Former Navy Commodore has alleged that the Nigerian government knows those behind the sponsorship of Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Kunle Olawunmi now a Professor of Global Security Studies stated that arrested Boko Haram terrorists mentioned names of current governors, senators, and Aso Rock officials as sponsors during interrogation, but that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has demonstrated an unwillingness to go after the high-profile politicians for reasons best known to him.
Olawunmi in an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday, 25th of August, 2021 noted that this administration announced that it has arrested 400 Bureau De Change (BDCs)-related people that were sponsoring Boko Haram, but now shielding them.
“The government knows. Of course, it is in the news. In April this year, the government said they had arrested 400 Bureau De Change (BDCs)-related people that were sponsoring Boko Haram. They told us.
“Try them, we know them. Why can’t this government, if not that they are partisan, bring those people out for trial?
“I can’t come on air and start mentioning names of people that are presently in government that the boys we arrested mentioned.
“Some of them are governors now. Some of them are in the Senate. Some of them are in Aso Rock.”
”A highly ranked member of this government was interrogated and was found culpable. He is currently a highly rated member of this government.
He also posited that every Friday NDA and all government institutions are opened for Jumat prayers and people come for worship who later become part of the mess and begin to spy on the institutions and plan their attack.
He said: “In 2017, I carried out an investigation by the minister of defense that wanted me to check what was going on with the training and the security there (NDA). I remember I spent about a week in the NDA with the commandant and the staff but something struck me: every Friday, the gate of NDA is thrown open and everybody has access to pray in the mosque.
“On Fridays, you are going to see the same thing happening across all military formations in the country. If you go to Defence Headquarters, I served at the Defence Headquarters as the Deputy Director, Defence Administration between 2015 and 2017, throughout my two years at the Defence Headquarters, I received visitors twice because of the strict security architecture there but every Friday, the gate of the Defence Headquarters is thrown wide open for everybody to come in and observe Jumat.
“That is the time the terrorists have the time to profile our security environment. It has always been the case. I have served the military intelligence for the past 35 years. Our problem is religion and socio-cultural.”
Reacting to the attack at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), where two military officers were killed and another kidnapped, he said: ”there must be an insider collaboration in NDA. There are a lot of irresponsible people in Nigerian Military formations. This is well known
”The commander in chief knows exactly what is happening but he is quiet. When a fish is about to get rotten, the head is the first.
”In few hours the people that attacked NDA will be apprehended, but that’s not the solution.
”The Government should have a policy change. The sponsors should be apprehended and brought to justice.
Taking a stand on the Buhari-led administration, Olawunmi said: ” This is a tyrannical government. The damage this government is going to do in the next two years will be more than what they have done in the past six years.
”We are currently in the worst security situation in Nigeria today. CIA actually didn’t trust Buhari before 2015. It took the intelligence community and Tinubu to convince Obama and the CIA to accept him. They said he was a bigot and will plunge the country.
”The end game is to turn Nigeria into a Taliban type of Country. Everyone in the Defense HQ, Army HQ, Naval HQ, and Airforce HQ.
”The government of Dubai knows the sponsors and they sent lists to the federal government. What did Buhari do?
”Commenting on the effect of the press on the whole situation, he said: ”the government directed that all media should be calling them Bandits and unknown gunmen so that the international community will be misled that they are not terrorists.
”Tagging them Terrorists will invite the international community.
He added that ”the government don’t want journalists to report the true picture of what is happening in the country.
When asked if his life will be in danger for these expositions, he replied, “I don’t care”