About a week to the 2015 presidential elections, an ex-US envoy, Richard Grenell has called on western foreign observers to wake up to the reality about to unfold in Nigeria and Africa at large, if the opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari emerges winner of the presidential election.
The former spokesman to four United States Ambassadors to the United Nations, made these assertion in a piece themed: Nigeria on the Brink, published in a US based media, the Washington Times on Thursday, 19th March.
The former US envoy said: “Western foreign policy observers pre-occupied with the rise of ISIS in the Middle East should wake up to the reality unfolding in Nigeria. Opposition candidate General Buhari wants Sharia law throughout Nigeria. In fact, he wants it everywhere.
He recalled that Buhari who was selected by the group to represent them because, his stance lies in the same light with them as a duty to institute Sharia throughout Nigeria and everywhere else was quoted as saying that the Military offensive against Boko Haram smacked of “anti north sentiment”, an indication of his support for the group:
“Is this an indication that Buhari supports violence because the end goal of the terrorist attacks throughout Nigeria and Africa is an Islamic state? It is a legitimate question that should be asked by leaders of the Obama administration.”
The same group just recently, pledged allegiance to ISIS, a group that has received international condemnation as a result of atrocities committed by it in Middle East and North Africa. If Buhari supports a group that pledges allegiance to ISIS, can we still ask if he is supported by ISIS just as Fani Kayode enquired.
“Is it true that Buhari gets massive covert funding from Hamas, ISIS, ISIL, Al Qaeda and various shady Middle Eastern interests? Is it true that he was once nominated by Boko Haram to be their spokesman in proposed talks with the Federal Government?” Fani asked.
“Boko Haram has pledged its allegiance and support to ISIS. The Northern Nigerian based Islamic terrorist group wants Sharia law throughout the country and beyond. They are also actively terrorising Chad, Niger and Cameroon with their goal of an Islamic state,” Grennel added.
As President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari’s main rival, wins the fight against Boko Haram in the North eastern part of the most populous country in Africa, it would be rational for all Nigerians, the Barack Obama administration and the rest of the world to commend and support his efforts to establish sustaining peace in the region and Africa as a whole.
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Reviewed by James chibueze