Northern groups declare Jonathan a failure; seek intervention of Babangida, Gowon, others

Some northern groups and associations rose from a meeting on Sunday in Kaduna and declared that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has failed to protect the people of the region and other Nigerians.

The groups said the north would not accept the “status of a defeated region” just as they vowed to resist tenure extension under the cover of security.

They also rejected the recent allocation of additional polling units by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which it said deliberately conferred undeserved advantages on states in the south. It, therefore, demanded that the exercise should be revisited using standard criteria.

The groups that attended the meeting are Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum, Code Group, Northern Re-awakening Forum, Arewa Research and Development Project, Northern Union and Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation.

Others are the Arewa Media Forum, North East Unity and Development Forum, Northern Youth Coalition and Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria.

In a communiqué jointly signed by the Secretary General of the ACF, John Ubah, and that of the Code Group, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, and released on Monday, the groups said they would not accept the status of a defeated region.

The groups stated that the parley was the result of efforts by Northern associations genuinely committed to the interests of the region and the survival of Nigeria as a united indivisible, peaceful and prosperous nation.

They also said “the disastrous collapse of security around the population of the North East in particular and the inability of the nation’s armed forces to contain the spread of the insurgency represents a failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to protect Northerners and other Nigerians.”

The groups said they will establish joint committees on strategy and coordination, political matters and security, and support active mobilization of the population in support of all activities aimed at resisting the alarming levels of insecurity in the North, and also improve awareness of the people of the North over attempts to undermine the region and deprive its people of all faith and ethnicity of their rights to live in peace.

While noting the “failure of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to provide the necessary leadership and commitment in protecting people of the North, particularly those in the North East,” the groups resolved to invite former presidents and heads of state from the region “to recognize that they are severely under-utilised assets, and Northerners expect them to improve their inputs into influencing events around their security and economic well-being.”

They listed the former leaders as Yakubu Gowon, Shehu Shagari, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar.

The groups also requested the President of the Senate, David Mark and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, both of who are from the North and all the legislators from the region “to note that northerners expect them to exercise greater commitment towards ensuring that President Goodluck Jonathan’s government is made more accountable to Northerners and the citizens of Nigeria in the manner it handles national security and the management of resources of the nation.”

They also reminded the northern governors that “citizens are disappointed over their seeming neglect of the security and welfare of the people of the North. In the next few weeks, activities of joint committees will approach governors and involve them in mobilizing citizens towards supporting all measures to improve security in the North, and will inform Northerners of responses of all our elected leaders.”

On politics and security, the meeting noted the need for improved unity in the North to mitigate the potential damage of partisan politics and attempts to use religion and ethnicity to weaken the region.

According to the groups, the North has a majority in population, and should use this advantage to negotiate and support candidates and programmes that would address the current challenges of the region and its need for massive rehabilitation and economic reconstruction in the future.

Polling Units favours south

They rejected the recent allocation of additional polling units by INEC, saying it deliberately conferred undeserved advantages on states in the south.

“The creation of additional polling units should be re-visited, using standard criteria that INEC is aware of,” the group said.

“Attempts to blackmail and stampede INEC into abandoning its hallowed responsibilities to do justice to all Nigerians, or sacrifice the rights of Northern voters are hereby condemned. The North expects INEC to re-allocate the polling units in strict compliance with its standard guidelines without fear or favour,” the northern groups said in the communiqué.

In the exercise, the Commission allocated 21,000 PUs to the region and 8,000 to the southern states. Southern leaders had last week rejected the allocations, saying the Commission’s Chairman, Attahiru Jega, a northerner, was implementing a northern agenda.

They also reminded Northerners of the contents of the open letter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to Mr. Jonathan, and the allegations made by former Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State.

They added, “Many citizens in the region are alarmed at the appearance of attempts to subdue them by all means. The North will not accept the status of a defeated region, and will continue to work with other Nigerians to preserve our collective legacies and the foundations of a just and secure nation.”

The groups urged all political, traditional and religious leaders in the North to educate and mobilize their people on the need to get registered and be issued the National I.D cards and Permanent Voters Cards.

The said every effort must be made to ensure that during the 2015 elections all votes must count, and the will of the people must not be hijacked or subverted under any guise.

They also demanded the immediate dismantling and removal of all road blocks in the North, saying they serve no purpose than remind northerners that they are an occupied people who must submit to oppression and extortion.

The meeting also resolved to mobilize its northern leaders to engage leaders from other parts and sections of the country in discussions and activities aimed at finding solutions to our common problems and long term strategies for improving our nation’s security, unity and prosperity.

Rival group

However, a rival group, Northern Elders Council, NEC, which is sympathetic to Mr. Jonathan, swiftly condemned the northern groups for criticising the president.

At a press conference in Abuja on Monday, the leader of the NEC, Tanko Yakassai, condemned the ACF for what it described as developing a knack for criticising the president and his administration. NEC said the ACF has taken over from members of the opposition parties.

“We wish to observe that since the emergence of the current leadership of the ACF, there has been a derailment and non-compliance with the mission of the founding fathers of the forum,” he said.

“A motley crowd of opposition politicians have hijacked its machinery. It is becoming more and more isolationist even within the region. This has greatly degraded the ACF.”

NEC’s leader lamented the “way and manner the ACF chairman addressed the President in his rodent press conference. To say that ‘President Jonathan doesn’t like the north’ is outrageous and uncharitable. And to say that he has failed, is untrue.”

Mr. Yakassai said the style of the leadership had shown that the Forum had derailed from its original objective and that it also confirmed that Mr. Coomasie was associating with the opposition.


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  • the truth

    these sort of groups are the bane of the problem we have in nigeria. groups all over the country which are held by grandpas and in some instances great grand fathers. we need new ideas and younger hands at it. This same groups called for light handed approach to boko haram asking for them to be given amnesty. when the offensive was high in the twilights of the last military dispensation, this same group cried out that there was a systematic wipe of northerners, now the offensive aint that offensive they are crying more needs to be done. what do you really want. y cant u take a stance that wont be changed in 3 months.

    • redeem

      Reverend Stephen Davis said in an interview with The Cable, an online publication, recently that, “I have been involved in peace negotiations in Nigeria since 2004 when President Olusegun Obasanjo invited me to intervene in the Niger Delta crisis. I spoke with Asari Dokubo and took him to Obasanjo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Because Asari is a Muslim, the Muslim boys in the North heard about me and warmed up to me. I did a report in 2005 on the threat of extremism among young northern Muslims.
      “Obasanjo’s security chiefs dismissed the report with a wave of the hand. They said no such thing existed. In 2007, President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, who desired to end the militancy in the Niger Delta, invited me and made me presidential envoy. I toured all the northern states. I went to the country’s borders. I came back with a report that there
      were some budding sects in the North. The national security adviser (NSA) at the time, Gen. Sarki Mukhtar, dismissed the report. He said they didn’t exist. A succession of NSAs dismissed all these reports and allowed the groups to flourish.

  • Alkali

    There is not, and, there will never be a united northern Nigeria. The Hausa/Fulani/Kanuri leadership in the old northern Nigeria had badly repressed the millions of people from other ethnic groups as second-class citizens, subjected them as much to Fulani Emirs’ diktat as to the tenets of Islam – whether they were Muslims or not.

    The make-up of old northern Nigeria meant that the people of Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba and Kwara are not looking forward to going back to those days in the 1960s when they were degraded in their humanity. If not for that Fulani misrule and Fulani un-civilization; marked by open forms of discrimination and by supercilious assertion of a ‘right to rule’, it would have been impossible today to imagine President Goodluck Jonathan contesting or winning re-election next year.

    • redeem

      Reverend Stephen Davis said in an interview with The Cable, an online publication, recently that, “I have been involved in peace negotiations in Nigeria since 2004 when President Olusegun Obasanjo invited me to intervene in the Niger Delta crisis. I spoke with Asari Dokubo and took him to Obasanjo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Because Asari is a Muslim, the Muslim boys in the North heard about me and warmed up to me. I did a report in 2005 on the threat of extremism among young northern Muslims.
      “Obasanjo’s security chiefs dismissed the report with a wave of the hand. They said no such thing existed. In 2007, President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, who desired to end the militancy in the Niger Delta, invited me and made me presidential envoy. I toured all the northern states. I went to the country’s borders. I came back with a report that there
      were some budding sects in the North. The national security adviser (NSA) at the time, Gen. Sarki Mukhtar, dismissed the report. He said they didn’t exist. A succession of NSAs dismissed all these reports and allowed the groups to flourish.—–so why are the complaining

    • Anokogi

      As a citizen of these states you mentioned in the second paragraph of your writeup, what have you benefited from the GEJ administration since 2010? Let try to be more rational in the way we view national issues.

    • Dan Fulani

      Alkali, tell us the truth. Have you ever been exploited by any Fulani man? If yes, where, when and how?

      • emmanuel

        Fulani’s – the most despicable people of Nigeria. They are all over the Customs ans government offices fleecing people and looting government treasury.

        They kill everywhere they are found at little or no provocation. You people are cursed! Vampires.

      • Ade

        GEJ and Oritsejafor sponsored prophet muhammad to go killings, raping and stealing, Satanic religion, you better dissociate yourself from that child molester evil babaric muhammad

  • Tufiakwa

    In the same manner, I am accusing Jonathan of failing to protect me from myself. Case will be heard at the World Court in Hague in 2015.

    • redeem

      who did the Yorubas ati Nigeria—–complain to when abiola ati kudirat were murdered by the fulani north———who did we report to when dikibo ati marshal harry was assassinated———————who did we cry to when kensarowiwa was hanged by the fulani north———————————————-when akuluka was beheaded

  • PEOPLE

    PLEASE LET DIVIDE NIGERIA TO STOP THE NONSENSE FROM HAUSA/FULANI. THEY WANT PROGRESS OF NIGERIA.
    DIVIDE THE COUNTRY TO AVOID KILLING EACH OTHER.

  • PEOPLE

    INSULT FROM NORTHER ELDERS IS TOO MUCH

  • redeem

    Reverend Stephen Davis said in an interview with The Cable, an online publication, recently that, “I have been involved in peace negotiations in Nigeria since 2004 when President Olusegun Obasanjo invited me to intervene in the Niger Delta crisis. I spoke with Asari Dokubo and took him to Obasanjo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Because Asari is a Muslim, the Muslim boys in the North heard about me and warmed up to me. I did a report in 2005 on the threat of extremism among young northern Muslims.
    “Obasanjo’s security chiefs dismissed the report with a wave of the hand. They said no such thing existed. In 2007, President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, who desired to end the militancy in the Niger Delta, invited me and made me presidential envoy. I toured all the northern states. I went to the country’s borders. I came back with a report that there
    were some budding sects in the North. The national security adviser (NSA) at the time, Gen. Sarki Mukhtar, dismissed the report. He said they didn’t exist. A succession of NSAs dismissed all these reports and allowed the groups to flourish.

  • redeem

    The Fulani North should be ashamed of themselves—they say these silly things like spoilt super brats——- because of the money they have made from the oil wells in the SS———the talk like 4 yrs old kids—————-who can hardly creep———-not to talk of learning to stand——–because most of them are not from Nigeria–they started their lives like the almajiris that abound in the fulani—-north—-in case some do not know– the arabic meaning of Almajris is (economic migrants)–and the fulanis are proud to be called thus—————-cause that is what they are————–migrants from Chad–Niger Republic—-Senegal—-Ghana—-just name it- Kenya–all from the West African sub region who have over the years been accommodated by Nigeria—at the expense of the oil producing communities in the SS———they carry Nigeria passports and ID cards–but with no ancestral roots in their ADOPTED country————no family tree———that is why they do not care even if boko haram wipes OUT an entire village—————-9jas have had enough of this wayo–419 from the fulani north————u create trouble for the people of Jos–kill Tivs daily—in Benue–Assassinate kudirat and her husband abiola- because of the love of power–cut of the head of akaluka–visited us with Maitasine–over 7,000 died– Izala riot more than 3,000-Killed over 20 thousand—now boko haram has equally murdered more than 20,000———–humans—-the fulani herds men are still killing innocent people–and u have the guts to come out in public to blame government? When the Lucifers—–backing boko haram are seated amongst u people? Separation is the only answer to this rubbish———————–what an insult——i u want to go the desert if free–but no matter the way u play this time–with yr fake Hausa fulani rubbish–u will not enter aso rock–until u repent and change yr evil ways—————————-

    • redeem

      –9jas have had enough of this wayo–419 from the fulani north————u create trouble for the people of Jos–kill Tivs daily—in Benue–Assassinate kudirat and her husband abiola- because of the love of power–cut of the head of akaluka–visited us with Maitasine–over 7,000 died– Izala riot more than 3,000-Killed over 20 thousand—now boko haram has equally murdered more than 20,000———–humans—-the fulani herds men are still killing innocent people–and u have the guts to come out in public to blame government? When the Lucifers—–backing boko haram are seated amongst u people? Separation is the only answer to this rubbish———————–what an insult——i u want to go the desert if free–but no matter the way u play this time–with yr fake Hausa fulani rubbish–u will not enter aso rock–until u repent and change yr evil ways—————————-TELL US ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN KILLING THE REAL NIGERIANS IN SOUTHERN KADUNA————-ANIMALS

      • emmanuel

        They still killed over 22 in Taraba this week (wonder why their regular killing fields Fulanis are Taraba, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Adamawa and Benue the state populated by non- Fulanis), yet fools like Jeremiah Useni and the so called John something something the secretary of this crooked gang would seat with their Fulani slave masters to talk trash.

  • larry

    The ACF elders a group of corrupt leaders that have successfully created an army of almajeri and institutional poverty in the north

  • arewa architect

    Careless of previous comments on this post please “arewa people” is gorvanance you right alone? Northerners have ruled this country for the better part since independence yet it remained the poorest, undeveloped, uncivilised and un anything one can think of. Once it’s not a northerner in the aso villa na wahala. I am from the north myself buh I think GEJ has done more than all the past and present so-called and self acclaimed “arewa leaders” I thank God for the long live he has given you guys to witness the present day event and to equally enjoy a taste of your own medicine.

  • Rommel

    If Jonathan is a failure,did the people mentioned fare any better?

    • arewa architect

      Leave these previously power drunk cum power thirsty northern bush men

  • emmanuel

    Military check point at every five Kilometres in the South South is accepted to protect your Oil and anihilate the people, right? But your own must be removed.

    If the Southern people would not resist Jega’s fraud vehemently, then it would be part of the tipping point for Nigeria’s disintegration (jega has always been a fraud).

    Those who take this part of the ACF gang up against the president are majorly the Fulani Muslims who constitute less than 20% of the North, yet hold the rest indegenous people hostage, by usurping every Northern opportunities in Nigeria.

    Nor be dem say Jonathan dey use Army kill their people? Why dem dey cry now wen the Army dey avoid civilian casuqlties in the engagements, as a result Boko Haram dey xhop their villages? These people think they are wiser, but Are sowing seed of perpetual destruction which would remain with them forever – check out Afghanistan the prototype of the new NorthEast Nigeria, that country would never be good again!