Kunle Olawunmi, a former Navy commodore, has alleged that top-ranking officials in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari have plans to Islamise the country.
Olawunmi, who is also a Professor of Global Security Studies, said this on Wednesday, during an appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.
The retired military officer, while reacting to Tuesday’s attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) by bandits, who killed two officers and abducted another, said the government officials are responsible for the activities of bandits and Boko Haram.
The ex-military intelligent officer said the individuals, whom he described as “hardliners”, see the Taliban and Mujahedeen as inspirations and want to replicate the situation in Nigeria.
The professor said the sponsors of insecurity in the country do not care, even if 20 per cent of Nigerians are wiped out in the process of achieving their aim.
“There are some hardliners in this government that are sponsoring this kind of narratives. They just want to show that they can Islamise this country. They think about Taliban, they think about the Mujahedeens, and they want to replicate it in this country and they don’t care what happens. As long as at the end of the day, there is Sharia and whatever they have in their head that they want to achieve”, he said.
He also disclosed that some northerner politicians who were interrogated in the past over affiliation with terrorist organisations in the country are currently in Buhari’s government.
Olawunmi, who led different military intelligence operations before retirement, explained that the Department of State Services (DSS) has information on those sponsoring bandits and Boko Haram terrorists.
“When I worked with the DSS in 2007, because when Yar’Adua approved the operation order that we did, we now had to work together as a team, he actually forced all of us to sit together and work together. I was surprised at the tremendous amount of information available to the DSS. I was shocked! I was in Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and when they were forced to bring out the files, I was shocked!
“They have so much information at DSS presently as I’m talking about this, they have. But if a fish is going to get spoilt, it is going to start getting spoilt from the head. The DSS will not do anything except the Command-in-chief’s body language shows that this is the direction I want to go”, he stated.
The ex-Naval officer also berated the federal government over failure to prosecute the 400 Bureau De Change (BDC) operators and other individuals arrested over allegation of sponsoring insurgency in the country.
He claimed that the federal government has developed cold feet in fighting insurgency because some of those backing Boko Haram are now government officials.
“In April this year, the government said they had arrested 400 Bureau De Change (BDCs)-related people that were sponsoring Boko Haram. They told us.
“Try them, we know them. Why can’t this government, if not that they are partisan, bring those people out for trial?
“I can’t come on air and start mentioning names of people that are presently in government that the boys we arrested mentioned,” he said, referencing his time as a member of the military intelligence team in 2017.
“Some of them are governors now. Some of them are in the Senate. Some of them are in Aso Rock.”