Pushing Nigeria To The Brink: Northern Political Leaders Ask Jonathan To Resign

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at 08:38 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)

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Press Statement By NORTHERN POLITICAL LEADERS FORUM



On Friday 1st October 2010 at about 11 a.m., the Federal Capital City of Abuja came under attack by people who identified themselves as members of Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND). As Nigeria and Nigerians celebrated the nation's 50th Independence Anniversary, two powerful bombs were detonated within minutes of each other, few metres away from Eagle Square, venue of the celebration, killing innocent people in cold blood. Official government figures put the casualties at twelve people dead and seventeen injured. Unofficial accounts place the death toll at eighteen while over sixty people were said to be injured.

The attacks took place while the Heads of State and Government of several African and other countries were seated in Eagle Square to celebrate our 50th Independence Anniversary with us and while the attention of the whole world was upon us. It was clearly meant to embarrass the nation and its people and to give the rest of the world the false impression that Nigeria is on the verge of a violent political conflagration ahead of the general elections of 2011. It was also meant to intimidate the international community that Niger Delta criminal gangs have the capability to influence political outcomes beyond their traditional area of influence.

It is regrettable that these bombs were allowed to go off given that the nation's security organizations had admitted that they were forewarned by foreign intelligence organizations and by the bombers themselves. It is also unfortunate that the bombings followed recent changes in the leadership of the nation's first line of defense - the armed forces, the police force and State Security Service.

 We in the Northern Political Leaders Forum condemn in the strongest possible terms this callous and barbaric act of cruelty and cowardice, perpetrated by a group of people steeped in the culture of terrorism and unbridled violence. We condemn all those who give them shelter or comfort under any guise and call on all law-abiding and peace loving Nigerians to raise their collective voice against this violent group, its method and motive. We call on the Federal Government and the nation's law enforcement agencies to pursue these common criminals masquerading as militants with all the resources at their disposal and bring each and every one of them to justice for the crime of murder and for taking arms against the State. 

We seize this opportunity to offer our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this dastardly act and pray for the repose of the souls of their loved ones. We call on the Federal Government to pay compensation to the families of the victims for its failure to prevent this attack in spite of multiple warnings, including several from the perpetrators themselves. We pray for the quick recovery of the injured and call on the Federal Government to, in addition to settling their medical bills, offer them the services of expert counseling in order to assist them recover psychologically from this harrowing ordeal. May this kind of tragedy never be allowed to happen to this country again.

The tragedy of October 1st has opened yet another ugly chapter in the history of our nation whereby, for the first time, innocent civilians and the nation's capital were simultaneously targeted and bombed by a notoriously violent terrorist group. The implications of this act to the security, peace and stability of the Nigerian State are so grave that no matter the motive(s) of the bombers, they must be hunted down, apprehended and punished for their dastardly act. If they are allowed to go unpunished, as they have been in the past, Nigeria and Nigerians may never see peace again as the specter of kidnapping, which emanated from the activities of criminal gangs in the Niger Delta continue to illustrate.

 It is on record that the Amnesty Program of President Umaru 'Yar'adua included a definite deadline within which ALL Niger Delta insurgents were to lay down their arms. Any individual or group that failed to take advantage of the Amnesty Program must no longer be allowed to hide behind the guise of militant agitation to take innocent lives and must be considered and classified as terrorist. There is no longer room for semantics over Niger Delta militants and terrorists.

 That is why it came as a rude shock to the nation when President Goodluck Jonathan declared, only hours after the Abuja bombs that killed and maimed innocent civilians that MEND, the criminal group that took responsibility for the bombings, was not to blame. Not only that, the President was also quoted as saying that he knew who the bombers were and that they were terrorists, not MEND, a distinction which reveals where the President's sympathies lie. In a curious reversal of roles, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces who swore to an oath to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria and to

protect the lives and property of its citizens has found himself, instead, going the extra mile to absolve from culpability, the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the attacks. Even more disturbing was the declaration by the President, only hours into the bombing investigations, that he knew who the attackers were. Is President Goodluck Jonathan a closet member of MEND or is there more to the President's curious posture than meets the eye?

Just before this statement was due to be released to the media, the answer to the second question began to emerge. The Department of State Security finally succumbed to political pressure from the President himself and followed in the footsteps of the EFCC to target the President’s political opponents. On Monday October 5th, we received news that High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman of DAAR Communications and Director-General of General Ibrahim Babangida's Presidential Campaign Organization, has been arrested by the SSS in connection with the bombings of October 1st. Last night NTA's 9 O’clock news was interrupted, for effect, to broadcast the purported connection between the High Chief, General Babangida's presidential campaign and the bombers in a desperate attempt to validate President Jonathan's hasty investigations and prove his predetermined theory right.

Only this morning, Henry Okah, a leader of MEND, told Al Jazeerah Television that he was approached by the Nigerian Government to prevail on MEND to retract its statement that it was responsible for the attack so that President Jonathan may implicate Northerners who are opposing his presidential ambition in the unfortunate bombing incident. This is another confirmation of our fears that President Jonathan will employ extra-judicial means in pursuit of his ill-advised ambition to contest the 2011 election.

But Nigerians are not fools. They know that MEND does not need anyone's prompting, least of all a person they declared persona non grata only a few weeks ago, to perpetrate its dastardly act. Clearly, the President needs a better, more creative alibi to intimidate and victimize his opponents. We have earlier warned Nigerians to be vigilant; that the targeting of selected state governors by the EFCC was part of a grand design to intimidate the President's opponents and make them submit to his desperate agenda to run for President in 2011. We have been vindicated, alas, at the cost of eighteen innocent citizen's lives.

We would like to state, for the umpteenth time, that President Goodluck Jonathan's desperation to be President again in 2011 can only take Nigeria back to the dark days of President Olusegun Obasanjo's Third Term with all its attendant instability and the wasting of innocent civilians’ lives. Now that the President has proven that he is incapable of leading the nation justly and fairly and that he is desperate enough to want to hang mass murder around the neck of unnamed Northerners to achieve his second term, we as citizens of this country have totally lost confidence in his leadership and hereby call on him to immediately resign. If he fails to do so by the end of the week, we call on the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against him with immediate effect. We state, without any equivocation that, as Northerners and as citizens of this country, we no longer feel safe and secure under his leadership.

 

Signed by:

Adamu Ciroma

Madakin Fika

 

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ceejay58 at 08:56 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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na their wahala be dat........hsssssssssssssssssssssss
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ndjoe at 09:12 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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them dey crazz
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ajanni at 09:19 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: ndjoe on 09:12 PM,  5/10/2010
them dey crazz

that your madness don return to you again ? EWU ------
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ajanni at 09:55 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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we are safe and secure for sure its he himself that is no longer safe and secure any more , i am not so suprise at the latest developments just as any senseble person will actually read and understand the meaning to his earlier statement , exonerating the bandit gangs that whey were not responsible for the attack and were not also terrorist , firstly, no any reasonable and responsibly leader ever jump into a conclusions just few hrs after the incidents without full consultations with the security officers whose primary assignments is to protects our citizens and teritories ,
secondly how will a leader becomes a spokeman for a terrorist groups ? and lastly this is his own verson of DO OR DIE  in politics like that of his mentor and a big fool OBJ , he has FAIL and FAILED woefully too , just like OBJ  failed in his third time AGENDA, if not for the DEATH  of the late president , he , jonathan would not have smells the odours of the presidential villa talk less of occupaying it ,, thats why is not so good to brings a VAGABOND into power , let the security officers do their jobs without fear or favour , and if the PRESIDENT is found to have play any role in the incident , which i pray so , let the HANG him without wasting much time
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Vincas at 10:22 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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IBB and his agents una du wellooo!!! Na how much de devil don giv una 2 put dis trash on air? Anyway, eno bi neu thing sha, we don experience dis kind intermidation many time 4 de 9yrs una Oga(IBB) take terrorize us. E never enter power e don dey show en usual bussiness, na watin go kom happen if e don enter?
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lanrayy at 10:25 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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ajani u are very current justice most stand..
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batexzero at 10:46 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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@ajanni i hope u ve a case............................if only u had a face so i can see what u look like with such comments.
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derbi at 11:08 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: ajanni on 09:55 PM,  5/10/2010
we are safe and secure for sure its he himself that is no longer safe and secure any more , i am not so suprise at the latest developments just as any senseble person will actually read and understand the meaning to his earlier statement , exonerating the bandit gangs that whey were not responsible for the attack and were not also terrorist , firstly, no any reasonable and responsibly leader ever jump into a conclusions just few hrs after the incidents without full consultations with the security officers whose primary assignments is to protects our citizens and teritories ,
secondly how will a leader becomes a spokeman for a terrorist groups ? and lastly this is his own verson of DO OR DIE  in politics like that of his mentor and a big fool OBJ , he has FAIL and FAILED woefully too , just like OBJ  failed in his third time AGENDA, if not for the DEATH  of the late president , he , jonathan would not have smells the odours of the presidential villa talk less of occupaying it ,, thats why is not so good to brings a VAGABOND into power , let the security officers do their jobs without fear or favour , and if the PRESIDENT is found to have play any role in the incident , which i pray so , let the HANG him without wasting much time
ajanni short up and stope shouting for zero, jonathan will rull nigeria again weather u people like it or not, if u people like do ur ramadam 4 one year jonathan we rull nigeria again mark my word, northener should be ashame that as big and many as u people are in politic u people could not found any orther contestant insted u people bring babangida the notoreours chriminal, and that is the clear vision that northernars time has pass, thank God Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin......
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adebunmii at 11:28 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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why u guys dey talk like dis ahah oga ooooo pls northerner abeg no talk like say will all no know wetin ur man fill do
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ajanni at 11:50 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: lanrayy on 10:25 PM,  5/10/2010
ajani u are very current justice most stand..


 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
ma brother
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pnwagod at 11:53 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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I know for sure that except Malam Nuhu Ribadu, there is no other  responsible person from the North. They all carry Koran in one and and steal public money with the  other hand.  Those who are kissing IBB's ass should recall that  IBB is the Papa Devil in Niaja. North be careful, North be careful. Stop! after all, out of 50, you guys consumed about 40.
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ajanni at 11:55 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: batexzero on 10:46 PM,  5/10/2010
@ajanni i hope u ve a case............................if only u had a face so i can see what u look like with such comments.
you wanna see me ? newbie , see me tomorrow insha ALLAH --- OK ?
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ajanni at 11:59 PM, 5/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: derbi on 11:08 PM,  5/10/2010
Quote from: ajanni on 09:55 PM,  5/10/2010
we are safe and secure for sure its he himself that is no longer safe and secure any more , i am not so suprise at the latest developments just as any senseble person will actually read and understand the meaning to his earlier statement , exonerating the bandit gangs that whey were not responsible for the attack and were not also terrorist , firstly, no any reasonable and responsibly leader ever jump into a conclusions just few hrs after the incidents without full consultations with the security officers whose primary assignments is to protects our citizens and teritories ,
secondly how will a leader becomes a spokeman for a terrorist groups ? and lastly this is his own verson of DO OR DIE  in politics like that of his mentor and a big fool OBJ , he has FAIL and FAILED woefully too , just like OBJ  failed in his third time AGENDA, if not for the DEATH  of the late president , he , jonathan would not have smells the odours of the presidential villa talk less of occupaying it ,, thats why is not so good to brings a VAGABOND into power , let the security officers do their jobs without fear or favour , and if the PRESIDENT is found to have play any role in the incident , which i pray so , let the HANG him without wasting much time
ajanni short up and stope shouting for zero, jonathan will rull nigeria again weather u people like it or not, if u people like do ur ramadam 4 one year jonathan we rull nigeria again mark my word, northener should be ashame that as big and many as u people are in politic u people could not found any orther contestant insted u people bring babangida the notoreours chriminal, and that is the clear vision that northernars time has pass, thank God Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin......



YOU SHARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAP THERE , FOLLOW -FOLLOW DONKEY HEAD BOY , HE WILL NEVER MAKE USE OF HIS BRAIN EXCEPT TO ARGUE VERY BLINDLY WITH HIS SUPERIOR MASTERS , BY THE WAY , I TAUGHT YOU HAVE DIE SINCE LONG AGO AS I NEVER HEAR OF YOU , I HAVE POSTED AN OBITUARY ON YOU SELF AFTER DECLEARING YOU MISSING FOR SO LONG WITHOUT RESULT , ONYE ARA DERBI
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tonnel at 12:01 AM, 6/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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Ajanni understandably ur the greatest fool in naijapals for calling your president a vagabond. you the northerners  believe you own this country. We, from the south are going to show you guys that we are wiser and more educated. we will show you people that your states from the north finance its yearly budget with about 99.9% resources and capital from the southern Nigeria. You guys are better be ready for we are gonna produce Nigerian president for the next 30years from the southern Nigeria
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masterluuu at 12:09 AM, 6/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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haw long will innocent lives b wasted,4 no reason,
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ajanni at 12:15 AM, 6/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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NO WONDER , WHEN HE JONATHAN MAKE THOSE CHANGES JUST FEW WEEKS BACK , CHANGING ALL THE G O C ,s  I KNOW QUITE RIGHT THAT HE IS UP TO SOME THINGS , HAD IT BEEN THAT THOSE PEOPLES WERE AT THEIR VARIOUS POSTS , HE MUST HAVE BEEN IN SOUP BY NOW AS I TRUST THEY MUST HAVE GET TO HIM IN JUST FEW HRS AFTER THIS DISCOVERY ,BUT NO MATTER HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE , THE END MAY NOT JUSTIFY,s  THE MEANS FOR HIM AS NO ANY CRIMINAL WILL EVER GO UN PUNISH , IT MAKE ME REMEMBER THE ASASSINATION OF THE LATE HEAD OF STATE , THE NIGERIAN MESSIAH , GENERAL MURTALA RAMAT MOHAMMED MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE , THE THEN CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF IN HIS REGIME MAJOR GEN BISSALA GAVE AN ORDER THAT ANY WHERE YOU SEE DIMKA SHOOT HIM ,NO ONE ACTUALLY KNOWS HE WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN THE COUP , HE ACTUALLY MASTER MANDED THE SAID DEADLY COUP , BUT WHEN GOD WILL CATCH UP WITH HIM , DIMKA WAS ARESTED ALIVE AND HE MENTIONED HIM AND ALL THOSE THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THAT PARTICULAR COUP , THE REST IS STORY NOW AS THEY WERE ALL EXECUTED SHORTLY AFTER THEIR TRIALS AND FOUND GUILTY , I EXPECT SOME HEADS TO START ROLLING AFTER SOME FEW WEEKS TIME NOW
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ajanni at 12:25 AM, 6/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: tonnel on 12:01 AM,  6/10/2010
Ajanni understandably ur the greatest fool in naijapals for calling your president a vagabond. you the northerners  believe you own this country. We, from the south are going to show you guys that we are wiser and more educated. we will show you people that your states from the north finance its yearly budget with about 99.9% resources and capital from the southern Nigeria. You guys are better be ready for we are gonna produce Nigerian president for the next 30years from the southern Nigeria


YOU ARE NOT WELL SO , AND YOU ARE JUST A KID I BELIEVE , YOU ASK YOUR ELDERS , AND THEY WILL TELL YOU , THAT LONG BEFORE THE DISCOVERY OF THE OIL, ITS THE NORTH AND WESTERN PART OF NIGERIA THE SOLENLY FEEDING THE WHOLE NATION AS AT THOSE TIME , YOUR FORE FATHERS WERE ALSO BENEFICIARY OF OUR HARD EARNS RESOURCESS THEN WITHOUT DISCRIMINATIONS NOR TRABALISMS AS WE WITNESS IN THE PRESENTDAY , TAKE IT FROM ME NOW , IN A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION , JONATHAN WILL FAIL VERY WOEFULLY EVEN IN HIS OWN LOCAL GOVT , AND THATS REAL , -- OK ? SO BE A GOOD BOY , YOU STILL HAVE SOME FEW MORE WEEKS ANY WAY HAAAHAH  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
DEMON CRAZY NOW IN ACTION SO
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tonnel at 12:31 AM, 6/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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YOU ARE NOT WELL SO , AND YOU ARE JUST A KID I BELIEVE , YOU ASK YOUR ELDERS , AND THEY WILL TELL YOU , THAT LONG BEFORE THE DISCOVERY OF THE OIL, ITS THE NORTH AND WESTERN PART OF NIGERIA THE SOLENLY FEEDING THE WHOLE NATION AS AT THOSE TIME , YOUR FORE FATHERS WERE ALSO BENEFICIARY OF OUR HARD EARNS RESOURCESS THEN WITHOUT DISCRIMINATIONS NOR TRABALISMS AS WE WITNESS IN THE PRESENTDAY , TAKE IT FROM ME NOW , IN A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION , JONATHAN WILL FAIL VERY WOEFULLY EVEN IN HIS OWN LOCAL GOVT , AND THATS REAL , -- OK ? SO BE A GOOD BOY , YOU STILL HAVE SOME FEW MORE WEEKS ANY WAY HAAAHAH       
DEMON CRAZY NOW IN ACTION SO
 
facts are what you lack fool
facts are what u lack fool go and read up
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ajanni at 12:31 AM, 6/10/2010 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: pnwagod on 11:53 PM,  5/10/2010

I know for sure that except Malam Nuhu Ribadu, there is no other  responsible person from the North. They all carry Koran in one and and steal public money with the  other hand.  Those who are kissing IBB's ass should recall that  IBB is the Papa Devil in Niaja. North be careful, North be careful. Stop! after all, out of 50, you guys consumed about 40.

if ribadu is so good and is from the north , then the notherns is as well good , because the north make him and not him that make north --- ok ? good boi
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