Boko Haram: Atiku blames carnage on leadership failure; begs international community for help

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to the international community to come to Nigeria’s aid as the nation continues to grapple with the Boko Haram insurgency.

Mr. Abubakar spoke, Monday, at a press conference in Abuja.

“I call upon the international community to help us. I am making a special appeal to countries with sufficient knowhow and experience in tackling terrorism to increase their assistance to us,” said Mr. Abubakar, a Presidential hopeful in the 2015 elections under the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

“This Boko Haram insurgency has been with us now for several years but has, in these last few days, taken a step further towards being a disaster of unimaginable proportions. Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk. Nigeria needs the world’s support. The world must not abandon Nigerians in our time of need.”

Last week, the terrorist sect seized Mubi, the second largest town in Adamawa State, forcing thousands of residents to flee the city.

Mr. Abubakar, who is from Adamawa State, said he learnt of the development in Mubi with “deep regret.”

“As you may know, in recent weeks and months, Mubi has been a town to which displaced persons from further north have fled for safety after their communities fell to Boko Haram.

“As I speak, the inhabitants of Mubi, together with those who went there for safety, find themselves at the mercy of this terrorist group.”

Mr. Abubakar said that he believes in the integrity of Nigeria and that every part of the country matters to him.

“But I was born and bred in the northeast. So, please, excuse me if I should say a few words about the part of the country where I am from, about what the people from the northeast of Nigeria have had to suffer for far, far too long,” he said.

“Things should never have got to this stage. Thousands of Nigerians have had to flee their homes. Their houses and farms have been destroyed. They do not know where to go or how to restart their lives. That is the degree to which we have come in this country. I say this with reluctance and with shame.”

The former vice president also noted that parts of Borno, the north of Adamawa and Yobe states are already at the mercy of Boko Haram.

“It started a few months ago with Bama, which is nearly 400 kilometres from Yola, capital of Adamawa State,” Mr. Abubakar said.

“The next major town to be taken by terrorists was Gwoza, where a terrorist caliphate flag has long been hoisted. Smaller towns near Gwoza such as Pulka and Limankra are equally not free. Next was Madagali. The town is still being occupied.

“Then fell Gulak. Next was Michika, then Bazza. Next was the twin town of Uba which is half Adamawa and half Bornu. Its neighboring town of Lassa was also overrun. Uba was the latest town captured before the terrorists trampled on Mubi. People from these troubled areas are now pouring into Yola for safety.”

Mr. Abubakar blamed the apparent inability of the Nigerian Armed Forces to repel the insurgents’ progress on the “crisis of leadership.”

“As somebody who hails from Adamawa State, you can appreciate why I feel such emotion at the fate of my people,” he said.

“For whatever reason, our defence forces are unable to cope and unable to defend. My sympathies go out to the soldiers who find themselves in a situation not of their making.

“We were told that the budget for security was going to be enlarged so that the security agencies and military would be in a better position to tackle the insurgency. How is it possible that a great nation like Nigeria should find itself in a situation where a handful of terrorists is able to invade a town as large as Mubi with a population of about 300,000?

“How were the insurgents able to so easily take a town of this size, and the people find themselves defenseless and undefended? How is it that the people have been made to suffer as they have?”

Mr. Abubakar also spoke of his earlier concerns about the nation’s deteriorating security situation, adding that he deliberately restrained himself from speaking in a manner that might be construed as distracting the government.

“But the scale of injustice the people of Nigeria are suffering has reached a stage where I am obliged to amplify my concerns.

“Many of our citizens, unable to come to terms with why a so-called ‘Africa’s best army’ has been unable to confront this horrendous situation, are increasingly assuming that this whole thing is about electoral politics.

“They suspect that the seeming inability of the government to end the crisis is a ploy to weaken some parts of the country ahead of the 2015 elections. Can we, in all honesty, blame them for having those suspicions?”

Mr. Abubakar further appealed to the relief agencies working in the country to double their efforts.

“And all people of goodwill should help in any way they can and to do more than they have been doing to alleviate the pain and suffering that we Nigerians face through this insurgency.

“At a time when we are constantly bombarded with horror stories of ugly events elsewhere in the world – here in West Africa, we are faced with the Ebola epidemic and other trouble spots – I draw your attention to a humanitarian crisis which is also a matter of international security,” Mr. Abubakar said.


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  • James Breen

    This is great ! So Nigeria will appeal to the international community for help and make itself seem even more ridiculous than it is already. Nigeria’s image internationally is now beyond the term ” in tatters ” !

    • Truth_is_Bitter

      India/Pakistan solution please!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        It did not work!

        It simply created two mutually antagonistic neighbours!!

        • Rocket_TV

          It is sad and myopic that people actually believe dividing the country will solve these problems

          • The following is from my article “Islam’s Jesus”:

            … The moment Islam gains followers in a territory, they must force every
            infidel, including fake-Muslims to submit to Allah/Islamic law. At that
            point, the Quranic and Hadithic verses that every Muslim must advocate
            and follow are of this sort:

            Sahih Bukhari 1.2.24 “Allah’s apostle said: I have been ordered to fight against people until they testify
            that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s apostle …”

            “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him” (Sahih Bukhari 9.57)

            “… KILL the idolaters [non-Muslims] wherever you find them, and take them
            captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. …” (Q9.5)

            Q9.73 “O Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites …”

            Q4.89 “They desire that you should disbelieve [Allah] as they do, so that you
            might be like them; therefore take not friends from among them until
            they flee their homes for Allah, but if they turn back to what is
            forbidden, then SEIZE THEM and KILL THEM wherever you find them …”

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Many thanks, j’are, Rocket.

            A lot of these bigots with free blackberry and funny airtime tariffs always adopt these myopic positions and make inane pronouncements on public policies without thinking through the implications.

  • _Proudly NigerDeltan

    From civil servant to billionaire….He was VP for 4yrs and noticed the mafia in NEPA now PHCN or whatever, but he ignored them and waited for 8 more yrs (When he is to contest for presidency) to tell us that if elected (dreams!!!), he would flush out all the mafias….Oh yes! He built a University and calls it “AMERICAN” university of Nigeria, exalting a foreign country over his country. Sorry, continent. Whereas Zik even about 50yrs ago was patriotic enough to choose a more nationalistic nomenclature of – University of NIGERIA, Nnsuka. I can imagine Obama setting up a university in his Honolulu Hawaii and calling it the NIGERIAN university of America. Wouldn’t they withdraw his Nobel price? Nonsense!

    Continent Nigeria props up below mediocre personalities who have no iota of leadership acumen in their brains….all bcos we are not a country. Just look at the aspirants Nigeria is putting forth in 21st century? Which amongst these people can discuss anything as simple as Nigeria’s foreign policy on global stage? With the array of intelligent people in Nigeria, it is maniacally bewildering to see the kind of aspirants thus far. It is a disaster to say the least. We need more than a revolution. but unfortunately, revolutions happen in countries. Not continents like Nigeria where licensed thieves with mobile dollar vaults in cap are senators. Its nauseating. Nonsense!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      “Continent Nigeria props up below mediocre personalities who have no iota of leadership acumen in their brains….all bcos we are not a country.”

      Great insight!

      Who better than Jonathan exemplifies your statement?

      • _Proudly NigerDeltan

        Be careful youngboy. I wasnt referring to Great Jona but some retired ex custom boss with self esteem so low as consider using a foreign country’s name as best suitable nomenclature in arriving at a name for his institution set up with funds that are kwestionable.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          “Youngboy”?

          Thanks for the compliments, Grandpa!

          You may have been referring to someone else, but it still very apt for another Deltan living in Aso Rock presently.

          The ones with sticky fingers!!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Again this man insults the intelligence of the average Nigerian ! A man who made statements in line with the advocacy of “violent change”….a relentless apostle of the “making Nigeria ungovernable” project now turning around to throw punches on the government.
    When one throws stones into his crowded village market,it becomes impossible to pick targets,one’s own family might end up as victims.
    Let’ not talk of heavy corruption….that is where he specializes !!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      “Let’ not talk of heavy corruption….that is where he specializes !!”

      Because it isn’t stealing?

    • PROF

      Atiku been a fulani man thinks from with his balls .He thinks people are dont know him for who he his.This are the kind of people the that created this army of alamajeri while owning a university that not even an average nigerian can afford

  • Wise Head

    But Nigeria has already appealed to the so-called ‘international community’ and the Americans and the British came here, made a lot of noise and retreated quietly, so what’s new in that suggestion? If they were not invited, they would have been saying that’s why the war on terror has not been worn

  • Wise Head

    I will keep saying it: the Northern political and religious elite must live to regret the horror of Boko Haram which many believe is nothing but a tool for the North to get back power. And when they get it, they would tell their Boko Haram boys to disband, and then claim credit that they have stopped insurgency. But that won’t work, trust me.

    • The following is from my article “Islam’s Jesus”:

      … The moment Islam gains followers in a territory, they must force every
      infidel, including fake-Muslims to submit to Allah/Islamic law. At that
      point, the Quranic and Hadithic verses that every Muslim must advocate
      and follow are of this sort:

      Sahih Bukhari 1.2.24 “Allah’s apostle said: I have been ordered to fight against people until they testify
      that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s apostle …”

      “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him” (Sahih Bukhari 9.57)

      “… KILL the idolaters [non-Muslims] wherever you find them, and take them
      captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. …” (Q9.5)

      Q9.73 “O Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites …”

      Q4.89 “They desire that you should disbelieve [Allah] as they do, so that you
      might be like them; therefore take not friends from among them until
      they flee their homes for Allah, but if they turn back to what is
      forbidden, then SEIZE THEM and KILL THEM wherever you find them …

      • Nigeriana

        Ignorance of the highest order Exhibited !!

    • Mr. Abdin

      So it means you are aware of the operations of the sect abi?

    • Nigeriana

      There’s nothing wise about your head. Nothing except disease born out of merciless mind. Tell me how your thieving brothers Ihejirika and Ayo of CAN turned into northern political and religious leader’s boys?? Tell us to hear mr wise because as far as Nigeria is concerned, these duos are proven and cought BH sponsors. lol !!

      • Concerned One

        The resident added that the insurgents have warned politicians not to try to hold any election in the state, vowing to frustrate such actions. That suggests B.H is the Otuoke clown’s project. He wants to cause instability in the North so as to discountenance the votes from that region. It has been his plan right from time.

  • Mr. Abdin

    The humanitarian crisis in the North East is taking a different dimension, that is why it is high time for something to be done before it gets out of hand. Atiku Abubakar has said it all there is no need for the blame games but rather the need for International assistance is important in order to curtail the situation of lives involved in it. God save Nigeria from the hands of the wicked and come 2015, we shall over come all these problems amen.

  • Ogenyi Ahmad

    Mr Atiku, I beg to differ with you. The carnage is not about Leadership crisis. Rather it is about breeding millions of “UNEMPLOYABLE YOUTH.” It is about making the ‘COUNTRY UNGOVERNABLE” for fellow politicians. It is about gross deceit against your own people. You realised that while still in power but chose to do nothing. You want to rescue the north East with the POWER you no longer and cannot have. That’s wrong approach. When you had the floor, you only stole money, land, schools, markets and village arenas and left the poor masses empty handed. You took from your society and gave back nothing.You built a university on their land and denied their children from schooling there.

    You are hurt because Adamawa is threatened, why not when Borno, Abuja, Yobe were bearing the brunt. That is called gross sectionalism. Please stop the noise and let people with clean hands say something. And for your information, Nigeria will surely rise from this ruin you people have imposed on her, stronger, united and better enlightened, because useful people are missing their sleep to rescue her. God willing we shall triumph.

    Ogenyi Ahmad

  • Ogenyi Ahmad

    You put on your best pose, specs and smile for this photo opportunity. I think it is not a laughing matter. It is a time for sober reflection. Repent and do restitution, especially to the north you had joined to deceive. God is most merciful. He will forgive you. Also do something sincerely towards changing this ugly situation for the better.

  • ceweeco projects

    Anyone who rejects change that GEJ brought in his transformation agenda to Nigeria is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. Before now some say they are born to rule, but I ask? Why all these distraction and desperations? Change always comes bearing gifts, not APC change of course, because theirs is Sharia the
    mother and father of Boko Haram and all change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.
    Just because everything is different now as GEJ has stopped the fertilizer rackets, no more FERMA rackets, no more ranka-dede in the NNPC, no more running to kano etc to marry many wives, it’s now the governor who is doing the social responsibility in this regards for them. The birds are molting. If only man could molt also — his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year it’s useless passions. The born to rule people should be informed that the wheel of change moves on, and
    those who were down go up and those who were up go down.