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Professor Jerry Gana has denied any link with late leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf.

In a statement by his spokesman, Adakole Ijogi, Gana recalled that the allegation was first made over a decade ago.

Gana never denied bailing Yusuf, adding that the deceased was granted bail in an open court that sat in Abuja in 2008/2009.

The former Minister of Information said one Ahmed Ibrahim Suleiman, then an Officer in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, stood surety for Yusuf “as contained in the attached bail document”.

Gana noted that those behind the periodic and wicked narrative were trying to use the fabrication to cast a doubt on his integrity and assassinate his hard earned reputation as “an accomplished and upright statesman”.

“We are surprised that a highly placed organization like the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) would allow itself to be associated with such unverified and totally untrue insinuations.

“To illustrate a total disregard for the truth, the perpetrators went on to say that Prof Gana was Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), a position he has never been privileged to occupy.”

Noting that his attackers were bent on deliberately destroying his name, Gana disclosed he had directed his lawyers to commence legal proceedings against the individuals, organisations and media platforms that published the “despicable falsehood”.

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