A few days ago CNN’s Christiane Amanpour held an exclusive interview with president elect Muhammadu Buhari, his first since being declared the winner of the March 28th presidential elections. During the interview he talked about tackling Boko Haram and CNN ran a headline which said he promised to tackle Boko Haram in two months. [READ HERE IF YOU MISSED IT]
His party APC has now hit out at those reports calling them misleading.
The party released a statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of it’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, Garba Shehu. It said,
His Excellency, the President-elect is still waiting to be sworn in on May 29. After the ceremony, he would need time to study the security situation and plan strategically with the security chiefs as to the way forward. Time is of essence here.
Therefore, President Buhari didn’t and wouldn’t peg the decimation of terrorism from the country’s territories to just two months.
The General was unequivocal about cleansing Boko Haram from our land; he would do a good job of it by giving a final, permanent push to rid Nigeria of unscrupulous elements.”
The President-elect said that much to the world media including the British Broadcasting Corporation and Cable News Network.
He never put a time-frame to when he would eliminate terrorists. It would be unfair and mischievous for someone to ascribe to him what he hasn’t said.
To be fair I listened to the interview again and nowhere in it did he say he will tackle Boko Haram in two months!