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Boko Haram: Jonathan should meet with northern leaders 'PDP chieftain

Published by Tribune on Sun, 19 Feb 2012

Prince Adenigba Fadahunsi, a chieftain of the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in this interview with Tunde Oyekola, speaks on ways of resolving the crisis posed by the Islamic religious sect, Boko Haram in the northern part of the country and the re-organisation of PDP in the state. Excerpts:What is your advice to the Federal Government on the spate of bomb blast rocking some states in the northern part of the country'I have told you times without number that Mr President should talk to the northern leaders who will in turn talk to their sons and people and call them to order. There is something they are agitating for. When the South-South people were agitating for resource control, the former president, the late Alhaji Umaru Yar'adua, gave them amnesty that is taking care of them with the same oil money. So the president should talk to the northern leaders. The Boko Haram sect is not a religious organisation; I can view it as a pressure group between the government and the northern youth. Now, the attack is coming to Abuja and other states in the North.We have bomb explosions in various parts of the North, constituting a serious security threat. What solution would you proffer to these threats'It is true that the nation's security is been threatened. The bomb explosions in Kano and Madalla are very devastating. The president must talk to the northern leaders. There is something political that is fundamentally wrong; some people are annoyed.He must talk to the leaders and reach an accord with them. It is the leaders that would talk to their sons in both the military and civilian settings. Formerly, it was a local explosive, but now they are using sophisticated explosive. Where does these explosive come from' I think it is merely politics. Former Nigerian leaders, including Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, should be involved.What is happening is a kind of civil disobedience. A situation whereby the economic and political power is concentrated in a section of the country is very dangerous to the country and that is why we have civil and political disobedience. Though, in politics, there is supposed to be problems, but there are two power blocs in the country, the South and the North. The power is concentrated in the South and the North is aggrieved; even in the South too, the South-West is short-changed. The president has to talk to the northern leaders and their counterparts in the South West. There is nobody the people in theSouth-West can look up to at the national level. Is it the president, the vice president, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Special Adviser on Security, the Senate President or the Speaker of the House of Representative' The president must find a way of resolving the problem and balance the equation. He has to involve former national in resolving the issue. What is your assessment of the state of things in the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'We have just had a State Working Committee (SWC) of the party led by the former Speaker in the State House of Assembly, Honourable Adejare Bello who is a nice person. This time round, the leadership of the SWC is not a one-man show. The Elders Forum, led by Chief Shuaib Oyedokun, should, in conjunction with the SWC and the youth, harmonise their opinion and give the party a good executive. The party is okay the way we are going within Osun State; we can solve our problems without any external interference.The Osun PDP has set up a reconciliatory committee and people are now coming back into the party. Do you thinkthis will not cause problem for the party'The reconciliatory committee set up by the party is a good thing and we are already seeing the work of the committee. Chief Felix Ogunwale is back in the PDP; others have also come back into the fold. They have realised that they have a role to play in the party which is where they are supposed to be. Those who went to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) have nowrealised that they do not have a place in that party. But I'm still expecting our friend from Ikire, Elder Peter Babalola (aka Peter Power) and my political leader, the Asiwaju of Iwo, Chief Gbadegesin Adedeji, to come back to PDP so that in the next election, the party will win back the state. The PDP is a large family.
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