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Northern Leaders and Politicians Should Be Blamed If The Country Breaks up

Published by Guardian on Sat, 11 Feb 2012

The National Coordinator of the Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG), Comrade Joseph Evah, spoke to Journalists on Boko Haram insurgence, saying Northern leaders and politicians are behind them. He however advised President Jonathan not to change his security chiefs but strengthen them, adding that 'State of Emergency' declared in some of the local government areas in the North should extend to the whole states.OLUSHOLA RICKETTS was there.THE American Intelligence Agency has predited that Nigeria may break up in 2015. Do you think the nation is moving towards that'As it is, there is no doubt that there are people who are in support of the Boko Haram and who want Nigeria to break up. And if there is retaliation in other parts of the country by groups such as the Movement for the Actualisation of the sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Ooduwa Peoples' Congress (OPC) and others, it will definitely lead to big trouble.Boko Haram has no conscience! Look at the attack on the Catholic Church at Madalla in Niger State by the Boko Haram.While the families and relations of the victims were still counting their losses, they struck again in Kano where about 200 people lost their lives.And the same occurred in Bauchi where about 20 peoples were reportedly killed. Yet, they have threatened to launch an attack on Sokoto. We can't afford to wait while our people are being slaughtered like cows. There is a limitation to what one is being made to endure.The North is the one benefiting from the wealth and unity of this country. And they need to know this and behave themselves. There is no need fighting over nothing asa better tomorrow, abundance, more united and peaceful Nigeria is possible if we all agree to be of one accord.What do you expect from Northern leaders and Politicians on the Boko Haram insurgency'It is like some Northern leaders and Politicians are behind Boko Haram insurgence. They are there fuelling the crisis since they have failed to bring the crisis under control. The Northern leaders and political leadership had infiltrated the Executive, the Judiciary and Security agencies.Jonathan as Vice President and the governors of the Niger-Delta were able to identify the militants in the region during their uprising. Likewise, the northern governors should be able to identify the people behind Boko Haram and get the crisis resolved. They should come out and speak the truth and I mean nothing but the truth. Northern Governors, Vice-President, David Mark and others should go and open channels of discussion with them.It is not possible for President Goodluck Jonathan to go and discuss with their children. It is left for them to go dialogue with their children for peace to reign. Now, we are quite convinced that northern leaders are the ones causing all these troubles so as to rubbish the Jonathan government. The northern leaders and politicians should be held responsible if the country breaks up. We are not thinking of reprisal attack. These northern leaders and politicians should go and work together for peace in this great nation of ours.Don't you think the aim of Boko Haram is to overthrow Jonathan and capture power back to the North'That the President of the nation is not from the North is not enough reason to start killing people here and there. It is not the right way to get back power. And there is no doubt that power is going back to the North once Jonathan completes his four years tenure. He has even stated it clearly that he is not going to come back for second term.At the moment, the North should not forget that they are the ones occupying almost every important position in the Jonathan Administration. The Vice President and the Senate President are from the North. The head of the Judiciary, the Central Bank Governor, the Minister of Education, 19 governors and others are also from the northern Region. The northern leaders should stop instigating the problem because they want to overthrow Jonathan's government, which cannot happen.Would you advise President Jonathan to sack his Security Chiefs'He must not listen to those telling him to change the security chiefs. Those sponsoring Boko Haram are plotting to kill President Jonathan. He needs to learn from Aguiyi Ironsi's death not to change his Security Chiefs or National Security Adviser (NSA). It will be suicidal for him if he changes the Security Chiefs and the NSA.The problem at hand is more or less political. Those who vowed to make Nigeria ungovernable if Jonathan wins the 2011 election should be brought to book. I believe they are behind the bombings and they are determined to destroy this country. This is like what happened during the period of General Aguiyi Ironsi when the North felt cheated and political leaders sponsored massacre of innocent citizens from the South and succeeded in killing Ironsi due to the fact that he was blackmailed to accept wrong decision.So, don't be deceived! There is no new security chief that will come and do magic if the northern political leaders are behind the bombings. The President should be allowed to finish his tenure. They shouldn't be telling the world and us that the sponsors are faceless.How do you see the declaration of State of Emergency in some parts of the country, including Kano by Jonathan' And do you think emergency rule is the answer to the Boko Haram insurgence'The declaration of State of Emergency is good, but it should not be for some states or selected Local areas (15 local governments in four states). It ought to cover the entire states and not some selected local governments.It is supposed to be whole and not partial.Not only that, President Jonathan should equally relocate the seat of power to Bayelsa or Rivers State for his safety. This is not a new idea. General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) did it when his life was threatened during the bloodiest coup ' the Major Gideon Orkar's coup. He relocated to Minna to manage Nigeria from Niger State and he travelled to Abuja when he felt the security situation had improved.Undoubtedly, the situation at the moment is ripe for the President to also adjust his safety belt. Babangida knew that over 80% of the Orkar's Coup plotters were from the South and that led to his quick relocation. Now that the present bombers are from the North, Jonathan should relocate to Bayelsa or Rivers State.And the next step is for Jonathan to challenge his Vice-President Sambo to relocate to the core North. In like manner the late President Shehu Musa Yar'adua challenged Jonathan to relocate to the creeks of the Niger-Delta. The Vice-President should equally relocate from Abuja to the far North to meet with Boko Haram. And the Senate President, state governors and ministers from the North should accompany him on this journey. At present, Vice-President Sambo has no business in the villa. He should go and dialogue with Boko Haram.So, we are telling President Jonathan to take these measures to keep the situation at bay. He shouldn't relent over it. If the North does not want Nigeria to remain as one, then we are more than ready for that separation.
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