Nigeria would have been in turmoil if Buhari, Bauchi were killed, says Jonathan

Mr. Jonathan expresses sympathy to those who lost their lives in the bomb attack.

President Goodluck Jonathan said calamity would have befallen Nigeria if former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari and Islamic scholar, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, were killed in the July 23 bomb attacks in Kaduna.

The two leaders survived the attacks that killed more than 40 people.

Speaking when a delegation of the Muslim community, led by Vice President Namadi Sambo, paid him Sallah homage at his official residence, in Abuja on Sunday, President Jonathan appealed to clerics in the country to preach peace and unity to their followers “and not the gospel of hate”, saying that the country could not develop without peace.

He said, “Not too long ago we had these dastardly attacks in Kano and Kaduna. We stand to condemn these acts of terror on our people.

“And, we extend our condolence and sympathy to the bereaved and those who might have been injured.

“The recent attacks in Kaduna, especially where Sheik Dahiru Bauchi and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari were targets are quite instructive.

“You can imagine if these two people had died in the attacks.

“Sheik Bauchi is one of our top Islamic preachers; he has millions of followers. Buhari, a former Head of State and leading political figure, has massive supporters.

“On the same day, people wanted to kill them‎; those who planned the attacks are clearly sons of the devil, because if they had killed these two people, we wouldn’t have been here today; this country would have been in turmoil.

”We couldn’t have gathered here to celebrate.”

Mr. Jonathan thanked God for saving their lives and preventing “a major calamity” that would have befallen the country.

The president restated that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to end the activities of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the country.

He used the opportunity to renew his call on Nigerians to continue to
work with government in that regard.

“Government is looking on how to raise funds; in fact, we are launching the fund on Thursday.

“This is to ensure that the widows, orphans, those whose business premises have been vandalised and even our worship places, mosques and churches, that have been destroyed, we will rebuild.

“Government alone cannot do it because we will need huge sums of money. The Nigerian private sector is vibrant and willing if they see sincerity in government.

“We have demonstrated that very clearly and we are hopeful that on that day, reasonable amount of money will be raised.

“And, we will continue to raise money until we are able to cushion the effect of these excesses and at the same time, we are strengthening our security services so that they will be able to confront this menace,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan said that he was honoured by the visit of the Muslim community after the Ramadan and prayed God to listen to and answer their prayers.

Earlier, Mr. Sambo commended the president for fasting with Muslims during the Ramadan, and for welcoming the delegation to his residence.

He prayed God to continue to give the president wisdom and guidance to lead the country to greater prosperity.

The vice president also prayed for peace in Nigeria and for Allah to bring all evil, including Boko Haram, to an end.

He urged Nigerians to be their brother’s keepers “for peace, tranquility, total reconciliation and stability to reign in the country.”

During the visit, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, paid homage to the president on behalf of Abuja residents.

He said; “We have always enjoyed humane and civil disposition that is why you see Muslims and Christians coming to pay homage in line with your exemplary leadership.

“We pray that Allah will grant you courage and wisdom to continue to steer the ship of leadership despite the current security challenges.”

(NAN)


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  • Usman

    that is true Mr. President, please, much more proactive approach to these terrorists

  • True Nigerian

    You are going to embark on public fundraising in order to raise money to look after victims of terror. Strangely, you didn’t try to launch funds from the public donors in order to pay some lying and misleading PR firms in the US for a laundry of your self-destruct image. You simply dipped your hands into public funds and paid Levick with our money whilst 70% of Nigerians, including many innocent children and nursing mothers, are starving and living on less than $1 per day. So much for a man who did not have shoes! But, on the whole, Nigerians truly deserve a failure like you! We are a nation of hypocrites who suddenly consider evil acceptable and desirable if only it is wrapped in our own ethnic identity and preferred religious label. Enjoy your conscienceless ride in power; most of those you rule are also bereft of any conscience and denuded of any sense of the common good.

    With impunity, your IG has just reinstated a proven murderous police officer back to his position in Enugu State – a notorious policeman that has been on the run for nearly two years in order to evade his ongoing prosecution for kidnappings and murders of innocent people. What is the difference between the IG’s action and what Boko haram is doing? That same IGP of yours – Mr Abubakar – that is happy to look at Murderers and reinstate them into the police force is also the same IG with whom you intend to bring boko haram to an end. Isn’t it? Similarly, the same soldiers that destroyed public properties in Lagos and secretly killed 12 innocent people in Kaduna yesterday after taking them away alive are also the same soldiers with whom you intend to end boko haram. Aren’t they?

    You are fighting boko haram with a force that is not good enough to fight mosquitoes. But you believe that Nigeria will overcome – a grandeur of false hope and self-deceit. Anyway, you know your audience. Their gullibility could make a lazy conversation and poor argument to look very intelligent.

    • Parrot

      True talk, but truth is always bitter.

    • Audu Dakas

      Thank you for this wonderful articulated piece of writing. May God bless you with more wisdom and courage to continue to enlighten.

    • redeem

      why delete me

    • redeem

      when the people of the north central cried out against the appointment of the present IGP–because of his links with BH———what did u Nigerians say—all u do is to play the blame game–very empty to to a fault-

      After castigating the Federal Government for allegedly hiring a foreign PUBLIC RELATIONS firm, the All progressive Congress, APC, has hired Burson-Marsteller, a London based Public Relations and Public Affairs for an annual fee of $1.2 Million, approximately N200 Million.

      Perception and narratives that its members are Boko Haram sympathizers, trail the APC, an appendage that may likely affect the APC’s electoral fortunes in 2015. One of the main focuses of the P.R firm would be to change the narrative using the media among others.

      Details of the contract papers were signed by Delano Family Limited for the All Progressive Congress, APC.

      • Ahmed

        Okkk Redeem, Now I see where the hatred and abuse of Islam and Muslims is coming from. You are a northern christian and a very misguided one indeed. You can only find such hateful, spiteful vengeful and misplaced anger only in mis informed and alcohol ridden Northern Christians, those from the south are more civilized, moderate and respectful in their comments on Islam. Pls read Olu Ade and True master. Redeem, I put it to you that you’re not of the redeem church because I know a lot of Redeem people and they are not haters. Probably you are from Plateau state where you and your leader Jang have declared a failed ethnic cleansing war on Muslims on the Plateau. Well guys like you will never realize their dreams and will ever remain angry and frustrated just like those before them. Ask Buba Gyang.

        • redeem

          @ ahmed————Say fulanis–not muslims—when u kill innocent kids in southern kaduna-only 4 u to sing -songs of unity afterwards—to deceive 9jas–into believing that u love the country———when u send yr herds men from Niger Republic to slaughter Tivs–in Benue——u dance one Nigeria–when u move into Jos and arrange with Ibb to create and LGA for the fulanis- did u consult Nigerians-mumu? —Now that the indigene are saying naaaaaaaaaaaaa-u allege they are ethnic bigots–If u the fulanis were interested in one Nigeria–u would never have lured IBB to establish an LGA for the fulanis in Jos–is Jos a fulani territory–see why u do not want the (land use decree) which Obj–another rotten yoruba man created to go away at the national confab—?————-But not when the sultan ati sanusi and fulani nyako insults our sensibilites do u raise yr rotten janjaweed voices-from Chad—————————-the guy who posted that comment is full fledged man from the Zabrama tribe-in Niger Republic-a well trained boko haram fighter-who was deceived like the Kanuris are doing to slave-kill and throw bombs on behalf of the fulanis-in Nigeria–while they the fulanis hide under the garment of shekau–a fulani who was born in Borno state-to murder innocent Nigerians in the fulani North–for sanusi nyako ati the sultan-separation is the answer not another election———-animals

        • redeem

          Join Redeem aka Deri–to Fight for Your Rights toConnect and Communicate–The open Internet is central to people’s freedom to communicate, share, advocate and innovate. But powerful interests in sharia reporters ati punch-want to censor FREE speech, block the sharing of information, hinder innovation and control how Internet users get online.

    • djay

      You have said it all. These same shameless gullible ones will still come here making fool of themselves. We r still waiting to hear bokoharam claiming responsibility for the kaduna bomb blast.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Interesting read!

      • redeem

        @wahala u will soon get tired–of yr civil war sickness-animal

    • Mosaku 147

      Nothing to add. God bless you for this writing.

      • redeem

        mumu @wahala———— u write then commend yrself again via another name the APC way-that is fraud——–no shame

    • redeem

      @wahala–most of my response to d d rubbish were deleted by PT–but I managed to sneak past their boder post with this one-sadly for the SS–boko haram has just killed another set of ibos in the north–that na yr wahala shaa–cause u are never troubled by such incidents–
      Look here—–the first people to say no to the appointment of the current IGP was the north central–the people of Jos in Plateau state—–to be precise-But it was as it is usual with the sultan of sokoto and Ibos like u among others such as tambuwal—–who doubles as an agent of APC that said Naaaaaaaaaaaaaa————–now the ibo man in u is blaming the president—-but refuses to acknowledge that fact that APC also rented a PR firm——–

      to help launder their dirty boko haramic image—————————————-here it is read—-on

      -After castigating the Federal Government for allegedly hiring a foreign PUBLIC RELATIONS firm, the All progressive Congress, APC, has hired Burson-Marsteller, a London based Public Relations and Public Affairs for an annual fee of $1.2 Million, approximately N200 Million.

      Perception and narratives that its members are Boko Haram sympathizers, trail the APC, an appendage that may likely affect the APC’s electoral fortunes in 2015. One of the main focuses of the P.R firm would be to change the narrative using the media among others.

      Details of the contract papers were signed by Delano Family Limited for the All Progressive Congress, APC.

    • Worrier

      JONATHAN’S VERBAL BLUNDERS

      Goodluck Jonathan is more prone to verbal accident than to the policy blunders you riased. He simply does not know when or what to think or say or how to say it. “Those ones are just cases of stealing,” he once said of official thievery, “not corruption”. His rural and poor background seems to have had lasting consequences on his worldview, besides making him provincial. Goodluck and Reuben Abati fit one another in careless talk. This latest one may however ccome to haunt him. For saying Nigeria’s peace and stability depend on one man (Buhari) being immune to the stalking death all over the country is a verbal blunder of the worst kind.

      • redeem

        he made the right statement-the janjaweeds would have said he arranged the killing of buhari-period—are some yorubas ati ibos in APC not saying he arranged the murder of bola ige-that he cloned boko haram——–when even the fulanis who cloned boko haram are yet to say such–its the yorubas ati ibos via wahala who have become champions of that satanic message-

    • Impressed

      Chai True Nigerian!! Diaris God o!
      I have not read something this scathing, and yet true in a long time on this forum.
      Good work. You are right we are a country of shallow-minded gullible idiots run by a totalitarian despot who has no plans for the country and has set it on autopilot.

      We got the leader we deserved as a nation.

  • Anslem

    President Jonathan should be careful what he says? What if un-known petty robbers kill General Buhari?

    • redeem

      clear as day light that what the president said is true-nothing but the truth-because APC ati Sanusi and the sultan of sokoto including Tinubu would have said as the parasites are doing now that-it was the president who planned to assassinate Buhari–whereas it was Buhari himself with his agents in APC that arranged to set him up-in the process ended up killing innocent Nigerians-in that bomb blast–what was Buhari doing in that zone at that particular time-?-Are some vultures not saying it was jonathan that created boko haram in 2002-

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Now you are turning against your hero? Things have indeed fallen apart, and the falcon is no longer listening to the falconer

    • Mosaku 147

      Then his turmoil begins.

  • Olu Ade

    Waiting for Asari Dokubo, Madam patience, Orisejafor and other Jonathanians to give us the reasons, that BH is not just evil or terrorists but that this was also stage managed, it is APC, it is Muslim vs. Christians or that it is because of 2015. The wise knows that BH is pure evil that will kidnap or kill Christians and Muslims. All we need is a true and strong leader who will fight BH to submission rather than dividing people along religious and ethnic lines, who will take responsibility as commander in chief for failures, and who will command a military that rather than gun down innocent protesting people in kaduna/ Zaria, burn BRT buses in Lagos, close maiduguru airport to a governor & pilgrims and harass newspaper vendors , will go to Sambisa forest to wipe out BH. God will give us such a leader not thier “Dia ris god ooo”

  • redeem

    (Nigeria is sifting under an Islamic barbaric bomb (IBB). Only God can rescue this nation because 75% of Christians are prayer less. Why? Because they are in their own comfort zone. They do not know what the Christians in Northern Nigeria are passing through and they ignorantly are thinking that the Allah of the Muslims is the same as the God of Christians in the Holy Bible who says: “Thou shalt not kill”.

    Q: What does the Qur’an say about Islam being referred to as a religion of peace by numerous Muslim scholars?

    A: Let me tell you in a very clear language that Islam is not a religion of peace, but it is of violence, of killers and fighters as already stated in their so called “Holy” Qur’an which I ignorantly followed all these years when I was spiritually blinded as a Muslim.

    Q: Can you prove these statements from the Qur’an?

    A: [Sani Haliru, who is now known as Solomon Haliru (Paul Haliru’s brother)] brought out two copies of the original Qur’an in the Arabic & English translation. He gave me one, and told me to open the book to Surah Al- baqarah chapter 2 vs 216. It says, “Holy fighting is ordained (prescribed) for all muslims, whether they like it or not, as far as it is good and approved by Allah through his prophet Mohammed.”

    Q: Where is it in the Qur’an that killing is also permitted by Allah?)

    • redeem

      Q: Does it mean that IBB and all these Muslim traditional rulers and Governors that are sponsoring Boko Haram to kill Christians and burn our churches in the North are not aware of the passage in the Qur’an that says there must not be compulsion in Islam as Mohammadu Buhari asserted in a widely publicized interview on Saturday, the 21st of April, 2011?

      A: I have worked so closely with Mohammadu Buahri for five years, and I can prove it that General Buhari is the most notable outspoken jihadist hardliner in Nigeria who is also strategically sponsoring Boko Haram.

      Q: General Buhari told a group of pressmen in April 2011 that there is no compulsion in Islam and it is a religion of peace. He quoted Surah Al-Baqarah Chapter 2:225. What can you say to that?

      A: What I can say to that is General Buhari, like all other true Muslims, is a hypocrite who is shying away from the fact.)

      • TRUTH MASTER

        You brand yourself a Christian. The bible says thou shall not judge so that he shall not be judged. Yet you demean others and their religion. Where is it said in the bible that you must constantly attack people of other religions?

        Folks like you who play religious and ethnic politics will not succeed in dragging this nation into an unnecessary strive. You will fail in your evil machination

        • Mosaku 147

          Amen.

        • redeem

          Monkey wahala-its animals like u that often pretend that all is wll when u attack innocent souls around the fulani north–But when its given back to yr dirty smelly souless souls u profess to be more purified in yr regional baboon heads than the even the Pope—–what u just read unfortunately for yr abriba heart-is a confession from a former boko haram agents—a Muslim for that matter——–from Niger republic who later became a born again christian—-its not about Muslim ati Islam—————————-its about buhari being an ardent supporter of boko haram–so dont twist facts into fiction for APC here biko———————– animals

          • TRUTH MASTER

            Folks like you and Mosaku 147……both one and the same….should not be in a gathering of decent beings!

          • TRUTH MASTER

            Ever wondered why you are being chased around from one forum to another? Why you are being deleted? Why your messages are being blocked? Ever heard of the word ‘scoundrel’? You may wish to look it up in the dictionary, because you will need to add it to your CV soon

          • redeem

            @wahala-and co–if animals like u who come here to insult the president–call him all sorts of names-and post comments tailored to suit the needs of APC– with yoruba, fulani ati ibo names are allowed to paste yr APC janjaweed comments-here among other media houses–then why should those of us who stand up in staunch defence of truth and the president not be allowed to express our views-also———-u call him cluess-dumbo–drunkard–yet u are permitted to post those silly unpatriotic–comments-No editorial judgement even in the pepper soup articles they splash here for d THIEVING ELITES–to read–
            But when we challenge yr rotten APC thoughts here–the socalled janjaweed publishers of sharia reporters and PT created on behalf of APC- are rented to either delete our comments-or black list–us–No qualms—-d struggle continues una-abated ——The President is often insulted in the name of free speech-Because the same abuses are poured unto the soul of Obama-in the civilized societies of the world–that is the usual excuse-
            But when we respond-to yr dirty thoughts-ours are tagged restricted–self censored- black-listed–not allowed–blocked commnets-deleted–awaiting aprroval from the janjaweed moderator-That is the free society that APC claims to want to erect-4 their media——–
            The United Nations was funded based on those cardinal Principles-the janjaweeds are saying no to–here–Freedom of thought-ati association–not with the APC media in 9ja-sha-
            Tell me if there is any difference between sharia reporters–Premium Times-ati buharis yeye draconian decree-4-which escorted tunde thompson to prison? Yet vultures like u who work for APC-and openly back such rubbish–dance when its applied unto us-as if we care-then move on from there to call the president a dictator–who is now a dictators-between the leaders of APC-and the media they use in attacking him the president –It is not real journalism but cocktail journalism-gutter journalism-4 APC -master Tinubu pay I pay my rent–type of jornalism——-boko haramic -gossip journalism——————animals

          • redeem

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  • TRUTH MASTER

    Interesting! While the President seems to acknowledge this was indeed an attack against the person of Buhari, the President’s party said the attack was staged to launder APC’s image and their ever illogical supporters on this forum are spewing nonsense.

    Things have fallen apart, and the falcon can no longer hear the falconer….lol

  • redeem

    Former governor of Adamawa State and incumbent Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, has dismissed as baseless and unfounded the allegation that the Presidency, in

    COLLABORATION with the Adamawa caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party,

    PDP, in Abuja impeached former Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako. Haruna said going by the way and manner Nyako governed Adamawa he needed no outsider to influence anybody to impeach him. According to Haruna, Nyako governed the state in a manner that made him potentially vulnerable to the most extreme sanction by the legislative arm.

    “Trying to link the Presidency with Nyako’s impeachment in Adamawa

    and indeed, in any other state for that matter, is a worthless blackmail,”

    Haruna, who ruled Adawama State between 1999 and 2007 said.

  • redeem

    Join Redeem aka Deri–to Fight for Your Rights toConnect and Communicate–The open Internet is central to people’s freedom to communicate, share, advocate and innovate. But powerful interests in sharia reoporters ati Punch/ want to censor FREE speech, block the sharing of information, hinder innovation and control how Internet users get online.

  • janjaweed3

    .. The BH is the FGN and FGN is BH . The problem the government is facing in
    releasing the girls is simply this : THEY WILL REVEAL THE IDENTITY OF THE TRUE
    KILLERS. Asssasinating Buhari would have caused the mayhem the FG wanted to
    trigger , then the FGN clampS down on the north and in the ensuing chaos ,
    possibly release the girls , , and all truth will be hidden or buried in the
    drama that would have unfolded .

    The script writers of the BH Drama are sloppy , they cant post another

    Shekau youtube video , because it is incongruos ,The FGN says Buhari is

    the BH godfather , how come the same BH wants him dead.

    And Jonathan would have killed three birds with one bomb.

    1. Place the entire North under a state of emergency

    2. Appear as a Hero in releasing the Chibok Girls

    3.”Win” a supposed election , with a 3rd of the country not being
    able to vote and the SS and SE elections totally rigged

  • dudu

    Well said.

  • abbadd

    GEJ is responsible for the attempted assassination of BUHARI everyone knows that and for the continued insecurity that is ravaging the Northern Region. Let GEJ continue deceiving the Christians alongside his house boy AYO. The greatest threat to Christians aren’t Muslims in Nigeria but GEJ AND AYO this two have hijacked CAN and is leading those who follow them astray.