A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, has revealed that before the Boko Haram insurgency began in 1999, the U.S Government had warned Nigeria of the potential threat posed by the sect’s activities but the Nigerian Government did nothing about it.
Speaking to newsmen in Katsina yesterday, Masari said while he was Speaker six years ago, the American authorities wrote to the Nigerian government and listed five things that, if not addressed, could lead to the disintegration of the nation by 2015.
“Most of the things they warned us about are currently happening including, of course, this Boko Haram”, the former speaker said, even as he expressed the fear that the activities of the insurgents, if not halted, could lead to the disintegration of the nation.
Masari, who was speaker from 2007 to 2011, also gave the federal government knocks for last week’s lock-out of the current speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, and other lawmakers at the National Assembly.
“What happened shows the type of leadership we have in the nation and it is suggestive of the danger ahead should the nation allow the current leadership to continue beyond 2015”, he noted
He further accused the Peoples Democratic Party-led federal government of using police and other security agencies to create confusion in the nation even as he warned the security agents to act with caution.
Masari, who is seeking the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Katsina State, promised to fill the apparent leadership void in the state.