Former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has called on God Almighty to punish the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Naija News reports that the former minister stated this while reacting to Shehu’s statement when rejecting an offer by former New Media aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri.
Recall that Omokri had challenged Shehu to spend a night at a village in Sokoto or Borno State without security men watching over him.
The award-winning book writer promised to offer Garba Shehu the sum of $20,000 if he dare accept the challenge.
But while rejecting Omokri’s offer, Buhari’s aide accused him of using the money he gained from his #FreeLeahSharibu’s campaign to fund a challenge, while describing Sharibu “as the unfortunate Christian girl stolen by Boko Haram.”
In a series of posts on his Twitter handle, Fani-Kayode said Buhari’s aide statement was an insult on every Christian and every right-thinking Nigerian.
Fani-Kayode wrote: “In response to a legitimate & interesting challenge from my friend & brother Reno Omokri, the former spokesman to Jonathan, Garba Shehu, the spokesman for to Buhari, has described the great Leah Sharibu as the “unfortunate Christian girl stolen by Boko Haram”.
“As far as he is concerned Leah has no name but she is just an “unfortunate Christian girl”. The presidential spokesman is heartless, arrogant, insensitive & bigoted. Would he have spoken like this about Leah if she was a Muslim? Why did feel the need to mention her faith?
“Does the fact that she is Christian make her a lesser Nigerian? Is she a chattel or a piece of property that can be described as being “stolen”? Is she not a human being too? Or is the fact that she is Christian or that she is a female make her less human?
“Nigerians deserve far better than this. The Christian community in Nigeria deserves far better too! This is an insult on every Christian & every right-thinking Nigerian. May God judge and punish Shehu Garba and those he represents for speaking in this way about Leah,
“who is one of the greatest Christian heroes that Nigeria has ever known and a deeply courageous soul who sacrificed her liberty (and possibly her life) by standing proudly for her faith and refusing to convert to Islam even at the point of a knife and gun.
“What we need in Nigeria are a few Samir Geagea’s, the leader of the old Lebanese Kataeb Regulatory Forces & Christian Falange (Uwait). If u want to know more about him & them & the role they played in fighting Islamic fundamentalism in the Lebanese civil war, google it or go to Lebanon and find out.
“To attempt to insult, demean, or belittle a Christian hero like Leah simply because you do not share her faith is inexcusable and unforgivable. This is the turning point and we will never forget it.”