The lack of tolerance for free speech under president Muhammadu Buhari worsened on Saturday after it emerged that he has unleashed the nation’s security agencies on a retired Navy Commodore who said in a recent interview with a Nigerian Television station that the Department of State Services, DSS, knows the sponsors of Boko Haram but cannot act because of the unencouraging language of the president.
Retired Navy Commodore Kunle Olawunmi made shocking revelations on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast programme last Wednesday, saying Boko Haram terrorists mentioned names of current governors, senators and Aso Rock officials as sponsors during interrogation but Buhari has demonstrated unwillingness to go after the high-profile politicians for reasons best known to him.
Olawunmi, a Professor of Global Security Studies, had said, “You remember this Boko Haram issue started in 2012 and I was in the military intelligence at that time. We arrested those people. My organisation actually conducted interrogation and they (suspects) mentioned names. I can’t come on air and start mentioning names of people that are presently in government that I know that the boys that we arrested mentioned. Some of them are governors now, some of them are in the Senate, some of them are in Aso Rock.
“Why should a government decide to cause this kind of embarrassment and insecurity to the sense of what happened yesterday (Tuesday attack on Nigerian Defence Academy)?” he queried.
In his view, terrorist financiers want to turn Nigeria to a Taliban type of country.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY gathered that both the DSS and the Defence Intelligence Agency, NIA, are huntingmanhunt for Olawunmi following orders from the presidency.
Though DIA spokesperson, Major Afolashade Ojolowo, said he has been on leave and could not confirm the development.
The Buhari government record on human rights and free speech has been appalling. Recently, the National Broadcasting Commission summoned Channels Television anchors over alleged anti-Buhari comments made by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on the programme on Tuesday.
Ortom had merely expressed his disenchantment over how Mr. Buhari has refused to secure the nation.
Recall that the NBC had also in May slammed a fine of N5million each on the same ChannelsTV for featuring the spokesperson of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Emma Powerful, on its ‘Politics Today’ programme.