my friend and brother, Basorun Akin Osuntokun. He offered to carry some of the details in his Thisday Friday column-which he did. I have since learned that the bullet-proof vehicle, in which General Buhari was riding at the time of the attack, was provided to him by an APC chieftain possibly an APC governor. My reaction to this is that it does not detract from the fact that the federal government indeed reinforced the General’s security about four months ago. Bullet-proof vehicle is only a component of the security infrastructure. General Buhari himself was reported to have told Sahara TV “I am not bothered by them (BH) targeting me. The government has given me adequate protection.” Once again I appeal to our political elites to desist from politics of brinkmanship all aimed at achieving their narrow political interests. They need not be reminded that a violent disintegration of Nigeria would be an ill wind that will blow nobody any good, as my brother Akin would say.

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