ISLAMIC AGENDA TO ISLAMIZE NIGERIA
For the fundamental Islamists the terminology to ISLAMIZE doesn’t really mean anything more than a CONCEPTUAL JIHAD to take over the political and religious power or control of the country so that the country will first and foremost be regarded as primarily a “Moslem Dominated” country regardless of the population ratio be they in the majority or minority as for them it is an “error” for “infidels” to bear the rule over them as they have been indoctrinated (or brainwashed if you like) to believe.
For instance Sudan used to be more or less a secular Christian state when they got independence from Britain until “small by small” the Moslems in the north crept into political power, took it over and “schemed out” the Christians and “Islamized” Sudan after registering Sudan into the global community of Islamic Nations. This eventually led to many bloody and violent battles for supremacy until they both parted ways and South Sudan a secular Christian state broke out of Islamic Sudan as the newest country in the league of United Nations after a REFERENDUM on Self Determination was instituted under the auspices of the United Nations.
A similar thing happened in Egypt and Lebanon which used to be more or less secular states with and hugely Christian dominated but by and large the Islamic agenda was enacted in these countries and before you know it the secular Christian cultures of these two traditional Christian oriented countries were suppressed till date inspite of the sizeable populations of indigenous Christians living there.
Lastly this is their grand master plan to Islamize Jerusalem and flush out the “Indomitable Jews” which will finally lead to the “undoing’ of all Islamic nations on earth as it was with the nations of the Assyrians, Babylonians and Romans who tried to do the same against the Jews to their eventual collapse and destruction; hence they are now consigned to the history books and archeological sites, while the Jewish Nation of Israel is still very much around today “standing & smiling” while telling the historical stories about it. Because the Jews are too “sacred” a people for any nation to mess with and continue to exist on earth because of Abraham’s Covenant with God that his descendants will surely continue to occupy the Land of Israel until the end of the world.
Guess the Moslems don’t know that though!
Back to Nigeria and the Islamic agenda which was kick started by Dan Fodio’s Jihad and was really on course after the Yoruba’s of western Nigeria were conquered and thoroughly Islamized with “Fulani Emirs” installed to rule over them after deposing their traditional rulers as with the case of the Emirs of Ilorin and some other western cities.
Unfortunately for Dan Fodio and his Jihadist they attempted to bring the same winning “Islamization” formula of “Convert or Die” to southern Nigeria so as to control the very rich trade route of the River Niger down to the delta tributaries of the European shipping routes in the Atlantic ocean that was totally controlled by the Oba of Benin who collected taxes and tributes from every transaction on the trade routes payable by all and sundry including the European traders especially the British who dominated the Niger Delta trade routes after forcefully edging out the Portuguese who started it in the first place.
Hence the British Empire deemed it expedient to conquer the Benin Empire and curb the powers of the Obas of Benin that had held sway over their merchants for about two hundred years leading to the two majors wars fought between these two empires namely the “Benin Massacre” of the secretly invading British troops under the command of Captain Phillips and the “Benin Invasion” of up to 10,000 soldiers under the command of the British Naval Fleet Admiral Rawson that came to launch the attack with five naval ships laden with big guns and cannons that were used to bombard Benin City without which they would surely have lost the battle a second consecutive time which was absolutely unthinkable for them.
Eventually they “sacked” Benin City after almost 2 weeks of “brutal fighting’ in the city and six months of guerilla warfare in the bushes of ambush and counter ambush which caused the Oba to surrender so as to spare the lives of his subjects because try as they may he could not be captured in open battle as originally planned by the British that left so many casualties on both armies. To the extent that even the veteran British warriors themselves confessed that they never expected to meet with so much resistance and fire power from the Benin warriors, forgetting that it takes only a mighty army to build a mighty empire as they themselves had done all over the world as the Great British Empire likewise all other super power nations that have risen, falling and yet to rise.
Herein lies the reason why the Jihad failed to succeed in the southern and eastern Nigeria as it did in the northern and western Nigeria (which had it otherwise succeeded the whole of Nigeria would have long ago been Islamized as it is in neighboring countries in the north namely Chad, Niger & Mali) as the jihadists met their “waterloo” at the hands of the warriors of the Mighty Benin Empire whose stock in trade was to be fighting wars of conquests against their neighboring tribes and kingdoms as well as against themselves as in civil or internecine wars incase there was no one else bold and daring enough to rebel against the absolute rule & reign of the powerful “Oba of Benin’ who soldiers were almost on the same par with the Portuguese soldiers who sometimes went together with the Obas to wage their prolific wars of expanding the empire to newer territories even unto parts of Dahomey and Ghana deep in West Africa.
So it was a case of two expansionist powers clashing and as usual the lesser power must bow which is what happened to Usman Dan Fodio whose jihad capitulated and terminated at the “Auchi Wars’ in the northern borders of the ancient Benin Empire and modern Edo state. Thus the first phase of Islamizing Nigeria failed woefully at the merciless hands of the hardened warriors of the south whom no tribe or kingdom could withstand in warfare except of course the far much powerful British warriors who were as at then the super power of the world and eventually defeated, conquered and brought the proud and mighty Great Benin Empire down to its humiliating knees after reining and ruling over West Africa for almost five hundred years as the greatest, mightiest and wealthiest ancient civilization of Africa that was second in ranking only to Ancient Egypt the greatest ancient civilization in human history.
Enter the second phase and attempt to Islamize the country that commenced vividly with the introduction of Sharia laws and dragging the country in the Islamic of Nations and using Islamic inscriptions on our currency that ought to be a symbol of our secularism. So where will they draw the line or is history about to repeat itself barely a hundred years later as the quest for supremacy between the Christian southerners and Moslem northerners thickens in this presidential power tussle or is it is just harmless political ramblings and brouhaha as usual that will lead to such open confrontation and all things will continue as it has been all these years albeit un peacefully since the civil war when it was an open confrontation between the Islamic north and Christian east?
Time Will Tell: By the end of the year 2015!
Let’s not forget that no man or people or nation or religion has the monopoly of violence and power as if that were the case and other religions thinks and acts like them, they would not be free to practice their Islamic religion at all as the Christian nations are 1 million times more powerful, wealthier and influential in every field from military to politics to religion to finance and would have long used that domineering power to completely overrun and subdue them into religious and political bondage by the sheer brute force of their military might from stealth bombers to nuclear missiles…
If you catch my drift.
The Natural Law of Physics States That:
For every action of violence there is an equal and opposite reaction of violence…
LIVE & LET LIVE or DIE & LET DIE!!!
I REST MY CASE!!!
WILL NIGERIA BREAK UP IN 2015?
Article culled from: http://www.punchng.com November 8, 2012 by Bayo Olupohunda (email@example.com)
In 2014, Nigeria will mark the centenary of the amalgamation of the Southern and Northern protectorates which gave birth to present day Nigeria. As a former colony of the British, the country has existed for close to a century after a forced marriage of convenience in 1914, half of those turbulent years have been spent as an independent, sovereign nation having gained independence in 1960 and becoming a republic three years later. As the country approaches a century of nationhood, it is ironical that instead of celebrating the birth of a nation and a shared destiny, there are latent fears that the “mistake of 1914″ may manifest in the break-up of the country in 2015- a year after the centenary date. Will Nigeria as we know it today cease to exist in 2015 as predicted? Will the country implode and eventually be balkanised to reflect the years after amalgamation? Can the country continue to exist under this present warped federal structure?
An analysis of the historical forces that have shaped the evolution of present day Nigeria can be traced to the period leading to the amalgamation and after it. The union itself has been criticised for not taking into consideration the intractable differences between the North and South-both of which, Nigerian leaders, historians and even the British have agreed, had no related identity to exist as one. But in spite of the wide gulf, the colonialists felt the need to place all territories in Nigeria under one political and administrative authority in the ultimate economic interest of Her Majesty, the Queen!
This was achieved on January 1, 1914 when the two protectorates were amalgamated to form the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria under Lord Lugard as the Governor-General. The historical roots of many contemporary problems in Nigeria today date back to the period after amalgamation. Years after the forced merger, the period of decolonisation and growing nationalism exposed the fundamental differences why the amalgamation was deemed a mistake. Political leaders on both sides of the divide could not agree on the direction the country should go.
The three principal ethnic groups that dominated the national scene: the Igbo in the East, Yoruba in the West, and Hausa/Fulani in the North, do not really belong together; hence each has its own ideology. From the 1950s onwards, latent forces of disunity remained, but did not become active until after independence. The British, of course, realised the imperfections of the Nigerian Union, they had ample opportunity to restructure it along the regional lines actively canvassed by all interested groups from the 1940s upwards. For obvious reasons, they chose to ignore and there lies our present problems. Today, the possibility of a break-up stares us in the face.
From those halcyon days of British political ingenuity of 1914 to the present turbulent period of Boko Haram insurgency in the North, deepening ethnic mistrust, widespread poverty, events have changed dramatically leaving vestiges of political bitterness and a country hurtling to the brink. Will Nigeria survive or will the country crumble under the overbearing weight of the imbalances that are threatening to make it a failed state? The signs that the country may implode began to manifest shortly before and after independence.
All the three ethnic blocks that emerged after decolonisation, growing nationalism and during the fight for independence, had begun to tout the idea of secession. At the negotiation for independence for example, the Sarduana of Sokoto, Ahmadu Bello, was quick to consider secession. His argument then was that Northerners would not rush into independence if it meant replacing European domination with southern domination. That line of argument is still valid till today as the major ethnic groups continue to tear away at one another on who controls the centre.
Also during the 1950 constitutional conference, the country was sold into a proposed representational ratio that favoured the North. At the vanguard of Northern interests were leaders, who declared that the North must have 50 per cent of the seats or it would secede. It is on record that the idea of secession was first hatched by the North, nursed by the West, and executed in the East.
The Sarduana first called for secession when he became afraid of southern domination in the early 1950s. The Emir of Zaria during the constitutional conference of 1950, called for Northern secession if the North was not given 50 per cent of the seats. Northern politicians in 1953 through the Northern House of Assembly and House of Chiefs called for confederation and separation in opposition to a motion for self-government sponsored by the Action Group. The idea of secession was equally nursed by the Action Group in 1954 when it INSISTED THAT A SECESSION CLAUSE BE INSERTED INTO THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION.
When the Easterners through the Premier, Dr. Michael Okpara, threatened to secede because of the problems of “the mistake of 1914″, the Sardauna himself was quick to point out to him that there was no secession clause in the nation’s fundamental laws, notwithstanding, the East seceded and declared for the sovereign state of Biafra.
Compelling factors that threaten the corporate existence of the country have emerged in recent years. The thickening mistrust among the major ethnic groups jostling to rule the country has further widened the fault liness that have existed since independence. How this will play out in future is uncertain. Today, ethnic militias championing or promoting ethnic nationalism have proliferated across the country. It is one of the reasons why Nigeria could distingerate. In 2011, when the North lost the Presidency to President Jonathan Goodluck, violence broke out in the region.
By far, the greatest threat to the continued existence of Nigeria is the emergence since 2009 of the Boko Haram sect in the North. The members want to impose strict Sharia law in the country. If they succeed, Nigeria could be another Somalia where the Al-Shabab jihadists control a large portion of the country. The spate of bombings targeting churches are meant to provoke violent reactions. If this happens, it may spiral into an all-out war that may dismember the country. This has become a possibility as the government has failed to stop the insurgents from causing instability in the country. There are genuine fears that the bombings may spread all over the country. If it does, the government that has not demonstrated the capacity to stop the terrorism in the North may find it difficult to stop violent reprisal across the country.
The enervating and disturbing poverty rate is also one of the main reasons why the country is hurtling to the status of a failed state. Deepening poverty across the country has led to growing crime rate. This has manifested in kidnapping and other violent crimes. The capacity of law enforcement agencies to combat these crimes is limited. Nigeria is currently one of the most dangerous places to live in the world.
What use is a state that cannot guarantee the safety of lives and property of its citizens? THE PREDICTION BY THE US NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE COUNCIL AND OTHER THINK TANKS THAT NIGERIA MAY BREAK UP IN THE NEAREST FUTURE should not be seen as an end in itself. It is a metaphor of the tragedy of a country living on a borrowed time.
IF I PERISH, I PERISH!
Another JOS Genocide by the Muslims!!!
On Saturday, the 8th of January 2011, a Luxury bus departed Maiduguri en route to Lagos. As the bus approached The City of Jos from Bauchi, the bus was stopped at roadblock. Gunmen entered the bus and ordered all Muslims off the bus. These gunmen proceeded to set the bus ablaze with all remaining passengers inside. Most of the victims in the bus were Christians from the Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria, both The East and the West all heading south.
Why sit we here until we die! Let us arise and go… 2Kings 7:3b
What was their crime? None! Did they deserve this? In the name of Allah they did! An open declaration of war was made by Jama’ atu ahlus (Boko Haram) on the 28th of December 2010 after four bombs were exploded in the City of Jos, along with bombs going off in The City of Kano and The City of Maiduguri. Abu Muhammad, Abubakar bin Mohammad Shekau stated, “I want to tell the Muslims in this country and the whole world that they need to know this is a war between Muslims and non-Muslims… this is not a tribal war, nor is it similar to the wars of the pre-Islamic era, it is not a war for financial gains, it is solely a religious war!”
There comes a time when a nation and its people must decide and determine what their destiny and legacy to their posterity and the rest of the world shall be. Nigeria has found itself at that cross road. We the people must decide if we are willing to accept and allow genocide, terrorism and oppression of the masses by the use of state apparatus plus the wanton destruction of Nigeria’s heart and soul and its people, to continue. Now is the time to act!
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If I perish, I perish! Esther 4:15-16
Candid Interview with a former BOKO HARAM Leader, Sheik Sani Haliru (Now Brother Paul Haliru) who has now converted to the Christian faith after 44 years as a Muslim Jihadist hardliner!
Question: Who are you and where are you from?
Answer: My name is Sheik Sani Haliru. I am from Niger Republic, but my mother is from Bornu State of Nigeria and I grew up in Wulari, Maiduguri, (Northern Nigeria) where I was trained.
Q: Trained as what and under whose tutelage?
A: I was trained as an Almajiri, after four years, at the age of 14, I was sent to Kano City, Kano State where I was trained in the Sheik Abubakar Gummi School of Arabic studies.
Q: So you know Sheik Abubakar Gummi?
A: Yes, and I also know his children and obeyed all the teachings he laid down before he died.
Q: So who tutored you and who is your mentor?
A: Sheik Abubakar Gummi tutored me. My mentor was Osama bin Laden, and until my conversion from Islam to the Christian faith, my dreams and aspirations in life was to do more than Osama bin Laden did before he died on Sunday, May 1, 2011.
Q: You said that your mentor was Osama bin Laden. Is he still your mentor?
A: I am now a changed person. The Sheik Sani Haliru is now a new creature, old things have passed away because I now have Jesus Christ that I hated and persecuted for 44 years.
Q: Tell me about your past and how many countries of the World you have been to?
A: I cannot tell all about my past because it will take several days to tell my story and about my conversion experience to Christianity. I have been to eight countries.
Q: Can you please name them?
A: I have been to Sudan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Egypt and of course to my own country Niger Republic.
Q: Where did you receive your training and as what?
A: I received my training in Libya and Pakistan as an Attack Strategist. I was trained along side with some highly placed Nigerians and other foreign Nationals who were marked (he showed me the proof of his mark with a sign) in the form of a sword in the hand to fight and kill for Allah.
Q: Can you give me some of the names of your colleagues with whom you received training in Libya and Pakistan?
A: They are scattered all over the country and we were not too many then.
Q: Just mention but a few names.
A: Ali Baba Nur, Asari Dokubo, Jasper Akinbo, Mohammed Yusuf, Salisu Maigari, Danlami Abubakar, Cletus Okar, Ali Qaqa, Maigari Haliru and Asabe Dantala to mention but a few.
Q: Which of the Asari’s do you mean?
A: The Niger Delta war king. He was a year ahead of me in Benghazi training camp in Libya.
Q: Who financed your training in Libya and Pakistan?
A: You will not believe me and only God will judge the Chief sponsor of terrorism in Nigeria whose name I will not mention because he is so powerful and even the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, is so much afraid of the man.
Q: If you really know the Christ in you, why are you afraid to tell me the name of the man who sponsored you and the date or approximate period he sponsored you.
A: I am not afraid because he knows me and he cannot deny it if he sees me face to face.
Q: Then tell me, who is this powerful man?
A: The man is no other person than the man they call IBB now as I am talking to you, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida has more than 600 men and women Jihadists who are under his pay role. They are scattered all over the Country and he (IBB) can use them to destroy Nigeria.
Q: Did you say six hundred?
A: Yes 600 + IBB’s agents of destruction are in the Nigeria Army (NA), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Navy, Air Force, Oil and Gas sectors, even in the finance home such as in top level positions of CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) and other banks. You find them in politics, in the Senate, National Assembly, in the media both print and electronic and even in Aso Rock, Abuja (Nigeria’s capital).
Q: How do you mean by this statement “and even in the finance…”?
A: Yes, I mean every word I say; even the Islamic bank champion was planted by IBB to help in Islamizing Nigeria.
Q: So how can you describe IBB?
A: IBB is a “green snake” in green grass. He is the main problem of Nigeria along with members of the Cabal.
Q: Have you forwarded any of these evidence(s) to Aso Rock or to SSS (State Security Services)?
A: I attempted to do so a few weeks ago and I was arrested and detained for two days because IBB’S men are so many in SSS (State Security Services) as well. After I was released by the grace of God, they (the Police) warned me never to blow up the polity or provoke violence and I should keep my so-called-born-again with me or else I will go to jail.
Q: So you were a key member and a registered jihadist hardliner.
A: Yes, I was.
Q: Under what group?
A: I was a Boko Haramist. But Boko Haram is just a cover name to give it a name. I have my identity as a founding member of the dreaded jama’aful Ahlul sunna wal Liddawati wal Jihad, aka Boko Haram.
Q: Apart from IBB, who are the other top sponsors of terrorism in this country?
A: They are many, but IBB is the major financier. He introduced the suicide bombing that started when he killed Dele Giwa. I have the names of six traditional rulers and seven present & ex-Governors as well as several top military and security officers who are co-sponsoring the so called Boko Haram. That apart, I have documented evidences to prove that General Mohammadu Buhari, Alhaji Abubaka Atiku and other top politicians and traditional rulers are some of the people behind Boko Haram. Very soon, nemesis will catch up with them.
Q: What if I use my influence to guarantee you safety, can you brief the press to expose IBB (General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida) with all these documents that I am seeing with you right now.
A: Only God can guarantee my safety. He did so on that fateful day when the SSS and police wanted to secretly kill me because of what I unveiled. I would have been a dead man by now if not for a man of God who came as an “Angel” to quietly free me. Right now, I am wanted dead or alive by IBB and his agents of destruction in high places. The SSS are busy hunting for me up & down and arresting and torturing innocent people because of me.
Q: What if I connect you to a man of God by the name of Brother Mike Ejiofor, who is a lawyer, a professional negotiator and a mediator who was the Director of SSS until October 2010?
A: I only wish to be connected to God.
Q: So how can you describe this country?
A: Nigeria is sifting under an Islamic barbaric bomb (IBB). Only God can rescue this nation because 75% of Christians are prayer less. Why? Because they are in their own comfort zone. They do not know what the Christians in Northern Nigeria are passing through and they ignorantly are thinking that the Allah of the Muslims is the same as the God of Christians in the Holy Bible who says: “Thou shalt not kill”.
Q: What does the Qur’an say about Islam being referred to as a religion of peace by numerous Muslim scholars?
A: Let me tell you in a very clear language that Islam is not a religion of peace, but it is of violence, of killers and fighters as already stated in their so called “Holy” Qur’an which I ignorantly followed all these years when I was spiritually blinded as a Muslim.
Q: Can you prove these statements from the Qur’an?
A: [Sani Haliru, who is now known as Solomon Haliru (Paul Haliru’s brother)] brought out two copies of the original Qur’an in the Arabic & English translation. He gave me one, and told me to open the book to Surah Al- baqarah chapter 2 vs 216. It says, “Holy fighting is ordained (prescribed) for all muslims, whether they like it or not, as far as it is good and approved by Allah through his prophet Mohammed.”
Q: Where is it in the Qur’an that killing is also permitted by Allah?
A: Look at Surah Al-baqarah chapter 2 vs 191 “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. An Al-Fitnah is worse than killing. And fight not with them at Al-Masjid-Al-Haram (the sanctuary at Makkah), unless they (first) fight you there. But if they attack you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.” Muslims are told to kill and fight in the cause of Allah.
Q: Does it mean that IBB and all these Muslim traditional rulers and Governors that are sponsoring Boko Haram to kill Christians and burn our churches in the North are not aware of the passage in the Qur’an that says there must not be compulsion in Islam as Mohammadu Buhari asserted in a widely publicized interview on Saturday, the 21st of April, 2011?
A: I have worked so closely with Mohammadu Buahri for five years, and I can prove it that General Buhari is the most notable outspoken jihadist hardliner in Nigeria who is also strategically sponsoring Boko Haram.
Q: General Buhari told a group of pressmen in April 2011 that there is no compulsion in Islam and it is a religion of peace. He quoted Surah Al-Baqarah Chapter 2:225. What can you say to that?
A: What I can say to that is General Buhari, like all other true Muslims, is a hypocrite who is shying away from the fact.
Q: How do you mean by saying that most Muslim millionaires and highly placed Muslims are “pretenders and shying away from the fact”?
A: What I mean is that they (Muslims-both rich and poor) are told to use their position of wealth (or otherwise) to promote Islam or else they will face destruction from Allah.
Q: Where can you find this in the Qu’ran?
A: Open Surah Al-Baqarah Chapter 2:195, it is written here that you must use your wealth to champion Jihad of all kinds or else destruction is waiting for such a person on the last day.
“And spend in the Cause of Allah (i.e. Jihad of all kinds) and do not throw yourselves into destruction (by not spending your wealth in the Cause of Allah), and do good. Truly, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers).”
Q: Have you ever been detained or arrested?
A: Nobody could arrest me until the year 2009 soon after my immediate boss Mohammed Yusuf was killed. About 23 of us were arrested in one of our hideouts in Bauchi. But when Governor Isa Yagiuda heard about it, he immediately arranged for me to be free. Even before his official broadcast in 2010 that he was using his position as the executive Governor of Bauchi State (Northern Nigeria) to free 28 prisoners from Bauchi Central Prison, I was already a free man along with several of my colleagues.
Q: Now can you tell me some of the horrible crimes that you committed and how you got born again and became converted.
A: Old things have passed away and I don’t want to talk about the past, because like Apostle Paul said, we need to press forward in Christ Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Q: Just mention a few to assist some of us who are making efforts to unravel the mystery of the menace called Boko Haram which you have renounced.
A: I took part in the Kaduna riot of 1992 and in several northern states of Nigeria, but the state I operated more from was Bornu (northern Nigeria) where I was the State Commander/Chief Strategist.
Q: So as Chief Attack Strategist, what crimes have or did you commit before you renounced the deadly sect?
A: In the early months of May 1986, I was among the 36 Jihadist hardliners, who went on a rampage to attack Christian students of the University of Sokoto (Sokoto State in northern Nigeria). In that same week, the Federal Government of Nigeria under the brutal leadership of IBB mobilized us and provided some military vans and Army uniforms which our men used and started killing innocent and defenseless Christians all over the Northern states. I and the son of the Emir of Kano, who is now a Christian by name Rev. Paul Ado Bayero, were among the Muslim fanatics who razed down the sculpture of Jesus at the University of Ibadan (Oyo State in western Nigeria).
The following year, March 5, 1987 to be very precise, the “Evil Genius” General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida secretly armed us through one of his close aids by the name of Captain Hassan Abubakar (now a Pastor with a fast growing church in Lagos). We went to go and kill some targeted Christians including Rev. Nuhu Kure (Throne room founder) after the destruction we committed at the College of Education in Kafanchan, Kaduna State (North Central Nigeria). And of recent, I was the leader of the team of soldiers of Allah that destroyed Church buildings and properties in Bornu State (northern Nigeria).
Q: Can you name some of the buildings and Churches you and your Boko Haramists destroyed?
A: There are many, but our main targets which we succeeded in destroying included: Goodnews & ECWA Church, Damboa Road, Maiduguri E.Y.N.L.C.C. Wulari, National Evangelical Mission Inc. Divisional Headquarters Wulari, Elijah Apostolic Christ Church, Oke Ayo Celestial Church of Christ, Deeper Life Bible Church, the Lord’s Chosen and six others in Railway Area and all over Wulari in Maiduguri, Borno State. Other church buildings we destroyed and looted include the Aposotic Church, COCIN Church, Evangelical Church/Mission Headquarters, Anglican Church, Baptist Church/Mission, Redeemed Christian Church of God, El-Shaddai Parish, Watchman Charismatic and several others.
Q: Where were the security officers when you were destroying all these church buildings and killing Christians?
A: Since 1985 when General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) started using us to persecute Christians, the Nigerian Army has been an extension or shall I say an arm of the Muslims agenda to Islamize Nigeria. Wherever they go to attack Christians, the Muslims in the top military positions give the cover by providing the logistics. Since the day of Babangida (1985) Christians suffer violence. This is the time that we must attack them and take what belongs to us by force.
Q: You don’t seem to like IBB and you talk so much of his evil deeds. Are you the only one he used or is there more revelation we can investigate or ascertain further?
A: Babangida is the most wicked and heartless man I have ever seen or worked with. He used many Muslim fanatics (Most of who are now Christians) to commit a lot of atrocities. For example, he used Alhaji Sannusi Dasuki (now Solomon Dasuki), Alhaji Ahmed Ado Bayero (now Rev. Paul Ado Bayero), Alhaji Mohammed Usman (now Evangelist Blessed Usman), Alhaji Sani Jegga (now Isaac Jegga) to attack the following men of God: Late Papa Idahosa, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, Rev. Uma Ukpai, Rev.
Q. Ezekiel and other men of God. He used some of the people whose names mentioned above to burn down several million copies of the Holy Bible. Along with the late MKO Abiola, they both sponsored the sinking of three million copies of the Holy Bible into the high sea.
Q: With all these revelations, can’t IBB be arrested and charged to court?
A: Who will arrest him? Is it Goodluck or who? Even when we provided the proofs to them that IBB killed Dele Giwa and that he sponsored the burning and looting of the Jos main market (Terminus) and also planted the seed of the present crises in Plateau State in 1991, they refused to arrest him because he is very cunning in his evil ways. He leaves no trace of his evil deeds, but nemesis will soon catch up with him because the sardonic spirit in him will soon expire.
Q: In a simple language, how can you describe IBB?
A: Ibrahim Babangida is a wicked and heartless man. As a military officer he was very brutal and as a politician he is very selfish and tricky. He better repent and confess his numerous sins and wickedness before it will be too late.
Q: Can you prove to the readers that fighting and killing in the name of Allah is justified in the Holy Qur’an?
A: I can site more than 28 passages from the Holy Qur’an where fighting and killing is justified as approved in the cause and for the sake of Allah. Please turn to the Qur’an (it goes from the back to the front) and see the book Surah At-Taubah Chapter 9:29 “Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” In this passage, every true Muslim(s) is specifically instructed to fight against four (4) groups of people especially the Jews and Christians.
Q: So what is the meaning of Jizyah and how was the name coined?
A: From the footnote as you can see in the Qur’an, Jizyah is a tax levied against the people of the scriptures (i.e. the Christians) who are under the Islamic government. Jizyah was coined out after the Jaiz bank that the Muslims are wanting to use to take over the financial world via Islamic Banking.
Q: Are you saying indirectly that Islam is not a religion of peace as most Muslims will want us to believe?
A: I am saying it directly not indirectly that Islam is a religion of violence It is a religion of force. More than 95% of Nigerian journalists and people of the world are ignorant of what the Qur’an teaches and/or says about Islam and violence.
Q: How do you mean?
A: Open the Qur’an to Surah Muhammad Chapter 47:4. In this very passage, Muslims are commanded by Allah to kill and smite the neck of anyone who does not accept the teaching of Islam, and according to the satanic verses they (Muslims) would be helping Allah by so doing.
I quote exactly as it is written in the Muslims Holy Qur’an: “So, when you meet (in fight-Jihad in Allah’s Cause) those who disbelieve, smite (their) necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives). Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e. free from them without ransom), or ransom (according to what benefits Islam), until the war lays down its burden. Thus [you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam and are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire or at least come under your protection], but if it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight) in order to test some of you with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.”
Q: So is that why all Muslims are indirectly supporting Boko Haram?
A: Yes, Boko Haram is just a name coined by satan to Islamize the world. That is why every true Muslim is directly and indirectly supporting Boko Haram.
Q: Can you explain further?
A: In Surah Al-Baqarah 2:195, the wealthy Muslims and all those in high position of authority such as IBB, Buhari, Atiku, Isa Yaguda, etc. are told to use their wealth and any position they find themselves in to promote Islam and the cause of jihad of all kinds or else they will face destruction from Allah.
Q: Is that how the suicide bombers come into the picture?
Q: My readers will like to know from the Qur’an if Islam is the zenith of wickedness as you earlier said.
A: In the Qur’an Allah commanded thus “(Remember) when your Lord revealed to the angels, Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes.” (See the Qur’an of Surah Al-Anfal 8:12)
Q: So you did accordingly?
A: Yes! Satan used Buhari and Tunde Bakare, the false prophet, to smite the necks and chop off the fingers and toes of several Christians in Zaira, Maiduguri, Bauchi and several other places.
Q: Which passages say that the Christians are enemies of the Muslims? Some ignorant Christian leaders and pressmen are of the opinion that both Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
A: Christians and journalists (about 95%) are very ignorant. Let them search the original Qur’an (The Noble Qur’an). The more the Muslim leaders try to block the original Qur’an from circulation, the more the lie spreads that we’re serving the same God. That is why the Lord says “I will build my church; and the gates of (hades) hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
Q: Mention another satanic verse that makes every true Muslim(s) to hate Christians.
A: In addition to the several passages and mentioned earlier, please take a look at Surah An-Nisa 4:101 and I quote “For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.”
Q: What is the solution to this problem of the Boko Haram menace?
A: The problem is not Boko Haram. The problem is the Spirit of Islam which must be crushed by the prayer of the Saints. Was it not through prayer that people like Rev. Paul Ado Bayero, Bishop K. K. Degaya, Apostle Johnson Suleman and hundreds of others got saved? Was it not through prayer that I got saved on my way to assassinate both Rev. Samuel Dasuki and Evangelist Blessed Usman when they were in their training camp in a crusade/ministration to their converts? I tell you from my experience this past few months as a Christian, many Christians are not united. In the north Christians are more united and sincere, but in the south & west, Christians are in comfort zones and if they don’t wake up, they will be surprised of what Muslims will do to them.
Q: What can Muslims do in Warri, Port Harcourt and other southern and western zones?
A: Look let me tell you one top secret. Before I repented, an average of 2,500 Muslim fanatics came to Delta State every month, 2,000 to the Eastern states and 2,000 to Cross River State and 2,500 to other zones. All of these Muslim fanatics were sent in preparation of the holy war (Jihad).
Q: Where are they camped?
A: In various Mosques and Islamic training schools which they use as training camps at odd hours (—for security reasons, the author/interviewer have decided not to publish the other details of this answer in print).
Q: What advice do you have for Christians in the comfort zones?
A: Pray for our Christian brethren in the north. Secondly, stop giving your ladies to Muslims. Thirdly, do no sell your land to a Muslim any longer. Fourth, do not employ them as security men. Fifth, beware of what they do with your finger nails and hair. Finally, watch them carefully and be very prayerful because Nigeria is sitting on an Islamic barbaric bomb (IBB) and the Muslims are prepared to fight you in your backyard.
Q: Any advice for the president?
A: They are desperate to get him/his family by kidnap/killing them, not only by Spiritual means, but through some well trained security men who he think can never disappoint him. About six suicide bombers are in the presidency and one of them is a student from NDA-Nigerian Defence Academy (other details I am keeping for security reasons).
Q: Do you know anything about bombing?
A: In answer to this question, I shall give you a top secret document which is supposed to be for only committed Muslims which I smuggled out and gave to some Christian leaders in the south.
Q: But tell me a little of how they got the knowledge to manufacture a bomb? Who sponsored your people to do these wicked acts?
A: We were sponsored by the man they call IBB and some top Muslims within and outside the country. We also worked hand in hand with Al Qaeda. As far back as 12th of June, 2011 when I got converted to Christianity, I gave several documents to Police and SSS. They arrested and detained me. But the Holy Spirit released me the same day that they wanted to kill me secretly by poisoning.
Q: What secrets did you give them?
A: I told them that the Muslims are using trailer and vehicles in military colour and are escorted by northern soldiers to smuggle weapons to various mosques and Islamic training schools in Aba, Onitsha, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Calabar, Sapele, Warri, Ebonyi and Enugu States, etc.
Q: What about the bomb manufacturers?
A: I told them that the Traditional Rulers in the northern part of Nigeria and many state governors in the far north are sponsoring Boko Haram. I told them that I was paid a deposit of 5 million Naira to go and bomb NDA in the month of August 2011 when they will be planning the graduation that just took place where I would have driven straight to the Commander’s Office with a covering letter from a Garrison Officer commander whose name I gave to the police and who is a close relative to IBB.
Q: Did you give the name of the bomb location where the training is going on?
A: Yes, I gave them and told them where they were training 65 new Islamic Youths in two bomb factories in Bauchi, Bornu and Niger states and also the bomb factory at Hanyan Nassarawa Iku, Niger State.
Q: Any more revelation?
A: Yes, I gave them many bomb factories even in the southern and eastern states and seven in Kaduna State, Plateau State and Abuja. It was in the Niger State bomb factory that we manufactured the improvised explosive devices that was used to operate in Abuja on October 1, 2010.
Q: Did the police take immediate action?
A: The news leaked to IBB immediately and he immediately instructed his ground soldiers to relocate the bombs. The Police and SSS were afraid to search some of the mosques because the presidency must be aware that by so doing, the country Will explode into a religious war between Christians and Muslims. That is why I said Nigeria is sitting on Islamic time bomb or shall I say Islamic Barbaric Bomb
***This interview comes from the book Unveiling Islam/Boko Haram by Blessed Usman, JP.
EDITOR’S NOTE: for some Nigerians this man’s testimony may sound too far fetched and incredible to believe but let me refresh their memory with Fela’s musical parable about who killed Dele Giwa the late Newswatch Magazine Editor with an “untraceable” Letter-Bomb till date when he sang…
…Who Kill Dele Giwa? Na “Baba” if you like add “Gida”…
So we can conclude with this upgraded parable:
HE WHO BOMBED DELE GIWA WITH THE UNTRACEABLE LETTER-BOMB IS HE WHO IS BOMBING NIGERIANS WITH THE UNTRACEABLE BOKO HARAM BOMBS!!!
Do you now see the connection between the Evil-Genius and his ‘untraceable’ Evil-Acts?
IBB SPITS FIRE: DENIES BOKO HARAM SPONSORSHIP
Story by PRINCE KASSIM AFEGBUA
Last Updated:Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Says “Haliru Sani’s Statements Are Effusions of A Deluded Mind”
The Ibrahim Babangida camp has at last offered a response to the allegation of sponsorship of the Boko Haram sect levelled against the former military President. A statement issued by General Babangida’s Media Spokesman denied any links with Sani Haliru, the repented Boko Haram member.
The statement reads inter alia “We feel a deep sense of concern that the country is going through these obvious challenges of insecurity and bad leadership that are threatening the very fabric of the country’s foundation. We have read and assimilated the effusions of a deluded mind by name Sheik Sani Haliru, who for want of very cheap relevance decided to mention the highly respected name of IBB as one of the “sponsors” of what he called Boko Haram. From our first reading, we felt it would amount to giving undue relevance to a confused mind if we volunteer a response, but for our teeming supporters, associates and friends of IBB, and for the price we owe history, we decided to offer this disclaimer.
First, General IBB cannot in his frame of mind remember any of such names called Sheik Sani Haliru whether as an Almajiri or a jihadist or both. Reading through the interview, one is easily confronted with a number of inconsistencies and well orchestrated conclusions that are spuriously out of place. One, Dele Giwa did not die of suicide bombing as claimed by Sani Haliru. It is public knowledge that he died of parcel bomb and the latest insight by Rev.Chris Omeben as published in Sunday Sun of 5th February, 2012 will form an instructive reading. Secondly, we have every cause to believe that the interview was carefully scripted to convey the message intended and not one conducted under a question and answer basis.
The responses of the said Sani Haliru attest to this fact. From that premise therefore, it will be save to conclude that the interview was structured by certain agents of government to satisfy pre-determined position. Thirdly, the questions by the interviewer are also leading questions, tending to achieve the predetermined end of the initiators of the interview. The emphasis on seeing Islam as a religion of violence is a clear indication of this motive. Fourthly, on the one hand, the interviewee declared himself to be a converted Christian, while on the other hand, he was asking for someone that will connect him to God. He talked about his fear of going to jail, why will a man of God be afraid of incarceration or jail if the cause he is pursuing is truly altruistic? How could someone with facts about Boko Haram be saying that he is afraid the SSS will arrest him if he ventured those facts, when the whole wide world is patiently waiting to get a road map out of the Boko Haram pogrom? There are also instances where third person narrative tenor is given to Sheik Sani Haliru, thus making the whole exercise curiously misleading and utterly unconscionable to warrant any serious recognition.
In all of these, so many conjectures, hearsays, deductions, impressions and lies were bandied in the said interview thus making the entire contents suspect. For example, his reference to the October 1st bombing in Abuja is totally at variance with what the State Security Service has unravelled about the masterminds of that dastardly incident. We are therefore at sea to reconcile any of the claims as truly reflective of any sound mind save that we have every reason to believe that this is purely a well-scripted interview to give our revered IBB a bad name. What the real motive of the interview is remains to us very worrisome because we cannot in any way rationalize the immediate or remote intentions of the interviewee and the interviewer.
The apprehended Boko Haram bomber of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Madala on Christmas day that killed scores of Christian worshippers. For purposes of record, General IBB wishes to disclaim whoever that might have granted such interview and wish to emphatically state that there is no iota of truth in whatever the interviewee must have put down. There is no connection whatsoever between himself and the so-called Sheik Sani Haliru. It will serve good purpose if the said Sani Haliru could disclose his age in 1985, 1987 and 1992, because his claim of 44 years of Boko Haram activities could be self-contradicting if we are able to know his real age. 1985 till date is a record 27 years.
By the time we subtract that age from 44 , the guess is as good as mine. One couldn’t possibly know what feat a 17 years old boy would perform in 1985 to warrant any linkage with IBB. It will also be of good use if he could disclose the instances where IBB is directly and indirectly connected or linked to his activities, how much money he was given, who gave the money and what period of time?
The uncomplimentary adjectives he used to describe General IBB further expose the underpinning lies in the interview. Every Nigerian that has had opportunity of interacting with this great Nigerian called IBB from North to South, East to West, would concede to the bare-faced fact that General IBB is generally a likeable person, generous, kind and very hearty personality whose contributions to national development and unity of Nigeria remain unparalleled in the history of Nigeria. For such a leader who has put his all in the development and unity of the country to now get involved in such heinous activities as described by the so-called Sani Haliru stands logic on its head.
All the insinuations as to the deliberate effort of IBB trying to Islamise Nigeria are clear indications that Sani Haliru is suffering from self-delusion. Perhaps, he did not realize the fact that IBB’s Vice-Presidents and some of his key players in his cabinet were Christians. He also might have forgotten that it was in the same regime that our broken diplomatic ties with Israel were restored to allow Nigerians embark on Holy Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. If we are to follow all the writings in the Bible, and interpret them likewise, one will be tempted to say that the Bible is preaching violence too. But the word of God cannot be interpreted on its face value; hence men should be wary about drawing conclusions that are informed by their limited understanding of the word of God.
We therefore wish to inform the public to disregard and ignore whoever might be the face behind that name called Sheik Sani Haliru and the message of doom that he seems desperate to propagate. We wish to assure our teeming members’ world-wide that as elder statesman, General IBB will not desist from offering his plausible contributions to national discourse and that no amount of blackmail can take that leadership away from this great icon. The unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria is very dear to General IBB and having fought in the 30months civil war of the late sixties, he would do everything humanly possible to avert any descent to anarchy in our fatherland.
We challenge both the interviewee and interviewer to disclose the documents they claim to have to prove us wrong, otherwise, they should keep their mouths shut forever.”
PRINCE KASSIM AFEGBUA
MEDIA SPOKESMAN TO GENERAL IBB
PRESIDENCY: IBB backs Buhari
on January 20, 2015 / in Headlines 1:27 am / Comments
By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA—Nigeria’s former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (ret), yesterday, endorsed the presidential aspiration of General Muhammadu Buhari, saying the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate was suitably positioned to salvage the country.
Babangida who received Buhari in his Minna, Niger State residence also said the country’s retired generals would back Buhari being one of their own. He dismissed as fable, media insinuations of a feud between him and Buhari.
Buhari’s visit to Babangida was on the fringes of his campaign to Minna which was climaxed with the defection of the incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Ahmed Ibeto to the APC.
Expressing his appreciation of Buhari’s unwavering commitment to service of the fatherland, during the visit to his Hill Top residence in Minna, General Babangida said: “You have beaten some of us in proving Gen. Douglas McArthur’s theory that “old soldiers never die but fade away gradually,” but you have refused to fade away.
“I wish to congratulate members of the party for the honour of nominating my colleague, General Muhammadu Buhari as your presidential candidate in 2015 election”.
Debunking media insinuations of an unending feud between himself and Buhari who he ousted as Head of State in 1985, Babangida said:
“You media men have created this impression that we are fighting each other. Look at us here today; he knows what I mean and I know what he means. We both fought to keep Nigeria one when we were young majors then. We were well travelled.
“I want to commend APC for choosing our colleague as your flag bearer. All of us will support you (Buhari) in this cause to salvage this country,” IBB stated.
Buhari had before then explained to Babangida that he was in Minna to solicit votes towards realising his aspiration to again lead the country as a civilian president and expressed joy on the reception given him and his delegation by the former military president.
Buhari said that he had earlier visited another former ruler, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo who he said refused to decamp from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP but nevertheless gave his blessing to his aspiration.
On Buhari’s entourage were the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; the deputy national chairman of the APC, Senator Lawali Shuaibu; Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Governor Rotimi Amaechi; party chieftains including Chief Audu Ogbeh, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Mr. Segun Oni and Ms Temi Harriman.
Others are General Abdurahaman Dambazzau, Senator George Akume, Chief Niyi Adebayo, Senator Bukola Saraki, Alhaji Kawu Baraje and Chief Kemi Nelson among others.
Following the courtesy call, Buhari addressed a large rally at the Polo Ground, Minna where he vowed that if successful in the election, he would wage a total war against insecurity in the country as he pledged to fully equip the military for the assignment.
He pledged that his administration would use the agricultural potentials of the state to an advantage and also promised that agriculture would be given the pride of place in his government.
The candidate urged those who turned out that the promises he was making would, however, only be realised “if the people go out to vote, peacefully stay behind and ensure that their votes count”.
Osinbajo, Tinubu speaks
Before Buhari spoke, his running mate, Professor Osinbajo had told the crowd that an APC government would frontally address the problems in the power sector saying: “We have to settle the problem in the power sector. We know the problem and we are going to find solution to the problem. We have the answer, Nigerians should give us chance by voting for APC come February 14, 2015.”
Also speaking, Tinubu, also the Jagaban Borgu in Niger State, flayed President Goodluck Jonathan as a man not to be trusted with his words. He said the president had promised not to vie for a second term before the 2011 elections.
“President Jonathan in one African country in 2011 promised to spend only four years. He went further to say that if he can’t fix Nigeria in four years, he will not be able to succeed in 20 years, so why must we allow a man who failed to honour a promise he made four years ago?”
He described the Jonathan administration as a failure, saying the government could not count tangible achievements in six years.
Governor Amaechi in his address described the Jonathan administration as steeped in fraud. He dismissed last Sunday’s reduction in petrol price as a fraud as, according to him, the reduction was late and did not meet the reduction in global price of crude.
The rally was climaxed with the defection of the incumbent deputy governor of the state, Ahmed Musa Ibeto to the APC. Ibeto came along with 319 other PDP chieftains to APC.
BOKO HARAM, BUHARI AND NORTHERN ELITE
on December 19, 2014 / in Viewpoint 11:30 am /
THE principal demand of Boko Haram is religious supremacy and inter-faith intolerance, this demand started in the current democratic era when a Sharia movement started declaring some states as sharia states in clear volation of the secularity of the federation contained in section 10 of the constitution of Nigeria .In declaring such states as Sharia states, they were effectively shutting out anyone who did not subscribe to their religious beliefs from becoming anything of substance in such societies, an act that went against the United Nations charter on economic, social and political rights, an aggressive form of social exclusion.
Many so-called political elite in the north such as Buhari, Sanusi and others were direct advocates of the sharia movement that culminated in 12 states being declared as sharia states. When this movement was sweeping across the north it was used for political mobilisation, many common people were fed on a diet of religious dominance and supremacy. When Gen.Olusegun Obasanjo a Christian was president, although he was advised to raise legal challenges to stem the religious intolerance being promoted by some state governments, he failed to do so, perhaps afraid of religious backlash in elections.
This use of religion for social and political mobilisation emboldened small groups who now saw it as an easy pathway to power, and their rise and popularity attracted the patronage of political leaders.This was how Yussuf became an important player in the politics of the North East, such that by the time Umaru Yar’adua became president, he commanded sufficient patronage to have government officials influencing his bail, upon been arraigned for trial for causing civil disorder.
While the social disorder being generated by the Boko Haram group was on the rise, the same leadership elements in the north, ignored the ideological origins of the disorder they were fomenting and instead erroneously projected the issue as one that was based on socio economic disparity. For example, General Buhari compared the Boko Haram insurgents with Niger-Delta militancy and advocated that the Boko Haram exponents should be given same treated as the Niger-Delta militants with an amnesty programme. His contention was debunked by many who pointed out that economic rehabilitation has never been a demand of Boko Haram but rather, the yearning for religious supremacy.
But Buhari’s position was supported by other northern elite such as Emir Lamido Sanusi then governor of the Central Bank. According to Sanusi,the North was economically disadvantaged in comparison with the South, hence the Boko Haram problem.
However, as the northern elite tried in vain to explain the Boko Haram phenomenon on economic terms, the group became even bolder, killing both Southern and Northern Christians, and sometimes even moderate Muslims who opposed their use of Islam to justify their inhuman and bestial crimes.
To give a wider perspective to solutions to the problem, the government embraced the stick and carrot strategy proposed by General Obasanjo, who had earlier in his tenure failed to give any concrete challenges to the widening Sharia ideology. Even when states like Lagos, mindful of the consequences of such intolerance in a cosmopolitan city used very robust methods to suppress the rise of Sharia advocacy in the state. The carrot and stick approach of General Obasanjo failed to impress the Sharia fundamentalists of Boko Haram and some of their elite sympathizers who saw it as an effective way of resisting the rule of Goodluck Jonathan a Christian who was ideologically unacceptable to Boko Haram.
As Obasanjo approached the group they sent very strong signals of non-cooperation by killing those who tried to negotiate with Obasanjo, stepped up the violent killing of non-Muslims and non-northerners in the North with several murderous attacks in several northern cities, including an attack in Kano that killed over 200 people including scores of police officers and a journalist.
Presently, the Boko Haram group has killed, over 4,000 people and displaced almost a million from their homes just to create a religious state or a caliphate. But the creation of a caliphate in the North has been a terrible proposal for every freedom loving Nigerian, but especially it has been most devastating to Southern Christians who have been driven from making any meaningful livelihood in the north of Nigeria and even worse for northern minorities who are more often than not Christians or animists. The declaration of sharia and a fundamentalist caliph in their indigenous homelands have not only made life meaningless for them but also driven them out of their homes.
To illustrate the devastating effect of religious intolerance which started with the declaration of Sharia in the north by some northern political elite, and the adoption of the virulent fundamentalist variant by Boko Haram, some Northern Christian groups particularly the ECWA Church and many others, estimate that they have lost over 400 churches to Boko Haram fundamentalism.
Such acts it must be repeated is based on the supremacy of religions which General Buhari in a seminar in Kaduna once described as “a legal responsibility which God has given us, within the context of one Nigeria to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia wholeheartedly and to educate non-Muslims”. In other to carry out this task, Buhari also declared in Kaduna in 2001 that, “God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country”.
Such declarations and the support of other politicians like Senator Yerima who insisted that according to Sharia a girl is a woman as long as she was married irrespective of whether she was 11 or 13 years are the origins of Boko Haram ideology, the only difference between these politicians and the suicide bombers is that the suicide bombers are more eager to die for the ideology by wearing a bomb rigged vest. What then would become of Christains particularly those in the northern part of Nigeria if Buhari who has demonstrated his commitment to this ideology become president of Nigeria is a nagging socio-political question which over one million displaced northern Christians must ponder daily?
Babatunde Oyewole, a commentator on national issues, wrote from Abuja.
PDP ZONING POLICY: Making Nigeria ungovernable for President Jonathan
Victor Anya, a Public Affairs Analyst, traces the genesis of the Boko Haram insurgency to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) insistence of abandoning the Zoning arrangement during the last elections which brought in President Goodluck. He is of the view that this has been responsible for the security concerns especially in the north.
Immediately Acting President Goodluck Jonathan took the oath of office as President and made his intention known to contest the 2011 presidential election, all hell was let loose in the Northern part of the country. Some Northerners said that there was zoning policy in the PDP Constitution and that the North had not completed its eight years tenure and should be allowed to produce the next president in 2011 to complete the time allocated to the North. President Umaru Yar’ Adua left the country in November, 2009 without formally handing over to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as prescribed by section 145 of the 199 Constitution. Vice President Goodluck Jonathan became Acting President in February, 2010 and subsequently became President on May 6, 2010 after the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua on May 5, 2010.
When the debate was on whether President Goodluck Jonathan should contest the 2011 presidential election or not, former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the Voice of America said, “There is no arrangement that precludes any Nigerian from contesting or becoming the president of Nigeria”. Adamu Ciroma, a member of Northerner Political Leaders’ Forum (NPLF) said, “The time allocated to the North is eight years, which is equivalent to the time allocated to the South for which Obasanjo served. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died unfortunately. His death has not killed the policy of zoning and rotation”.
On July 27, 2010, 17 out of the 19 governors of the North met in Kaduna to decide on the zoning principle. Governors Modu Sherrif (Borno), Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano) joined the PDP Governors, Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Mahmud Shinkafi (Zafara), Aliyu Wamako (Sokoto), Usman Dakingari (Kebbi), Mohammed Goje (Gobe), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Bukola Saraki (Kwara) voted in support of zoning. Governors Gabriel Suswan (Benue), Ibrahim Idris (Kogi), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Danbaba Suntai (Taraba), Aliyu Doma ( Nasarawa) and Patrick Yakowa (Kaduna), voted against zoning. PDP’ Article 7.2 ( 2 ) in the party’s constitution which reads:
“In pursuit of the principles of equity, justice and fairness, the party shall adhere to the policy of rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices and it shall be enforced by the appropriate executive committee at all levels”.
There are many questions to regarding the policy which the North wanted President Goodluck Jonathan to respect. First, if the PDP zoned the presidency to the South for eight years, 1999-2007, why did PDP members from the North contest against President Olusegun Obasanjo in the PDP presidential primaries in 2003? In the 2003 PDP presidential primaries, President Olusegun Obasanjo became the PDP flag bearer having scored 2,642 votes. Late Alhaji Abubakar Rimi came second by scoring 159 votes while Chief Barnabas Gemade came third by scoring 17 votes.
Now, assuming late Alhaji Abubakar Rimi scored the highest votes say 3000 against the 2,642 votes which President Olusegun Obasanjo scored, would the North have allowed President Olusegun Obasanjo to get the PDP presidential ticket to contest 2003 presidential election when their own son won the PDP primaries? If the presidency was zoned to the South for eight years, no Northerner supposed to have contested against President Olusegun Obasanjo in PDP primaries.
The 1999 Constitution is supreme over political party constitutions. Section one of the 1999 Constitution states its supremacy and section 131 states the qualification for election into the office of the president for which President Goodluck Jonathan is qualified. There is another question the North should answer, assuming we have a strong opposition political party that was able to produce another president from the South in 2007, what would the North have done?
If there was a virile opposition political party that produced the president from the North in 2003, would North have rejected their son under the guise of zoning in the PDP and allowed President Olusegun Obasanjo to continue in office? I think we are only talking of zoning because there is no strong opposition political party.
Nevertheless, about 100 politicians representing the 19 Northern states and the FCT visited President Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Rock in August, 2010 to persuade him to contest. The group was led by Alhaji Hassan Adamu, Wakilin Adamawa. Others were the Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Murtar Shagari, Professor Jerry Gana, former governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso, former PDP National Chairman, and Chief Solomon Lar. During that visit, Prof. Gana said, the people of the North were “solidly behind” the president based on his “ability” to deliver on the programmes contained in the manifesto of the PDP and the age-long political relationship between the North and the South-South regions”.
Moreover, when President Goodluck Jonathan confirmed that he would contest the 2011 presidential election, great opposition rose against him in the North. The first bombshell came from Shehu Sani, a Kaduna based civil rights activist who said,
“President Goodluck Jonathan should not contemplate contesting the 2011 presidential election. Any attempt by him to contest amounts to incitement and a recipe for political instability. Even though rotational presidency is unconstitutional, it has been able to address problems of regional, ethnic, sectional domination and marginalization”.
The warning precluding President Jonathan from contesting the 2011 presidential election did not stop with Shehu Sani as Alhaji Lawal Kaita, a close associate of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar added his voice to the agitation when he said,
“The North is determined, if it happens, to make the country ungovernable for President Jonathan or any other Southerner who finds his way to the seat of power on the platform of the PDP against the principle of the party’s zoning policy. Anything short of a Northerner president is tantamount to stealing our presidency. Jonathan has to go and he will go. Even if he uses incumbency power to get his nomination on the platform of the PDP, he would be frustrated out”.
With these words, the battle line between President Jonathan and his PDP opponents was drawn.
General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) did not hide his feelings toward President Jonathan’s presidential ambition as he said,
“There may be no Nigeria. I draw parallel with Somalia so many times (Somalisation of Nigeria). I am scared about that. Somalia, they are one ethnic group, one religion, Islam, but for 18 years, Somalia became so selfish, so corrupt, so undisciplined and they have wrecked the country”.
Some national dailies reported, only a few days ago, an alleged threat of bloodshed, by General Buhari, leader of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, should the 2015 elections be unjustly conducted. In the words of Buhari, gleaned from an online source,
“Except there is justice in the conduct of the elections, blood will flow because there will be bloodshed between the dogs and the baboons”
He was also reported to have stated, among others, that,
“there is a storm of awareness and God willing, by 2015, SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN. They either conduct free and fair elections or they go a very disgraceful way”.
The tension in the country became very high as some politicians from the North were making inciting statements. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was not spared from this bandwagon when he said,
“Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent change inevitable”.
The various inciting statements were not made in vain as they were matched with actions. The threat by the Northern politicians to make the country ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan was fulfilled with the post election violence that erupted in some parts of the North which led to the death of some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Bauchi State. Zonkwa area of Kaduna State was worst hit as more than 300 people were killed during the riot. Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), claimed that the presidential election was rigged. If the CPC claim that the presidential election was rigged simply because it did not win that election, did the CPC rig itself into the various offices which its members are occupying?
At present, the country is in turmoil because unsubstantiated claim of election rigging. The Boko Haram sect is terrorizing the northern part of the country. They bombed the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, thereafter they bombed the United Nations building also in Abuja, killing about 22 persons. The bombing of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Madala on Christmas day was the most pathetic of all the attacks so far as it was carried out in a place of worship. Almost 44 people lost their lives in that attack.
Nonetheless, the violence that occasioned the April 2011, presidential election, sent countless innocent Nigerians to their early graves. Property worth billions of naira has been destroyed in the attacks that have been carried out. At present, there is insecurity in the north and people can no longer move freely to transact their normal businesses. Those who vowed to make the country ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan, are they immune to violence? Are they not being affected directly or indirectly?
Problem is like fire which spreads far and can consume even the person that started it in the first place. Problem is like fire which does not have respect for its owner. Those who promised hell and brimstone for President Goodluck Jonathan have abandoned their palatial houses and their once flourishing businesses in the north for fear of being attacked by the Boko Haram sect. The question now is, are those who vowed to make the country ungovernable for President Jonathan really making the country ungovernable for the President or for themselves and other innocent Nigerians?
THEY’VE MADE NIGERIA UNGOVERNABLE FOR JONATHAN – EZEIFE
on May 20, 2013 / in Politics, Top Stories 12:19 am / Comments
By Levinus Nwabughiogu
Former federal permanent secretary, governor of Anambra State, and presidential adviser, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife in this interview with Vanguard responds to issues arising from the Boko Haram insurgency, the 2015 presidential contest among others. Excerpts:
What is your reaction to Dokubu-Asari’s war threat that there will be no peace if President Jonathan is not returned in 2015?
You have to put that statement in the context of Nigerian history. I wouldn’t want war. We have had more than enough war now. But he has a point he is making. The point he is making is that we have had well above 50 years of Independence and out of those years, thirty-eight and half, the North supplied the headship of Nigeria. It is not that everybody was happy, but nobody made war. Nobody tried to make the country ungovernable for Shagari, not the talk about the military people. But now, a southern person from the eastern part is president.
Before his election, we heard talks of making the country ungovernable if he wins. In fact, he won, and; look at what is going on. Blood flowing everywhere. Don’t you think that people from the south-south even south-east will think that this is going on because somebody from that part of the country is President?
There is something Igbo people say “Eji ndu eme gini? (What is the use of life)? There is a situation you may say “what is the use of life?” Let’s fight to the end. Death is welcome. So, it is a bitter statement made by Asari Dokubo and it will not be advisable to take it as an idle threat. It is not an idle threat and people should think. I had said before that each month Boko Haram remains active, it will mean one year of the north being out of power. And let’s us calculate the months and see how many years the North is already pushed out of power. Are you ruling cattle? We are human beings. At a point, we will say, “eji ndu eme gini, what is life for?
Ezeife: Ndigbo rejects VP position offer from the North
Some allege Asari’s statement was a response to earlier comments by Lawal Kaita in 2011 of making Nigeria ungovernable for Nigeria if Jonathan won in 2011?
That is what we are talking about. A number of prominent Northerners not just Lawal Kaita said the country will be made ungovernable if Jonathan wins and he won and what are we getting? The country is being made ungovernable. Blood all over the place.
Are calls to arrest Asari justified?
Well, we are idle people in Nigeria talking nonsense most of the time. This young man blows up out of accumulated tension and frustration and you say, arrest him. Start arresting from the beginning.
Do you foresee Nigeria hitting the rocks by 2015 with all these perennial problems?
My view is that Nigeria must remain a permanent Nigeria. But there are things that must be done to make it permanent. As for the prediction of some foreign countries, it is their own interest that they are serving. Some powerful nations on earth decided to themselves that an Islamized Nigeria, in her position, mumbled, will be difficult to manage and therefore they think it will be best for the country to break up into pieces.
Where does the Igbo nation stand in 2015?
I see Jonathan as an eastern person holding the office of the President and put there by principally the south-east. It is the confidence oozing out of the south-east that enabled south-south to galvanize. In 1987, we had a meeting with the Middle-Belt and they told us the moment they see the south east standing firmly on an issue, they will go with us. What happened in 2011 presidential election?
The Middle Belt went with the south-east. South-south went with the south-east. So, we put him there, it will not be just to hound him out. But when he is looking for his second term, we are requesting for our first term. Hausa has ruled. Yoruba has ruled.
Of the major tribes, only the Igbo has not. By 2015, every zone shall have supplied leader of Nigeria except south-east. So, we have legitimate interest in 2015 yet our man is there. I don’t think it makes sense to go and compete against Jonathan but what I have said from the beginning is that we play a game of cooperation with Jonathan. He would understand us fighting to be President. We understand him fighting for second term. Before the primary election, we should meet and look at the field and ask him, “Mr. President, do you think, you can win in this field without damaging everything?”
Game of cooperation
If the answer is yes, we support him. But we have to convince ourselves that it is yes. But if on the other hand, it looks like he doesn’t win, we will ask him to support us. That is the game of cooperation I mean.
Are you corroborating what Senator Ben Obi said sometime ago that
Igbo should forget 2015?
Well, it is a matter of a language that is used. There is a way you can say “thank you” and it looks like you said “go away”. And if he said it blatantly like that, it is not good. But I am sure what he means by that is that ultimately, we will have to support Jonathan for 2015.
Opposition parties have gathered to form APC so as to unseat the ruling PDP by 2015. Do you see that happening?
I think that APC is red light for Nigeria. I was one of the eight permanent secretaries who recommended two -party system for Nigeria and we found it fantastic. It worked very well. People didn’t understand how it came about. They thought it was the military that imposed it. It was people like us. We first of all worked on it and recommended it, then IBB announced it. Every body who lived through that two-party system knew that it’s the best thing for Nigeria. We were bonding. A person from Sokoto coming to Anambra where I was Governor will think he is going home if it is SDP. A person from Anambra going to Sokoto where NRC was ruling will think he is going home if it is NRC.
So, there was bonding along two lines. So, if any other major party is developing to rival PDP, such major party must be based on ideological ground; a little to the left, a little to the right. Any thing geo-religious is dangerous for us. And we don’t want risking the radicalization of western Muslims who are the best examples of how to live with different religions. So, APC is not the party we are looking for to make a two-party Nigeria. It is a danger signal to Nigerian polity because it is not based on ideology.
US SPONSORING BOKO HARAM; NIGERIA DOOMED IF JONATHAN, BUHARI CONTEST IN 2015 – GUMI
• Sunday, 16 November 2014 18:56
• Written by e-Reporter.com
President Goodluck Jonathan and Former Head of State Muhammadu Buhari
Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi has reiterated his prophecy of doom for Nigeria if either President Goodluck Jonathan or Gen. Muhammadu Buhari were to contest for the 2015 presidential election.
In an interview with Sunday Sun, he disagreed with the belief that Boko Haram was a reaction against Jonathan’s government.
“I don’t buy the argument. Obasanjo is a Southerner, there was no such thing when he was in charge. Gowon is a Christian, there was no such thing during his regime.
“But Maitasine started with Buhari and he mercilessly bombarded them, before Shagari inherited it. Buhari and Shagari are Muslims. So, that dismisses the earlier argument. But assuming it is true, does the President want the killings to continue as he’s presenting himself for re-election? The wisest thing to do, for the sake of my children, his children and your children, is for him not to seek re-election and let’s bring somebody that will not trigger reaction from any section of Nigeria.
“You know Buhari is very popular here in the north. But I said to him, please do not seek to be Nigeria’s President. You know why? It will trigger reaction from another section that doesn’t want him. If Awolowo were to be alive today, I will tell him, Baba, please do not contest Nigeria’s presidency because there is a section of the country that doesn’t like you. So, let us go for people that nobody will take arms against, so he can manage the situation for us. We want to pacify the nation.
“And in doing that, we must not force people who could trigger turmoil on the nation. It’s not defeatist, it is wise. When Nigeria becomes lawless, Boko Haram will have a field day. And that is not an option. We have to talk to ourselves. Whoever helps Nigeria to achieve this is also helping it to stabilize. I just hope people will listen. Terrorism has no boundary.
“Nobody is safe anywhere. It is not going to stop in Nigeria. Nobody can stop Nigerians from going to Europe. So how do you identify terrorists among those traveling? It’s in the best interest of America that terrorism is crushed in Nigeria.
“Terrorism is now an opportunity for every mentally derailed person to kill himself or herself in the name of going to paradise. Somebody is just suffering from depression, but rather than committing suicide and die, he joins an organization that encourages him/her to ‘come and collect weapons and die with others so you can go to paradise.’ So our best option is to open a new page”, he stated.
Gumi, a retired military officer, also spoke on why he thinks the United States is backing Boko Haram, the decay in the Nigerian Army, why the Nigerian Army cannot get weapons from the US.
According to him, “When you see insurgency anywhere in the world, like what is happening in Iraq, it is more than what the ordinary eyes can see. In this era of advancement in technology, it is very difficult for a convoy of militants to go about in Hilux vehicles, mounting heavy guns, to be roaming about, without the knowledge, approval and support of the super powers. It is unimaginable.
“These guns cannot be carried by men, they have to be carried by vehicles. High caliber projectors and bullets are carried by these vehicles. And any vehicle that moves can easily be identified from the sky. In fact you cannot carry the guns, you have to dismantle them. So, it is global politics going around.”
Asked why there is suspicion of political tone in the ongoing insurgency as well as the likely causes, the Sheikh posited that if nations that have oil break up, it’s the buyers that benefit, not the seller.
“Iraq has a lot of oil. In the north are the Shiites and in the middle are the Sunnis. You cannot just come and divide a country like that out of the blues, except there is a serious reason to divide it.
“And such serious reason could be religious divide not even ethnicity. So, if you want to divide Nigeria, something like Boko Haram is good. Support them, direct them, take a big chunk of Nigeria, and let the rest say, ‘ok, let’s be on our own.’ But that will be extremely difficult for them to do because not even Muslims would like to be under Boko Haram. Not even Muslims, let alone non-Muslims.”
On his view on why the sect seemed to be winning more battles against Nigerian troops, Gumi replied that “What we noticed, before talking about the US angle, is the fact that Boko Haram is getting empowered and protected, while the Nigerian Army is decaying. The Nigerian Army cannot decay from outside, it has to decay from within. So, there is a force also sapping the energy of the Nigerian Army from within.
“The army is not well funded. There is a budget for it quite okay, but it does not trickle down. So, you have to look into the command structure of the armed forces itself. How, in the face of this big threat is the army immune to development? America stopped our army from getting arms, because of the atrocities committed by our army. It’s true, that there was genocide, mass incarceration of people. But the army should have long been equipped before these accusations came up.
“Historically, the Nigerian Army has been an avenue for siphoning billions of naira by our Generals. All the money earmarked for weapons is stolen by our Generals. They are already intoxicated by it. It is like people dealing in cocaine, can you stop them? I could remember when the Infantry Divisions were converted to Mechanized Infantry Divisions, I was in the army myself, then.
“It meant soldiers would no longer go on foot for operations, but move in Armoured Personnel Carriers. But in a whole Division, you find only three APCs refurbished after the Second World War. But look at the billions of naira that have been stolen in the past, in the name of equipping these divisions. The truth is that there was never a truly full Mechanized Division. I left the army in 1987. It was all lies. So, it did not start today.
“When Boko Haram started initially, it was wayo. It was about ‘let’s eat and grab what we can grab’. They never knew it would get out of hand. Once emergency was declared, the army thought they could frighten the society by killing, maiming and arresting some people. They thought that would stop Boko Haram. But instead of curtailing it, they were fuelling it.”
On factors that fuelled Boko Haram, Gumi said part of it was psychological.
“Somebody who has lost his father, brother or uncle would just join Boko Haram to seek revenge. Also, soldiers who have seen so many die in detention will lack the courage to fight on. Yes, they are soldiers, but they are also human beings.
“So, with all these, US, will not allow weapons to be sold to an army that has been documented by their own records to have committed atrocities. The US is accountable.”
Reminded that Boko Haram is also killing people, the Islamic scholar maintained that, “There is a difference between a constituted authority and an outlawed group. Armed robbers are different from policemen. An armed robber can come in here now and spray everybody, but a policeman cannot do that. No, because there is the issue of legality. We are not rogues, we are a government, and we must be seen to behave like one.
“When there was no threat, they were embezzling the money, without buying any weapons. But now they truly need the weapons, but the US is saying no because it feels giving Nigerian Army weapons is like giving weapons to Boko Haram, no difference. Boko Haram kills and Nigerian Army kills. They bury people, you bury people. They slaughter, you slaughter, no difference.
“So do you expect Boko Haram to obey the Geneva Convention? No, it has no respect for that. So, if the US wants to divide Nigeria, what the Nigerian government did, and has been doing, perfectly fits into their plan. The US did not need to do much. We just fell into the trap.”
On possibility of Nigeria turning to Russia to purchase arms, the Sheikh stated that weapons can be purchased from anywhere.
“Nothing stops us from doing that. But the greatest sacrifice we must make to end these mindless killings is to stop the recycling of political leaders. We need new politicians, whether in PDP or APC, give us new set of people, so we can open a new page and begin afresh”.
STOP KILLING BOKO HARAM MEMBERS – BUHARI TELLS FG
Former Head of Military Ruler and Chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Major General Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.
Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.
The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.
While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state.
According to Buhari “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all.
“What happened is that the governors of the Niger Delta region at that time wanted to win their elections. So they recruited the youths and gave them guns and bullets and used them against their opponents to win elections by force.
“After the elections were over, they asked the boys to return the guns; the boys refused to return the guns. Because of that, the allowance that was being given to the youths by the governors during that time was stopped.
“The youths resorted to kidnapping oil workers and were collecting dollars as ransom. Now a boy of 18 to 20 years was getting about 500 dollars in a week, why will he go to school and spend 20 years to study and then come back and get employed by government to be paid N100,000 a month, that is if he is lucky to get employment.
“So kidnapping becomes very rampant in the South -South and the South -East. They kidnapped people and were collecting money.
“How did Boko Haram start? We know that their leader, Mohammed Yusuf started his militant and the police couldn’t control them and the army was invited. He was arrested by soldiers and handed over to the police.
“The appropriate thing to do, according to the law, was for the police to carry out investigations and charge him to court for prosecution, but they killed him, his in-law was killed, they went and demolished their houses.
“Because of that, his supporters resorted to what they are doing today.
You see in the case of the Niger Delta militants, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua sent an aeroplane to bring them, he sat down with them and discussed with them, they were cajoled, and they were given money and granted amnesty.
“They were trained in some skills and were given employment, but the ones in the north were being killed and their houses were being demolished.
They are different issues, what brought this? It is injustice”.
BUHARI REACTS TO BOKO HARAM NOMINATING HIM AS A MEDIATOR
By Peace – November, 2nd 2012
The Nigerian Islamist terrorist sect, Boko Haram, on Thursday named Former Nigerian Head of State General Muhamadu Buhari as part of a mediation team between it and the Federal Government.
This would be the first time however that the group would be proposing General Buhari as mediator.
Buhari, who returned to Kaduna from Daura, Katsina State, yesterday evening, said he was yet to be formally contacted on the development.
Buba Galadima, an associate of the former Head of State speaking on behalf of the General said:
“His first reaction is that he has not heard about this news and nobody has contacted him. He said he wouldn’t want to say anything on this matter that has not yet been authenticated, but he remains prayerful that peace and tranquility will return to this country.”
BUHARI’S COMMENTS ON BOKO HARAM HAS EXPOSED HIM AS A SECTIONAL LEADER
– AREWA YOUTHS
Posted by: daniel June 12, 2013
Some concerned members of the Arewa Youths Forum have called on former Head of State Maj-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), to desist from making inciting statements in his quest for political relevance.
The youths also advised the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 elections to gauge the mood of Nigerians before throwing his hat in the ring come 2015.
Buhari was also advised to stop deluding himself into believing that what happened to those who contested elections in other climes several times before winning would be his fate.
Jibril Mamman Vatsa, the spokesman of the group who made this known in a statement in Kaduna, said the recent statements by Buhari to the effect that the current military operation against the Boko Haram sect was anti-north had exposed him as a sectional leader.
The statement argued further that there was no basis for comparison between the Niger Delta militants and the Boko Haram sect.
“It is unthinkable for a former Head of State like Buhari to compare the Niger-Delta militants with terrorists. When late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua talked about amnesty, he gave three months. In the case of Boko Haram, President Jonathan has waived the olive branch without conditions,” the statement said.
The group wondered “why, for instance, should any serious statesman bring himself to ridicule by siding a region against the other?
Reminding Nigerians of the long forgotten controversial utterances by Buhari, the group noted, “There are certain arbitrary, sentimental and contradictory utterances that ought not to be attributed to a national leader which Buhari claims to be. Any leader seeking the good of Nigerians should not expose himself in a ridiculous and jaundice manner as Buhari has done.
“Therefore, the call for his arrest by the CAN President is a responsible one because the issue of security in the nation needs a concrete solution in which people like Buhari should have made suggestions,” the statement added.
According to the group, “Buhari’s vituperations have remained mere talks with no discernible contents and signposts. Therefore, talking about a Boko Haram that has consigned those opposed to their plots and comparing them with the Niger-Delta militants is prejudicial to one Nigeria, over-heats the polity and at best a setback to the nation he has once ruled as Head of State.”
He stressed that if the Boko Haram members are becoming more daring by the day, it is because of the support given to them by some highly placed persons.
82 KILLED, SCORES INJURED AS BUHARI ESCAPES DEATH IN KADUNA BOMB BLAST
By Staff Writer July 24, 2014 23:15 Updated
• Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, in response imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna town after the blasts.
By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA – At least 82 persons were killed yesterday, and several others injured in two bomb blasts in Kaduna, targeted at former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi. Both men, however, escaped unhurt.
In a statement he issued immediately after the incident, General Buhari declared that it was an assassination attempt and narrated how the suicide bomber tried to carry out the deadly assignment.
Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, in response imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna town after the blasts.
In his reaction, President Goodluck Jonathan thanked God for sparing the lives of General Buhari and Sheikh Bauchi, and extended condolences to families of the dead, while commiserating with the injured.
The first bomb attack took place on Isa Kaita Road, off Ali Akilu road around 12:30pm, yesterday, when the convoy of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi was returning home after he gave a Ramadan Tafsir sermon to thousands of Muslims of the Tijaniyya sect. The Police said 25 people were killed, but those who spoke to newsmen at the scene said about 40 died in the blasts.
Bauchi had escaped a bomb attack about three weeks ago near his home in Eskolia quarters of Kaduna.
The second blast took place around 2:30pm, about two kilometres away from the scene of the first blast at the busy over-head bridge at Kawo part of Kaduna town as Buhari was making his way out of town, leaving not less than 50 people dead.
Speaking to newsmen at the scene of the first attack, Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Umar Shehu said: “All I can say is that the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, and Road Safety Corps have told me that they recovered 25 corpses from this place. But you can see that we still have some human remains here. I cannot tell you the number of those injured at this point. That is all I can say”.
But that differed from what some eyewitnesses said. One Isa Saidu, 23, gave his account thus: “I was at the Murtala Mohammed Square where Sheikh Dahiru preached to us. I was also in the convoy conveying him back home. It was a long convoy. Suddenly, I saw a man on a motorcycle carrying a sack or bag. He was driving very recklessly and defied the instructions of our security guard, who attempted to make him slow down. He then tried to come close to the car conveying the Sheikh but the security did not allow him.
Others who spoke gave similar accounts. As news of the first attack spread through the state, another explosion took place two hours later.“As he persisted, they pushed him off the road and he fell into a ditch, while the bomb device he was carrying exploded. I don’t want to say what happened. Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi’s body was covered with blood, but it was the blood of those who were protecting him. I can swear by Allah that I personally counted 41 bodies. It is the most terrible thing of my life,” he said.
According to eye witnesses, a man in a Sienna car had trailed the convoy of General Buhari from where it took off. An aide to Buhari, who asked not to be mentioned, told reporters that “the car overtook other cars and came very close to the SUV in which the general was. His security details tried to get in-between, then the Sienna car exploded.
“The security men’s car was destroyed, and the three men were severely injured. The general’s car was damaged badly, but because it was bullet-proof, he came out unhurt, and was transferred to another car and taken away,” he said.
The explosion led to the killing of not less than 50 persons, according to those who came to the scene shortly after it happened.
About 22 cars were burnt and several people injured, Vanguard was told.
“There was no way more than 50 people could not have been killed”, a reporter with a local radio station whose office was near the scene told some reporters.
“By the time we reached the place, there was so much blood and many corpses all over the place. I am too shaken to speak on this matter,” he said.
But CP Umar Shehu said after visiting the scene that, “I am told that 14 people were killed and four were injured. I am told that a VIP car was affected, but I am yet to confirm to you. I shall update you in time”.
I escaped assassination — Buhari
General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), in his account of what happened through a statement six hours after the attack said:
“I was personally involved in a clearly targeted bomb attack today (yesterday) at about 2:30pm on my way to Daura.
“The unfortunate event, clearly an assassination attempt, came from a fast-moving vehicle that made many attempts to overtake my security car, but was blocked by escort vehicle. We reached the market area of Kawo where he took advantage of our slowing down and attempted to ram my car and INSTANTLY DETONATED THE BOMB WHICH DESTROYED ALL THE THREE CARS IN OUR CONVOY.
“Unfortunately, when I came out of my vehicle, I saw many dead bodies littered around. They were innocent people going about their daily business, who became victims of mass murder. Thank God for His mercy, I came out unhurt, but with three of my security staff sustaining minor injuries. They have since been treated in hospital and discharged”.
In its reaction, the Jamaa’tul Nasril Islam, JNI, said:
“We are dazed over the news of the twin blasts in Kaduna city, which claimed the lives of many innocent Muslims in a Tafsir closing session of Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, held at Murtala Muhammad Square, Kaduna and within a short while, another blast was said to have rocked Kawo in Kaduna.
“We therefore, condemn in the strongest terms these repeated acts of terror being unleashed on Muslims in this blessed month of Ramadan. JNI equally sympathizes with all the affected victims and also condoles with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident. May Aljannatul Firdausbe the abode of all the deceased, Amin.
“As usual, JNI calls on all authorities concerned to be more committed to their responsibilities of protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians as no development can be achieved in a situation of fear, insecurity and chaos. All hands must be on deck to stop these unending massacre of lives and destruction of properties, as Nigeria is becoming a theatre of blood for no just cause, which must be stopped.
“Muslims should utilise the remaining days of Ramadan to complain to Allah, The Most Merciful, through vigorous supplications for relief, succour and ease against the evil masterminds of the nagging insecurity bedeviling our country.
“May Allah, The All-Mighty, The Compeller, The Supreme, and The All-Knowing, bring an end to this nagging evil, disgrace the perpetrators and grant us lasting peace, security, prosperity and a promising future full of happiness and development, Amin.”
Meanwhile Kaduna State Governor, Alh. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna State.
Yero condemned the bomb blasts that occurred in the metropolis, describing them as acts of cowardice’ by those bent on creating tension in the state.
In a statement signed by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Mallam Ahmed Maiyaki, the governor said the blasts were clear manifestations of the resolve by ‘agents of darkness’ to soak the land with the blood of innocent people for no just cause.
He said: “Enemies of peace have visited us with their ungodly venom of wanton destruction of human lives.
“This blast, coming in the Holy Month of Ramadan is a clear indication that those behind the act have no iota of fear of God, as they have none for the sanctity of human life.”
Jonathan condemns bombings
President Goodluck Jonathan in his reaction to the bomb blasts thanked God for sparing the lives of General Buhari and Sheikh Bauchi. A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr
Reuben Abati said:
“President Goodluck Jonathan condemns the bombings in Kaduna today (yesterday) which appeared to have targeted former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and prominent Islamic cleric,
Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi.
“President Jonathan denounces the dastardly targeting of prominent political and religious leaders by terrorists and enemies of the nation in an odious attempt to inflame passions and exacerbate disquiet, fear, insecurity and sectional divisions in the country.
“While thanking God Almighty for sparing the lives of General Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, the President extends sincere condolences to the families of those who were sadly killed by the bomb blasts.
“President Jonathan also commiserates with all those who were injured in the twin bombings in this Holy Month of Ramadan which defy the tenets of Islam, and provide further proof that the terrorists are nothing but blood-thirsty extremists bent on undermining the unity and progress of the nation.
“The President assures residents of Kaduna and all other Nigerians that the Federal Government will continue and further intensify its ongoing efforts to effectively curb the menace of terrorism in the country.
“He has specifically directed the Police and other national security agencies to take all necessary actions to apprehend the perpetrators of today’s attacks on Kaduna and urges all residents of the city to give them the fullest possible cooperation and support as they work to bring the terrorists to justice”.
BREAKING: Buhari’s Convoy Bombed in Kaduna, 3 aides injured – PremiumTimes
Shrapnel in opposition politician Buhari bomb-proof vehicle
• The General survived and he has already been evacuated in a Golf Volkswagen vehicle
July 23, 2014
The retired general survived the attack
The convoy of a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, was caught in the second explosion that rocked Kaduna on Wednesday, witnesses, his party, and close aides have said.
While Mr. Buhari escaped unhurt in the explosion that occurred at the busy Kawo market area of the city, three of his security aides were injured and rushed to hospital.
A CLOSE AIDE OF MR. BUHARI SAID THE BOMBER, WHO DROVE IN A TOYOTA SIENNA VEHICLE, RAMMED INTO THE GENERAL’S CONVOY AND DETONATED THE EXPLOSIVE-LADEN VEHICLE.
HE SAID THE OPPOSITION LEADER SURVIVED THE ATTACK, BUT HIS VEHICLE, A TOYOTA LAND CRUISER, AND ANOTHER ONE BEHIND IT WERE BADLY DAMAGED.
“THE GENERAL SURVIVED AND HE HAS ALREADY BEEN EVACUATED IN A GOLF VOLKSWAGEN VEHICLE,” HE SAID.
HE ALSO SAID MR. BUHARI’S DAMAGED VEHICLE WAS TOWED AWAY BY EMERGENCY WORKERS.
The spokesperson of Mr. Buhari’s All Progressive Congress, [APC], Lai Mohammed, said the explosion was targeted at the former head of state.
“Yes, his convoy was attacked,” Mr. Mohammed said in response to PREMIUM TIMES enquiry. “He narrowly escaped but some of his aides were hurt. The General is ok, but perhaps traumatised.”
A loyalist of Mr. Buhari, Rotimi Fashakin, said the former head of state was on his way to his home town – Daura in neighbouring Katsina state – when he was trailed by the bomber and attacked.
“I’m sure political Boko Haram are behind the attack,” Mr. Fashakin said. “General Buhari was the target of the attack.”
The leader of a pro-Buhari pressure group, The Buhari Vanguard, Jasper Azuatalam, said the former Nigerian leader was possibly attacked over his recent criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Recall that two days ago, Gen Muhammadu Buhari issued a statement warning President Jonathan and his government on their attempt to muscle the opposition and endanger Nigeria,” Mr. Azuatalam said.
“The Presidency raised an eyebrow to the statement.”
ATTACK ON BUHARI SHOWS WE’RE NOT BOKO HARAM SPONSORS —APC
25.Jul.2014 Lanre Adewole –Lagos
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) said the constant allegation that its leaders are sponsors and sympathisers of Boko Haram has been disproved by the Wednesday’s attack on its central figure, former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari.
The party condemned the twin bombing of Kaduna, saying the consequences of Buhari being caught by the attack were being imagined.
A statement from its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, in Lagos, also expressed shock over the attack which targeted Buhari and a prominent cleric, Dahiru Bauchi.
It added that the attempted assassination of General Buhari had changed the narrative about the insurgent group and knocked the bottom off the alleged sinister and partisan colouration given to the insurgency by the Federal Government.
The party said while no one had yet claimed responsibility for the attack, the mere fact that it occurred at all was a lose-lose situation for the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.
“Whether it is Boko Haram or not, one thing remains: This government has failed woefully in its core constitutional duty of protecting the security and welfare of the citizenry. And we mean all the citizens, not just the leaders.
“Contrary to the simplistic and clearly selfish portrayal of the Boko Haram insurgency as a sinister plot to bring down the government of Jonathan, it should now be clear to the Federal Government that Boko Haram is an enemy of Nigeria and of all of humanity.
“It is a real problem that is capable of consuming this country if immediate and urgent steps are not made now by the government to move away from its politicisation of the crisis, its decision to use it as a trump card for President Jonathan’s re-election and exploit it as a ticket to international relevance for the president.
“If anything untoward had happened to General Buhari on Wednesday, the consequences are only better imagined than witnessed,” the party said.
It added that “if, indeed, the APC is behind Boko Haram and General Buhari is a sympathiser of the evil group, as the Federal Government wants the world to believe, could it be that the insurgents do not know their leaders or sympathisers, assuming they are behind the attack?
“If they are not responsible for the attack, doesn’t that support the theory in some circles that Boko Haram has become a franchise, hence there is the Boko Haram of Abubakar Shekau and the political Boko Haram?
“Whatever happens now, the repulsive theory of the PDP-led government that the opposition APC is using Boko Haram to truncate the administration of Jonathan is up in flames.
“Therefore, it is time for them to change the narrative, see Boko Haram for what it is – an enemy of Nigeria – and rally the citizenry, irrespective of their political, ethnic or religious affiliation, behind the government’s efforts to tackle it decisively.”
It asked that instead of dividing Nigerians along religious, ethnic and political lines, President Jonathan should borrow a leaf from his predecessors, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua, who never said the Niger Delta militancy was aimed at their government or people, but tackled it headlong.
The party reiterated its earlier stand that only a non-partisan approach would galvanise Nigerians against Boko Haram, which, it alleged, was rooted more in the years of bad governance that had resulted in mass unemployment, corruption and economic imbalances.
It repeated its offer to work with the Federal Government to battle Boko Haram and its call for a national stakeholders’ conference to help fashion out a comprehensive counter-insurgent blueprint for the nation.
BUHARI PLOTTED BOMB ATTACK ON HIS CONVOY – ASARI DOKUBO
By Wale Odunsi on July 27, firstname.lastname@example.org
A former militant leader, Dokubo-Asari, yesterday alleged that the bomb attack on former Military Head of State was planned by Buhari himself.
Asari, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Abuja, said Buhari and his group would fail in their conspiracy and desperation to take over power from President Goodluck Jonathan now, in 2015 or whenever.
The leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force, NDPSF, lambasted the three-time presidential aspirant for going as far as masterminding an attack that murdered scores of innocent Nigerians.
He claimed to know the Northern leader so well, saying that Buhari was not known to be driven in a bullet-proof car prior to the incident and that the use of an armoured jeep in his motorcade started recently.
The former President of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, reiterated the position of the Niger Delta region, that President Jonathan must contest in 2015.
He advised opponents of the Peoples Democratic Party-led government to refrain from their consistent attacks, saying that such would not deter the current national leadership from delivering its Transformation Agenda to Nigerians.
WE WILL MAKE NIGERIA UNGOVERNABLE IF PRESIDENT JONATHAN DOES NOT RUN IN 2015 – JONATHAN YOUTH COALITION
The youth wing of the National Coalition for Jonathan/Sambo Presidency, NACOJP, have given President Goodluck Jonathan 45 days to declare his intentions to run in the 2015 Presidential elections or millions of youths will storm Abuja and Nigeria will become ungovernable.
Speaking at a ceremony in Abuja, NACOJP’s President, Comrade Godspower Denema, stated that Jonathan must contest in 2015 otherwise they will resort to drastic actions that might threaten the existence of the country.
“On behalf of the entire youths of Nigeria, I want to sincerely warn that if Mr. President refuses to contest the 2015 presidential election, the youths of Nigeria from the six geopolitical zones of the country will be forced to take some drastic actions,” he said.
“Some of the action may include but not limited to the shutdown of the entire country. More than 40 million Nigerian youths will storm Abuja in early February. We shall conscript Mr. President. We shall make sure that no Jonathan, no election in 2015 and most Nigerian youths shall change their national tags.”
He said that Jonathan deserved re-election in view of his “sterling performance” in his first term.
“Those fanning the embers of disunity and beating the drums of war should not flee the country when trouble starts. They should not attempt to ferry their own children out of the country when the trouble they are trying to promote starts.
“In fact, they should be advised to bring their own children who they are keeping abroad to come home to fight. Nigeria at centenary is at a cross-road. The pendulum of activity is oscillating between peace and impending war. President Jonathan represents peace and his detractors, who are crisis promoting agents, represent war. So the choice is now left for Nigerians. I am very convinced that they will make the right choice, which is the path of peace,” he said.
The NACOJP ceremony also celebrated the launch of a pamphlet titled ‘100 Reasons Why Nigerian Youths Should Support President Jonathan.’
LIKE ASARI DOKUBO, LIKE NORTHERN LEADERS: THE TREASONABLE COMMENTS GOES ON!
2015 ‘ll be bloody… – Buhari
“God willing, by 2015, something will happen. They either conduct a free and fair election or they go a very disgraceful way.
“If what happened in 2011 (alleged rigging) should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.’’
– Vanguard May 15, 2012
We’ll make Nigeria ungovernable for Jonathan or any other southerner – Lawal Kaita – October 2010 (on behalf of Northern Elders Political Forum)
“Anything short of a Northern President is tantamount to stealing our presidency. Jonathan has to go and he will go. Even if he uses incumbency powers to get his nomination on the platform of the PDP, he will be frustrated out”
2015: North Will Confront Jonathan – Lawal Kaita
“We hear rumours all over that Jonathan is planning to contest in 2015.
Well, the north is going to be prepared if the country remains one. That is, if the country remains one, we are going to fight for it. If not, everybody can go his way” – LEADERSHIP March 29, 2012
2015 may be Nigeria’s last election –Junaid Mohammed
National Coordinator of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaidu Mohammed said yesterday that unless efforts are made to ensure that the 2015 general election are free and fair, it may turn out to be the last election in the history of the nation.
– INTERVIEW IN THE NATION OF MARCH 17, 2013
NIGERIA DUE FOR REVOLUTION – Dr. Junaid Mohammed
“If You Shoot 500 People, Nigeria Will Be A Much Better Place…”
His words: “We are overdue for revolution. If you are afraid of revolution, maybe you have something to be afraid of. I have nothing to be afraid of about revolution, even though I know, again, in the history of revolution situation, many people who are innocent get killed and that is what a revolution is all about… What is wrong with us having revolution here? Unless, of course, you belong to those who are stealing government money or you have something to hide, then of course you should be afraid of revolution, because after the revolution, there is what we call revolutionary justice; they will get you and shoot you and there are many people that if we shoot in Nigeria, Nigeria will be a better place. In fact, if you shoot 500 people, Nigeria will be a much better place and God will forgive you.
– INTERVIEW PUBLISHED IN THE SUN, OCTOBER 9, 2011
It Must Be A Northerner Or No Nigeria – Dr Junaid Mohammed
Asked what he expected would happen if Goodluck Jonathan won the PDP’s endorsement to contest the 2011 presidential election. He said: “There would be violence. First, the PDP would never be the same again. People would desert the PDP in droves; secondly, the north is not going to take it hands down. I want to assure that I want you to hold me to this after seeing the way the events shape.”
– The Guardian November 2, 2010, Junaid – a member of the People’s Salvation Party (PSP)
DAILY INDEPENDENT Friday, March 8, 2013
Nigeria’ll disintegrate if Jonathan contests in 2015 – Abu King Shuluwa
“Any attempt by Jonathan to run for the election would plunge this country into total anarchy or revolution because the people feel betrayed by a president who told them that he would run for one term and thereafter return power to the North.”
“I saw a vision of the country disintegrating by 2015, but the only person that can save Nigeria from the impending disintegration is President Jonathan and he can do that by not contesting the 2015 presidential election.”
“If he does, then he is calling for the total revolution, which will affect every household. That revolution will start the day Jonathan is announced as the candidate of the PDP. If he dares win the election, he will hardly be sworn-in because of the revolution”.
Vanguard Newspapers Sunday May 5, 2013
There will be no peace if Jonathan is not returned in 2015 – Dokubo Asari
“I want to go on to say that, there will be no peace, not only in the Niger Delta, but everywhere if Goodluck Jonathan is not president by 2015, except God takes his life, which we don’t pray for.”
2015 PRESIDENCY: START YOUR WAR NOW, NORTHERN ELDERS REPLY S/SOUTH MILITANTS
Monday, May 13, 2013 30 Latest News in Nigeria
Northern elders have pointedly said President Goodluck Jonathan will not be re-elected in 2015.
They, therefore, said a segment of the Niger Delta people, particularly erstwhile militant leader, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, who said there would be war in Nigeria if their kinsman, Jonathan, is not re-elected, may start their action now.
According to them, the Jonathan sympathisers do not need to wait until their kinsman is defeated in 2015 to act.
The northern elders, under the aegis of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), hinged their opposition to the president’s re-election on non-performance. They added that Jonathan was not entitled to the office of president in the first place.
Prof. Ango Abdullahi, their spokesman, conveyed their position in an interview with Sunday Vanguard.
Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, pointed out that the North was dissatisfied with Jonathan’s presidency.
“We in the North are not going to support Jonathan in 2015 because he has done nothing for this country since he became president,” the NEF spokesperson declared.
“In fact, things in this country are worse than they have ever been. So far, in terms of the performance of this president, I don’t see how he can stand and win an election if you judge him in terms of the social, economic and political indices in the Nigerian environment where we are now. Things have gone from bad to worse since his coming.
“In the first place, he should not be sitting as the president of Nigeria going by the zoning formula of his party, the PDP. The president should have come from the North based on the zoning policy of the PDP.
“Under the PDP zoning policy, the North allowed the South to produce the president for eight years, which Obasanjo took and, by their own signature, including Jonathan himself, when he was the Deputy Governor, on behalf of his governor, that the North will then run for eight years and we agreed. Umaru Yar’Ádua started by died after two and a half years.”
Abdullahi continued: “Of course, the constitution allows that his vice should serve out the remaining term of the joint ticket and we did not complain.
Commonsense should have dictated to Jonathan that he should be honourable enough to respect the zoning agreement which he was a party to.
“He should have been gentlemanly enough to say to his party, ‘look, I’m not qualified to put up myself for election beyond 2011 and that a northerner should run for the post as agreed. He did not do so, but came out to say that he did not know about the zoning.
“So, how do you deal with this kind of a person who cannot honour a simple gentleman agreement? So, from all these perspectives, I don’t see how one can support the president or his ability to be able to lead this country.”
On the threat by ex-militant leaders to cause violence if Jonathan was not returned in 2015, the NEF spokesperson challenged them to start the war now and stop waiting until their kinsman was voted out.
The renowned agriculturist made it clear that the North was not afraid of the threat as no tribe, group of groups of individual had the monopoly of causing mayhem.
Abdullahi said, “The choice to resort to violence or not is that of the militants. The choice for peace or no peace is that of all Nigerians. No individual or group of individuals has monopoly for peace or lack of it.
“My reaction is that but for the fact that I am aware that (Alhaji) Dokubo (ex-N-Delta militant leader) is a spokesperson for the corridors of powers, I would have ignored him. But my reaction now is directed to their leaders, elders, including the president, that if it is their feeling that this is the way things should go, I am saying, on behalf of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, that they should start the crisis now because I’m putting them on notice that Jonathan will not be president in 2015. So they can start now and we in the North are waiting.”
The NEF spokesperson boasted that the North was capable of presenting a common candidate, who would be able to defeat Jonathan in a free and fair election in 2015.
He said, “Look, what I want to see is democracy in practice so that as many candidates who want to contest the next presidential election, including Jonathan himself, can do so freely, without being witch-hunted or harassed by anyone.
“In fact, I would prefer that Jonathan should contest and I can assure you that he would lose. And as far as the North is concerned, there are many credible and qualified candidates and, once a free and fair election is guaranteed, the people would choose who they want to be their president come 2015.”
Former militant leader, Asari Dokubo, last week, warned of dire consequences if Jonathan was not re-elected in 2015.
Although the House of Representatives has raised a panel to investigate him for making provocative statement, Dokubo and other Niger Delta groups have dared the lawmakers to arrest him.
Call to arrest ex-miltants: Clark, Dokubo, Tompolo, others blast Danjuma
on January 30, 2015 / in Headlines 12:48 am / Comments
* Say he is the one that must be arrested
*Accuse him of sponsoring attacks on Jonathan
* As Clark, Kuku, Nyiam, others condemn his statement
By Emma Amaize, Soni Daniel, Henry Umoru, Dapo Akinrefon & Levinus Nwabughiogu
WARRI—Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday, said he was disappointed at the call by former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma (ret), that former Niger Delta militants should be arrested and prosecuted for warning that there would be war if President Goodluck Jonathan loses the presidential election on February 14. He said that Danjuma should have condemned the attacks on Jonathan in several states in the North instead of calling for the arrest of the ex-militants.
Meanwhile, a former militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, was defiant as he accused Danjuma of sponsoring terrorism in the Northern part of the country and also called for his arrest and prosecution.
Similarly, leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo in his reaction, said he felt sorry for Danjuma for calling for his arrest and other Niger Delta activists.
Danjuma had Wednesday in Kano State, called for the immediate arrest of Asari, Tompolo and Boyloaf over alleged comments credited to them that there would be war should President Jonathan fail to win the February 14 poll.
Reacting also, former Provost-Marshal of the Nigerian Army, Brig. General Idada Ikponmwen(ret); Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku; Captain Beck Hitler, a prominent Chief of Gbaramatu and Ogulagha Kingdoms, Delta State; Urhobo Ovo and Ijaw Kene Patriots for Okowa; former National Chairman of the Association of Traditional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities of Nigeria, ATROMPCON, and paramount ruler of Seimbiri Kingdom in Delta State, HRM Charles Ayemi-Botu and Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, faulted Danjuma’s call, describing same as unfounded and based on misleading reports.
Danjuma’s statement biased — Clark
Chief Clark, while noting his respect for the former army chief, said it was unhelpful for Danjuma to condemn some and not others.
“I read with amazement and indignation, the statement made by Gen. Danjuma, a man I have so much respect for. I always believed that he is very straightforward and courageous and that he can speak to anybody on any issue. I was, therefore, surprised that young men like Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Boyloaf who they call ex-militants should make statements and instead of him appealing to everybody who has been making such types of statements, he now said that some should be arrested?
“President Jonathan has always believed in one man, one vote and that nobody should die because of him. I went further to say that if it is true that Asari Dokubo and Kingsley Kuku said what was attributed to them, then confront them and not all of Ijaw people. I then went further to ask the speaker that he should be courageous enough to condemn similar statements made.”
Clark noted that a number of northern leaders including Alhaji Isa Kaita, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Dr. Junaid Mohammed and Ango Abdullahi in the past made threats against the peace and security of the country before the 2011 elections.
“And in the same vein, they said that they would make Nigeria ungovernable if Jonathan wins the 2011 elections. And they really caused mayhem. My nephew that I trained in the University of Calabar was among those Youth Corps members killed in Bauchi. Where was Gen. Danjuma then? So, why do you now condemn these people? So I think this type of condemnation is one-sided and does not speak well of somebody who believes in the unity of Nigeria.
“Recently, APC said they will set up a parallel government if they don’t win the election. What did Danjuma say? So, I feel very disappointed that he should direct his attention to these men who feel that after the attack on President Jonathan in Bauchi where his security men were wounded and he was attacked in Katsina, something should be done.
“Jonathan comes from somewhere and perhaps that is why these people made that statement and you remember Governor Lamido of Jigawa said that if anyone goes against Buhari, the northerners would regard him as an enemy. For some time now they have been campaigning, when Buhari went to Bayelsa State, he was given a red carpet treatment, and that is the home state of the President. It was the same in Port-Harcourt, the second home of the President. He (Buhari) campaigned throughout the South-South.
“So, why should Jonathan not have the same privilege? And he is the president of the country? Why should his posters not be pasted in the north? PDP governors cannot speak about Jonathan in their place? So, what kind of country do we belong to? Has Gen. Danjuma not been reading about those things?”
“I condemn any statement made by anybody threatening the stability of this country. I am not supporting if it is true that they made that statement, they didn’t make it on behalf of us, but Danjuma should be more straight-forward and I respect him because when he speaks, the nation will hear. He should not be biased. Nigeria is Nigeria, nobody is superior to the other, we are equals. If we belong to a country where only one part can make mistakes and it would be condemned, then it is not one country. So, I expect Danjuma to appeal to the northerners to allow Jonathan to campaign in every part of the north.”
Arrest him for sponsoring terrorism and attacks on Jonathan
Tompolo, who called for Danjuma’s arrest for allegedly sponsoring terrorism in the Northern part of the country in a statement by his media aide, Paul Bebenimibo, said: “The call by Danjuma for my arrest and other agitators for a better living condition for the people of the Niger Delta region is an indication that he is behind terrorism in the North Eastern part of the country.
He also did not condemn the attacks on the president in Bauchi.
“Is Gen. Danjuma not aware of the peaceful atmosphere when Gen Muhammadu Buhari visited Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa states (home base of the President) for campaigns? Why was it that President Jonathan’s convoy was attacked in Kastina and Bauchi states without any provocation?
“Who is Gen. Danjuma if not for the oil wealth he is enjoying from the Niger Delta? He should rather be arrested for being behind terrorism in the North.
“Where was Danjuma when Mallam Adamu Ciroma threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable if Jonathan defeated the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate, Buhari? Where was this so-called statesman when the APC campaign Director-General, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, threatened to form a parallel government if President Jonathan wins the 2015 elections? Where was he when Dr. Junaid Muhammed, Buhari and Atiku Abubakar all said in separate interviews that the nation will boil if Jonathan won the election in 2011?
“Gen. Danjuma should be reminded that the devilish treaty that brought the Southern and Northern Protectorates together in 1914, expired last year.
Danjuma and his likes should be grateful to President Jonathan, who has been keeping this country together.
“If not for President Jonathan, there would not be a Nigeria any more. Danjuma and his cohorts should be reminded of the saying that ‘those who live in glass house should not throw stones. Is it the interest of Nigeria that Gen. Danjuma is protecting or his oil bloc in the Niger Delta?”
I am sorry for Danjuma—Asari-Dokubo
On his part, Asari Dokubo said he felt sorry for Danjuma for calling for his (Dokubo) arrest and other Niger Delta activists.
In a telephone chat with Vanguard, Asari who said he would in due course fully reply Danjuma reiterated his stand that President Jonathan would win the election.
Giving what he termed as the last warning, Asari restated that Niger Delta would return any attack on the President.
“Goodluck has already won the election. If they continue with the attacks on Goodluck Jonathan, we will respond disproportionately. This is the last warning. For the General, I feel sorry for him.
“What was his salary throughout his period in the army? How did he acquire the wealth that he has acquired? How did he get the oil concession from a piece of paper? How did he get it if not through the manipulation of the Nigerian state? He wants to maintain his wealth. One day, they will answer for their crimes,” Asari said.
It was peace meeting—Kuku
Mr. Kingsley Kuku, who spoke in Abuja at an interactive forum with a cross section of Nigerian youths on how to end insurgency in the North East, said Danjuma misfired by calling for the arrest of the Niger Delta activists.
The presidential aide pointed out that far from what the former minister reportedly said, the former militant leaders were summoned to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State to explore the possibility of dousing raging tension over the alleged attack on Jonathan in Katsina and Bauchi states.
Kuku said that Danjuma should have sought clarification from him or his office rather than go to the media to call for the arrest of Tompolo, Dokubo and other ex-militants for what they did not advocate.
He explained that the meeting, which was hosted by the Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, was meant to calm the agitated Niger Delta youths, who had prepared to retaliate the stoning of their kinsman, Jonathan, in the North.
Gen. Idada- Ikponmwen, others react
Brig. General Idada Ikponmwen, disagreed with Danjuma, saying that they should be warned on the implications of their statements rather than calling for their arrest.
According to him, “the truth is that the use of threatening words has become almost part of our political system, it is not the best. The way I look at it, we are in a battle because politics in Nigeria is a battle; it is a battle of wits; a battle for resources; it has been the situation.”
Also, Captain Beck Hitler, a prominent Chief of Gbaramatu and Ogulagha kingdoms, faulted the call for the arrests, saying it was quite unfortunate that the call was made by General Danjuma, who didn’t call for the arrest of Buhari, APC presidential candidate who issued similar threats in 2011.
The Ijaw chief also said it was wrong for Danjuma to have described Tompolo, Asari Dokubo and other ex-militants as irresponsible individuals, adding they have contributed immensely to the development of Niger Delta region.
A group, Urhobo Ovo and Ijaw Kene Patriots for Okowa, faulted Danjuma’s call, saying: “We see the call made by Danjuma to arrest Tompolo and others as clear oppression and a hidden agenda to deny President Jonathan victory on February 14. The people of Niger Delta are strongly supporting President Jonathan’s re-election.”
His Royal Majesty Charles Ayemi-Botu, on his part, said: “It is clear that Tompolo, Asari Dokubo, Boyloaf and others did not actually threaten war or say they would destabilize the country if Jonathan did not win the February 14 presidential election; they only expressed dismay at the attack and stoning of Mr. President, who is from Niger-Delta during his campaigns in the Northern part of the country.”
The Ijaw Youth Council, spokesman, Mr. Eric Omare, said: “The accusation leveled against Jonathan by the APC, is also unfounded.”
He said it was not true as alleged that President Jonathan was backing Tompolo, Dokubo, Boyloaf and others in purported threats to destabilize Nigeria as alleged by APC.
He pointed out that IYC participated in the meeting by the governor of Bayelsa State, Dickson with youth leaders and ex-Niger –Delta freedom fighters on January 23.
“There was no time it was resolved that Niger Delta people would destabilize Nigeria if President Jonathan fails the February 14, 2015 Presidential election. This did not form part of the resolutions of the meeting which were read out by Hon. Kingsley Kuku for Governor Dickson to transmit to Mr. President.
“The report on ex-militants threatening to destabilize Nigeria in the event of President Jonathan losing the 2015 election is a figment of the imagination of the writers and not part of the resolution of the meeting. The meeting could not have discussed that as we are confident that President Jonathan would win the February 14, 2015 Presidential election,” he added.
ARMY COMMANDER WRITES TO JONATHAN,
REVEALS WHY MILITARY CANNOT DEFEAT BOKO HARAM
By Daily Post Staff on December 16, 2014@dailypostngr
Frustration and desperation have led a commanding officer leading troops in Nigeria’s volatile region to write a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President, David Mark, outlining several troubles confronted by soldiers combating Boko Haram insurgents in that troubled portion of the nation. The letter which was leaked to SaharaReporters, is dated November 13.
According to the high-ranking officer, whose name was understandably left out of the piece, corruption, maladministration, lack of resources and troops’ motivation have militated against a successful campaign to end Boko Haram’s deadly reign of terror in the northeast.
In the lengthy complaint titled: “Please Mr President save the Military and Nigeria from collapsing,” the officer feared that his intervention would endanger his life, but warned that both the Nigerian Army and the entire country will crumble under the insurgency if the nation’s leadership failed to act on the issues raised in his letter.
While reminding the powers-that-be that “no country without a strong army will survive,” the officer was gravely categorical that “If all issues raised in this letter are not urgently addressed, the Nigerian Army will soon be history and by implication there will be no country called Nigeria.”
You can now read the full text of the officer’s letter addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan below:
PLEASE MR PRESIDENT SAVE THE MILITARY AND NIGERIA FROM COLLAPSING
1. Sir, I am constrain to write you this letter which I consider it a matter of more than great importance for me to inform you and put to record issues that are happening in the North East (Operation Zaman Lafiya). I choose this medium to write you this open letter because I have written similar letter but no action was taking which I believe some forces have blocked it are now after my life. Sir I have served in 7 Division as staff officer and presently I am the commanding officer of 103Bn in the field. My combined wealth of experience as a staff officer and now commanding officer are the disturbing fact that necessitated me to write you this letter. While as a staff officer, I was among those who believed that the commanders in the field are not doing well. But presently, as a commander in the field, I found out that it is not the fault of any commander that the defeat of the so called BOKO HARAM (BH) has not been achieved.
2. First and foremost sir, the Nigerian Army is poorly equipped in the North East, if all the battalions are well-equipped as required; it will not take the Army more than two weeks to flush out the BH. Presently there are four units in my location here in KONDUGA including 21 Armoured Brigade HQ. If all the units are provided with all their requirements, we can advance and flush out BH out of North East. Mr. President sir, the Nigerian Army is well-trained and capable of defending our nation. It has demonstrated the capacity to even successfully enforce peace in other nations. Why not in our own country Nigeria?
3. The fact about NE operation is that we are poorly equipped, understaffed, high corruption from Army Headquarters down to battalion level. Commanders see it as opportunity to make money. My predecessor has complained of the same problem. Instead of ASA addressing the issue raised by him, the army authorities decided to Court Martialled him. All the units in NE are understaffed, but on payroll their strength are complete just to collect more allowances than what each unit is supposed to. The commanders see it as a personal money making venture rather than taking care of men and equipment. This ugly trend led to loss of many officers and soldiers and thereby having adverse effect on the moral (sic) of troops. Majority of soldiers in the operation area wear mufti (civil cloths) under their military uniforms in case there is an attack and the troops cannot withstand the BH, they found it easy to disguise as civilians to enable them escape. This is not the traditional practice in the NA. Though it is lack of adequate equipment and poor administration from the higher authority that resulted to this ugly trend by our troops.
4. Sir, another bad and unprofessional act is that soldiers don’t take to orders from their superior officers because they have lost confidence/trust from them. The case of former General Officer Commanding 7 Division Major General A. Mohammed is enough evidence to show that all is not well in the Nigerian Army. It will interest you to note that worse cases has been recorded before that of the former GOC and more are still happening, but nobody is ready to investigate the root cause of problems facing the troops in the field.
5. This brings me to a recent occurrence which is my main purpose of writing this letter. As I mentioned earlier, due to the failure of the authority to address issues that I made mentioned, when a unit is attacked and overran by the BH not because the soldiers are unable to fight, but lack of weapons, ammunitions and communications equipment, the soldiers on many occasions will ran away, and a commander cannot stand and fight alone as a result of this. Presently seventy percent of commanders in the NE are facing Court Martial due to the reasons mentioned. We the commanding officers are very worried over this development. This is because we many soon find our self as victims of this maladministration from our higher authorities.
6. There is no sincerity in this operation; this is because the present acting GOC has never visited any location outside Maiduguri town not to talk of principal staff officers in Army Headquarters or even the COAS. But we keep on hearing all sorts of lies that Generals are leading the fight against BH. These are facts that can be confirmed from officers and soldiers in this operation including those in the 7 Division Headquarters. The GOC is so afraid that even with the Divisional Headquarters; he doesn’t go out and always locked himself inside his office. Infact it is a common knowledge among officers and soldiers in this operation that the acting GOC is here to make his money and earn his promotion to the detriment of the operation. The completion of his mansion at No 8 Gwamna Road in Kaduna which the GOC ignorantly disclosed that when he completed it, will be among the best houses in Kaduna, has turned to be a subject of discussion among troops.
7. The former 21 Armored Brigade commander is facing Court Martial today because the acting GOC does not want to see him and his garrision in Maiduguri town simply because of the huge monthly allocations from the Borno State government to the brigade garrision. He wanted to be collecting his money by using 7 Div Garrison, but in reality 7 Div Garrision does not have troops to claim such money. It is worthy to note that the GOC received 33,000litres of AGO and PMS each, 600 bags of rice monthly from Borno State government. All these items are diverted for his personal use.
8. Recently the newly appointed 21 Brigade commander lead 3 units to flush out the BH, that operation was successful, almost 300 BH were killed, weapons and vehicles were recovered from them, in the process the troops exhausted their ammunitions from the Div, the GOC simply replied that there was no ammunition this made all the troops to withdraw back to KONDUGA.
9. Presently more than 3000 officers and soldiers are either killed in action, deserted, captured as POW or on AWOL. But due to lack of proper administration the army directed that their salary should be stopped. This affect the families of those that are either genuinely killed in action or captured as Prisoners of War. It has also affected some of the troops that are still participating in this operation.
10. Mr. President sir, if all issues raised in this letter are not urgently address, the Nigerian Army will soon be history and by implication there will be no country called Nigeria. No country without strong army will survive. I decided to write you this letter because the life of officers and soldiers trusted in my care are no longer save. My life is also at the stake because the NA authority as usual will say I have communicated directly to you as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and may sanction me. As a citizen of this country and a commander in the operational area, with all the points I have mentioned in this letter, it is clearly that the Military authorities have failed the country, as such they should be held liable for their misdeeds. I have consulted seasonal constitutional lawyers if writing you this letter will be an offence, but they said it is my constitutional right to inform the C in C about what is happening in the NE and within the military which if not address will affect the survival of Nigeria.
NORTH AND SOUTH – WEST CONSPIRACY
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“I predict that the denouement of the riddle of the Niger delta will soon come. The agenda is being set at this trial. Whether the peaceful ways I have favoured will prevail depends on what the oppressor decides, what signals it sends out to the waiting public’’. Ken Saro Wiwa
I open my article on that great speech of the hero of the Niger Delta, Ken Saro Wiwa, though dead, his spirit is alive to the struggle of the freedom of his race.
Many institutions had forecast the breakdown of Nigeria in 2015. First, it was the late President of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi who said Nigeria should be divided into two nations along religious lines to avoid further bloodshed between Muslims and Christians, the late Libyan leader has said.
In a speech to students, he commended the example of India and Pakistan where he said divided to save many lives. Excruciating Nigeria “would stop the bloodshed and burning of places of worship. This word was not taken seriously because of the background of the preacher, even though it is an earnest truth. Since the Boko Haram started the carnage of Christians in the northern Nigeria more than ten thousand lives have been sent to their early grave, while hundreds of thousands have been rendered homeless and orphans.
The current rage by northern politicians to disrupt the administration of Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the president of the federal republic of Nigeria is a plot to plunge the nation into war that will lead to her disintegration. The North having ruled Nigeria for 39 years should voluntariry allow the region that lays the proverbial ‘golden egg’ that butters the whole country to finish its two terms peacefully. They started this war of dethroning the South –south’s only president by sponsoring Boko Haram violence to make Nigeria ungovernable for him, just as the former Head of State, General Buhari (rtd) has vowed.
Billions of naira that would have been used to develop the country has now been shifted from capital projects into security in a bid to curbing the menace of Boko Haram in the North.
The other day the speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Aminu Tambuwal, who is alleged the number one planner and sponsor of both the political crises in PDP and Boko Haram violence was blaming the government of Goodluck Jonathan , which he is a principal officer of not executing major capital projects that were detailed in the 2013 budget, pretending not to have the knowledge that the major part of the funds have been redirected into security problems in the north to quell the violence he fuelled with his compatriots.
But whoever set fire in the bush, will never go free, it is either he dies by it or his children will be consumed by the conflagration. The thinking of the north to cause instability infusing crises into the ruling party to frustrate President Goodluck Jonathan out of office and take over is a chemical weapon which they will not be able to withstand the impending war that will surly lead to the Nation’s fragmentation.
The south- south militants who had decided to embrace peace and return to their legitimate careers are watching closely the turn of events, waiting for the north to excrete more poisonous venom that they will capitalize on to fight back. The Biafran Movement is also building ties with the Niger Delta Militant, ready to war to the last.
If the North successfully takes over, they should be assured that from that day of swearing -in, Civil war will breakout in Nigeria by the militants, which all the crude oil and gas pipe lines will be blown off and the nation’s economy will be brought to her knees. No amount of weapon and military intervention will bring that war to an end, rather, the division of Nigeria will be the end result.
Already many nations that are interested in the natural resources deposited in the region are monitoring the Nigerian political and religious crises with keen interest and there is a lot going on in integrating closer ties with the leaders of the South –South and the militants’ leadership to provide military and human assistance to bring the Niger Delta Country to be.
Many may think the threat of Former militant and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, who declared that if President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential ambition in 2015 is scuttled, there would be blood in the streets is mere threat.
“The way things are going, there is no sitting on the fence in the battle before us,” Mr. Asari-Dokubo has said. “When some people say they have a right to rule and others don’t have, then there is no sitting on the fence. All of us will have to be in the ring and fight. We cannot leave Goodluck (Jonathan) alone. He fumes.
“My support for Jonathan will be biased, because charity begins at home. Monkey no fine, but him mama like am. Goodluck, na my person. 2015 is already a settled matter. Goodluck Jonathan would be President in 2015. “Whether they contest or they don’t. If they say the blood of the dogs and the baboons will be soaked in the streets, or salt water, we will help them soak blood in the streets”.
Insisting there was no crisis in the PDP in the wake of the walkout during the recent National Convention by some aggrieved members, led by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and seven governors, Mr. Asari-Dokubo said the exit of seven out of 23 governors elected on PDP ticket was not enough to cause any crisis.
On the role of two former Presidents, Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo, who are working towards an amicable resolution of the crisis, Asari-Dokubo described the duo, who are also members of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the PDP, as “agents provocateurs”, who are fuelling the crisis by declaring that they do not want Jonathan to run in the 2015 elections. He accused Messrs Babangida and Obasanjo of secretly encouraging the Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido to run for President, with Rivers state governor, Chubuike Amaechi as his deputy, adding that at one recent public function, Mr. Babangida had said that Mr. Amaechi and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, were good to run for higher offices come 2015.
And on his own part, Ateke Tom, Leader of the Niger Delta Vigilante (NDV) led thousands of youths to protest against Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and the northern threat to Jonathan which paralyzed normal business activities in Port Harcourt. With the permission of the state Police Command, Tom led protest against Amaechi, warning Amaechi to desist from fighting President Jonathan and vowed to return to the creeks and bring to complete stand still oil production in the entire region , Tom added that the North feels they are the ones to rule Nigeria but we will bring this nation to mire and told the press that Ameachi is a saboteur whose biological birth place is in doubt, adding that he is not a Rivers man, even the name can tell you. The Rotimis are from the Western Region of Nigeria. That is why he is causing the dismay in the state.
Other aggrieved former militant leaders have also threatened to return to the creeks should the North take over from Jonathan; that they will spell war.
More than 1000 ex-militant leaders and their boys in Warri, Delta, State South-South, Nigeria, carried out a protest march at the Marine Quarters area to drive home their point. They disrupted free flow of traffic as they barricaded some of the major routes on Okumagba Avenue and other parts of Warri The group, whose protest was led by one “General” Augustine Oges and Kingsley Muturu, took over Gbiaye Street at about 4.30p.m., and stopped at the NUJ Press Centre at Third Marine Gate.
At the centre, the ex-militants manhandled a staff of the NUJ Secretariat and forcefully gained entry into the centre. They told journalists at the Press centre that they would make the Niger Delta region ungovernable if a northern president takes over from Jonathan.
They said they will push for their own country since they are not regarded in Nigeria. The marginalization of the South –south led increasingly to the militarization of the Delta. Local and state officials had become involved by offering financial support to these paramilitary groups they believe would attempt to enforce their own political agenda.
Right now the groups are having military training in Russia, America and China which are the countries that have interest in the oil and gas deposited in the region. The north should know that all their ethnic –political gimmicks in collaboration with western Nigeria are being monitored closely by the international community and they are ready to give military support to the Niger –Deltans to have their own country.
Amalgamation treaty that was signed was a trial version to see whether the country Nigeria with all ethnic groupings can co-exist. A clause in that treaty gives room for any region to pull out of the country after 100 years. So it is the right time to bring the country Nigeria to a close, if the North feels the minorities do not have the same right as they have, then the call for National Confab by some elite is the right position to avoid the ethnic cleansing that the North funding Boko Haram to kill the Southerners in their midst and the west are now deporting the southerners which is a clear evidence that the south-south and south-East are not wanted in the country called the Nigeria anymore.
To avoid further bloodshed and the looming Civil war, the national confab should be in place to a call for referendum. Let the people vote for which country they wish to belong. President Goodluck Jonathan should not at any point bow to pressure from the north to bow out of office. Let the western –Nigeria and the North Collaborate and destroy Nigeria, so that the Country Niger Delta could emerge, where the resources from their land will be used to develop their land. For so long the South-south has remained a slave to the North and west, it is time for freedom and liberation.
I will rest my ink with this great quote by the hero who struggled to stop the marginalization of the South –South, Ken Saro Wiwa:
“My lord, we all stand before history. I am a man of peace, of ideas. Appalled by the denigrating poverty of my people who live on a richly endowed land, distressed by their political marginalization and economic strangulation, angered by the devastation of their land, their ultimate heritage, anxious to preserve their right to life and to a decent living, and determined to usher to this country as a whole a fair and just democratic system which protects everyone and every ethnic group and gives us all a valid claim to human civilization, I have devoted my intellectual and material resources, my very life, to a cause in which I have total belief and from which I cannot be blackmailed or intimidated. I have no doubt at all about the ultimate success of my cause, no matter the trials and tribulations which I and those who believe with me may encounter on our journey. Neither imprisonment nor death can stop our ultimate victory’’
Though gruesomely murdered by the Northern Nigeria and Western Nigeria Conspiracy against the South-South, his spirit fights on with the living.
EDITOR’S SUMMARY & SUBMISSION
There is a great price to pay for those Niger Deltan pretenders, collaborators & saboteurs who are pretending to be our brethren but are collaborating with the northerners and westerners to sabotage our fight for freedom and return us back to the Bondage of Egypt:
They will all perish in the Red Sea with their Egyptian slave masters and their generations will be driven away from our Promised Land of the oil rich Niger Delta Nation after we have secured the final victory.
I REST MY CASE!!!
FLY THE FLAG OF FREEDOM!!!