Barely 48 hours after alleging that “rich Nigerians” were signing for Boko Haram sect, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has denied saying so.
The Vice President had in a statement while receiving the US Special Envoy on Counter Terrorism Communication, Rashad Hussain, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja claimed that rich individuals were signing up to terror groups and explaining the Federal Government’s plan to establish a communications center to counter the sect’s ideologies.’’
However, in a statement by Laolu Akande, the Vice President said he was quoted out of context.
“Comments of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, in the above titled press release were taken out of context by some of the papers and some of the reports misleading.
“There was no mention of “Rich Nigerians” anywhere in the release as some media reported. There was no reference to Nigerians at all. Also the Vice President was not raising any alarm of any kind.
“The Vice President was talking about the mindless ideologies of violent extremism and terrorism, and not about mindless people as some of the reports stated.
“He said such ideologies drew different people including those who were lured into terrorism with money and those who are well-to-do.
“This clarification is to set public records straight.”