For saying that former Jonathan's efforts were criminal in nature and treasonable, former minister of national planning, Dr Abubakar Suleiman, has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari had made the comments during an interview, on BBC Hausa. Suleiman in a message to The Punch said, “No responsible government would strategise to lose a war. President Jonathan swore to defend Nigeria sovereignty and territorial integrity and he did everything possible to achieve that height in the fight against the insurgents.
"It is unfair therefore for Mr President to perceive such efforts by his predecessor as criminal and treasonable. "The President should, in an attempt to build this country, make such pronouncements that would further unite us as a people than that those that would divide us. Posterity will judge everybody," Suleiman added.