Boko Haram: Jonathan not behaving as Commander-in-Chief, says Kwankwaso

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

The governor of Kano State, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, on Tuesday criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for not taking a decisive step to stamp out the Boko Haram menace.

Mr. Kwankwaso accused the president of behaving like the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, instead of the armed forces.

NTA is the Federal Government-owned television station.

The governor, believed to be eyeing Mr. Jonathan’s job on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said rather than stop the killings by the sect in the north, the president was busy comparing himself with other first class leaders across the world on national television.

He stated this at the Progressives Governors Forum Lecture Series in Owerri, Imo State.

The theme of the lecture, the third in the series, was “Dealing with the Challenge of Building Physically Healthy Nation through Preventive, Protective and Innovative medicine”.

The guest lecturer was Ijeomah Okoye, a professor of medicine at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

While giving the vote of thanks at the end of the lecture, Mr. Kwankwaso, who was apparently responding to repeated allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the APC was supporting the Boko Haram sect as well as recent allegations by Steven Davies, an Australian, said it was important that Mr. Jonathan as Commander-in-Chief halted the sect’s insurgency.

Mr. Davis, a government-appointed mediator in the Boko Haram crisis, said that some prominent Nigerians, including a former governor of Borno State, Modu Ali Sheriff and a former Chief of Army State, Azubike Ihejirika were sponsoring the Boko Haram sect,

Mr. Kwankwaso said, “Let me take the opportunity to comment on the issue raised by our host, Chief Rochas Okorocha on the issue of Boko Haram. To me and many of us, who are very close to the frontline, the issue is not who is Boko Haram and who is not Boko Haram.”

“The issue is not the party which supports or party which does not support, but the issue is that some people have taken arms. And from our own side we believe whether these people belong to party A or party B, whether anybody is supporting or not supporting is not the issue.

“The issue is the Commander-in-Chief should go and stop what is happening in this country. And it is very clear to all of us that the Commander-in-Chief has failed. Innocent people are being killed. Government must not allow people to take guns, go to the market, go to the churches, go to the mosques, go to Nyanya, go to UN Building and everywhere to kill people.

“Government, especially Commander-in-Chief must stop. I think that is the issue as far as we are concerned. I find it very insulting to see those who have failed in their primary assignments insulting us on NTA and other televisions, wearing uniform, comparing themselves, pretending to be first class leaders like Barack Obama, like Mandela and other leaders who have protected their people. Many of us are beginning to wonder whether we have Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces or Commander-in-Chief of NTA.”

Mr. Kwankwaso commended the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun and urged him to lead the party to victory in 2015.

“He is the one of the most experienced politicians in this country. Continue to lead us right so that so that we have the opportunity to kick out the incompetent administration in Abuja just like we are kicking out Ebola. Mr. Chairman, at the end of the day by the grace of God, in 2015 we will have a progressive government at the centre, states and local governments,” he said.

The Kano State governor also commented on the crisis plaguing the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, saying its chairman, Rotimi Amaechi “has been doing a fantastic job.”

According to him, “As far as we know among progressive governors in this country, NGF has only one chairman and that is Rotimi Amaechi because we believe 19 is bigger than 16 and among the 16 many of them have joined us and will continue to join us as progressives.”

He said the governors would implement the suggestions made by the lecturer and the discussants.

In his closing remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, commended the lecturer and discussants.

“I tried to compare the details of their presentation and also the policy remarks made by our chief host, our most respected chairman and myself. I find no divergent views. So basically what we have ended with here is today is the phrase I will like to borrow from Professor Oyewale Tomori’s presentation – the progressives versus the reformers. It is clear for everybody to see and the right direction for this country is change from the transformer to the progressives.” he said.


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  • Abufati

    Yes bcos poverty is eating deep into people’s life, every one want to get something out of the $20B. And the fools in PDP can’t see that. I also have organisation for supporting Ebola Jona, come give me my share, but u will see surprise on election day.

    • Lambert

      So long the Comm-in-Chief is winning Ebola war, he is doing it right. Boko Haram is self inflicted injury. It has become a heredity from Obasanjo’s govt thru Late Yar’adua to present. Moreover, Northern Elders are scuttling the C-in-C’s efforts. The man is trying. Let him keep doing it.

      • ZAHRADDEEN SHAHRU

        He is not trying at all. Let the Boko haram be the way u want interprete it as self inflicted , let c in c stop it and if he failled means he is not trying Lambert u r bias

        • Lambert

          There is no basis for one to be bias here. The truth is there on the table, wall, etc it is written every where. You know as I know that Boko Haram is an inherited franchise. Its not GEJ’s headache. Please let’s face facts not fiction. What was the idea behind the creation of Boko Haram? Why was Sheik Jafar Adam murdered? Most of you see and know facts but you run away from. It. Most of you want to occupy Aso Villa but you don’t know how to go about it. Boko Haram can never be used as a key to get Aso Rock Villa. Ask your elders to bring out your money they have starched abroad so that we can use it to open more schools for the under previledged of our society. Did you see the shameful and wasteful efforts of your reps in the National Confab? Why didn’t you ask for their score card? They went to Abuja to drink tea and shouted ‘Bamu’a so’ . And you are happy that you’ve been fully represented. Wake up my friend. The jihad we are talking about now is self realization. Things have tranformed from people doing it for you. You have to think out of your box, man. Don’t be deceived. Every man is a hustler. Ask yourself, what’s Kwankwoso doing in APC? He’s trying to secure his future. And you’ve not done something for yourself. Sorry o. Siddon look na dog name.

          • Sani

            We can continue to go back and forth. The bottom line is even if BH is an inherited franchise, it does not excuse the fact that it is GEJ that is Commander in Chief at this point in time. It does not excuse the fact that the machinery of state craft is now at the hands of GEJ. It is no excuse as such I think with all honesty Kwankwaso has said it all. The president must prove his critics wrong by stopping the carnage of BH using all it takes. It is a responsibility that is vested in GEJ when he took that oath. The blame game must stop. Let us look at the issue of sophisticated weaponry of BH. The last time I checked Nigeria is one of the leading exporters of Crude oil. Are we saying we do not have the wherewithal, as a nation, to equip our armed forces with the best in terms of weapons and technical know-how? It does not add up. The soldiers have been complaining but nobody is interested. Something is surely wrong somewhere.

    • redeem

      which sane Nigerian will vote for kawnkaso–a man who do not know if he is a Nigerian or from Chad–who is his grand father uncles–the family tree–added to this are his stealing habits———defence fulani gusua—————-NSA——-fulani dasuki————-boko haram fuighters fulanis——from the west african sub region—————–

      • Chukwuma

        If you can vote that mumu in the Aso villa, i see no reason why you will not vote this smart governor.

    • redeem

      President Goodluck Jonathan described Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, as a fraudster for embezzling allowances meant for party delegates during the 2010 PDP Presidential primaries.
      The President, who reacted to newspaper reports which quoted Kwankwaso as saying he regretted voting for him in 2011 general election, described Kwankwaso’s outburst as a lie, pointing out that Kwankwaso never identified with him politically.

      • Sani

        I think with all honesty Kwankwaso has said it all. The president must prove his critics wrong by stopping the carnage. It is a responsibility that is vested in GEJ when he took that oath. The blame game is certainly a distraction. The bottom line is that has GEJ been to able to discharge that responsibility? That answer is no. Let us look at the issue of sophisticated weaponry of BH. The last time I checked Nigeria is one of the leading exporters of Crude oil. Are we saying we do not have the wherewithal, as a nation, to equip our armed forces with the best in terms of weapons and technical know-how? It does not add up. The soldiers have been complaining but nobody is interested. Something is surely wrong somewhere.

  • redeem

    “If you also remember, not too long ago, some of their supporters including El-Rufai said that I was re-inventing the killing of the Ibos during the Biafra war following government’s determination to rid the country of terrorism.
    Ihejirika who was obviously angry while speaking on phone, also said, “The likes of El-Rufai started the campaign of human right abuses, in order to divert the international attention of the heinous crime being committed by the Boko Haram terrorists”.

    Gen. Ihejirika then recalled recent allegations against his person indicating that that he took away N48 billion, an amount still in the coffers of the Ministry of Defence which can be verified by anybody,adding that he was not surprised that this allegation is coming from the likes of El-Rufai who started the campaign.
    Continuing the former Army Chief said, “The likes of El-Rufai have been supporting Boko Haram. In fact, El-Rufai and his likes are the same group of people that ensured the army did not to get the requested equipment to deal with this menace once and for all, as they used their cohorts to tell the government that procuring modern equipment were not necessary

    • ZAHRADDEEN SHAHRU

      These are lies Mr. Redeem. Apparently every body know who is ihejirika and who is Shariff from our international community. If you don’t know or you are getting confused let me put you in right direction that the 2 are the sponsors of Boko haram in Nigeria. If Nigerians want fight the insurgency then let put religion, region, tribe and any other difference aside. Let the government arrest these 2 people and let the government use our real military power to fight them

      • benchux

        As usual, u people would never stop lying to yourselves even in the face of irrefutable proofs. The same lies you have wanted us all to believe about Boko Haram. You tried endlessly to make us believe Boko Haram does not exist and that they are not doing anything wrong. You have kept on lying to yourself to the point that people from the North ruled the nation for at least 38 years and in spite of that, the North has remained the poorest and most backward section of the country and still, you would see nothing wrong about these same leaders who impoverished you. You would keep turning blind eye to their misdeeds all in the name of northern solidarity. You should be ashamed of yourselves. I will stop here till I hear from you and then I will vent my spleen to the fullest.

      • tsunami1earthquake

        I cannot imagine the type of thinking faculty some people have! Alright, if Ihejirika sponsored Boko Haram produce evidence to that effect; and not what you heard from Davis who said that Boko Haram told him so. You see the cascading level the story has gone? But then El-Rufai wants to go to court; he should bring along with him hard evidence to show Ihejirika sponsored Boko Haram; and not the type of hearsay stories we hear that has emanated from the agent of the devil, the Boko Haram; and we know the devil can never speak the truth. Moreover, what has happened since Ihejirika left the army? Have the bite and ferocity of the Boko Haram abated? See for yourself the amount of gain the Boko Haram has been making of recent. Was that also the handiwork of Ihejirika? The northern Muslims don’t want this evil to stop; so they can stop at nothing to muddle things and muddy the waters so as to create confusion everywhere. If you are tired of Nigeria why not go and join the Boko Haram caliphate?

      • elmok

        If its true they are sponsors of boko haram why did the north said they will sue ihejirika to world court for genocide against northern nigeria claiming that he is killing their young men in the name of fighting bokoharam,northerners are hypocrite. you even show that in all you do as a people,shekau will become your leader under your islamic republic and deal with you people very well,its just starting,you and kwankwaso will soon run away from north ,continue waiting for GEJ to turn to a superman to wipe out the monster you created for you as the c&c

    • Night Crawler

      Ranting on a public forum won’t solve the issue, contact your pay master to relay this message to gej that he should arrest Ihejirika and sheriff, else the issue of boko haram won’t be solved, ever since the Australian man names the sponsors of boko haram, no arrest has been made. Yesterday boko haram wins another town named bama, and hoist their flag, this is a big Shame on C-in-C… He thinks presidency is an otuoke chieftaincy title, he should quit if he can get the work done for able hands to take over

      • U better wake up from ur foolishness.Dis forum is not 4 imbecile.

  • oriwu properties

    el rufai is boko haram commander in chief FULL STOP

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Kwankaso is the chief of defence of Boko haram, and his rantings and satanic statements are of no consequence to the FG. He can continue to arm his boys to decimate the north, so that he can become the president of the Northern grave yard

  • tsunami1earthquake

    So Kwankwaso accuses the president of not behaving like a commander-in-chief? Wonders shall never end. Will Kwankwaso beat his chest and say that many people in the Nigerian military and are of northern/Muslim origin are not sabotaging this war effort! Would Kwankwaso tell the world why he thinks Cameroon decided not to share military secrets with Nigeria? Come on, Kwankwaso should stop playing discordant music for, should Jonathan decide to descend on these saboteurs, this same Kwankwaso and the Northern Elders Forum would shout, ‘genocide’ against Muslims! Should Jonathan order his troops to wipe out areas where sympathy for Boko Haram exists, Kwankwaso and the Northern Elders would shout again, ‘genocide’ against Muslims. So what do you then want the president to do? If Kwankwaso is bored from the fact that Jonathan has ignored him he should take a broom and begin to sweep the whole dirty streets of Kano.

    • Segun Abayomi

      Jonathan’s job is to arrest the sabotuers.

      • tsunami1earthquake

        Yes, @David and @Segun Abayomi, both of you are right in your statements but, should the president do that, these same Muslims would claim, ‘Muslim Persecution’. And, to Jonathan’s stupidity, he has surrounded himself with these Muslims. Check it out from his chief security adviser, the minister of defence, the chief of police, etc. Do you think these people would remain silent in the face of that? This is the question, though, as I said, Jonathan caused this on himself.

    • David

      Who is C and C? Is it not Jonathan? Let him use his power and protect Nigeria? Nigerians are tired of been led by incompetent leader like Jonathan

    • jaybee

      stop talking of Saboteurs and painting them as muslims, Gen. Ihejirika has been named not by muslim northerners, but by westerns xtian man. he allowed BH become who they are today.

  • Kwankwaso is demented.

    • Segun Abayomi

      Do we have a president? Bama; second biggest town in bornu just fell to BH. What is wrong with gej.

  • Ioseb Vissarionovich Dze Jugha

    WE ALWAYS HAVE TO SAY THE BITTER TRUTH….GEJ IS ACTING NOT ONLY AS C IN C OF NTA HES ACTING AS IF THE GUARDS OF ASO ROCK ARE POWERFUL THAN HIM, HE IS REALLY A DISGRACE TO THE C IN C POSITION, WHY CANT YOU ARREST AND QUESTION ALL THOSE ALLEGED SPONSORS OF BH BE IT IHEJERIKA, SAS OR EL RUFAI

  • John green

    That’s the bitter truth mr kwankawso, you’v said it all. We have no man called a president in this country and we need a president because in all indication had shown that the power is just been used to oppress the commoners and enrich themselves again. We need a change for a better man not the clueless one we have today

  • Mr. Abdin

    Kwankwaso it seems you asre absolutely right.

  • Segun Abayomi

    Bama fell to BH? Do we have a president? Do we have military comanders? Where did all the budget expenses go?