A Christian organisation known as Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria (CHAIN) has described the nomination of former Head of state and Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 elections, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and others by the anti Christian group Boko Haram Islamic sect as a major break through in exposing those who have links with the terror group.
The Islamic sect had been responsible for the bombing and killing of many Nigerians, particularly Christians whose churches had been the main target of the killer group. The authorities of the Nigerian recently disclosed that no fewer than 3000 people have been killed by the group.
CHAN in a statement in Kaduna by its Chairman, Pastor Caleb Ma'aji expressed shock that the killer group has identified former Military Head of State as its nominee to dialogue with the Federal Government in pursuance of a ceasefire.
The nomination of Buhari by the islamic sect, according to Ma'aji is "a major telling point in the exposition of those behind this violent and murderous Islamic sect that has been behind the killing of thousands of innocent Nigerians, mostly of the Christians.
"When we raised the alarm that Muhammadu Buhari’s comments indicated that he is an inspiration to this group, we were called all sorts of name, but it may perhaps be wise to remind Nigerians of the following: that in1984 after his successful coup, Buhari who is from the North, named a fellow Northerner and Muslim as his military vice".
CHAN also recalled in 2011, at the height of the Shari’a riots in Kaduna, Buhari’s comments inflamed passions when he criticised the federal government's call for temporary suspension of the plan adding that in 2002, he openly called on Muslims to vote only Muslim candidates.
The religious body further alleged that Buhari's statement fuelled the ‘Miss World’ riots in 2002.
"In 2011 just before the election Buhari was widely reported to have asked his followers to 'lynch' anyone who tried to rig the elections. After the 2011 elections, Buhari’s supporters spearheaded the Post Election violence that left thousands dead including many Youth Corp Members.
"In May 2011, the CPC unashamedly bailed out 600 suspects of the Post Election violence from police cells in Kaduna as reported by Vanguard of May 23, 2011.
"We now wake up today to see that the chickens have come home to roost and the masquerade has been unmasked!
"Why would Boko Haram choose Muhammadu Buhari, a man who has been tainted by violence to mediate talks? A man who has never hidden his partiality for one religion over Nigeria? Why would Boko Haram choose Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim a man who just two weeks ago threatened Nigeria with fiercer Boko Haram attacks if the Northeast does not get more funding?
"We at CHAIN say that there is more to this than meets the eye. We therefore call on Muhammadu Buhari to declare his interests in Boko Haram. We call on him to make a full disclosure on the sect. There are too many coincidences and too many deaths have occurred for us to keep quiet.
"We recall that it was members of Buhari’s party and inner caucus that were publicly and bitterly critical of the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President when he asked the U.S. Congress to declare Boko Haram a terrorist group. These are people that will not condemn Boko Haram but are quick to condemn those who condemn Boko Haram" the statement.