Boko Haram: The Osama Bin Laden connection -Former envoy reveals

A retired Nigerian diplomat, Ambassador Bola Dada, has disclosed that he warned Nigerian authorities about the training of some Nigerians of the northern extraction in Osama bin Laden’s camps in Sudan when he was an ambassador in that country.

In an interview, the ambassador confirmed that Boko Haram was an offshoot of the struggle to entrench Sharia system in Nigeria, adding that it has its roots in Sudan, a country that has split into North and South on account of religions intolerance.

He said that he sent a report on the training camp, which he confirmed was also to the knowledge of former Governor  Sanni Yerima of Zamfara State, and the report was dismissed.

“Our embassy never reported Osama bin Laden… Among his trainees were many Nigerians from the North.  They would leave Nigeria as if they were going to study but were at the training camps of Osama bin Laden.  I got wind of all these and told them, but my reports were dismissed”, he said.

Ambassador Dada, who retired in 2009, said that it was a policy of “see nothing, say nothing” because the people were working for Muslims.

He said that some Sudanese officials were lamenting that the then president of Nigeria were not radical Muslims, saying that the golden days of Islam had gone.

“They were not happy that Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Muhammadu Buhari did not follow in the footsteps of Ahmadu Bello”, he said, but added that former president Babangida compensated them by dragging Nigeria to the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC).

He said that what is happening to President Goodluck Jonathan may have links to the OIC pact “They call it Afikaya, a doctrine that all African states must be governed by Muslims only.

Gaddafi fought for it vigorously before he died – that all African presidents must be Muslims and in any African country where by error a Christian is there, they should make life difficult for that person until he is deposed”, he said.

Dada, who said that he was forced out of Sudan for ‘knowing too much” said that he got wind of this arrangement through a particular document.

According to the former envoy, they said that it is the injunction in the Quran. He added the Boko Haram insurgency may have stemmed from such injunctions.


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