Late MKO Abiola's Daughter, hafsat Abiola Writes An Open Letter To Jonathan

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at 10:22 AM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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    Dear President,
    As young global leaders we would like to express our deep concern about the recent situations in Nigeria.
    The massacre in Baga has been Boko Haram’s deadliest so far and what has it met with? Your silence. Most disturbing still is the fact that you would send a message to France condemning the killings there, yet seem unable to address the Nigerian people who look to you for leadership. Unfortunately, it would not be the first time



On 10 November 2014 a suicide bomber killed 47 people and injured 79 others. The following day, with barely a mention of this horrific incident targetting children, you launched your re-election campaign.

And despite the ease with which you move on, even you will remember the abduction of the schoolgirls in Chibok in April last year. It was 40 days before you addressed the country on that occasion. Nigerians waited, perplexed, as your government debated whether or not the abductions had even taken place.  As a result, of all the girls captured, only 52 have secured their freedom – escaping on their own. The rest are still in captivity, still waiting to be rescued, 276 days after being taken from their friends, family and community.

Could it be that your government also doubts that the Baga attacks happened? Amnesty International’s satellite images confirm that indeed a massacre took place, and as many as 2000 people are dead. Yet your army wastes time contesting the numbers.

Whether 150 or 2000, we’d like to hear from you on your governments plans to secure the region and to bear witness to the loss of lives in Baga. We have seen a clear incompetency in handling matters of national interest. In the context of existing ethnic and religious fault lines, silence only says that Nigeria’s government does not care about the victims and is not dealing with the insurgency.
True the global community has also failed to maintain pressure on your government that seems ambivalent about fulfilling its constitutional role to secure the lives and properties of its citizens.

As 1.5 million Nigerians flee their homes,  swelling camps within Nigeria and overwhelming border communities’  (if not same as before), it seems the only hope to see you act is global outrage. It was this that finally forced you to address the nation and the world 40 days after the Chibok abductions.  It was only then that you reached out to other countries and, with their help, agree a plan for a regional security force to secure the porous borders between Nigeria, Niger and Chad where Boko Haram roams undeterred.

Perhaps, had international pressure been sustained last year, a multi-regional force would have been based in Baga as planned. Perhaps it would have been strong enough to repel Boko Haram when the militants attacked on 3 January. Perhaps 2000 lives could have been saved.

But Isis happened and the world moved on, leaving a small national military unit to stand between thousands of armed militants  and a town of ten thousand people. We now know what happened. The world has seen pictures of bodies still strewn around the forest and river where they died.

If these deaths do not generate the attention, outcry and action that they ought to, we can only prepare the ground for more bodies because Boko Haram shows no sign of relenting. The insurgents can be defeated but first you must decide if the lives of Nigerians are worth it or not.

Break the silence, Mr. President. Call for global attention and support to avert a crisis that begins to echo the early days of the Rwandan genocide.  Be the voice for the thousands of innocent people who have died and the millions who yearn for peace. They have the right to rebuild their communities and claim their place in the unfolding rise of the African continent.

Hafsat Abiola-Costello
Founder/President Kudirat Initiative for democracy
Nigeria

Co-Signatories
Arnaud Ventura, France
Bjarte Reve, Norway
Binta Niambi Brown, USA
Erik Charas, Mozambique
Funmi Iyanda, Nigeria
Georgie Bernadette, USA
Jacqueline Musiitwa, Zambia
Loulwa Bakr, Saudi Arabia
Leo Shlesinger, Chile
Marieme Jamme, Senegal
Mark Turrell, Germany
Rossana Figuera, USA
Salim Amin, Kenya
Soulaima Gourani, Denmark
Susan Mashibe, Tanzania
Tara Fela Durotoye, Nigeria
misterjohn at 10:31 AM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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hmmmm
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iamDonc at 11:13 AM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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Goodluck hope you see this
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godswisdom at 11:26 AM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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Hafsat,
please I would rather have you address this write-up to GMB who promised Nigerians that he will make the country ungovernable.
secondly the borders mentioned in your write-up, what did our past leader do about securing it seeing that it was not with security operatives
Did federal government deploy military before militancy was curbed?. Niger Delter leaders played major role but I can see the elders and eminent Nigerians from the affected zone not showing concern to this menace rather they shout for GEJ.
When your father lost elections that Nigerians voted and supported him, at the time everyone was protesting for the annulment of the election your father ran away, and I hope you not instigating Nigerians with this letter.
Madam/Mrs/Miss, GEJ is suffering from the mistake of his predecessors and as such Nigerians need to work together not politicising BOKO.
finally, let me say this if we ( Nigerians ) are not careful this election result will mark an end to the country Nigeria.
Reason being that if GEJ fails this election Militancy might be what GMB will face and I tell you the economy of this country will be affected greatly.
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angesco at 11:29 AM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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As there are FORIEGN names signatory to this open letter, I am sure he will act. Our leaders LOVE pleasing foriegners to the detriment of their OWN people!!
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Realdiamonds at 11:34 AM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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U have said it all
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emaluvv at 12:01 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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God have mercy
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Onyibochukwu at 12:11 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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you just want recognition thats all!
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chicent2k3 at 12:12 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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All I can see is a pretty babe..... Roll Eyes
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johnnybrian at 12:15 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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Godswisdom you've said it all,,that's a bravery response 2 hafsat.gat nuffin else 2 say
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greatestdon at 12:48 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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This letter is so true & on point. I wish GEJ had done some things right by Nigerians,he wld have easily won my vote & the vote of millions bcos I prefer him 2 a religious fanatic who agreed 2 Islamizing this great nation some years back & promised 2 make this nation ungovernable if he didn't win an election.
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Abubu86 at 01:29 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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She have said it all
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femjay at 01:56 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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Quote from: godswisdom on 11:26 AM, 17 Jan 15
Hafsat,
please I would rather have you address this write-up to GMB who promised Nigerians that he will make the country ungovernable.
secondly the borders mentioned in your write-up, what did our past leader do about securing it seeing that it was not with security operatives
Did federal government deploy military before militancy was curbed?. Niger Delter leaders played major role but I can see the elders and eminent Nigerians from the affected zone not showing concern to this menace rather they shout for GEJ.
When your father lost elections that Nigerians voted and supported him, at the time everyone was protesting for the annulment of the election your father ran away, and I hope you not instigating Nigerians with this letter.
Madam/Mrs/Miss, GEJ is suffering from the mistake of his predecessors and as such Nigerians need to work together not politicising BOKO.
finally, let me say this if we ( Nigerians ) are not careful this election result will mark an end to the country Nigeria.
Reason being that if GEJ fails this election Militancy might be what GMB will face and I tell you the economy of this country will be affected greatly.

Hey man .........stop bratting pls ...........All I see is that U̶̲̥̅̊ are hullucinating here ..........it bad systoms menh! ........... I tink the young lady here ve just expressed her mind and feelings of nt being happy with the present situation in her country .....and I don't see anytin wrong with that ! She staples all the real facts here pls .........

This letter was addressed to the presidency (GEJ) becos he was the one ruling the country nw .......... GMB is nt the president nw , I know she would ve addressed. Such a letter if there is such situations happens  in his reign . Anyway I don't pray such suitations  occurs anymore in our beloved country by God grace .............        You are nt the special adviser to the president on media  either are U̶̲̥̅̊ the presidential spokesman,  which D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ are entitled in giving a respond to the suitation on ground ......so I will advice U̶̲̥̅̊ to keep muted and wait for the response from the presidency before making irrelevant issue pls ......understood

May God be with U̶̲̥̅̊ ............
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Ken1230 at 02:37 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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We made mistake of given Jonathan a big shoe since he went to school with one. But all hope are not lost because we have the opportunity to elect a good leader that can fight Boko Haram. Time to try Buhari
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Blessed75 at 02:39 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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Redirect that message to those who kill your father na them be the problem Nigeria are facing today
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sweetypweety at 04:25 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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Hafsat, may God continue to bless u for dis  letter. Ebele u better get ready to go back to Otuake
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blakman1 at 04:38 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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WHEN THERE ARE  SERIOUS ISSUE WE SHOULD ALL STANDBY TO ADDRESS, SOME BASTARDS WOULD BE TALKING NONSENSE,THINKING THEY ARE MAKING FUN. HAS SHE NO POINT IN THE LETTER TO THAT MONKEY?
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abdulk at 04:47 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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On point
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omoboriowo96 at 08:23 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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Buhari is the answer.
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chealseafc at 09:31 PM, 17 Jan 15 (2 years ago)
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i wish you sent this open letter to IBB and ABACHA in 2003. our country would have been diffirent from what it is today.
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