Stop Blaming Jonathan For Boko Haram Insurgency- Folarin

The immediate past Senate leader, Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin has said that it is unfair for anybody to blame President Goodluck Jonathan for the nefarious activities of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Nigerians, especially in the northern part of the country.

Senator Folarin made this known while fielding questions from journalists after the eighth day fidau prayer of his brother, late Suleiman Aderemi Gbolagade Emiola held at Elewura, Challenge, Ibadan.

He therefore said there was nothing wrong with dialogue between the federal government and the Islamic fundamentalists sect, Boko Haram should the terrorist group come into the open and make their demands known to Nigerians.

The former Senate Leader, who expressed worry at the menace of the terrorist group described it as a new phenomenon, which nobody could have thought of in the last 20 years and which now poses new challenge to the nation’s security agencies, making tackling it herculean.

He maintained that there was no sacrifice too much to be made for peace to reign in the country, hence his support for dialogue between the group and the federal government, noting however that “there is no way dialogue can be held with a faceless group, let them come out and tell Nigerians their grievances and demands”.

On the raging war of words between former governors Omololu Olunloyo and Adebayo Alao-Akala, the former Senate Leader described it as needless, stating however that he was not yet sure of the true position of things concerning the political party membership status of former governor Olunloyo.

“I’m not sure that former governor Olunloyo had left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and I must see him first before I conclude. If it is however true, I don’t see any sense in it and I don’t see those claiming to have decamped as serious politicians, but, those just looking for something to eat,” Folarin stated.

He assured that the PDP in the state had realised the need for members to close ranks ahead of 2015 and everything was being done in that direction, stressing that the people of the state were waiting for the party to come back.

According to him, “what is on the lips of everybody in the state is for us to come together and that is what we are all working towards. We are aware of our responsibility to the people of the state and we cannot afford to fail them. We have all realised this and we know we don’t have a choice than to bury the hatchets and form a common front”.

Folarin attributed the alleged bickering within the party to its democratic nature, describing it as a good development, saying, “ours is a party that gives room for every shade of opinion and there is no way some members will not feel aggrieved, which is why we always seem to be in crisis.

Credits to Olumide K. Olusegun-Obayemi columnist for TAO

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