IBB Alarmed Over Boko Haram’s Bombings Under Buhari’s Regime

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, yesterday raised alarm that renewed activities of members of Boko Haram that have engaged in mindless bombings and wanton destruction of property in the last four weeks in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari have raised the adrenaline of everyone in the country.
Babangida, in his Sallah message, stressed that the country has within this period witnessed what he described as the worst of human follies in the conduct of these avoidable carnage and bloodletting by those he termed, unscrupulous persons that operate under the guise of religion and carrying out havoc to Nigeria and Nigerians sense of nationality.
He was, however, quick to say that he has implicit confidence that President Buhari would put the final nail on the coffin of Boko Haram so that Nigeria can truly assume her greatness in the comity of nations.
In a Sallah message he personally signed which he titled, “Let us be Strong and Unite against Insurgency”, however, called on President Buhari to ensure that the welfare of Military personnel who have been posted to the states where members of Boko Haram operate were adequately taken care of as such a move would encourage soldiers who would be assigned such responsibilities subsequently.
According to the former Head of State, if President Buhari must nip in the bud the insurgency in the country, it has become imperative to device new ways of confronting members of Boko Haram without making public such new methods to be put in place, even as he stressed that the Islamic religion he was born into 74 years ago, preaches peace and one that encourages everyone to cooperate with another, adding that God should touch the hearts of these insurgents so that the untoward act of bloodletting would permanently cease.
Babangida, who noted that if Nigeria was serious about the management of information on security issues, story about the idea of taking some Boko Haram suspects and prisoners to Anambra State, should not have been public knowledge, adding that headlines and lead stories that have been promoting the activities of insurgents could only help to motivate members of Boko Haram rather than demotivate them and advised that it should stop.
The statement read in full, “Let me convey my warm wishes to all Muslims home and abroad for the successful completion of the Ramadan exercise. As much as one would have appreciated our efforts as devout Muslims who have observed the obligatory month of Ramadan, the incessant killings and bloodlettings by members of the Boko Haram leave a sour taste in my mouth. For want of no discernible ideology, they have continued to portray Islam in very bad light, making members of other religions to perceive us with scorn. Islam, which I was born into, some 74 years ago, is a very peaceful religion that preaches brotherliness and togetherness.
“It is a religion that encourages love, affection and respect for our neighbours and mankind. It is one religion that has an abiding influence on its adherents to cooperate with one another and promote peace in their respective communities. May God touch the hearts of these insurgents so that the untoward act of bloodletting will permanently cease. Happy eid-el-fitri to all.