President Goodluck Jonathan met his Chadian counterpart Monday in that country’s capital, Ndjamena, travelling in the company of former Borno State governor, Modu Sheriff, accused of funding extremist terrorist group, Boko Haram.
A photograph released by Mr. Jonathan’s office Tuesday shows Mr. Sheriff seated for a key security meeting with the president, alongside Idriss Deby, the president of Chad.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of exhibiting a shocking act of indiscretion by hobnobbing with an alleged Boko Haram sponsor, Modu Sheriff, who is not known to have been investigated and cleared of the weighty allegation against him.
In a statement issued in London on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party wondered what message President Jonathan was sending to his compatriots and indeed to the international community when he took Mr. Sheriff along during his visit to Chad Monday to confer with President Idriss Deby on cooperation against terrorism.
APC said the President could not pretend not to be aware of a report sent home by Nigeria’s Defence Adviser in Ndjamena, Chad, in 2011, detailing the suspicious activities of Mr. Sheriff in Chad concerning alleged Boko Haram sponsorship and asking the Federal Government to investigate him.
APC said it was apparent that President Jonathan smuggled Mr. Sheriff into his entourage, as the official statement announcing the trip never mentioned that the former Governor of Borno State would accompany the President on the trip, even while the list of those to accompany the President was included in the statement.
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