Anger and condemnations have continued to trail the statement credited to a former Minister of Aviation and, Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO), Femi Fani- Kayode, in which he allegedly said that Nigerians asked for the recent upsurge in Boko Haram attacks by refusing to renew Jonathan’s mandate, but instead voted Muhammadu Buhari as President.
Fani- Kayode in the statement issued shortly after the Kaduna blast on Tuesday said that Nigerians were warned about the dangers ahead should they oust PDP from power but that they still proceeded to vote for “change.”
According to him, having voted the way they did, Nigerians must learn to live with the consequences of their choices in the last elections, among which are the renewed Boko Haram attacks.
He also predicted grave consequences for Nigerians in the days to come, saying this would happen “in a most harrowing and frightful manner.”
“There is a hideous and frightful hidden agenda which is slowly manifesting before our very eyes. Though we warned them, the Nigerian people wanted ‘change’ so they must live with the consequences of their choice.
“There are many other grave consequences which the Nigerian people will witness, in a most harrowing and frightful manner, in the next few months and years,” he said.
Many Nigerians have condemned the statement and accused the former minister of insensitivity to a national issue. Others who spoke said the Department of Security Services (DSS) should arrest him.
In his reaction, a former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, Monday Ubani, said that no sane person would utter such a statement credited to the former Minister.
“That statement cannot be made by somebody whose thinking faculty is functional. The bombings we are having today started under former President Jonathan. Even among themselves, a former NSA, the late General Patrick Azazi, told the entire PDP that ‘whatever we are having as insurgency is as a result of political differences within PDP.’ And after that, the man was killed.
Also speaking, President of Action for Good Governance, a non-governmental organisation, Wahab Akinpelu, urge the SSS to pick up Fani- Kayode without delay, saying that his statement indicated that he might be one of those who masterminded the rise in insurgency to punish Nigerians for voting out his paymaster.
“Fani- Kayode may deny that he never said that Nigerians should be bombed. But he should explain to Nigerians what he meant.”
“Such careless statement coming from a former minister is uncalled for. I expected that by now the security agencies should have picked him up and made him to tell Nigerians about the grave consequences they will still witness for voting out his paymaster, Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.
Following the condemnations, Fani- Kayode quickly issued another statement, accusing an online medium of trying to blackmail him by distorting what he said by using the headline “Nigerians deserve Boko Haram for rejecting Jonathan.”
In a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, the former Aviation Minister said that that was never part of his write-up and that he had been misrepresented.
«Nigerians do not deserve Boko Haram, they do not deserve to be bombed and they do not deserve to be killed and I never said that they did. What they deserve is a President that is ready to fight terror with everything that he has got,” Fani-Kayode said.