Under Obasanjo, insurgency was crushed in 3 weeks – Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has spoken of how a budding insurgent group that could have turned deadly like Boko Haram, was crushed within three weeks by the Obasanjo administration, which he served as deputy for eight years.

Addressing Catholic Bishops Thursday in Abuja, Mr. Abubakar said the administration responded swiftly leaving many Nigerians with little or no memory of the effort.

Responding to concerns about insurgency, Mr. Abubakar said it is the duty of the political and military leadership to crush terrorists whenever and wherever they occur.

Mr. Abubakar said when he was in government with Mr. Obasanjo as president, an insurgent group, known then as Nigerian Taliban, started in the northeast, but was crushed within three weeks.

He said the administration moved so fast to uproot the insurgents that many Nigerians today do not even remember there was an insurgency.

“Our country is going through very difficult times, especially general insecurity all over the country, but particularly in the North east, which is spreading but unfortunately poorly managed,” he said.

Mr. Abubakar said he has fully reconciled with Mr. Obasanjo and that there is no animosity with his former boss.

He made the remarks in reaction to concerns expressed by the Archbishop of Owerri, Most Reverend Anthony Obinna, and his counterpart from Calabar, the Most Reverend Joseph Ekuwem.

Both clerics had expressed disappointment at the face-off between the two men when they were in power as president and vice president between 1999 and 2007.

Mr. Obinna said that in 1999, both Messrs. Obasanjo and Abubakar started well to the admiration of Nigerians, only for the people to be disappointed when rift and ill-will developed between them thereby derailing the progress of the nation.

He lamented that the political elite have failed the nation by being unable to tackle insecurity and corruption.

He asked the former Vice President to assure the nation’s Catholics that the rift is over and that such would not occur again.

Speaking on the state of the economy, Mr. Abubakar said if Nigeria had diversified and managed the economy well during the many years of oil boom, the present austerity measure would not be necessary.

Other Catholic Bishops present at the event were the Archbishop of Calabar, Augustine Ukwuoma, Bishop of Orlu, Lucius Ugorji, Bishop of Umuahia, John Okoye, Bishop of Awgu, Alfred Martins, Bishop of Lagos and John Niyiring, Bishop of Kano.

Also in attendance was the Secretary General of the Secretariat of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Reverend Father Ralph Madu.


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  • Truthometer

    Indisputable fact. Show me your report card, Dumbo.

  • ELDER KAYCEE MOORE-OLEGHIBE UN

    Your administration, of which you served as Vice sewed the seed of Boko Haram. It’s not when you plant a seed it grows. The seed of insurgency was planted by Obasanjo Administration, by not stopping the spread of Sharia by overzealous governors who adopted it then. That brought about religious absurdity for Boko Haram to strive.

    • Wähala

      Shut-up dia!
      Can’t you understand what you read?
      The essence of weeding the seed is to extract the chaff which is what they did during OBJ’s regime. Do you remember the Nigerian Taliban? The underlying message in Atiku’s comment is, they dealt with the insurgents before the insurgency mushroomed into a bigger threat. People like you is why I insist some people must be banned from thinking… ediots!

      • Mr. Abdin

        I like the way you understand things tell them it seems they are confused, Atiku said they crushed insurgency in 3 weeks, Larry and and his friends are saying different things.

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        You obviously don’t understand the parable of a sown seed, smh.

    • larry

      YOU ARE CORRECT, THE SAME ATIKU IS TRYING TO EXONERATE HIM SELF ,AFTER ALL HE IS ONE OF THOSE THAT VOWED VIOLENT CHANGE .

    • Adoki Achine

      You people just like to lie to yourselves, as long as it makes you happy. Who told you the seed of insurgency was Sharia? So what was the seed of other sectarian violence in the past? What of Maitasine and the rest? What we are saying is that when violent extremism showed its face in the past, the governments at the time swifty crushed it before it took root. But this one, we keep hearing one excuse or the other as to why the government cannot fight the insurgency. Even with state of emergency.
      It is clearly irresponsible to even try to suggest that even if another government caused a problem, the incoming government should not solve it. The Yar’dua/Jonathan government inherited a hefty amount in excess crude account left by Obasanjo and almost Zero debt. So even if you can empirically link this insurgency to sharia, what you are now telling us is that they are only happy to inherit the asset and not the liability?

  • Mr. Abdin

    Well said Atiku Abubakar leadership is all about experience and you have it that is why you are the most prepared person for the job.

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Lwkm.

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  • Santa

    Atiku the Mr Incredible or Alh. Wiseman or is it Chief Short Memory, please tell us that it took you 3 weeks to stop the Niger Delta militants. That’s why Yar’Adua granted them amnesty after they had been ”crushed” by you and your boss OBJ. How bad was Niger Delta militancy in 1999 when you came into office and how bad was it when you left in 2007. It’s also such a shame that people who comment on this site are not helping themselves by pretending to forget the past of these ”born again” messiahs….. They are playing Nigerians like we are fools which we probably are…. Even if we like someone or hate another, we should always tell ourselves the truth because that’s the only way we can analyse things properly.

    • Adoki Achine

      The kind of militancy that Yar’dua did amnesty for is not the type that Obasanjo decisively crushed in Odi. Yar’adua himself said he did amnesty because of pipelines that were been blown up and oil theft where Nigeria was losing a lot of revenue. But even after spending billions to bribe the militants, oil theft has reached unprecedented proportions, while the militants are getting even richer. Did you not hear Diezani and Okonjo Iweala making excuses that our revenue shortfalls have been due to increasing oil theft and vandalisation? Yet Obasanjo made surplus and save over $22 billion even when the price of crude was lower. So it meant he had the problem reasonably under control.

  • Frank Bassey

    You are an incurable liar. Boko Haram started in 2002 under Obasanjo. Zamfara declared itself Sharia State under Obasanjo – a parallel govt to the constitution which produced the BH insurgency we are suffering today. Ur people accused GEJ and Ihejirika of genocide in North East; APC chieftains opposed the move to declare BH terrorist group … You are a blatant Liar and such characters will NEVER rule Nigeria.

    • Adoki Achine

      Well, we didn’t hear about Boko Haram in 2002. We didn’t hear of Boko Haram terrorists in 2002. Neither did we hear of Boko Haram insurgents in 2002.

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        You are joking right?

  • Baba Jada

    Govt should stop playing politics with national security. Atiku is right, insurgency was swiftly crushed by OBJ when he was in office. How is it that the same Army is struggling to fight Boko Haram?

  • sir Oscie

    That is an administration with the political well to protect lives and properties of her citizens.
    At this point I feel CHANGE is all Nigerians need. Support Atiku2015 for better life foe all. #ANigeriaForAll

  • Zirem

    There is no doubt that the Nigerian govt has the capacity to tackle this insurgency, but for reasons best known to this administration they decided to play around it. We need a govt that is willing and able to fight insurgency. Atiku 2015, #ANigeriaForAll

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Atiku in praise of the genocidal destruction of whole communities of Odi and Zakibiam by OBJ…….Wonders will never end !!

    • BABUYANMA

      He is telling the world how useless Jonathan is

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Through the endorsement of genocide ?

        • BABUYANMA

          All lawless barbaric groups in Nigeria should be annihilated. There are several civilized ways to express grievances, not armed revolts.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Even the UN recognises the right of self determination and the right of peoples to protect themselves against tyranny and genocide !
            The BH are aggressors hence the need to militarily defeat them if possible.
            The other minor insurrections in Odi and Zakibiam or the MEND resistance can not be in the same bracket because the government was the aggressor !

          • BABUYANMA

            Any group that does not want to abide by the laws of Nigeria should get out. Not looting our treasury and telling us you want out like the Ibos are doing.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Excuse me ? your sanity is in question ! Ibos have never been in power since the 1960s when you murdered General Ironsi after 6 months. The looting and destruction of Nigeria lies on the feet of the Hausa-Fulani and their Yoruba enablers .
            It is not true that you would allow “any group” to get out….you are too backward,illiterate,poor, terrorist infested,etc ,your north cannot survive without depending on the South.