The Federal Government has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s comments imputing ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province, as deeply offensive and patently divisive, saying such indiscreet comments are far below the status of an elder statesman.

In a statement issued today in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said it was particularly tragic that a man who fought to keep Nigeria one is the same one seeking to exploit the country’s fault lines to divide it in the twilight of his life.

He said Boko Haram and ISWAP are terrorist organisations pure and simple, adding that they care little about ethnicity or religion when perpetrating their senseless killings and destruction.

He said President Buhari put to rest the mis-characterization of Boko Haram as an Islamic organisation when he said, in his inaugural speech in 2015, that ”Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of”.