- Femi Falana says OBJ’s view that Boko Haram is about Fulanisation of Nigeria and other West African countries must have been influenced by social media
- Falana asserted that the sect is out to Islamise West Africa; and that’s its actions are not about Fulanisation
- The legal luminary pointed out that the crisis of insecurity is worse in the northern part of the country than the south
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s view that Boko Haram is about Fulanisation of Nigeria and other West African countries must have been influenced by social media, says Femi Falana, foremost lawyer and human rights activist.
The senior advocate, during an interview with The Nation, insisted that Obasanjo got it all wrong when he said Boko Haram’s activities were about Fulanisation. According to Falana, the sect is out to Islamise West Africa.
Legit.ng gathers that while disagreeing with the ex president, Falana contended that “majority of the members of the sect are of the Kanuri ethnic nationality”.
He said: “It has nothing to do with Fulanisation of West Africa or Africa as alleged by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; but the dreaded group is out to Islamise West Africa.
“I have recently read in the social media that the Fulani herders have invaded the south-west region and have created not less than 1,300 cells in the forests.
“I want to believe that Chief Obasanjo’s latest outburst was informed by such campaign in the social media.”
According to the legal luminary, notwithstanding the allegations of Fulanisation and Islamisation of the country, the crisis of insecurity is worse in the northern part of the country than the south.
He added: “I believe that it is the unpardonable failure of the federal government to address the crisis of insecurity in the country that has led to the diversionary campaign of stigmatizing the criminal elements that have subjected the people in all states of the federation to intimidation.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday, May 18, claimed the aim of the terror sect Boko Haram is ‘Fulanisation’ of West Africa and Islamisation of Africa.
Obasanjo said this in a keynote address at the 2019 Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), held in Oleh, Isoko South council area of Delta state.
Speaking on the security threat posed by the Boko Haram insurgency and cattle rustling in the north, Obasanjo said: “They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalized with ISIS in control.
“It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria which it began as. It is now West African Fulanisation, African Islamization and global organized crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change."
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