The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has responded to the appearance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari at Chatham House London, describing it as a stage managed show of shame.
Speaking via a statement, the Director, Media and Publicity of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said it was an irony for General Buhari to deem it fit to go abroad for a speech when he boycotted a debate organised in Nigeria, a country which he plans to rule.
Fani-Kayode also took a swipe at General Buhari, asking if he told the people at Chatham house of his relationship with insurgent group, Boko Haram.
Fani-Kayode’s words: “It is amazing that a man that refuses to participate in a debate in his own country is so ready to go to a foreign country to sell his message in a desperate attempt to curry favor with the people of that country.
“We wonder whether General Buhari told his foreign audience whilst he was in London how much he loves Boko Haram. We wonder whether he told them that he once said that he believes that ”an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north” and that the Boko Haram terrorists should be appeased, pampered, resettled and paid allowances.
“We wonder if he told them that he was once nominated by Boko Haram to be their spokesman and representative during proposed negotiations with the Federal Government.
“We wonder if he told them that he was the one that ordered and organised the violent injecting, crating and disgraceful kidnapping of a former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the name of Alhaji Umaru Dikko from the streets of London 31 years ago when he was in power.
“We shall state our views about General Buhari’s stage-managed show of shame at Chatham House at a later date; and, at that time, we shall go into far more detail.
“For now, all we can say is that it is truly pitiful that a former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria believes that it is more important to win the hearts and minds of the British than it is to win the hearts and minds of the Nigerian people.
“General Buhari can run to any foreign country in the world to say anything that he likes but at the end of the day the decision as to who will lead Nigeria as from May 29th this year will be determined by no one else but the Nigerian people. The game is on here and not in London.”