Presidency Blast Osuntokun Over False Sallah Day Bombing Claim

Chief Akin Osuntokun, a chieftain of the Coalition of Nigerian Movement, has been slammed by the Presidency over his false claim on Tuesday that a bomb blast occurred on Sallah day in Maiduguri, Borno State, killing 88 people.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, read:

“Oshuntokun, a newspaper columnist and public affairs commentator, has never hidden his antipathy towards the Buhari administration.

But to go on national television and tell lies of the most heinous kind betrays a mind taken completely over by ill wishes against his own country. Sallah Day had passed quietly and peacefully, without even a firecracker going off, let alone bomb blast.  That was contrary to what used to happen before the advent of the Buhari administration when such festivals were turned to orgy of killings in many parts of the country by insurgents.
Apparently, enemies of peace and progress had expected a return to the infamous past, thus Oshuntokun appeared on television with his bag of lies.

When those on the programme remonstrated with him that they were not aware of any bomb blast on that day, he stood his ground, all in a futile bid to puncture the successes recorded by the government in the area of security.

One wonders: if there were bomb blasts, and more than 80 people truly died, what would be the gain of anybody, except those who have become blinded by malediction and morbid wishes?

Is carnage something now to glory about? Is the struggle for power now so ghoulish that some people have lost their humanity over it? Oshuntokun and his ilk should realise that this is the only country we have, and we can’t swallow poison and expect it to kill the next person.

What we sow is what we reap. Happily, however, those for a peaceful, united and cohesive Nigeria are more than those against it. That is why those with baleful, hateful thoughts would never win.”

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