Jonathan’s Plan To Play ‘The Shekau Joker’ Before Elections Exposed?

By on February 23, 2015

Tension Mounts In Nigeria As Allegations Of Plans By The Jonathan Govt To Stage The Capture Of A ‘Fake’ Shekau And Frame Buhari Erupt In Blogosphere

To say that this cycle of elections in Nigeria is very interesting will be understating the obvious.

As the Nation holds it’s collective breath for the upcoming Presidential elections, the palpable tension in the polity seems to have been ratcheted up to another level with the new round of allegations of a mother of all jokers to be introduced by President Jonathan and the PDP just before the elections.

shekau2It is now all over the news sites that the Jonathan Government plans to tell Nigerians that it has captured the top Boko Haram Terrorist, Abubakar Shekau, just BEFORE the March elections to garner last minute supporters. Not only that, the story goes that the security forces will also introduce a self-confession by this Shekau that their sponsor all along is Muhammadu Buhari.

Here is an excerpt from a release by a member of an organization called CUPS, an NGO dedicated to enlightening people on corruption, misrule, tyranny, occupation, and genocide: “I have it on a strong ground that there is a plan to capture a Shekau before the week to elections. And the captured Shekau who is currently undergoing training on what to say and do will mention Buhari as one of their core sponsors. The target according to the source is to discourage Southern voters and the Northern Christians (from liking Buhari). The confession is alleged to be so perfectly planned that Buhari may even be arrested and even those who love him may think twice (about his sincerity). The sum of 4.5 billion Naira is purportedly budgeted. The purpose of this budget I am told is for bribing some Northern clerics so when the time comes, they will pacify their followers (to reject Buhari as he is BoKo Haram sponsor). There will purportedly be audio of phone calls (between Buhari and the Boko Haram leaders). Buhari will not be able to sue the government since it will be an arranged confession of a captured terrorist. Now, I am not saying this (leak) is true. But knowing how desperate these PDP people are, they can do just anything to get Buhari out of the way. Honestly, I am deeply, deeply, deeply, worried. In fact, I am troubled. Kindly share this and let the world know about this evil machination of the PDP before it is too late. Kindly do it. The person who gave me this information is an Intelligence officer with the Army. He looks worried too.”

Wow. Of course this sounds unbelievable but then Nigeria has witnessed some of the most unbelievable stories turn out to be true in the last few months and it will be foolhardy for anyone to dismiss a story as outrageous as this one.
We all remember who the government came out forcefully to refute the ‘rumour’ that it was planning to postpone the election. Yet, that ‘rumour’ became fact less than a week after the government officials and INEC have denied they has any such intentions!

We also remember the ‘rumour; that the President was trying to fire the CBN Governor Sanusi for exposing some financial improprieties in the government. Yet, that ‘rumour’ also became fact some weeks later.

To underscore the fact that the opposition party is not takin this so-called rumour lightly, the APC has gone ahead to issue a formal press release, adding further credence to the fact that there may indeed by such a plan by the Jonathan Government.Below is the text of the press release by the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organization:

“APC Campaign alerts on plot by FG to create fake Shekau”
Abuja, Nigeria, 23 Feb 2015: The APC Presidential Campaign Organization (APCPCO) has raised the alarm about reports of a fake Shekau being presented before Nigerians by the government in order to claim glory or winning the war on terrorism.

Abubakar-Shekau hardtalk naijaBeyond this, credible sources have alerted the APC that the fake Shekau might become a tool to blackmail members of the opposition by coaching the phantom terror chief to say he was working for the opposition party candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari in order to link its presidential candidate to terrorism as it had attempted but failed in the past.

A statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APCOPC signed by Malam Garba Shehu wondered where the ‘new Shekau’ will come from after government at several times in the past, announced that they had killed the insurgent leader.

“The charge to the military, that they should catch Shekau alive by the President in the last 24 hours lends credence to the report that indeed a fake Shekau is about being created.”

The statement went on to assert that the profile of the leader of the insurgents, Shekau, of a dedicated ideologue presupposes that the man is not likely to allow himself to be caught alive. “It is both contradictory to the ideology he preaches and the psychological profile that the world has of him that Shekau would allow himself to be caught alive,” the statement asserted.

The APCPCO recalled that the attack back in Kaduna on the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari was seen and believed by most Nigerians that it was perpetrated by the Boko Haram. “The police that is constitutionally empowered to investigate and report on such incidents has not contradicted the widespread belief that this was a Boko Haram attack. “The view of the APC is that it does not make sense for General Muhammadu Buhari to be in league with, or be associated in any way with people who have set out to kill him.”

In the view of this, the APCPCO said the government needs to listen to the various counsel from international bodies and lately by our religious leaders that campaign must be about issues and not maligning people. “Unfounded allegations linking the opposition to insurgency amounts to leaving the issues to pursue personal attacks as warned against, barely 24 hours ago by leaders of the Catholic Community in the country, through Arch. Bishop John Onaiyekan.

The APC presidential campaign said it was no less shocked, as other Nigerians by the President’s admission in a weekend newspaper interview that he has under-estimated the Boko Haram challenge, arguing that any leader in that circumstance should not consider himself fit to seek re-election.

Quoting President Jonathan’s recent confession that he under-estimated Boko Haram, the APC presidential campaign said the admission was a direct evidence that the PDP President has nothing to offer and must bow to the wind of change.

According to the statement, President Jonathan is out of touch with the realities of the lethal challenges posed by global terrorism, including Boko Haram, which is affiliated to Al-Qaeda global terror network.
Malam Garba Shehu explained that for any President to under-estimate terrorism, it means that he doesn’t take any national challenges seriously, including health, poverty, unemployment, power, education, infrastructure and other issues.

The APC presidential campaign added that with his admission, President Jonathan has passed a vote of no confidence on himself and his government.

The statement added, however, that APC presidential campaign was not surprised by the self-confessed failure by the PDP President, explaining that his confession underlines the imperative for change.
Shehu said that with a President admitting his incompetence of a mortal challenge to the security of Nigerians, he has no business seeking re-election or looking for excuses to delay the polls.
Garba Shehu
Directorate of Media and Publicity
APC Presidential Campaign Organisation

While I reserve my judgement until this new round of ‘rumour’ either dies out of its own accord, or becomes ‘fact’ like all the other before it, here is a poser the people of Nigeria should bear in mind in case the Jonathan Government did in fact play the ‘Shekau Joker’ before the 2015 elections: What happened to the Shekau they have reportedly killed several times in the past?

I remember the fanfare with which the military once announced that the Boko Haram leader had been killed, only for the man to surface in a new video several weeks later. The government never retracted its victory memo about having killed Shekau, and Nigerians would certainly ask them about this should they be foolish enough to play the ‘Shekau Joker’ before the coming elections.

About Dr. Ope Banwo

Dr. Ope Banwo is an Attorney; Pastor; Business Consultant; Author; Motivational Speaker, and Corporate Solutions Provider. He holds several degrees in Law including a Bachelors, Masters and a Ph.D. He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar (1986), New York Bar (1997) and Federal Court of Nebraska (1997) in the United States. Ope Banwo has written several published books on different topics over the years including bestsellers in Christianity; Lifestyle; and Business such as The Kingdompreneur, Overcoming The Gideon Complex, The Kingdom Citizen, The Return of The Prodigal; The Blessings of Adversity; African Internet Business Manifesto; Confessions Of A Guru-Wannabe; Social Media Marketing Genesis; Offline-Online Business Manifesto, Digital Marketing Without Tears For Company Executives etc. Deeply committed to public service and service to humanity, Dr Ope Banwo has also initiated several public initiatives including the Ghetto Dreamz Foundation to empower economically-disadvantaged Youths; The Omega Wealth Club to teach youths legitimate ways to employ themselves online; The Kingdompreneur Academy to impact Christians in Business and the Nigerian Market Ombudsman to ensure transparency, accountability and fairness in the market place.


  1. Akinrimisi abaayomi

    February 24, 2015 at 9:40 am

    This sounds unbelievable!

  2. William Odegai

    February 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Very wise of you Dr. Ope Banwo or should I say Pastor Banwo. You are a lawyer indeed and you have carefully made your move to squash whatever turn of favour that a TRUE capture of Shekau would/could have brought.
    I am no supporter of PDP, neither a proponent of the APC ideals, but I was thinking to myself after reading your carefully articulated piece above, “what if by some stroke of luck, the army truly catches or even kills a Shekau?” I guess your preaching above would have successfully biased the peoples mind such that a monumental achievement of that sort will be discarded as a mere actualization of what you called a “foolish Shekau joker”. Stop poisoning the peoples mind pastor! Afterall, Shekau himself can come out and prove them wrong just as he has done in previous cases. Enough said.

  3. olatayo olaw

    February 24, 2015 at 5:52 pm


    If u wants to achieve something you find a way and if u don’t, you will find an excuse. And we’re all utterly sick of hearing these excuses from politicians and big business about how they cannot tackle poverty and diseases or feed their people.

    Let Jonathan find a way to the security of this country.Nigerian army has never be in a great mess like what Jonathan has brought to them ‘’Dorobombing” we are all in hardship. Increment of fuel price and duty rate. What have we done to Mr. President? He has never delivered any good thing than hardship, man without benefit of good surprise..

    I wonder why we nigerian vote someone like that in as a president in the first instance…Someone that knew nothing about technology not to talk of office management…someone that cannot take decision on his own unless he got the source from others….Lets take Olusegun Obasango as an example during Ife-Modakeke war….after asking both city to stop war they moved on killing each other and he used his most tricky military tactics to tackle the situation and till today nothing of such has been heard about the two cities.

    The Islamic Madness we have in Nigeria has been going on for the past 4yrs now and thousand has been killed in the process but to the week and un-experience dubious president we have, they are still killing today.

    There was a national strike in 2012 due to subsidy removal and till now we are yet to see what they did with the money they embessled during the process but all we see is political Bla Bla.

    In 2014 about 280 girls was abducted at chibbok in the Northan side of Nigeria by the group of terrorist called Boko Harram and till today the girls has not been found we even heard they are in sambisa forest and they are leaving fine and healthy.

    We here stories about how they bomb Military base and killed a lot of soldiers in Nigeria. My question is this, does that mean that we don’t have enough military power to face this insurgency? no we don’t have enough military power to face them but we have enough to face Ekiti State Gubernatorial Election in 2014 where about 3000 military personnel were deployed to Ekiti state to un-seat Fayemi.

    Let us take a look at what Baba Olusegun Obasanjo and Alhaji Umar MusaYar’adua did during their regime. Baba Obasanjo delivered minimum wages‘’increment of salary” and it was during his tenure that telecommunication came to Nigeria. Yar’dua was the only president we ever had that reverse the price of fuel. Kudos to them. Baba Obasanjo and Alhaji Musa Yar’dua are men with benefit of good surprise. Where is Ebele taking us to? Dorokilling…….. Yar’adua is late but his legacy remains. Appearances can be deceptive. And it is the duty of people in Mr President position to channel the future towards something brighter not dorodulling. Waiting Jonathan won go do for second time…………………dorofailure, dorobloodshedding and dorostealing.

    That name Goodluck, is an Irony to people that have focus, we are not talking about political parties here. Let’s face reality. Youth of this country, take a glance at what FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI said, we fear to fight for freedom and liberty because we don’t want to die. When are we not going to die? Remember, death is inevitable..

    Cedis is the second lowest currency in the world spent in Ghana but to day cedis has rise up to a standard in the world due to revolution…had it been that the youth there are afraid to die Ghana will still be in the dust till today…The only source we have in Nigeria is crude oil…America has crude oil and they still have it in reserve but enjoying on our own…I pity the future of our youth….is there going to be any Nigeria in the next 60yrs?

    My fellow youth, arise let us fight for free and fairer Nigeria. Let’s be united in our efforts. Division and lack of trust will destroy us. The only way for us to make peace is through sacrifice. I think we have freedom of speech let Goodluck come out to defend himself, I will open book for him. Na wa yo president we have ooooo E gba waoooooooooooo.

    When Jonathan wants to achieve increment of fuel price and duty rate there is no excuse but on security there are a lot of trivial excuses, we should be very careful of this Mr. President. Madmen and women were singing Ebele must go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, because he can never defend the poor and the fatherless, man without benefit of good surprise. Youth, what are we singing? Stop eating your future because of money. Vote for the right person.
    i rest my case here
    yours faithfully
    kiss me quick………………………….watch out for season two

  4. Micah Musa

    February 24, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Well, it is well. Remember how Abacha called for 1 million man march to pray for naija and sll its enemies. But what happened. The rest is history.
    God has the final say. Let’s wait and pray against manipulation of the Nigeria fight.
    God arise and show forth yourself.

  5. Ali Mustapha Tatabe

    February 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Let them produce the fake shekau, we have exparts from the out side world who will identify weather it is real or not.

  6. Ali Mustapha Tatabe

    February 25, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Let them produce the fake shekau. We have experts from US and other countries, who will know whether it is the real shekau or not.

  7. Nicky Idowu

    March 2, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Hummmmmmm. It is high time we woke up to reality. Jonathan is full of pranks, he is surrounded by ex convicts, murderers, garage boys, and touts.
    They should use their wisdom for things to better our country.
    He has a hidden agenda by postponing the Feb election. Let us keep praying that every evil agenda will not stand and will be revealed in Jesus name. Asiri awon emi ibi ko I bo.
    Jonathan is trying by all means to be re-elected by any means. He is using every power and our treasury to buy people to his side, this meetings with the obas, youths and his almini is not really necessary , all is just to bribe them.
    But I can assure you Nigerians God almighty who created Nigerians will surprise him.
    Let him use all humanly power and Nigerian,s money.
    Jonathan go home and rest , you have spent 6 yrs, is that not enough? You have made history, God elevated to a place you never dreamt of, otimto get, eye lo de ku fun eh. Keep bribing , keep fracking, keep planing evil for the opponents, remember this death is inevitable, if God says you will not get there Jonathan no matter what you will not. A word is enough for the wise.

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