EDITORIAL: Zaria Massacre: President Buhari’s Unsettling, Disquieting Silence

President Muhammadu Buhari

One week after the deadly carnage in Zaria, Kaduna State, involving the Nigerian Army and members of the Shi’ite Community, President Muhammadu Buhari remains silent. For a President whose preferred method of public communication has been widely described as “body language”, the message telegraphed by his silence is less than eloquent, unsettling and disquieting.

The exact sequence of events leading to the encounter between the Shi’ites and the Army will, hopefully, be unraveled by the judicial commission of inquiry to be established by the government of Kaduna State. Some things are already quite clear however.

Many people were killed in the encounter. Some have described it as a “massacre”. The victims included young children and women. The leader of the Shi’ites, Sheikh El-Zakzaky, has not been seen since then. The army initially said it took him into “protective custody”. At best, this is not a lawful procedure under Nigerian law. Subsequently, the army claimed it handed him over to civil authorities for prosecution for as yet undisclosed crimes. The army is not a prosecutorial authority for civilians. So on what basis are they deciding that he should be prosecuted?

Rather unfortunately, and quite oddly, in a presumed secular state, the Shiite movement, like many islamic and christian religious organisations, appears to have its own long-term history of breaking the law, and of impunity, that had not been called to order by previous administrations, especially by holding processions or taking over and blocking major roads with utmost disregard for other road users.

Yet the reaction of many, including Nigeria’s bilateral and multi-lateral partners has coalesced around the view that the conduct of the military in response was both brutal and disproportionate. From within Nigeria, many people and institutions, including the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), as well as the Christian Association of Nigeria have called for an independent investigation.

Even more, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, a former Permanent Secretary for the Interior and Joint Intelligence in Nigeria’s federal government, himself from Zaria, has regretted the fact that the “military does not appreciate the fact that it handed over to the Shi’ites a victory it will exploit to the detriment of national security”.

Amidst this rising crescendo of condemnation and concern, and whilst considering the fact that President Buhari must be awaiting a report of what transpired leading to the massacre, his studied silence appears quite disturbing. He ordinarily ought not to foreclose the need for showing concern by talking to Nigerians about the ill-fated incident.

And, in line with democratic governance, it behoves the President to constantly engage with the public on matters of national interest. Yet, since the incident, the only response from the Presidency has come from a text message reportedly sent by an official spokesperson of the President, Femi Adesina, to a newspaper in which he described what happened as a “military affair”, whatever that means.

The president’s silence is disconcerting for many reasons. First, the Zaria Massacre is the latest in a long and gruesome list of military operations since 1961 that have ended in civilian bloodbath. It occurred in the same weekend that the President went to Kaduna State, first, for a music festival and, then, to accept an honorary doctorate degree from the Kaduna State University, a curiously dubious conferment from a university that does not itself run any doctorate programme. That the lethal sequence that followed is associated with the presence of the President in the state should surely be of concern to him.

Second, President Buhari is not just anybody. He is a two-time Commander-In-Chief, a retired army General and one of the most respected and decorated officers in the history of the Nigerian Army. As a General, what happened in Zaria must be of interest to him. As Commander-In-Chief, he has command responsibility for what the military did. This is not a mere military affair. It is his affair. By keeping quiet, he reinforces the impression that he explicitly instructed the military operation in Zaria or implicitly condoned its manner and outcomes. If this is not the case, then he should say so.

Third, there is disturbing evidence in his silence that far from learning from the mistakes of his predecessor, President Buhari appears willing to repeat the errors that turned Nigerians against the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. It bears recalling that President Buhari rode to the Presidency on the crest of public revolt against the way his predecessor showed scant regard for the lives and sufferings of Nigerians in the hands of Boko Haram extremists. To this attitude, President Buhari promised change. He did not promise being mute. Rather than offer change on this occasion, he has chosen to go mute.

Fourth, President Buhari’s answer to allegations of Shi’ite lawlessness cannot be an outlaw army. His silence could encourage open-ended military operations against unarmed civilians. The state can contain citizen lawlessness, but state lawlessness invites anarchy.

Above all, as the only officer under our constitution elected – no less – by Nigerians from every state and the Federal Capital Territory, President Buhari swore to protect Nigeria’s constitution and the values that underpin it, including the obligation to run a humane government, respect human life and guarantee due process. When citizens are killed in encounters with the armed forces, the responsibility of government is engaged. The people who died are Nigerians. A humane government must show that it cares. By remaining silent, the President appears inhumane and encourages the impression that he neither cares about human life nor about his oath of office.

It is already late but there is still time for the President to correct the course of happenings. The President who promised change cannot keep quiet when soldiers under his command leave scores, perhaps indeed, hundreds of killed civilian citizens in their wake. He needs to speak to Nigerians and the world urgently and reassure everyone about his commitment to the values of constitutional government.

The whereabouts of the leader of the Shi’ite community, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, must be disclosed. He should be released from custody forthwith or charged before a court for crimes known to the law. Contrary to their claim, the Nigerian constitution has no place for the military to hold a citizen in “protective custody.” Any persons, civilian or military, implicated in the incident in Zaria, should be held to account resolutely.

While PREMIUM TIMES acknowledges the right of, as indeed salutes, the Kaduna State government on its initiative to set up a judicial commission of inquiry into the incident which occurred within its state borders, as announced by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, still we need to be aware that the scale of the problem is national, and the army, as one of the parties involved, is a national institution.

Hence President Buhari, as Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces needs to get proactive in the national engagement with what transpired and in achieving justice for those unjustly violated and murdered. If he fails to do this urgently and resolutely, his promise of change could begin to ring hollow.


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  • abuasmau

    It is the job the Kaduna state governor to speak not the President. Allow the President face critical issues.

    • peacemonger

      Mumu, you never die?

      • abuasmau

        You are welcome.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Does the COAS who conducted the masssacre report to the governor of Kauna state ? …answer me you villain !

      • abuasmau

        The governor is the chief security officer. Authority is delegated to the governor by the President. The e President must not comment on all issues. That will make people like you show respect to the office not the man.

        • tata

          Guys like you advised Jonathan to his political dungeon, continue. No be 4 years? When over 100 citizens are killed by the military and you say the president shouldn’t comment, as far as I can see, you hate the very man you’d claim to be protecting. If Buhari wants to ruin his government, never worry, Nigerians and the media are there to help.

          • abuasmau

            Should this government fall into the pit of the previous ones, we will be in the forefront to send it packing. It’s not about GEJ or PMB it’s about putting Nigeria on the path to greatness. If a pegan can do the job, he’s welcome. We will support him.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            He is sowing the seeds of chaos bro. No amount of killing can make people love Nigeria,it is only done through democratic freewill .

        • katalyst

          This is how u will defend a rapist?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          What an emperor you must worship,the deaths of more than hundred Nigerians including women and children is not worth Buhari’s saliva…ha…ha…ha..ha

        • Otile

          Nobody will listen to this lame excuse at the Hague, sorry.

          • abuasmau

            Are you back?

  • True Nigerian

    Buhari’s failure on this military massacre against the El-Zakzaki’s follwers is really shameful.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    If the president of a democratic country has kept quiet in the face of mass extra-judicial massacres carried out by his Army chief in Zaria and parts of the SE and SS,it can only mean that the orders to kill unarmed civilians emanated from his office. Buhari is not an Emperor like he sees himself,he was elected to serve therefore Nigerians and the international community must step up and demand answers from him directly.

    The shooting of unarmed civilians is systemic,even those celebrating a court verdict were shot at pointblank range and more than 5 killed at Onitsha,the soldiers also opened fire at Enugu for the same reason of celebrations.Earlier 3 civilians were shot by soldiers at Warri in an extra-judicial manner.

    The constitution of Nigeria states that all Nigerians are entitled to fair trial before conviction but we have a situation where soldiers are the judge,jury and executioners of citizens. Buratai ordered the massacre but since his commander in chief is mute as bodies are being comandeered and secretly buried in the north and family members of those with bullet wounds at Onitsha are being abducted or arrested as soon as they visit victims in hospitals,the institutionalised nature of the whole killings is becoming more glaring.

    The hard earned democratic freedoms which many Nigerians sacrificed their lives for are gone with the wind.

    • abuasmau

      International community?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Precisely !! The international community of civilised nations will hold him accountable,there is no doubt that they have all information they need to do so. The order to kill unarmed civilians emanated from his office. The killings are systemic.

  • Jika

    Very apt editorial.This is hoping that the President will hearken to this VERY constructive piece.Suffice to say though four (4) years will soon be over and our PVC will be effectively used again just like we did in the immediate past(to vote out) a sitting President.

  • LLLeon

    This massacre is a prelude to the coming attacks of the Igbo pro-Biafra demands.

    • No Bull …..

      This incident will send a clear message to Biafra agitators

      • LLLeon

        Yes, and the message will be that the Igbo people don’t have any rights.

        • No Bull …..

          Vast majority of the Igbo people are not in support of Biafra agitation so , the message is if you try to disturb the unity of Nigeria, the long arm of the authority will reach out and touch you

          • Otile

            Is that the reason you abandoned your Oduduwa Republic? Cowards

          • No Bull …..

            Abum nwa afo.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            NWA AFO SABO !

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            A referendum on Biafra in Igbo land today would sail through with 95%. Remember what happened to Buhari at Anambra where he scored 4% of votes ? it will be worse.

          • No Bull …..

            The election result does not reflect how Igbos feel about referendum. GEJ was supported by the Igbo simply because of the tribal religious sentiments in our politics.

            BTW, GEJ govt was a big disappointment to the SE; he did not build any major developmental project in the area.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        BUHARI AND HIS THUGS HAVE ALREADY KILLED MORE THAN 30 UNARMED BIAFRANS INCLUDING,WOMEN,GIRLS AND CHILDREN…HE WILL CONTINUE TO KILL TILL HE IS FED UP.

        ALL HAIL BIAFRA !

        • No Bull …..

          Those Biafra agitators killed asked for it. In your ‘peaceful demonstration’ , you barricaded roads and bridges and don’t expect security personnels not to do anything.

          • LLLeon

            Are you saying that they asked to be slaughtered ? If you are justifying genocide you must be mad.

          • No Bull …..

            It is even more sick for people instigating these low lives to put their lives in harm’s way.These people crossed the line, they got ‘pushed back’ so slaughter and genocide do not even come close.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Have you ever imagined all those youth if they should decide tomorrow to go into the bushes with kalashnikov in hand ?

            WALL STREET WAS OCCUPIED FOR WEEKS,THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT FINANCIAL DISTRICT. A VITAL HIGH-WAY WITHIN THE HONG-KONG FINANCIAL DISTRICT WAS OCCUPIED AND BLOCKED FOR MORE THAN A FORTNIGHT YET THE CHINESE AND USA GOVERNMENT DID NOT KILL ONE PERSON……IS YOUR HALF-BAKED ARMY MORE EQUIPPED THAN THE ARMY OF THOSE TWO COUNTRIES…..?

            You cannot defeat Boko-haram yet you think you can defeat these youth because they are peaceful and civilised in their agitation. Look no one will fight a frontal war like in 1967,the world has changed ,better wise up.

          • Otile

            In other word you want to extend your slaughter to Biafra now. Have you not sucked_enough blood from the North East. Remember the Hague is still open for you and your masters. Blood_sucker.

          • abodes_124

            Barricading roads and bridges is frequently done during demonstrations in saner countries without being shot and killed by the army. We in fact did it in our student days to the song ‘we shall not be moved’ and that was under a military regime and we were [mostly] not shot.

          • No Bull …..

            Because you did in your school years and got away with it does not make it right. In a ‘saner’ country, demonstrators need to get permit and a designated place.
            I am not against citizens exercising their rights to demonstrate, but as long as their rights do not impede on other people’s rights

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      3 million Biafrans lost their lives to genocide of the Nigerian state,your little brain tells you that the Biafran self determination effort will be frightened into timidity but you are silly and short sighted. Any government which takes delight in killing citizens loses legitimacy…that is the bottom line.

      BUHARI AND HIS THUGS HAVE ALREADY KILLED MORE THAN 30 UNARMED BIAFRAN AGITATORS SINCE HE ASSUMED OFFICE.

      ALL HAIL BIAFRA.

      • LLLeon

        Yes – I don’t believe that the Biafrans will ever surrender.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Good,sorry I misunderstood your earlier post a bit hence the rather strong language.

      • peaceometer

        You are shouting!

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Shouting is not against the law .

    • Otile

      After that his slaughter of Oduduwafraud will commence.

  • Maria

    Iran called Buhari a puppet… and that Iran will soon “visit” Nigeria! Nigerians should brave for another deadly group of terrorists now backed not by Saudi but by Iran.

    • Otile

      Why do you Moslems thrive in oppression, intolerance, and massacres? Can you not solve problems without resorting to insults, violence and massacres. Show me any Muslim country at peace right now. Because of your bad image many of you change to Christian names but still operate as devout Muslisms, Na wa for una,

      • Maria

        Idi0t… who is a moslem? Hahahahahahahahahaha…I cant laugh enough at how you people display idi0cy….

  • JasV

    Any child that says his or her mother will not sleep will definitely not doze or take a nap not to talk of sleep. No one has monopoly of senseless killing. The only difference is that like the Sri Lanka treatment, all shiites who choose to block roads instead of line up and allow others to pass or worthless pigs like Boko Haram, who were born by beasts will be wiped off inch by inch from Zaria until we get to the edge of Sahara Desert. Yes sometimes, you will kidnap and rape innocent victims and tie them with suicide bombs, the only ammunition that cowardly bastard pigs use, but we will mourn and come back after you and bury your carcasses with pigs so that you straight go to hell. Shikena!!!.

    • Jon Rhoma

      This view is erroneous. We’re in a secular society and all religion should be allowed to thrive within the bounds of law. I don’t understand their grievances but there is no smoke without fire. Hence I commend the setting up of the Commission of inquiry so long as it is not a whitewash.

      • JasV

        Exactly. WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THE LAW. You have not lived in Zaria and experience how we suffer when the roads are blocked from Kaduna to Zaria just because a religion must thrive. No law permits that you should use your religion to prevent me from going about my day to day business. Anyone who wants to protest, match or roll on the ground from Kaduna to Samaru is free to do so as long as you give me room to pass and do so peacefully. In any case what audacity has anyone got to takeover public taxpayers’ built facility? For which religion is that? Whether christian, islam, pagan biafraud, anyone who does that must be given buratai treatment one time. Enough is enough!!!!!

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Yeah,exterminate the shiites to clear the road for Bratai……nincompoop !!

          • JasV

            I’ll rather be a nincompoop if you know the meaning than be a demon called Tawanda that will soon be used as a human suicide bomber by devil incarnates. My message is simple, block the road and you will be next.

          • peaceometer

            Hahahahaha,Hahahaha,hahaha Hahahahaha,Hahahaha,hahaha Hahahahaha,Hahahaha,hahaha Hahahahaha,Hahahaha,hahaha

          • abodes_124

            I did not realise that going in a procession that blocks a road in Nigeria is a capital offence.

        • Jon Rhoma

          I’m not sure what to make of your criticism whether you’re agreeing with me or not. Of course in a democratic society people’s freedom stops when another gets hurt. I said earlier I don’t understand the nature of their grievances but if what you say is correct then they’re wrong. But it still remains to be said that it is the duty of the police to protect its citizens and there must be a failure of governance squarely APC the rules both the federal and state government should take the blame for their failure to maintain law and order there.

          • JasV

            You are right about the duty of the police to protect its citizens but as we all know, these groups, Boko Haram, Shiites, Isis, Massob, Biafraud, have constituted themselves into authorities stronger than the Police since 2007 and in my view, extraordinary measures are needed. Moreso when they are brave enough to attack the Chief of Staff of our Army. These same people talking now will have been talking of how weak the Nigerian Army is if the COS had been killed. Nigeria Police is undergoing reorganization so as to be able to fulfill its mandate as you have correctly stated.

          • Jon Rhoma

            I concur. It’s the sign of the times. Where governments fail anarchy thrives.

  • GEJ FOREVER

    QUESTIONS:

    1. Why did Prof Ango Abdullahi then VC of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria expel Turi Mohammad, Zainab and others from ABU (Kongo Campus) in the course of 1980/81 academic year.

    2. What was the role of Iran immediately Turi and others were expelled?

    3. Have they watched the Youtube video to see very Senior Military Officers pleading with the stuupid Shittes to allow the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff passage through public roads that they had blocked.

  • Ways Inc

    @Everyone, I really felt for the life lost in the event, may there soul rest in perfect peace. Let us look deep beyond the event, let’s ask from ourselves, why do I need to take the RIGHT belong to my fellow NIGERIANS? Do I need to make uncomfortable noise that could lead to problems that may even take lives as it was in Zaria? Do all NIGERIANS know about the constitutions of FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA? Do all NIGERIANS know about PUBLIC CONDUCT ACTS in any departments either PRIVATE or GOVERNMENT? Do all Nigerians understand what we called HUMANITARIAN FUNDAMENTALISM in all as a citizen of this Great Nation called NIGERIA? If we understand all these, believe me, there is no need to fight or cause havoc on anyone. I think all our institution should start teaching every Nigerian about our constitution so lawlessness won’t be the order of the day. I am Proudly Nigerian. God Bless Federal Republic of Nigeria. God Bless Me and Everyone. God is Working.

    • Otile

      In conclusion you are proudly Nigerian, and you are fat and happy the way things are working out in Nigeria. This is your personal opinion, count the oppressed out.

      • Jakadiya

        Are you personally oppressed? How? Just because you can access the internet, you think you must negatively comment all the time? Are you trained by Dino Melaye and co?

  • Bejim

    It seems that Premium Times wants to remind Buhari of his oath of office and the need to engage Nigerians in conversation? Well, this it quintessential Buhari. It is too late in the day for Premium Times begin to feign surprise.

    • Michael

      Lmao !

    • Darlington

      What a contradiction! Your comment has shown that you are a sadist without human feeling.

      • Michael

        You seem not to understand the irony in his message @darlington

        • yukkmouff

          Lol…….Darlington is utterly confused!

    • yukkmouff

      LMOA………seven and a half more years of Buhari’s rudderless leadership; the country is well and truly f**ked!!

  • eclub

    Buhari is finished.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      This is exactly why no respectable country with a conscientious leadership can sell arms to the Nigerian military. They flee at the sight of Boko-haram abandoning weapons and barracks but kill civilians for the flimsiest of reasons on a habitual basis.

      • Otile

        Curiously the weapons the military are using now were all purchased under Jonathan. What is Buhari doing with our money? What did he do with the $2.1billion he borrowed from the World Bank with obscene interest?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Since he has started killing the Shiites maybe the Saudis and gulf states will supply Buhari’s civilian killing army more weapons.

          • Otile

            I hope not.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Well,they already have supplied him some weapons recently.

      • Jakadiya

        My prayer for you is, may the Almighty God expose your entire family members to similar situation that Buratai found himself during the confrontation with Shiites. The same people shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ and massacre people and people like you will shout ‘Moslems are killing Christians’.

        • Michael

          and my prayer for you is to expose your families to similar situation el zakzaky is currently facing. that means all your kids will be killed by firing NA squad, your extended families to be shot at sight and your generations next be humiliated,wounded and pushed in a wheel barrow..scallywag !

          • Jakadiya

            So, the situation was not funny and you are comfortably seated somewhere and blaming the soldiers. We should be realistic, please.

          • Jakadiya

            Yeye man. The man on wheelbarrow is not Zakzakky, just a photo trick.

          • Michael

            and his 4 sons too? u seem to know more than what the media is feeding us. You should have just answered amen since you know the photo was tricked. Zombie !

          • Jakadiya

            You out rightly condemned the action of the military and I tried to make you see tea so that if you were in the Sam situation with the military, you’ll have acted the same, but you refuse to see reason. That’s why I wished you and your family to be in the same situation the military found itself and you’re not happy. Chai! So it’s not funny being in similar situation and you are there busy sympathizing with rogues. These are the Sam people that shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ and wantonly murder innocent people and ignorant people shout that ‘Muslims are killing Christians’.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Beast without a conscience !!

          • Jakadiya

            Ewu! I thought people that eat people are the ones we can call beasts. Are you one of those Oron or Udi people?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          The Shiites did not kill any Nigerian,the ones who butcher and behead are the Sunni Boko-haram,who are held and released by the government on a daily basis.

          • Onike24

            Suddenly an expert on Islamic sects! Pathetic!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            One does not need to be an authority in Islamic history to know that all the major terrorist organisations on planet earth today are Sunni wahabists with their apocalyptic interpretation of Koranic scriptures and jihadist ideology.

            The AL-QUAEDA, AL-NUSRA, AL-SHABAB,ISIS, BOKO-HARAM ETC They are all Sunni,they kill mutilate,behead ,rape etc all in the name of religion.

          • Onike24

            Or so BH has an apocalyptic interpretation of Islam? i thought all Muslims were evil? So there are some non apocalyptic Muslims? What a joke! You are the worst sort of bigot one who lacks coherency and is completely and utterly inconsistent in your bigotry. What a waste of space!

          • Jakadiya

            Exactly, ‘held and released by government on daily basis’. Tell that to GEJ and his sympathizers. Thank God PMB is checkmating that now and Boko Haram will soon be thing of the past. A bad dream, just like GEJ.

        • Yusuf

          i do not know a time when the Shiaits shout Allahu Akhbar and kill people, they have never been known for terrorism. lets fear our lord and always stand for the truth, it may be us tomorrow. Burutai did not find himself in any difficult situation. and to call him humble after killing a hundred civilians is like calling yourself an animal. we would be supporting him if he used legal means to prosecute them and their leaders

          • Onike24

            Hezbolah is a shite group, and they are considered as terrorist. The truth is sacred, the Army was wrong and the Shia were also wrong. The issue to my mind is how do we avoid such needless and pointless waste of lives happening again?

          • Jakadiya

            Call anybody in Zaria and ask them why Zazakky was thrown out of the ancient city to Sabon Gari. Go to the North and personally investigate on how they kidnap children and domiciled them inside Zazzaky’s enclave and give the military training. For your information, they carry guns. Don’t comment on what you don’t know. I suggest you go and start preparing defense for GEJ and his likes rather that mischievously posting ignorant comments. Alternatively, since Biafraud will soon be a reality, allow the Hausas to face their problems.

    • Simon Templar

      Exactly ! Hope you are happy now ?

    • peaceometer

      How?

  • Simon Templar

    Where was Tawanda Incommunicado when all the looting revelations were made ?

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Keep your eyes on the ball,we are talking about the complicity of the Buhari regime in the mass extra-judicial murder of Nigerian citizens which amounts to a crime against humanity.

      • Simon Templar

        Simple question ,you are ranting. Don’t worry,no human can beat the hopelessness of Jonathan. Complicity? Is there any complicity like giving a soldier 30 rounds of ammunition to go and fight BH,while you dance skelewu and share millions of dollars to party members and magicians ?

      • peaceometer

        Tell it to the birds

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          We are disseminating the information to the international diplomatic community,the birds can also hear if they so wish.

      • Sword of Damocles

        i know that you understand the definition of “complicity”, thus the only explanation for the use of that word must be ABJECT hatred of the President of the FRN. Fret not though, you only have 7.5 yrs left to continue to refer to him as Mr President

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          The army is the Army commanded by Muhammadu Buhari,and the killings of civilians is not just in Zaria,it happened in Port-harcourt,Enugu,Onitsha and Warri. The military takes orders therefore one can safely assume that Buhari gave the oorders for the current spike in the shootings and massacres of unarmed Nigerian civilians,

          The international community is watching !!

  • Swagger

    Jonathan was unspeakably incompetent and corrupt. I supported his exit, and will do same again. However, I’m afraid his replacement will hardly be any different, especially with recent events. The Buhari I see is dull and grey. And while he might manage to confront corruption, he’s not pristine even so. He refused to declare his assets fully and transparently, and harbours some of the grimiest guys around. And, despite their claim to the contrary, he received needless gifts from the Jonathan govt., as he did with Obasanjo and Abacha. Don’t also forget the shameful doctorate honorary in Kaduna last week?

    Jonathan failed to address the Shi’a problem, Buhari has done even worse. In case you are in doubt what I would have preferred as Jonathan’s replacement, please follow Tanzania’s brand new president as he unfolds…

    • Simon Templar

      Sad fellow !

    • peaceometer

      Nonsense

  • Otile

    Let them stop probing the massacre of people in Zaria just as they didn’t bother to investigate the recent massacre at Onitsha. The more
    they dig into these massacres the more they expose Imam to the disgraceful danger of
    joining Taylor at the Hague in handcuffs.

    • Jakadiya

      The Onitsha massacre? You mean the massacre of the Northerners, the burning and looting of their property and the destruction of the mosque? I guess you were at the scene.

      • musa aliyu

        Gbam!

    • share Idea

      lol

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Whenever Nigerians are killed, the government should be looking into it. Buhari will be criticized no matter what he says anyways.

  • egoigwe

    I think there may be a reason why Mr. President is silent on these recent events, God forbid, but could it possibly be because El Zakzaky is already dead??? To my mind, this is the added occurrence that would leave him speechless. Why is El Zakzaky not in hospital? How long is he expected to survive without proper care for his gunshot wounds? Why is his location still being hidden? Something is definitely amiss.

    El Rufai has no say in this matter. He is an establishment man, a member of Mr. President’s inner circle and by it an interested party, just like Buratai. He is also a member of the Sunni sect who are all avowed enemies of the Shiite sect. We cannot hope for an impartial investigation from such an individual, the conflict of interest that arises from his participation is glaring. The speedy report from his judicial inquiry is indicative of a cover-up, for how can anyone reach such speedy conclusions without hearing from the other side, in this case being the Shiite sect. Who and who testified from this sect before this panel of inquiry?

    What were its report based upon? Testimonies of witnesses or actors/participants to the conflict? Or did they just base their findings on news reports and hearsay? Nothing adds up.

    • Jakadiya

      You’ve missed the trend. Who’s citing panel report? What are you concluding? Please, stop commenting on things you know little or nothing about. Allow the people knowledgeable to comment, please.

      • egoigwe

        The “who” is El Rufai that just announced the findings of his judicial inquiry which found the Shiite sect responsible for the conflict. Now, tell us what you DO know. Tell us what the law prescribes as punishment for people who block the road? Tell us where our military derives its power from in our constitution to arrest civilians? Tell us where the military derives its powers from to attack and kill people in their homes? Tell us where the military derives its powers from to attack and kill people at their place of worship or shrine? Tell us where the military derives its powers from to kidnap people from off our streets and their homes?

        If you can’t answer these questions then you’re not only a candy simpleton but a raving ignoramus as well.

        • musa aliyu

          Tell us in your “constitution ” what an army is supposed to do when its COAS is attacked by urchins carrying sticks, catapult, guns, bow and arrow and other assorted machete
          Don’t forget to tell us where your constitution says an individual should shun invitation to answer questions over the conduct of urchins bred by him, which he said were beyond his control, when asked to do that. Tell us where it is stated that urchins should shoot at soldiers when they went for their lord. Mtchewww

          • For one man,you kill over a hundred human beings.You must be a blood sucking monster.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            I strongly believe that the north has some ideologies which are unfit for modern society. I sincerely do not want to share a country with people who reason like medieval beasts.

        • Yusuf

          sentiments easily overshadows sight. There is not justification what so ever for such killings. an argument on this only prove how cruel and inhumane some people are. the army have no business controlling crowd in a city in a civilized society. it only shows their incapacity to fight a war

        • Jakadiya

          El- Rufa’i only said a Judicial Commission is set up. He did not say the outcome of the report is out. Go and read the communique released at the end of the Northern Governors’ Forum held on Saturday 19th December, 2015. Now, where does the Shiites derive their powers to block the highways? Where do they derive the powers to set bonfires against the military? Where do they derive the powers to poke the chest of an Army General? Where do the derive the power to an Army General that the can only open the road if their ask them to do so? Where do they derive their power to demonstrate without police police permit and escort? Put yourself in the position of the COAS’s convoy and tell me what you’ll have done. Don’t forget, the convoy doesn’t go around with rubber bullets or water canons. Watch the video recorded by NTA before you respond to my comment.

  • Simon Templar

    All of a sudden,Shoeless Jonathanians have got their voice back again !

    • REDEEM

      Moaning mourners are here again with their sick brains——we warned Nigerians against–putting their-trust in buhari–but they will not listen–So why blame us over the desires of the USA to impose–a selfish unthinking monster like Buhari on the nation–now dollar is selling 300 to the naira–crude oil price has gone down to almost 45 dollars per barrel–did he buhari not swear to increase the oil price?–That alone was enough to tell nigerians that the man was not stable upstairs

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Point of correction,the price of crude is well below $40/barrel,in fact it went for $37/barrel 2 days ago. Angola last week displaced Nigeria as Africa’s biggest exporter of crude. Buhari’s policies and propensity to kill and cause unrest is driving customers away,they want security of supplies.

  • Aminu Baba

    What do you want Buhari to say or do? He has a sufficient representative in the person of the governor of the affected state. Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has come out and announced not only the genesis of the crisis but the measures and actions taken by the state government to adress it, including the setting up of an enquiry commission promise of compensation to victims. Buhari is not the president of Kaduna even though that is his adopted state. People should not forget that governors have full executive powers apart from being the chief security officers of their states. Therefore this matter falls squarely under their constitutional responsibilities

    • Darlington

      Is Kaduna in Kenya not Nigeria again? This is crass ignorance and hypocrisy on your path. Must you support someone blindly? When 14 people were shot dead in US by two Muslim extremists, President Obama came out to address Americans. Why can’t Buhari show respect to Nigerians who voted him into power? Is this why Nigeria is being referred as a ZOO by Biafran agitators?

    • Burning spear

      Then why did APC send Jonathan to the cleaners as it relates to the Nyayan bombing by boko haram? Did they not accuse him of neglecting the victims–ati dancing while we mourned-? Is Buhari still in Nigeria?-That is the million dollars question–we hear he is gone into a London hospital again

  • peaceometer

    Story, story

    • Sword of Damocles

      think, think

  • Jakadiya

    Please, stop citing Dr. Hakeen in your reportage if you want us to consider you unbiased. Hakeen has lost out and he’s not happy. Hakeem is being mischievous.

  • UFOROABAZ

    I personally find it disturbing that amidst the threat that situations like this offers,my country has failed to learn from the experience of the origin of the current Boko Haram crisis we are having now. Is Buhari waiting till he goes off the shores of this county before he condemns in clear terms the wanton destruction to lives and property. Is Buhari waiting to have to multiple attacks from Shiites, Boko Haram, MASSOB,MEND,OPC etc before he begins to speak up when issues like this occur. We must learn to value human life in this country. Even in the war front there are rules of engagement!

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    The moaning mourners in Premium Times are at again———hear them Buharimice—(-It bears recalling that President Buhari rode to the Presidency on the crest of public revolt against the way his predecessor showed scant regard for the lives and sufferings of Nigerians in the hands of Boko Haram extremists.) Haba Premium Times!? No truth in your lungs-?-How did Jonathan showed total disregard for the sufferings–of Nigerians killed by Boko haram—–? Was it not the same Buhari who said Giovernment should stop killing boko haram fighters—–in the Fulani North————? Has Buhari bought a single weapon for the soldiers since he came to power–?-Is buhari not depending on the weap0ns Jonathan bought for the soldiers? So who between the two have more interest in protecting the citizenry-?—————-Buhari or Jonathan?–animals–Pls yank off this yeye editorial from here And go learn how to call–Call a spade a spade–Pls stop danciong around the bush–with your regional thoughts against Jonathan-Buhari is not even aware of the ongoing killings in the north-by his Fulani soldiers-because he is battling to save his dead brain cells-

  • KINGHARMONY1

    The soldiers were attacked and non sustained any injury or any vehicle shown damaged and the best way out is to open fire on them killing many. As if that is not enough, you went to their headquarters and massacred unarmed people, carted their bodies and buried secretly leaving some to be robbed by their dubious brothers. First it was massacre at Onitsha headbridge and now zaria, it’s uncalled for, barbaric and inhumane to say the least and who ever is supporting these is a sadist.

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    The moaning mourners in Premium Times are at again———hear them Buharimice—(-It bears recalling that President Buhari rode to the Presidency on the crest of public revolt against the way his predecessor showed scant regard for the lives and sufferings of Nigerians in the hands of Boko Haram extremists.) Haba Premium Times!? No truth in your lungs-?-How did Jonathan show total disregard for the sufferings–of Nigerians killed by Boko haram—–? Was it not the same Buhari who said Government should stop killing boko haram fighters—–in the Fulani North————? Has Buhari bought a single weapon for the soldiers since he came to power–?-Is buhari not depending on the weapons Jonathan bought for the soldiers? So who between the two have more interest in protecting the citizenry-?—————-Buhari or Jonathan?–animals–Pls yank off this yeye editorial from here And go learn how to call–Call a spade a spade–Pls stop danciong around the bush–with your regional thoughts against Jonathan-Buhari is not even aware of the ongoing killings in the north-by his Fulani soldiers-because he is battling to save his dead brain cells-

  • Aliyu Yusuf

    As Jona danced on the grave of Nyanya victims Buhari cuts his birthday cake on the grave of the Shiait victims. As Jonah gave us happy new year fuel increase Buhari is preparing for his own. As Jonah men steal our money from CBN accounts Buhari men de follow am go our own accounts through man made inflation. Lai Lai is to Buhari what Maku was to Jonah and Burutai is to Buhari what Dasuki was to Jonah… u can improve on the list pls, na soja come soja goes as we de for nija

    • Issei

      Nawaoo

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      Same old views from the stinking soul of the moaning mourners in APC—ati the Buharimice—–At least Jonathan danced on the failed efforts of the boko haram fighters to cow him and members of his his party ati Nigerians into submission———-We showed those Fulani beast in Boko Haram that we are no cowards———-That was why we enouraged every Nigerian to go about their normal businesses—–soon afte the Nyaya bombing——-But your luciferic Buhari went into hiding—when his men went after the Shiite Muslims for the Sultan of Sokoto—-We only hear him speak through his janjaweed————-media men—–Adesina ati Shehu Garba—He could not even visit where the said killing took place-Cause like Yara Adua–Buhari is believed to be brain dead! It is the wife who is presiding over the affairs of Nigeria—like Turai—Whom Dambazua took over—when it became clear Yara was gone-let my people go!

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    N31B LOOT: Jonathan Did Not Seek Nor Send Anyone To Buhari For Intervention.

    The attention of Nigerian immediate past President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has been drawn to news report that he is talking with President Muhammadu Buhari and sending people to intervene on his behalf on the ongoing arms cash probe.
    Jonathan’s aides confirmed that there is no such discussion and there no need for it, as President Jonathan’s administration was meticulous and prudent in their dealings throughout his tenure and there is relatively nothing that will cause sleepless night for the President.

    They went further to add that former President Jonathan is now a private citizen and have no plans to engage or interfere in the job of President Muhamadu Buhari, unlike other Nigerian leaders before Jonathan.
    “He has no fear facing any questioning, explaining or even trial, therefore, these fabrications, lies and baseless suggestions of his asking for people to intervene on his behalf is absolute nonsense.

    Nigerians were meant to believe that the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki’s trial for alleged misapplication and disbursement of over N31b meant for purchase of arms, but today, what they are announcing are the disbursement of Security Vote Funds under Jonthan’s administration.

    Security Vote Funds spending by Politicians and government office holders like NSAs, Governors, Presidents are used to sort out issues of National importance, Socio-political matters that will direct or otherwise prevent crimes, solve delicate issues not covered by conventional government process. If you probe into any of the state Governor’s Security Vote, you will be shocked the type of names and problems they have been spending these funds on.

    The government must not deceive Nigerians by alleging that they are probing Arms purchase funds, but actually what have today listing of Security Vote of President Goodluck Jonathan, by reading out transactions on banks statements and NSA’s records. Security votes spending are done at the discretion of the officer it was allocated to.
    Even spending by Local government chairmen have never been probed, but focusing on President Jonathan, either to ridicule him in the public, especially to those who now not understand the difference between the Security Vote and funds meant to purchase arms..

  • Isi Agwo

    Haba Propaganda Times, the angel, Bokohari, can do no wrong.

  • a.c & all that

    PLEASE DON’T REMOVE THIS STORY YET I AM COMING. I AM READING A DICTIONARY
    TO LOOK FOR THE REAL ENGLISH I CAN USE TO DESCRIBE THIS USELESS BUHARI.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Who brought a useless goat like you into this world? He must be more useless than Buhari

  • international games

    Premium Times. Is this the first massacre carried out by the Nigerian Army since Buhari came in? These people were carrying weapons and challenging the Military Chief with harm. What about the Peaceful protesters in the East that were killed. Those ones were REAL peaceful protesters. They smuggled in Radio equipment NOT containers of weapons like Zakzaky. When will you give us the EDITORIAL for the Biafrans? Iran can go to Hell.

    • hassan

      You called people who want to revive a war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives peaceful demonstrators?.By the way who grant them permission to go the street.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    What a one-sided editorial! Why is it OK for a bunch of religious extremists to deny other Nigerians their right to free movement? Why is it OK for this religious sect to take the laws into their own hands and disregard constituted authorities? Why villify Buhari for what is essential a local issue for which the state government has responded appropriately? Whose interest is the Premium Times protecting?

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The editorial is both balanced and based on common-sense legal principles. The army has no right to kill unarmed civilians on a massive scale almost 300 including women and children because they were allegedly blocking the road for demi-god Buratai. After the road was cleared and scores killed ,the same indisciplined and unprofessional bloodthirsty murderers in military uniform proceeded to the Shiite HQ and killed hundreds of civilians,then they went to Zazzak’s home and killed every living thing ,all in 21st century Nigeria ?

      This country is nothing short of a Zoo because it cannot happen in any geographical space governed by humans…and to make matters worse,the chief zoo attendant Buhari does not consider that amount of deaths enough to even talk about,these were the same people who voted for him to mount his high throne. Now their lives are not worth his saliva.

      • Onike24

        When a bigot starts expressing ” moral” outrage in defense of a group he has piloried collectively as terrorists, you have to wonder what his ” game” is? Why do you care about the Shite? but you have on several occasions shown a complete lack of empathy for the innocent civilians caught up in the Boko Haram insurgency? Why do suddenly care about the Shia, but you didn’t give a damn when adolescent boys were murdered by BH in Buni Yadi? Nor did you show any Empathy when the Chibokm girls were kidnapped? Did you suddenly have a Damescene conversion or are you the biggest hypocrite alive?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          The killing is systemic,it is not just the Shiites,more than 30 unarmed Biafran agitators protesting peacefully have been killed by soldiers in at least 3 towns in the SS and SE are they not human ? Buhari gave the orders to shoot civilians and that is why the diplomatic community is stepping into a frenzy of disbelief at the blatant betrayal of democracy and rule of law. Buhari has destroyed whatever little unity left in Nigeria,do you honestly think that the youth in the SS and SE will be loving Nigeria any time in the near future ?

          • Onike24

            That I can reply you without four worded invectives is nothing short of a miracle! When did the President give the order to shoot? Are you truly saying that our security forces are known for NEVER killing unarmed civilians? Do you have a conscience or are you a sociopathic liar? It wasn’t a betrayal of democracy when BH was raising its flag on Nigerian soil, it wasn’t a betrayal of democracy when Jonathan was using Moines meant to buy weapons to run his re-election campaign? It wasn’t a betrayal of democracy when Jonathan was dancing Azonto on the graves on innocent Nigerians who he swore to protect? Really? The youths in every part of Nigeria have no reason to love Nigeria, what has it done for them? Tell me where in Nigeria the average Joe blogs is having the time of his life? The punishment we suffer is collective no one is exempt, the policeman who shoots unarmed civilians is also suffering. Posting lies and half truths don’t help either. Bugatti did not order anyone to kill anyone. Find another moronic lie to tell.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You are talking history,as we speak the important thing is that Buhari is dancing Skelewu and cutting birthday cakes as his army killers are burying hundreds of bodies in secret graves in a bid to cover the massacres which amount to crimes against humanity.

          • Onike24

            Secret graves….. What next? Keeping posting nonsense!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Yes ,Buratai dispatched his killers to the morgue in Kaduna to comandeer all dead bodies and the doctors confirm this with video evidence which is in the hands of the international community as we speak. those bodies are not accounted for. At least 61 was taken from a single hospital mortuary in either Zaria or Kaduna. Videos do not lie.

          • hassan

            That will serve as a deterrent to every irresponsible element that feels he can disrupts the peace of the country. No society will progress with lawlessness. There is lawful procedure for seeking permission to undertake procession. Any person or group group that deliberately disregard the authority of Nigeria government has declared a war with nation. And they must be prepared to face the music.

      • Du Covenant

        Well, the country is a zoo because everybody does whatever he/she wants anytime, anywhere. There are dedicated places for worship in Nigeria, why block roads?. Christians and Muslims in Nigeria have not right to block roads if and when they feel like. It is not normal behaviour and is outright silly!. The countries you desperately try to emulate don’t do this either. If you play with fire, you get burned simple!.

      • hassan

        who told you the they are not armed?

      • TRUTH MASTER

        If this army abandoned weapons and barracks, as you claimed, it was because your hero, Jonathan, diverted money meant for weapons to fake prayer warriors.

        The Nigerian army can hold its own anywhere and anytime, if not deprived of the necessary equipment.

        Stop sensationalizing this issue. Get real

    • Onike24

      Let us not be like the wailing wailers, who saw imaginary enemies in every criticism. The President cannot and should keep mum about the incident, the buck stops on his table, local incident or otherwise. He has to communicate with his electorate otherwise the sore losers will fill in the blanks with false information. Lives have been lost and that has to the bottom line, but I have to acknowledge that it is very incongruous when you read confirmed bigots on this forum, know for the bigoted views they hold against Muslims suddenly defending and being outraged about the killing of the Shia. Suddenly an unfortunate failure of Judgement on both parts becomes a Sunni/ Shia war! You are right to be suspicious but we “Buharist” cannot hold a view that he is infallible, for in doing that we do him a great injustice.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        The appropriate authorities have responded. The Kaduna state government has done everything it is supposed to do, including setting up a panel to investigate. What else do you want? In a federal setting, that is how it works. All Buhari can do, if he so feels inclined, is to visit the site of the unfortunate incident and make comments.

        Buhari is not infallible. But turning this whole thing into Buhari bashing is unacceptable

        • Onike24

          I identify with your irritation at the Buhari bashing, and what I can’t understand is that Jonathan in direct comparison was a much much worse! I really don’t get that part.

        • growthengine

          So also was the chinook girls issue. It was local but you and your buharists demanded for Jonathan’s head. And guess what no one is talking about chibok girls again. Buhari never really care a dime about chibok. He used it to get what he wanted.

          • TRUTH MASTER

            Don’t even talk about that. Your hero wasted all of 18 days before even acknowledging that the girls were missing. And you have the mouth to talk here? Shame has indeed taken flight

          • growthengine

            How many days has Buhari been silent about the massacre in Zaria? How many? Instead his soldiers are hiding the bodies. Shame on you.

          • TRUTH MASTER

            The Zaria clash is a local issue and has been so treated by the Kaduna State Government, which has set up a commission of inquiry on the issue. When the report is out, then the FG will do whatever is recommended for it.

          • growthengine

            Chibok girls were not a local issue. Why did you guys not leave it for the Borno state govt to sort out. You guys keep moving the goal post. The lives of the Shiites mean nothing compared to what the chibok girls were used to achieve. This blind support for the General will kill this country, how much is he paying you.

          • TRUTH MASTER

            Your mad hatred of the General has already killed the man in you!

    • Thinking Man

      @disqus_2Zw3wsQ9eN:disqus

      Let Premium Times tell us the persons and issues that are off-limits so that we don’t cross the line.
      This editorial is not bad as you depict it but fair and even-handed by any objective standard.
      Zakzaky matter exposes BUHARI as slow and sloven which Premium Times hesitates to say.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        No army in the world will allow a bunch of extremists to hold its chief to ransom. Had these Shiites succeeded in preventing the COAS convoy from passing that they, they would have inflicted a symbolic defeat on the nation’s army.

        I watched a video in which top army officers were pleading with these scumbags to get off a public road and allow a free flow of traffic, and they bluntly refused.

        If you hate Buhari,which is obvious, don’t because of that distort facts

    • Du Covenant

      Thank you!…I am equally irate!!!

      • newshound

        Premium Times should update us too on the London metropolitan police findings from its
        money-laundering probe of Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation which was being used to assist
        several criminals in public office in Africa transfer money into safe bank accounts overseas,
        after some 10% commission is paid to the Obasanjo Foundation chaired by General Obasanjo.

        If Nigeria is honest to bring this matter to justice in its own court it may be consolidated
        with the separate case of $180 million Haliburton bribe implicating Obasanjo and two
        other Nigerian heads of state, according to the investigations done and submitted
        to the U.S federal court.

        • Goergee

          …My people……it’s not looking good yet O……Buhari is losing goodwill

          ..more than he’s gaining it…..and now, under 150 days…he has negatives

          numbering enough to write a whole book……….from his blunders overseas

          to the very huge suspicion… he’s a crooked enabler of stealing and corruption.

          …and now he’s got Zakzaky and 60 corpses to muse at; and saying nothing….

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The constitution does not arrogate to the Chief of army the right to kill more than 300 unarmed civilians including women and children. Buratai is a potential candidate for the ICC HAGUE…mark my words !!

      Local issue —–my foot,it is already an international situation,the most powerful politicians in the most powerful offices on earth know every bit of this issue and are alarmed !!

      • TRUTH MASTER

        So the constitution arrogates to the sect the right to kill other Nigerians, seize their property and abridge their constitutional rights?

    • Red Scorpion

      Truth Master:

      Let me tell you. Premium Times doesn’t want to state it starkly. A clear controversy in genocide has arisen
      and President Muhammadu Buhari is a potential accused defendant by the chain of command theory applied
      by The Hague court to an organized army in deciding guilt. Commander in chief is that fitting sort of title needed.
      If President Buhari is getting informed advice (but from whom in his shambolic cabinet?) he should know that fact.
      When, for example, General Olusegun Obasanjo himself set up a Foundation in London, he didn’t think further.
      That Foundation is now implicated not just in moneylaundering but in European (E.U) criminial Law by location.
      Because General Obasanjo is designated as the CHAIRMAN, he can’t tender ignorance as an excuse anymore.
      That’s exactly the dilemma of President Buhari today – he cannot say General Buratai (Army Chief) acted alone.

      • Burbank

        How many people are killed in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan EVERYDAY?
        Until Putin and Obama, and the US jont chiefs and the Russian generals faced war crimes at the Hague, just pass me the pop-corn.

        • Town Crier

          @Timurlame:disqus

          I don’t know you hate law and order so much that you are looking for
          genocide to justify genocide. Zakzaky’s case is prosecutable as genocide.
          It is for those indicted and summoned to stand trial to say killings are okay,
          because they are also occurring in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and, Afghanistan.

          • Burbank

            Then you agreed that Obama and Putin committed genocides.
            So who’s first to the Hague?

        • growthengine

          Anarchy

      • TRUTH MASTER

        This does not address the questions I raised sir. Pleas stay on point and leave the issue of culpability for the courts

        • Onike24

          just ignore it, please.

  • abodes_124

    Thank you Premium Times. You appear to have now found your tongue. Will our other serious newspapers follow suit?. You make the point eloquently that Lives matter, that all Nigerian lives matter, that the lives of Shiite worshippers on a procession matter, that the lives of young people demonstrating for a Biafran state matter and hopefully very soon will help remind us all and the powers that be that the lives of the Chibok girls still matter.

    • No Comment

      Take for example the inaugural statement of President Muhammadu Buhari,
      he said he has not promised to do anything. Was PDP leadership corrupt? The answer
      is yes, it was; and 70 to 80 per cent of the APC leadership now came from the PDP.
      Invariably, what we have today is not APC, but PDP one and PDP two Now, APC
      has the majority in the Senate, yet they couldn’t elect APC Senate President
      without the support of PDP. So, it is clear that they have now started working
      together. How can you then fight corruption with corrupt leadership? It is not
      possible. You cannot do it because you are also corrupt. APC are not free from
      being corrupt. About 80 per cent of APC and PDP leaders are before the
      three [3] anti-corruption agencies, ICPC, EFCC and the Code of Conduct.

      ………………Balarabe Musa
      (Ex Governor of Kaduna State)

      • straightalk

        THE REAL REASON PRESIDENT BUHARI NOW APPEARS IMMOBILE, STUCK AND STATUESQUE
        IS NOT BECAUSE NIGERIA IS BROKE; NO – MANY DECISIONS DO NOT NEED MONEY AT HAND.
        THE REAL REASON IS THAT HE CAME INTO OFFICE WITHOUT A PLAN OR THOUGHT-PROCESS.
        HE SHOUTED CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE, BUT NEVER SAT ALONE ONCE TO WORK IT OUT.

  • O’tega

    All America needed to see to sit up and flood the earth with torrents of inventions was the launching of the first man made Satellite (Sputnik) by Russia in 1957. In a direct response, the then President of US J.F. Kennedy in a nationwide broadcast challenged the US scientists that the US should place a man on the Moon in a decade…(VISION)…and they achieved the feat in 7yrs, though Kennedy wasn’t alive to witness his objective achieved. Compare with Nigeria where Jonathan pleaded to buy military weapons from US and was rejected. Buhari came in and within 20days he flew to the same US to plead to be allowed to buy weapons. Is this smartness or intelligence? Or is it limitation in reasoning? Couldn’t Kennedy have flown to Moscow to beg the Russians to allow them buy one of the Russian satellites? The shortsightedness, blindness and lack of intelligence of our leaders is why we are like this. The economy is bad. What do we do? Are Nigerians so dull that no one out of 199 million people can manufacture a bullet? Nigeria still spends millions of Dollars buying simple bullets while local manufacturers of home made guns are arrested and jailed for ILLEGAL business. We spend millions of dollars to refine crude oil abroad while local refineries built by the people in the Niger Delta are set ablaze by the Nigerian security forces. I just don’t understand how stuupid Nigerians and their leaders are.

    If Buhari did not speak after the military and police killed scores of peaceful Biafrans protesting and demanding a secession from the useless Nigerian state, why then should Premium Times expect him to speak about the killings of Shites? Are the lives of the so-called shits more important than the lives of Biafrans? This Editorial is complete nonsense and misplaced. Why did Premium Times not come up with an Editorial to denounce Buhari’s silence on the killings in Biafra? I begin to suspect that PT has an hidden agenda.

    • Michael

      You’ve said it all. The worst generation of youths in the world are Nigerian youths. the same people who preached “we are the leaders of tomorrow ” are still leading the then youths (fathers and mothers) of present youths till date. they have been blindfolded with music, fashion, quick money, scam such that they don’t even care about the future of the country. let the old men rule while we do socials. I don’t know about the North but in SW/SS/SE almost every household “if not all ” has one or two scammers (YAHOO BOYS).. where is the future here?

  • Invitro222

    What Premium Times did not want to say is that after over 200 days,
    President Buhari has no marks for policy initiative or policy execution.
    Premium Times does not go there to avoid drawing the next inference.
    That inference is that Buhari has been a burden than a blessing so far.

    • Anne Tom-Lawyer

      @invitro:

      Nigeria’s excellent essayists in the 1970s and 1980s who still take time out
      once a while to intervene in national affairs had long projected Nigeria’s messy
      state of affairs today. Sonala Olumhense had cautioned that Nigeria was going
      nowhere under Goddluck Jonathan who forswore accountability.
      Is that not the case today?

      Seyi Olu Awofeso too long wrote to caution Nigerians that Raji Fashola
      was destroying the future of Lagos by resurfacing existing roads at the expense
      of education for the youths. Is that not what is happening? Have the few Lagos
      roads Raji Fashola resurfaced not become abattoir for the flow of blood today?
      The unschooled youths have braced for guns to rob, to kill, to rape and to injure.
      I just don’t know why Nigerians these hate men of truth. Crises that were foretold
      still catch Nigerians unawares! What is knowledge without foresight to see the
      sequence, subsequence and consequence of things?

      To my own mind, these long projected crises
      including Islamist fights of the Zakzaky type, appear to have caught President
      Muhammadu Buhari unawares too. Otherwise he would not have been scratching
      his head looking for Ministers for five months in a bloody waste of time. Our President
      is not ready or able to solve these long foretold crises. He disregarded our excellent
      thinkers (as essayists in Nigeria. He listens to World Bank and IMF people who tell him
      tales that Nigeria had been growing economically by 8% per annum – without electricity
      and with armed militias disrupting oil production and small businesses with mass killings!

    • J. Jones

      “We are sitting on a keg of gunpowder. Something worse than Boko Haram
      is about to happen. We are looking at total darkness in the nation.
      There’s going to be a revolution. The poor will overtake the rich.
      You’ve not seen anything yet. You’ve not seen the real Boko Haram.
      A worse Boko Haram is about to happen.

      It is my prophecy that 2015 is a year of blood. I see blood flowing ceaselessly
      in the land. What i am seeing is not a military incursion into the body polity, no,
      but the poor will take on the rich. It is a revolution i am seeing in no distant future
      A man of destiny will take over the reins of governance and most corrupt people
      who’ve been parading themselves and masquerading as Nigerian leaders;
      if they are not dead, will be jailed.”

      ………………..Primate Olabayo

      (June 30, 2013)

      • ol’ Boy

        NIGERIA, NIGERIA, NIGERIA……. BEWARE OF ISLAMIST JIHAD!!!!

  • metson

    Thank you for this write up, but I assure you the president will only speak when he has gotten the facts about this issue, remember he has a military background and he is not suppose to just open his mouth wide on issues he has not gotten the real fact of what transpired. The government of Kaduna state have issued a statement already blaming the shiites for their habits, remember he is also a Muslim and should be able to know when they are wrong and right, however you have seen the video that was aired in relation to the matter, let not support what is wrong for the sake of cheap popularity, this was how boko haram started, so let watch and see what become of it, rather than wanting the president to speak on issues he hasn’t gotten facts about.

    • emmanuel

      A week after and a President is studying what?
      Only mad people think for others!
      You have just told us that you think for the President and you represent a pack of those who exhibit traits that lead to the failure of leaders.

      • Akin Olagunju

        emmanuel: Nigerian journalists may also belong to the group you call ‘mad people’ because
        they do not, i mean most of them nowadays, do not look at all sides of an issue. They see and assess
        issues through partisan lenses. Either as PDP or as APC.. That is propaganda. Let me explain to you.
        Last week, the EFCC said it will no longer obey any court order of perpetual injunction. Before then,
        our journalists had forgotten, or let me say pretended to have forgotten that issue. It was EFCC that
        woke them up. But even after they woke up, they did headline of PETER ODILI as the only rogue who
        got the perpetual injunction. That is not true at all. Just last year here, SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI was
        facing two court trials for stealing and for sponsoring terrorists with money he stole from Centra Bank,
        according to the court papers. Sanusi Lamido now rushed to court to get his own permanent injunction
        not to answer audit query on the ₦1.2 trillion found after investigation to have been stolen inside CBN..
        Have you heard any journalist condemn Sanusi Lamido’s own perpetual injunction? Have you heard
        any journalist insist that Sanusi Lamido must answer the audit query and be brought to justice for it?

        • ???????

          THANK YOU VERY MUCH PREMIUM TIMES. ALL OTHER MEDIA HOUSES
          HAVE BECOME DEAF AND DUMB TO TALK OR EVEN TELL THE TRUTH
          THAT MUHAMMADU BUHARI IS JUST TOO SLUGGISH TO EVER SUCCEED.
          IS THIS THE GO SLOW WAY TO RECOVER 150 BILLION DOLLARS STOLEN?
          THE WAY HE IS GOING BUHARI CANNOT ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN 50 YEARS.

        • Michael

          don’t forget to include the 10 inherited private jets. Infact !

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      MONKEY–which facts are u talking about-here again-that soldiers did not kill Shiites Muslims or what-?-what facts do u need to share in the sorrows and pains of the victims of the brutal visionla less murdereous government of Buhari? Buhari is afraid of the Sultan of Sokoto-El rufai–ati the Emir of Kano who control his Shariarized Jihadist Islamic government–Separastion is the answer–Not the rule of the Fulanis and Yoruba traitors–ati their surrogates from the south east-

      • muazu wali

        Nobody is forcing anyone to remain.in.the federation. You.mist however.follow due process. Please remember your brothers and sisters who are living peacefully all.over the country earning their lively hood.

  • emmanuel

    PT, please do not rub the Christians in on this. we have watched over the years how during Easter Christian grouos engage in Resurrection procession and they keep to one side of the roads in orderly manner, which can never be compared to the craze in what the Shiite and other Islamic grouo does.
    Meanwhile, Buhari is only paying back all thise who resisted his election like El-Zakzaky, Dokpesi and co with their own side of the coin. As far as I am concern, the whole show was pre-meditated.
    I am sure those in the field of intellkgence have pinned so much together to get very clear clue with what has happened.
    Na the same cane when dem take flog first wife; dem dey take flog other wives too!.
    What is El-arufai/PT trying to tell us in summation, that Buhari arranged the massacre and has kept silent? Will they not recommend his and Buratais tail at ICC? What is Sheu Sani, Falana, Amnesty International, and ACF doing? The ICC is waiting for your petition.
    It will be a miracle if Zakzaky survive the wounds he sustained during the attack on him

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    The moaning mourners in Premium Times are at again———hear them Buharimice—(-It bears recalling that President Buhari rode to the Presidency on the crest of public revolt against the way his predecessor showed (scant regard for the lives and sufferings of Nigerians in the hands of Boko Haram extremists.) Haba Premium Times!? No truth in your lungs sef-?-How did Jonathan show total disregard for the sufferings–of Nigerians killed by Boko haram—–? Was it not the same Buhari who said Government should stop killing boko haram fighters—–in the Fulani North————? That Jonathan treated Militants in the Niger delta better than the Shiites and Sunnis in the fulani north who stone Jonathan–? Has Buhari bought a single weapon for the soldiers since he came to power–?-Is buhari not depending on the weapons Jonathan bought for the soldiers? So who between the two have more interest in protecting the citizenry-?—————-Buhari or Jonathan?–animals-Some say he is studying the situation–I laugh the same way he studied his janjaweed thieving Ministers for 6 months abi?-Pls yank off this yeye editorial from here And go learn how to call–a spade a spade–And Pls stop dancing around the bush–with your regional thoughts against Jonathan-Buhari is not even aware of the ongoing killings in the north-by his Fulani soldiers-because he is battling to save his dead brain cells-Let my people go–separation is the only way out–not the theft of my oil revenue by REMITA ati Buhari-

    • Omotolaaraujo

      Nut Job.

      • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

        happily for us he is a biafran

  • muazu wali

    You want to now why Buhari does not talk to Nigerians through you? The negative campaign you people led against him. You compromised your profession and took side, many of you were induced with financial rewards. A fulani man does not forgive or forget. You must earn forgiveness and become completely neutral.

    • Yemi401

      I don’t really understand your point about negative campaign. So because Buhari encountered negative campaign, are you now saying he should be quiet on this national tragedy?

      • muazu wali

        The editor understood what I said.

  • Damilola

    I hope you’re not aware the commission had been rejected by the sect. Anyway, you Baba body Language is not suitable for you abi? Wait till he visit his Lords and masters in the West. Every detail you need to know will be given, even though in vague. He makes vague statements intentionally, it has it’s purpose. Ones the matter go out of hand and about to expose him widely beyond enchantment, he twist it to be “misinterpretation ” of his thought. His actions thereafter speak volume of the true position and interpretation of that stinking erroneous mind. I wonder why someone will think a man of 50years wud desert his long exploited values and belief outrightly, cos there is a “new order”, especially when he’s sure of manoeuvring the unsuspecting majority. That is a 50yesrs old individual, come to think of 73 albeit “officially”, the man should not be les than 5-7 years older than the official depicts. It’s their nature, they did it on his result. I feel no difference we’re in a military regime, I feel it so much. Let’s hope the 2019 election will hold

    • Omotolaaraujo

      That’s an exaggeration of the truth.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    I find the Prez seems to keep quiet about several problems I thought he should take a leadership role on and speak about. I criticized Jonathan for the same deafening silence. Nigeria needs leadership.

    • Ephraim Obi Aku

      @Omotolaaraujo:disqus

      Your name is like Yoruba because OMO is there. Let me ask you, if you live in Nigeria,
      have you seen CHANGE in your own area? We have only ten days to the end of the year.
      If there will be CHANGE the sign must be there by now. Me I have not seen any sign since.
      I walked last week from Igbo Ettiti thinking i can see CHANGE on the way. Nothing i saw O!

      • Oluwole Awosika

        PRESIDENT BUHARI NEED NOT END UP IN TRASH BIN OF HISTORY FIRST
        TO REALIZE THAT THE CABINET HE’S PUT TOGETHER IS NOT THINKING.

        • muazu wali

          Have you attended the executive council meetings to see their performance? Buhari has already earned himself a place in history books whether you like it not.

      • koku

        …..there’s no light in my area in Lagos since November for more than two hours a day…….
        ……and more than that……we don’t have water too…Lagos water corporation machine has spoilt…….
        ……..there is no money left inside Lagos treasury to buy parts for water corporation machine.

      • muazu wali

        You must be walking with your eyes closed and your ears shut. Consequently your mind is still bogged down with the PDP error. Be open minded and enjoy the new hope for Nigeria where no one is above the law and where the people and down trodden are the major stakeholders of government.

      • Omotolaaraujo

        My name here is not real. My family have seen no change from the new administration in their environment to date. I don’t know if it’s been long enough to judge the new Prez, but he has kept quiet about problems that I feel he should be speaking out about. Good leadership speaks out when they are concerned and let the public know their agenda and what they will do to help the situation.

    • muazu wali

      Leadership is not shouting and telling lies. Where the media meddle in things that have nothing to do with them provoking leaders to respond to their games. Buhari does not need your help. The people and their prayer are sufficient for him. In fact if he recalled what the media did to him during his election campaigns the so called freedom of the press will be removed.

      • yemi

        Crap

        • muazu wali

          Envy and.prejudice. Na wawoooo.

          • yemi

            what!!

      • Okolo

        Foolishman. How much is Buhari and his Sunni group paying you for all this misguided support for a discredited president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. All those sponsoring you and your master will come to your aid one way or the other when the katakata that have been created starts. I am not a Muslim (I am a southerner from the south south) but I feel for people like you and the innocent ones in your region who will bear the full weight of Buhari’s heinous crime against humanity. The south south is already exonerated in this collaboration. The South West may reap in the outcome of this mischievous manipulation by Buhari for it is only the unwise fly that follows its master deep down the grave.

    • yemi

      Gbam

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Ask them MOANING MOURNERS IN APC, to tell us where Fulani Buhari is-In-Sokoto or Katsina? Again where in the world is Buhari? It is my right to demand for that information from the Apes in APC. He is MY head of state and not a private head of my family in the South south. Jonathan we hail thee–ojare—–never mind them–with their bad belle————-the difference is now clear to all–Nigeria is now dying dead! And Buhari is now ehere to be found in Aso rock–gone on awol–Nigeria is now being run like a private estate by the Buharimice

  • Otile

    It is tragic that Yorubas are the only people supporting Buhari in these unfortunate massacres both in the South East and North. They claim that their master is right to kill any marcher who blocks the road. Where is it in the constitution that execution is the penalty for blocking the road?

    • muazu wali

      If the issue is just blocking the road the police can handle that. However to block a road and deny passage to the Chief of Army Staff, who is the chief security officer of the federation, is treason and a security threat.

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    Buhari is making a very big mistake by staying mute on this Shite massacre issue. The impression he has inadvertently given is that he accents to the whole deal of mutilating the existence of this Islamic sect. For those with enough memory, there was an allegation that Saudi Arabia was solidly behind Buhari’s funding during the Presidential election. Zaki Yamani, former oil Minister and OPEC Presindt for over 2 decades, was alleged to be the front for this massive fund transfer to Buhari. Buhari’s quiet is quite clearly disquieting as this massive massacre of Shite, despite their past unruly behaviour in disrupting traffic flow, will lend credence to the belief that this was the quid pro quo for Saudi’s support for Buhari! It is left for his office to speak out now, for other religious sects may be next, when your government displays this amount of carelessness and impunity (that loathsome word that was so prevalent during GEJ’s government)! If you think this is preposterous, Google “Ahmed Zaki Yamani and Buhari’s election funding” then see the result! Buhari and the rest of the Sunni sect in Nigeria, you messed up with Boko Haram, Iran is furious, most importantly, Nigerians are seriously concerned. You need to know that there will be consequences for not speaking out now.

    • muazu wali

      A problem has arisen and it has been dealt with. Steps have been put in place to ensure it will never ovcur again. Will Buhari add credence to what happened? What would you like him to say?

      • FirecloudOFGOD

        I cannot tell you or Buhari, what he needs to say. He is the President and the buck stops with him. By his inaction or lack of comment, he is simply burying this issue under the carpet. This does not bode well for transparency.

        • muazu wali

          The English man says”silence is gold”. I agree.

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  • excel

    All this sham write up to no means. after several move, meetings and committee set up by the federal government to look into the situation, what do you expect from him to say after all the active action and concerned by the federal government. enough of propaganda.