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JONATHAN IMPLICATED IN D OCT.1 BOMB BLAST

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tyabo (1982)
Gistmaniac (m) | 4 years ago

Abuja Bomb Blast: Henry Okah Implicates Goodluck Jonathan-Al Jazeera
Posted: October 5, 2010 - 14:55

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGlWGaLRLZg" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">Exclusive Mend leader interview</a>


Henry Okah at the back of a police cruiser in South Africa-AP photo
By Al Jazeera
Henry Okah Tells Al Jazeera presidential aide wanted him to tell armed group to withdraw claim for Abuja deadly blasts.

 The former leader of Nigeria's armed group has said he was arrested because he refused to tell the group to retract a statement claiming responsibility for last week's deadly attacks in the capital, Abuja.

Henry Okah, currently being held in jail in South Africa, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that he received a phone call from a "close associate" of Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian president, telling him to urge the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) to withdraw its claim for the bombings, which killed at least 10 people and left 36 others injured on the 50th anniversary of Nigeria's independence.

"On Saturday morning, just a day after the attack, a very close associate of President Jonathan called me and explained to me that there had been a bombing in Nigeria and that President Jonathan wanted me to reach out to the group, Mend, and get them to retract the earlier statement they had issued claiming the attacks," Okah said.

"They wanted to blame the attacks on northerners who are trying to fight against him [Jonathan] to come back as president and if this was done, I was not going to have any problems with the South African government.

"I declined to do this and a few hours later I was arrested. It was based on their belief that I was going to do that that Jonathan issued a statement saying that Mend did not carry out the attack."

'Unpatriotic elements'

Jonathan, who hails from the country's south and has declared his intentions to stand in next year's presidential election, said investigations had revealed Mend, which is fighting for a greater share of Nigeria's oil wealth, knew nothing about the attacks.

He said the bombings had been carried out by a small group based outside Nigeria, sponsored by "unpatriotic elements within the country".

Nigeria will be holding elections in January almost a year after Jonathan assumed the presidency after the incumbent president failed to complete his term due to illness and eventual death.


 

Jonathan's predecessor, Umaru Yaradua, came from the northern state of Katsina and Nigeria has an unwritten agreement for the presidency to alternate between the mainly Muslim north and the largely Christian south.

Al Jazeera did not get any immediate reaction from the Nigerian government about Okah's claims.

Meanwhile, the authorities have released nine people they arrested in connection with the bomb blasts on Monday, including an aide for Ibrahim Babangida, the country's former military leader.

Raymond Dokpesi, the director of Babandida's campaign to become the ruling party presidential candidate, was questioned by the country's intelligence services over the blasts, an aide said on Tuesday.

Dokpesi, who also owns one of Nigeria's leading television and radio stations, was summoned to the State Security Services (SSS) on Monday, Kassim Afegbua, a spokesman for Babangida, told the AFP news agency.

"He was released yesterday and is to report back today at about 3'oclock (1400 GMT)," Afegbua said.

  "They said it is to do with complicity in the bomb incident of  October 1."

 


5 Oct 10, 03:22 PM
divineproject (12810)
Hero (f) | 4 years ago

Lekwanu m oo...........so many water have passed under the bridge.......who shall we believe.....how can someone decide to bring his own house down upon himself?....is that rational?............Something is amiss here and as the days go bye, we shall get a clearer picture of what actually happened!


5 Oct 10, 04:16 PM
do4sure (1188)
Gistmaniac (m) | 4 years ago

The statement of Henry Okah has a lot of holes.Okah has to convince Nigerians that his arrest has a connection with his refusal to retract bomb blast claim. Again that South Africa is acting on Jonathan's instruction and directives,until then Henry Okah has nothing to tell Nigerians. That bomb blast on 1st oct came the way a letter bomb entered.

5 Oct 10, 04:29 PM
Kennee (24245)
Addicted Hero (m) | 4 years ago

All the Evil People's Plans 2 Spoil Goodluck's Name will Fail


5 Oct 10, 04:37 PM
divineproject (12810)
Hero (f) | 4 years ago

Quote from: Kennee on  5 Oct 10, 04:37 PM
All the Evil People's Plans 2 Spoil Goodluck's Name will Fail

Amen!...............

all these are all geared towards the forthcoming election........God have mercy on this country........I fear for this country, I am really afraid!


5 Oct 10, 04:46 PM
Kristiantus (10138)
Hero (m) | 4 years ago

Amin ooo..

5 Oct 10, 04:51 PM
Eucharia (1012)
Gistmaniac (f) | 4 years ago

some people is only trying to spoil this man name JONATHAN but they willl not succeed

5 Oct 10, 05:15 PM
Pepesy (2704)
Gistmaniac (f) | 4 years ago

l dnt blv him... dis is pure conspiracy

5 Oct 10, 05:25 PM
solid_solid (6170)
Gistmaniac (m) | 4 years ago

this is conspirancy  ...... that guy claim is baseless  ..... they should sentence him to death by hanging

5 Oct 10, 05:47 PM
shaoyang (2021)
Gistmaniac (m) | 4 years ago

Nigeria politics; wat can i say? lets keep watching closely, the dramam is yet to unfold.

5 Oct 10, 05:56 PM
ksurrina (1623)
Gistmaniac (f) | 4 years ago

God does nothing without a confirmation and so the true will be known before the day of election.


5 Oct 10, 06:01 PM
LEONE (827)
Upcoming (m) | 4 years ago

This guy should rot in jail 4 conspiracy & sabotage.

5 Oct 10, 06:11 PM
joldon (6)
Newbie (m) | 4 years ago

HUMMMMM

5 Oct 10, 06:32 PM
Pepesy (2704)
Gistmaniac (f) | 4 years ago

what abt d bomb scare story of today all over Abuja,,, who is behind dat???

5 Oct 10, 06:36 PM
naija4evalives (8)
Newbie (m) | 4 years ago

Only God knows the truth............With time the truth shall be brought to light ....then we all shall know who- is- who in this whole saga..............May God help Nigeria in this forth coming election.

5 Oct 10, 07:15 PM
ajanni (97962)
Grande Master (m) | 4 years ago

Quote from: ksurrina on  5 Oct 10, 06:01 PM
God does nothing without a confirmation and so the true will be known before the day of election.

that is even very far away now , we need to know the facts right now , and the fact is surfacing now , its takes no time to read the meaning to his earlier statements has if he is a spoke man for the so call MEND , i will be right back

5 Oct 10, 09:16 PM
AndyRaw (20)
Newbie (m) | 4 years ago


I long thought of this initially. Of all the conspiracy theories surrounding the Oct. 1st incident, this seems to be the most probable answer. You may as well answer this question...... WHY WAS PRESIDENT JONATHAN GOODLUCK INSENSITIVE AND NOT MOVED BY THE EXPLOSION THAT HAPPENED WITHIN A DISTANCE OF 1KM FROM WHERE HE WAS, WHEN HE KNEW THE NATION WAS AT RISK?

This kind of political football is not going to go well with him.

 

5 Oct 10, 09:19 PM
ajanni (97962)
Grande Master (m) | 4 years ago

Quote from: AndyRaw on  5 Oct 10, 09:19 PM

I long thought of this initially. Of all the conspiracy theories surrounding the Oct. 1st incident, this seems to be the most probable answer. You may as well answer this question...... WHY WAS PRESIDENT JONATHAN GOODLUCK INSENSITIVE AND NOT MOVED BY THE EXPLOSION THAT HAPPENED WITHIN A DISTANCE OF 1KM FROM WHERE HE WAS, WHEN HE KNEW THE NATION WAS AT RISK?

This kind of political football is not going to go well with him.
 

you just wait a bit , a suprise will follow soon, he said he knew those behind it , let them startnd no body is above the law of the la interogating him too , and

5 Oct 10, 11:02 PM
onyin (12197)
Hero (f) | 4 years ago

Quote from: Kennee on  5 Oct 10, 04:37 PM
All the Evil People's Plans 2 Spoil Goodluck's Name will Fail
Amen my brother

5 Oct 10, 11:06 PM
Andycaptain (49)
Newbie (m) | 4 years ago

If Jonathan is doing everything possible to squeeze Okah, obviosely Okah will always take advantage when available. It's all a political game. Jonathan is a failure so i won't be suprised Okah is telling the truth.

5 Oct 10, 11:18 PM
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