Chibok Girls: Activist Shehu Sani blasts northern elders over ultimatum to Jonathan

Shehu Sani

‎A Kaduna-based human rights activist, Shehu Sani, has condemned the Northern Elders Forum over its threat to President Goodluck Jonathan to rescue the abducted Chibok girls or forgo any ambition for a re-election.

Mr. Sani, who leads Civil Rights Congress, said the threat handed last week was “opportunistic, insensitive and illogical”.

The Northern Elders Forum had urged the president to ensure the over 200 girls abducted by the extremist Boko Haram over four months ago, regain their freedom before October 2014.

The group warned that Mr. Jonathan will receive no votes from the north in the 2015 election if he failed to do so.

The presidency dismissed the threat, describing the members of the group as “delusional”.

In a statement Sunday, Mr. Sani also faulted the ultimatum.

The rights campaigner said the threat is of no use or effect on the plight or freedom of the abducted girls.

“The opportunistic submission of tying the fate of the Chibok girls to the political ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 is most irrational, illogical and insensitive,” he said.

Mr. Sani said tying Mr. Jonathan’s political ambition to the girls’ freedom cannot “bring back the girls” as it merely amounts to saying if the president rescues the girls he doesn’t need to do any other thing to win a second term.

“There is the need for politicians to make a clear distinction between their political support or differences with president Goodluck and the need for all to converge on the moral imperative to rescue the abducted girls from captivity,” Mr. Sani said.

“Northern elders have the fundamental rights to express their opinion on the presidency of Goodluck Jonathan but their attempt to link the Chibok girls’ plight to the political ambition of Jonathan is condemnable,” he said.

‎He added that at this crisis moment in the nation’s history, particularly in the northern parts of Nigeria, northern elders should be more proactive in finding solutions to the raging insurgency and religious violence than scoring cheap political points from tragic situations.

‎He said the girls of Chibok need concern, sympathy and support from all Nigerians but above all they need any form of active and result-oriented intervention that can lead to their freedom.

“I still believe that the best way to secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls is through dialogue,” he said.

Swapping the girls with detainees of the insurgent is the safest and most pragmatic approach to securing their release,” Mr. Sani said.


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  • redeem

    One yeye writer Sonala described it as freedom of speech–can u imagine for a second the Americans issuing such silly———–threat to George Bush over Bin Laden—-after 9/11?——-These awoof loving fulanis are becoming something else in 9ja———One is just sick and tired of them threats–if their governors are not issuing threats to the president–its their lawmakers or Senators——their traditional rulers–emirs–ati —–their elders forums which cannot even solve matters affecting fulanis and the boroms in Jos Plateau state——instead of the sultan of sokoto declaring a fatwa on boko haram———————he is alleging that jonathan is trying to reduce the population of the Muslims————-i have often called for the sack of dasuki–he is useless as the NSA————the IGP of fulani–NSA dasuki fulani–minister of defence gusau fulani——————-badey northerner—————-yet they issue yeye threats to the south to look for the chibok girsl they arranged with APC to kidnap in Borno state-

    • solomon

      Yeye threat thunder will fire them all mumu old idiotic morons group of nonentities parading themselves as elders in their delusional enclave

  • larry

    Wonders shall never end .Was this not thesame Sani i saw on BCC lambasting the Federal gov?Hahaha ,may be Sani has seen the light from the clueless one .LOL

    • wode

      It seems you misunderstood his point. He is neither endorsing nor disapproving GEJ 2nd term agenda by his comment. His point is that rescuing or not rescuing the girls shouldn’t be the determinant of GEJ’s 2nd term ambition sailing through. He asked the question that, does it mean that if the girls are rescued GEJ would be getting automatic re-election? In short the two issues are mutually exclusive as far as he’s concerned. That’s his point and the bases under which he’s condemn the “elders” position.

  • titi

    they are right if a president cannot rule a country he must go!!!but Northern leaders must know their complacency and denial made boka harame!!!

  • Francis510

    Both the northetn elders and this Sani are all playing dirty games. If they like let them not vote for Jonathan. Useless people just always looking for trouble. We south don under stand all or una game. You know Bako haram where they are. Why cannt you fucking elders go and meet them. You people can never ever see peace again. Bunch of wicked, Jihadists, blood suckers people.

  • FOR FREE, FAIR and CREDIBLE ELECTIONS, PVCs and CAR-READERS MUST BE USED.

  • From the above article: In the 2011 Presidential election, “Candidate
    Jonathan scored the following highest votes – 99% of total votes cast in Abia,
    Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo and Rivers States, incredible percentages.
    We now know that since the 2011 elections, almost five million names –
    4,841,861 millions multiple registrants have been removed (from) the list and had not
    received PVCs. This means, the total number of voters in all states were inflated
    in 2011 and claiming that 99% of that total inflated number actually all voted
    is a clear indication of inflation of voters in some States.”
    No wonder, Jonathan-PDP dreads the use of PVCs and Card-Readers. However, PVCs and Card-Readers must be used for free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria from March 28, 2015 onwards.

  • veritious

    The guilty is always afraid. I doubt if this election will be free and fair.

  • Okechukwu Ononaeke

    One sided view on national issues is detrimental to national conversations. When are you going to write about Jega and INEC empowering under-aged 12 year olds in northwestern and northeastern Nigeria with PVC’s? This is the worst form of rigging. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.