Don’t blame Nigerian soldiers for Boko Haram – Buhari

A presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, at the weekend in Enugu stated that the Nigerian military was not to blame for the Boko Haram insurgency that has caused the death of over 13,000 people.

Mr. Buhari stated this while addressing Enugu State delegates to the forthcoming presidential primaries of his party.

The former Head of State noted that “soldiers have been complaining that they are ill equipped, in spite of the trillions spent on defence budget in the last three years.”

Mr. Buhari, who was accompanied by former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El Rufai, and another party chieftain, Audu Ogbe, observed that 2015 would be another landmark year in the history of Nigeria.

“If you consider the foreign revenue Nigeria has generated since 1999, you will be shocked at how inefficient and corrupt PDP has been.

“If we don’t vote out PDP will vote out Nigerians and we will all be the losers. Cast your votes for us so that we can all fight this inefficiency and corruption,” Mr. Buhari
stated.

He advised the party members to get their Permanent Voters Cards which he described as the only ammunition to vote out PDP and make sure their votes count in the 2015 general elections.

Buhari urged the party members to be vigilant, to vote and protect their votes to make sure they count.

In a vote of thanks on behalf of the delegates, Chris Eze said if Nigerians elect Mr. Buhari for
President, they will be sure of having a Commander in Chief once again.

Mr. Eze, a retired general, recalled that under Mr. Buhari as Head of State, the Maitasine Sect, which was also an Islamist extremist group, was driven away from Nigeria into Chad.


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  • The Observer

    Anyone who votes for PDP, shouldn’t act surprised when things don’t work. You can’t do the same thing for 16 years and expect a different result. We can’t expect PDP to admonish itself. We need change from the outside, we need change for change itself!

    • Emmy Cl

      My dear you are missing the point APC is 60% PDP and they said PDP is not good but they kept admitting them in to their party. APC is not better than any party in Nigeria listen to this, bokoharam is not professionally trained , and has no air craft and 80% less equipped than nigeria soldiers yet our soldiers will abandon their weapons and run away and an ex general of the nigeria army who happens to be ex military president is telling us not to blame the military? ?? Only some fools will vote for him!!!

      • The Observer

        He’s saying we should blame this GEJ led government who have corruptly spent trillions of Naria on defense without anything to show for it.

        • Emmy Cl

          My fellow nigerian as long as you are not party freek I will explain to you , GEJ did not say that there is no money as a matter of fact we just borrowed 1bln $ because of this war but we are been blocked from buying the right weapons that we need GEJ even took a risk to buy those weapons through the back door but it didn’t work every loving nigeria is criticising the US for blockading us but have you heard any APC member criticising the US of course no rather they are busy criticising GEJ just because of their political gains, what a shame from APC they can say or do anything just to get elected, do you know how many times they have insulted and humiliate GEJ an elected president of our country, what a shame!!!

          • The Observer

            We’ve already spent trillions on defense even before the recent request by GEJ a to borrow another $1bn. FYI the US is not the only country that produces arms.The more pertinent question is how were these trillions expended? Any competent leader with clean hands would want to find out. But after all to GEJ it is all mere stealing. That is why he shelters corruption and pardons criminals. I don’t blame the soldiers, many have already lost their life. The worst thing you can wish anyone is to die a meaningless death, no one should send ill equipped soldiers to battle.

            To me, It sounds like you’re living in a different country. If you think things are going well, please by all means vote for GEJ. I for one, will vote change.

          • Emmy Cl

            That is your opinion. Tell APC to criticise the blocked at least.!!!

      • Onike24

        So you think a rag tag army is constantly giving our professional army a bloody nose? Who told you BH is poorly equipped?

        • Emmy Cl

          Not anymore because our soldiers left their weapons for them and ran away, I don’t just talk I follow the situation on the ground even on YouTube we have seen the kind of weapons they use and the one’s they stolen from our soldiers, so we know the fact.

        • Otile

          I am glad you know that Boko Haram is well equipped. We need more good intelligence from you people of the Islamic APC to know what we are dealing with.

          APC is Boko Haram, and Boko Haram is APC. Buhari can confidently say; I know my sheep, and my sheep know me.

      • Todocampista

        Firstly, There’s always room when someone is willing to change. Secondly, Try entering sambisa forest with ak-47 when the militants are carrying pkp pecheneng or m249’s and let’s see if you come back with your testicles. Subsequently, please vote for that frog you call your president again, it is your children that will suffer.

        • Emmy Cl

          I can imagine your face with smiles as if you said something, you can as well vote for shekou the bokoharam leader so that your children won’t suffer. Think with your brain not anus !!!

          • Todocampista

            Voting for shekau and voting for jonathan, is it not the same thing considering they are a package deal or is it not voting for johnny no brains that gave rise to shekau? Maybe that should be their adverts slogan, “vote for jonathan! Full sect of terrorist group included”. I might think with my anus, but atleast my anus is smart enough to know that that big headed man has the I.Q of a goat.

          • Emmy Cl

            Here you go again, we know how and when bokoharam started so tell your APC to stop using everything for political gains.

          • Todocampista

            Let’s be honest here, before your beloved jonathan came into power, did you know what boko haram is? Or is it not his incompetence and corruption that gave them the space to thrive and transform from ordinary jobless lunatics to the cancerous menace we know today? Just reason with me for a moment here.

          • Emmy Cl

            Bokoharam grew because the previous government left it behind you will agree with me that if you plant a tree today in few years it will grow to a bigger tree that is exactly what happened with bokoharam so in a way you are right because bokoharam have grown to be a very big tree that could have been destroyed so many years ago, GEJ is so unfortunate to inherited another man’s war. By the way I don’t expect anybody to vote for the reason of bokoharam, nigeria is not all about bokoharam believe me there is nobody with a magic wand to stop bokoharam With PDP OR APC nigeria must come together to defeat bokoharam, that is why I frown at APC for politicising the security situation of our nation.

          • Todocampista

            Security of lives and property is the most important function of a government, anything else including economy comes after security, any government that fails at that is utterly useless and the opposition has every right to point that out! Boko haram did not start as a terrorist organization, they saw an opening to become one because of the current governments corruption . One thing you forget is thanks to your friend, together doesn’t exist in nigeria anymore, atleast based on the comments I’ve read so far, his supporters believe its the norths problem only. You have to realise that some people just don’t have the ability to rule, jonathan is one of them.

          • Emmy Cl

            I do not intend to change your mind but to tell you the truth , please do a little research bokoharam became uncontrollable because some people believed to be APC, is sponsoring them heavily it became clear to me the very moment the APC boldly walk the street of maidugiri with no security and met no confrontation from bokoharam at the very time that maidugiri was boiling , what do you make of that if you are not being party minded, I agree with that security is very important like it or not we must fight it collectively . It’s only the person that is responsible for all this mess that can stop alone . This is common sense.

          • Otile

            I have to quote you again. “…my anus is smart enough to know that that big headed man has the I.Q of a goat.” How can @Emmy CI reason with you when you bragged that you only reason with your ‘smart’ anus (whatever nonsense you mean by that). You alone can reason with your anus, don’t drag any other person into your dirt.

          • Otile

            “…my anus is smart enough to know that that big headed man has the I.Q of a goat.”

            God forbid. I did not know Yorubas are this rude.

          • Todocampista

            Again, as with your previous comments, YOU COULDN’T BE MORE WRONG! I have no connection whatsoever with yorubas! Also, is it really rude when you’re only describing and not saying anything untrue? Its called being honest. why do you jona arse lickers have to bring tribe or religion into everything? Bloody pillock!

          • Otile

            You are Odua, don’t deny it. Who else can be so rude and insolent like you and your tribesmen. All too often your tribesmen change their identities when they want to be rule or do evil. The educated ones assume Igbo names, while the headless one morph to nonsensical or meaningless names. We know you.

          • Todocampista

            I am not suprised, arguing about something you have no clue about seems to be your specialty. Its just barmy! You have gone bonkers! You have lost the plot. And just because you don’t know what that name means, doesn’t mean it dosent have one. Its spanish by the way. Gormless tribalistic bigot!

          • Otile

            I have never seen such arrogant heads as you people. You brag about everything. Now you are bragging about todocapista mafia gang in Spain, what a shame. What do you mean I don’t know what todocampista means? Se habla Espanol? For your information I have dealt with beautiful Spanish young ladies from Spain and South American continent. You don’t underrate anybody because you have recently joined a dangerous gang in Madrid. Go to Guadalajara Mexico and see a tougher and more dangerous el campista then you will not brag again.

      • Grace

        Thank u bro, only mumus will vote for this man.

        • Sword of Damocles

          Sai Mai Gaskiya. GMB all da way!

    • Otile

      The only necessary change is the breakup of 9ja. Any cosmetic change designed to impose a Fulani to steal our oil will not work. How modern is Imam Buhari, how technologically innovative is he, how mentally developed through sound education is he? Give us a brake, his time has past.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Buhari who overthrew a democratically elected govt in 1983, dispossed the nigeria police of all the equipments procured for them by shagari and conspired with IBB to demilitarlise our army is here putting his havoc at the doorsteps of gentleman Ebele. Stop spreading lies, democracy is not for coupists as they always remain coupists

    • kwango

      Without that overthrow of the wasteful Shagari government, Jonathan would not have been president today, and you wouldn’t be benefitting from Dumbo’s government as you do. Think about that.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Sambisa forest needs you, and very urgent too
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Todocampista

      I’m sorry…gentleman ebele? Is this guy deluded or just simply retarded?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Why are you adept at celebrating evil
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • endingNaija

          You mean evil lIke Goodluck Jonathan?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Show respect
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            To who? To evil? Goes evil deserve our respect?Just asking.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Were you not taught to pray for those in authority? Do you have to heap insults on the president to satisfy your penchant for uncontrollable mischief? Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            Which President?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            End of discussion. This is turning out to a conversation of the deaf and definitely blind Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            BlackieUmokri-You are not happy? Just because we do not have a president? Haba!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            I am a happy person. You are the unhappy person here. Maybe you are envious of Ebele’s marvellous transformation engineering Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            You mean the engineering of corruption and tranforming corruption to a Nigerian state ethics by President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Don’t allow jealousy take the remaining part of you. The other part has been consumed by envy already. Up Jonah, help me say FOR LIFE. Am I asking too much Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            You mean the engineering of corruption?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            I have gat some sleep to catch now. Bye
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            Bye Fish

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You are always welcome, fish mongers
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            from the south south creek!

          • endingNaija

            Does evil deserve our respect?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            By all standards he deserves your respect as of right and not privilege please Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            Do you respect evil Backie?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Don’t turn it into a polite insult and personal
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            UmokriBlackie, do you respect evil?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            I would not say you are evil, but you do not stay very far from evil Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            So you respect evil Umokri?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Or are you evil itself
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Simon city man

      Mr man we are not talking history here,how much was the value dollar then and now, what was the general standard of living then and now? We are even looking forth to another coup that will liberate us from the misrule of this so call pdp.May God help us

      • BlackieUmukoro

        A man without a sense of history is an animal and I know you are not one Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • endingNaija

      Goodluck Jonathan, a gentleman will order his Inspector General of Police to invade the National Assembly as part of his strategy for 2015 elections so that he can install his lackey as the speaker of house of representatives? Oh My God Reno Omokri oh sorry (trip of tongue!) BlackieUmukoro!

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Don’t believe their lies or are you a lie creator too?
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • endingNaija

          BlackieUmokri Is it a lie that President Jonathan appointed Mr. Abba the IG? Is it a lie that Mr. Abba invaded the National assembly and defended the invasion? is it a lie that Mr. Abba the IG reports to president Jonathan who appointed him? I am just wondering BlackieUmukoro-which one is a lie?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You are a truthful liar
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            So it is true that President Jonathan ordered his IG to invade the National assembly. It is true that there is truth in the claim. Thanks for your confirmation BlackieUmokri.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            That you lie like a fish is what I mean. In other words you dwell among lies and truth cannot be found near you Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            I am not Ijaw. I am not south south. I am not from the OILY rich Niger Delta. I am not from the creek. How can you compare me to a fish? We Nigerians know where we find fish!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            But you eat fish, or don’t you
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            Fishes eat fish. And that is a creek practice.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            It was nice yawning with you. Have a good night rest
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            Have a good night rest Fish!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Feeling sleepy, it is like you are fish hungry, or is there any lie, you want to tell. Let it wait till 2moro Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            Mr. Fish, hello! Check our conversation. You alluded to “Fish” first! bye!

          • Wizard

            LOL! You have finished the Blackie

          • Wizard

            How? A sign of being defeated!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You have always being defeated anyway
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • Peter

    It is good to hear this evil man and the creator of Boko Haram sect speak,making sure that he does not anger his militant organisation. To buttress this assertion, Buhari will be the last man to admonish the activities of his deadly sect. Watch his utterances and note the way and manner he skips any mention of Boko Haram.

    • Todocampista

      He is the creator? How did you figure this out? You are so smart!!! But why hasn’t the president put him away since he claims to know who created them? I mean surely you have a brain and no matter how small it is, I’m surely its capable of a little reasoning.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      The world will soon know the evil ones!

    • Simon city man

      why call him an evil man instead of the evildoers, i am not surprise because even Christ was crucified because he said the truth.In this world those who tell the truth are more often than not seen as enemies. May God help us

  • Bigzy

    It is very true that the Army is not wholly responsible for not stopping Boko Haram. Quite how anyone could absolve them completely is a mystery to me though. So why has the Military been unable to stop them? To begin with, I am convinced of the fact that the insurgency is financed by a core section of the Northern oligarchy, which includes Buhari. This oligarchy has managed to keep the ordinary man up North from aspiring to get educated with the most appalling demonstration of paternalist and patronizing attitude.

    The oligarchy has only ever encouraged Islamic scholarship for the poor while sending their children to the best schools at home and abroard. This has served to mold a population that can be manipulated by the mere invocation of loyalty to Islam; keeping a steady flow of volunteers for the course. As a result, the masses are easily led. I will submit that you, Buhari, are to blame. When Buhari says that Nigeria does not need to borrow to fight the Boko menace, the implication is clear. The insurgency is a blackmail strategy orchestrated with the sole objective of driving GEJ out of the Presidency prematurely. If this happens, he would then only need to announce to the boys that the war is over. In whose interest is this? It is certainly not in the interest of our democracy.

    • Otile

      Well said, bro.

    • True Nigerian

      I usually ignore skewed anti-north conspiracy theories like yours because I’ve found out that most people now know better. But I will respond to this one, just for the interest of those who are still reasonable enough to see things for what they and those who are not knowledgeable enough to see your bias.

      Well, boko haram’s major violent campaign against Nigeria had already started during the Presidency of President Yaradua when boko haram killed some soldiers and Yaradua sent the army to deal with them, following which the Nigerian army/police killed the boko haram leader together with more than 300 of his fighters after a battle that lasted for one week. The police/army also arrested more than 600 of their members.

      So here is the question for you: at that time in 2008 was boko haram a strategy aimed at driving of President Jonathan out of the Presidency or aimed at driving President Yaradua out of the Presidency?

      You see, this skewed paranoia, the ethno-religious siege mentality and the negligent attitude they feed into President Jonathan’s head is the reason his presidency has been reduced to object of ridicule. Certainly, he would would have had a better chance against insecurity if only he had started early enough to see boko haram as a Nigerian problem rather than a “plan of my enemies”. Are the enemies of a President different from the enemies of the State? I mean, if somebody decides to frustrate Jonathan by killing innocent Nigerians isn’t such a person also an enemy of the state? And if somebody decides to kill innocent Nigerians for any reason ranging from an intention to rob the victims or to frighten a segment of the society, isn’t such a person an enemy of the government, regardless of which government that is in power?

      I just don’t know how Jonathan and his supporters reason in these narrow ethnic ways.

      One last question for you (which will probably bring the lesson home): Deadly kidnappers are running amok in Jonathan’s backyard at Otuoke and other parts of the South. This government has utterly failed to stop them. Are they also a blackmail strategy ochestrated with the sole objective of drving GEJ out of power? If so, whose strategy is it? Is it Northerners that are paying Southerners to kidnap and kill or extort their victims in the South in order to frustrate Jonathan?

      Critical thinking shouldn’t be such an impossible job even for someone with traditional wisdom, let alone someone that has benefitted from some form of formal education! It’s a shame!

      • Bigzy

        Who introduced the Sharia penal code and the accompanying religious police in the North? Who supported it? Where in the world has this not always led to trouble except in the most repressive and feudal regimes in the Middle East?

        When it was onlyChristians being killed needlessly by the haramists, the indifference of the community elders especially Buhari, was clear for all to see; afterall they were infidels. However, as apparent from Islamic insurgencies the world over, it was only a matter of time before their catchment population increased.

        But now of course you will have us believe that in the most hierarchical society in the country the leaders are completely ignorant of what is going on. If you are really honest with yourself, how could this be the case? The chief of my village does not have the resources of the Northern oligarchy, but nothing in their domain passes them bye. The denial is predictable, but please do not expect a discerning person to fall for it hook, line and sinker.

        • True Nigerian

          Sharia was created in 2002 under Obasanjo and you have also pointed out quite rightly that it was only a matter of time before boko haram would expand the catchment areas of its horror campaign. I totally agree. That is not in dispute at all. The other questions you have asked me are also not in dispute. But I will answer them by stating categorically that I totally agree to the argument that the introduction of Sharia in a secular multi-religious system would certainly cause problems.

          But if you agree to that extent – and it is also on record that the sharia and the problem it created were already troubling Nigeria before Jonathan became the president – then, it certainly follows that Sharia and the boko haram it created are not a conspiracy to bring down Jonathan’s government, which is exactly what you were saying and what I am disputing with evidence that you have refused to respond to because you don’t like what it does to your argument.

          I have answered your questions, but it is obvious that you simply don’t want to answer my questions because you can see the damage it will do to your ethno-centric conspiracy theories. In the spirit of mature, sensible, sincere and intelligent debate, please kindly answer my questions! Thanks.

          • Bigzy

            I took your argument seriously and I am sorry that your specific question about the genesis of the Haramist issue was not addressed properly. Listen, I am no Ijaw man. My stance in support of the President stems from the fact that over a number of years, starting from the death of Yaradua,
            a section of the Nigerian society felt robbed and severally argued that GEJ was a usurper. I believe that every Nigerian should be capable of aspiring to the highest office in the land. Otherwise, what would be the point of Nigeria as an entity? It should not be the exclusive preserve of a particular region or tribe.

            Much as I abhor what OBJ is doing at the moment, I have to say that he did not introduce the Sharia to the North. It was introduced by the state governments using their existing powers, perhaps, an error in the constitution. However, you cannot deny the fact that Buhari wholeheartedly supported the project. Indeed he once quibbled, what concerns the Southerners, if Muslims cut off the hands of other Muslims.

            Concerning the genesis of the problem, the expanded insurgency only took hold during this Presidency. You may argue that GEJ should have taken stronger action to wipe out the menace; but what did the killing of their leaders by Yaradua do to quell the matter? Coming back to GEJ, if strong arm tactics was what was required, he needed the support of the leaders from the Region to effectively deal with the madmen. But instead, they prevaricated and danced around the issue to a man. Indeed, as I recall, at a certain point, there was no Northern leader that was ready to support such measures. Do you remember the threats to make the county ungovernable? Do you remember the emotive subject of “killing our children”? These statements of support for the Haramists, in no small way strengthened them, by portraying the leaders as divided and lacking in resolution. Those leaders who were crying when the houses of the killers were being burnt are now the same people blaming GEJ. What hypocrites! Have you asked yourself whether that section of the Northern oligarchy saw the Haramist fight as their own, and if so, why? What conclusions would you draw from such a scenario?

            .

          • warry

            Thanks bro.They think they can deceive everybody.If you call a man clueless but all his decesions and actions potray the opposite who then is clueless?

          • dudu

            I say that is a simplistic argument which you have put forward, however, i concur that the northern oligarch should be blamed in part for boko haram gaining a foothold in that region, nonetheless, what is stopping GEJ from ensuring that Nigeria wins the war against terror? what is stopping him from ensuring that Nigeria does not lose it territories to that fiendish sect? Or is he no longer the C-in-C? Is he no longer in charge of the nation’s economic spending? Why is it that despite all the trillions spent towards fighting insecurity, there seem to be no change to the better in securing lives and properties of the citizenry? The truth which you fail to admit, is that the President has no excuse because the buck stops at his table. Instead, of being a national leader, he began to play ethno-religious sentiments with national issues, blaming the opposition for his failures, and among other acts unbecoming of someone occupying the highest office in the land. As a matter of fact, his compromise, hobnobbing and association with confirmed nefarious, ignoble, corrupt characters, simply for the purpose of winning 2015 elections shows the kind of person he is and such a person cannot win a war against insurgency and terror. He lacks the discipline and the nobility to do just that.

          • True Nigerian

            Okay, noted. Overall, you have admitted that boko haram did not start under Jonathan and was already a major problem under Yaradua. That admission is fatal to the conspiracy theory that the group is created to frighten Jonathan out of the Presidency. See, the reason I am taking time to address this issue is that it is part of the causes of our weakness against boko haram. These lies and ethnocentric conspiracies help us to give the government reasons why it should buckle and manufacture excuses. They help the government to live in the cocoon of its own lies and pretences whilst we are going down and sinking deeper into darkness. It is the reason Jonathan sat like a duck for 3 years believing that he could afford to let the Northerners kill themselves since that is what they want to do. Now, he it is hunting both him and us. He can’t understand why nearly everybody wants him to retire to Otuoke despite his “golden efforts”. That is what the cocoon of his conceit has earned him – confusion, needless self-pity and a false sense of injustice that exists only in his own mind.

            You asked me whether Yaradua’s high-handed tactics produced any results. I’ll refresh your mind a bit. When Yaradua killed the leader of boko haram, more than 300 of his fighters were also killed then. Another 400-600 were captured alive and jailed. Nobody heard anything else from them because they were effectivey stamped out. But a jailbreak happened in 2009 whilst Yaradua was ill and Nigeria had no leadership. Not even one of the escapees was rearrested to date. Abul-mutalab’s underpant bomb plot and the shocking bombing of the Abuja office of the UN all happened whilst Yaradua was ill and Jonathan was yet to become the President. On 1st October 2010, Nigeria’s independence day anniversary celebrations event at Abuja was bombed, not by boko haram, but by Niger Delta militant. He told the President that he did it. Yet, the President put the blame on “Northerners” and even went as far as arresting some innocent people like Raymond Dokpesi. As soon as Dokpesi turned a corner and decided to Join President Jonathan’s campaign, all charges and allegations against him simply ended into the thin air. I hope you are following the plot, so you can see the character of Jonathan and how he puts his political interests above national security.

            As soon as Jonathan became the President, another series of violent prison breaks took place. Again, not one of the jailbreakers were recaptured, apparently because of the siege mentality and the cocoon of conspiracies which Jonathan had developed. On 16 Nov 2010, a massive arms cache including heavy weapons were discovered at the Lagos Ports and headed to an unknown person. But it was later traced to an Iranian and a Nigerian. Both later escaped from the custody; and to date, not one person was fired, demoted or prosecuted for that heinous crime of both the arms shipping and the arranged escape of the arrested culprits. But from all indications, Jonathan’s government ended the matter because he couldn’t be bothered. After all, in his mind, every evil that was taking place in Nigeria at the time was aimed as stoping him from pursuing his ambitions. For that reason, he felt the Northerners could break as many jails as they liked, import as many weapons as they like and even kill themselves for all he cared; for him, it was all being done to stop him and so he couldn’t care less to do something about it very quickly. Afterall nothing would stop him from his 2011 ambition. That cocoon in which his mind lives is what informs his attitude that every problem of this country is made to frustrate Jonathan. This was why he simply did nothing for the first 3 years of his presidency as boko haram grew roots and branch in the North.

            So the answer is, yes, the iron-fist strategy of yaradua’s government against boko haram was effectual and productive. Anybody can tell you that the reason boko haram increased its attacks was because their leader was killed. That is bunkum! A criminal, a murderer, a terrorist always comes up with some idiosyncratic reason why he or she should be pitied rather than put away. If a government should simply cower in the face of mindless terror because some intellectuals want the terrorists to have the kind of human rights that he refuses to accord his victims, we might as well sit down and give a psychopaths the benefit of trusting them with our lives. The US of A might as well not attack Bin Laden in Abottabad. As far as I know, the fact that Yusuf was killed was not the issue. The issue was that he was killed extra-judicially after he was arrested. Exactly the same *stoopid* thing that our idyotic soldiers have done recently in Kaduna where they recklessly murdered the 3 sons of a Muslim cleric after arresting them and without them posing any threats under custody. So these excuses that Mohammed Yusuf’s death was a kindler for the round of violence that followed later is very poor on nuance. Let’s get it clear: his death was wrong because he was murdered whilst under custody. If he was killed whilst in combat, who on earth would question that? Nobody! So the argument that Jonathan is afraid to tackle boko haram because the iron-fist doesn’t really solve the problem is wrong.

            You also appear to be suggesting that Jonathan’s government is harmstrung on taking forceful action at the early stages because the northeners would not have supported him. Again, that argument is fundamentally flawed when you consider how many things that the same government has embarked on against the support of not only the North, but the entire country. The Northerners didn’t support Jonathan’s plan to award defence and security contracts to criminal militants. Did they? But Jonathan did so anyway. With the exception of few people benefiting from government, no ordinary Nigerian on the streets was in support of the fraudulent fuel subsidy removal on 1st January 2012. Why didn’t Jonathan step back based on public disapproval? You tell me! He did not only go ahead with it, but also stated on live television that nothing would happen. He went even further to send the army which shot about 20 innocent Nigerian youths whose crime were simply a peaceful protest in which they often came out on the streets dancing to some music whilst waving some placards. No reasonable person in the North, South or West is in support of Jonathan’s current impunity against the National Assembly. But isn’t he doing it anyway, and with bravado too? So the argument that the disapproval of the North was the reason Jonathan couldn’t act forcefully and more auspiciously at the early stages of boko haram is very lean on balance and quite poor in the face of facts. It amounts to the hypocrisy which says that when it suits him and his supporters, Jonathan’s inactions could be justified by saying he couldn’t act because of public interest. And then when it suits his egocentric pursuits and narow interests, he would ride a rough shod on public interests and public approval to get what he wants regardless of how angry and destructive it is to those who are complaining. It is pure hypocrisy! Why has Jonathan not bothered to probe an army that expends $32b in 5 years, but has no weapons or equipments, starves its soldiers and refuses to pay them allowances even after they are killed in combat? Would the Northern region be angry if he does that? As a matter of fact, is the army leadership in the last 5 years made up of the Northern Muslims only?

            You also said that the Northerners didn’t want Jonathan to become President because they felt it was their right. That is true only to the extent that the PDP Northerners were referring to the party agreement by which they should rotate the Presidency. Now, only 2 days ago, the same Jonathan who denied the existence of a zoning agreement in 2011 was telling the Yorubas that his party operates with a zoning formula so that things could go round for each region. What a breath-taking hypocrisy!
            And in furtherance of your argument on zoning, you also appeared to be saying that the only way for Nigeria to move forward is for everybody to have a right to the Presidency. And I was left wondering whether there is anyone who doesn’t have a right to it. Everyone has a right to it, but the Constitution of any country or the politics of the country (that is, in the absence of express legal provisions) must reflect the social and national circumstances of the country. The question for you there is: if presidential aspiration is left on the basis of a question of an unqualified Constitutional right, how on earth does a minority like Jonathan get a chance to become the President? We need to be honest as a people. Jonathan could never have become the President if Obasanjo didn’t pursue the implementation of the zoning agreement of his party. This point is of crucial importance because Nigeria is not evenly balanced. So why are we deceiving ourselves? Igbos (I am Igbo by the way) are now saying it is our turn in 2019 and we must be “allowed” to produce the President. Really? If it is just a question of right to contest, why are we even discussing it? If it is just about right, rather than a negotiated and qualified right (with rotational /zoning arrangement being the qualifier in this case), why then are the Igbos talking about being “allowed”? If zoning or rotation isn’t important for equitable sharing of power, the Igbos should simply go into the contest with any candidates from the north, south-west, Middle-belt or Niger-Delta and let that Igbo leave it to Nigerians to decide. Isn’t that what it should be based on mutual rights? So why are we asking to be “allowed” to produce the presidency?

            Can you see the hipocrisy and lies in our argument in support of a sheer denial of the obvious in 2011?

            The truth is, overall, Nigeria’s greatest problem is that most of its people are at war against the truth. That war is exactly what you were waging when you claimed that boko haram was fashioned to frustrate Jonathan out of the Presidency despite that all the material facts weighed heavily against that conclusion. That culture of self-deceit manifested in the attitudes of “I prefer my ethnic falsehoods over the national truths” and “my ethnic group before my country” is exactly why the country may destroy most of us before we even enjoy the joy of being part of whatever ethnic group we come from. The talented and patriotic leaders that can save this country are all over the place. But nearly everyone of them keeps themselves miles aways from the politics of the country because they know how the most of the people think in this country is a huge obstacle to anyone who genuinely wants to save this country and its people from the curent throes of death. They know that the people they want to save are mostly liars who would abuse their helper and cheer their destroyer if the destroyer is from their ethno-religious group. This is why Nigeria is eating all of us up bit by bit! If we don’t change our attitude, our country will descend into a street of blood and carcass. When it starts incompetent and selfish fellows like Jonathan will be disappear within minutes. And those who stunchly defended the destruction of Nigeria through bad leadership are the ones who will be stay behind to fight the street battles with their own blood and the bloods of their loved ones. We need to start telling ourselves the home truth now!

          • Worryless

            I have never read a more compelling and patriotic discourse on the state of the leadership of this country. Please , please and please, do not relent in your effort in educating our fellow countrymen on the need for fair and balanced analysis of the state of the nation. Thank you and more ink to your pen.

          • DD

            Waoh! Thanks for this explosive comment. It’s nothing but the truth. I really respect your intellect. Nigerians are the cause of their own problems and if we’re not careful we’ll self-destrict within a few years.

          • Bigzy

            You talk about conspiracies by others, and I hope you mean conspiracy
            theories, then you label the so called theorist ethnocentric. Yet you
            sit back and gurgitate your own brand of conspiracy theories about this
            Presidency. Clearly, in your mind the divide between truth and fantasy
            has been so blurred that you are confident that you have not made a
            mistake. The population of Southerners, Christians and lately Muslims is
            being decimated by the cruel Haramists, yet you see this as the fault
            of the Presidency. What lies are you talking about and who is telling
            them? If after the killing of so many Haramists Yaradua, they manage to
            regroup and become a more potent force at the drop of a hat, the effort
            to contain them has been in vain. If you think that Islamic insurgents
            can be wiped out by killing a few foot-soldiers and imprisoning others,
            then you are not rally living in the real world. It is an issue that is
            ravaging even wholly Islamic states and there is no golden bullet. This
            is why I maitain that it is the place of the leaders of the community to
            take action.

            Your take on the criminal justice system continues
            to baffle me. If Dokpesi was arrested and later cleared, why would this
            constitute an issue worthy of mention here? Could this perhaps be an
            extension of you own brand of ethnocentric lies and innuendos?

            Assuming
            that anyone reading your hypothesis was to take the so called prison
            breaks as the next chapter in the evolution of the killer gang, what is
            the compelling fact that means that it was not orchestrated to ferment
            trouble for the fledgling administration; afterall,lsuch was promised
            from many quarters? You chart a path through the mucky waters of
            Nigerian power politics, dancing vigorously to avoid tripping up, jet,
            we all knows what your motivation is. Why do you pretend that your
            narrative is better? A certain arrogance?

            Everyone has been vocal
            in the debate about our current dispensation. These include people who
            are violently opposed to the Presidency. Have you ever wondered about
            what they would do to
            achieve their aim?

            I maintain that
            nothing was really truly solved by the killing of the sect leaders by
            Yaradua. This is because one cannot murder an idea! Indeed a feeling
            might be suppressed for a time, in the
            long run, as they say, ‘the
            truth will out’. This is why it is the responsibility of the elders to
            teach truth, understanding and tolerance. The fact that some chose the
            other route is now a matter of history. It is then left for the
            manipulators to use the Haramists as headless chickens in their
            quest for perpetual domination.

            In
            stating that the GEJ has no right to the Presidency because he is from a
            minority tribe, you have shown your true colour, and it is ugly.
            Democracy is about one man and his vote in an entity
            that has chosen
            to live and act as one nation. It shows that you have no real
            understanding of the concept and that you would subscribe o the
            perpetual domination of all minorities if you had your way. There is
            only one thing to say about that, thank God we are a little more
            sophisticated than that. Simply put, democracy does not equate to
            tribalism and you should know this. In answer to you question in this
            regard, I have to say NO. There was no hypocrisy, just democracy in
            action.

            You also went into a protracted monologue about truth and
            honesty, yet the basic premise under which democracy must exist is hard
            for you to fathom. This means that when a group of people have come
            together in a democracy to work as an ideological unit, they ought to
            put their best foot first by presenting someone to the electorate whom
            they feel is capable of implementing their agenda, NOT necessarily one
            from a particular tribe. By the way, does the North not comprise of many minrity tribes? Should they also be expected to know their place?

        • Aminu

          @bigzy I want sincerely ask you for a favour to reproduce a sentence or a paragraph by any of our Public figure from the NORTH having sympathy or celebrating activities of Boko Haram when they were busy attacking our Christians neighbors in the North.We are willing to accept all the blame for Boko Haram cruelty against us in as much we had sympathy with them in the past.In fact I’m willing to recharge your phone with N5000 airtime for a job well done.This offer is for you and if you are unable to reproduce just announce it for other people to try their luck

  • Give thanks to God

    If I win I will tell book harm to stop.and free and give amnesty to ones that is in prison.like Niger delta militant.
    Sign..buhaha

    • endingNaija

      BlackieUmokri, you just say make you nak dis one post b4 you go sleep! Na wa o!

  • emmanuel

    Hmmm. If the APC win the presidency, the cost of running gogernment in Nigeria will Tripple. The APC spends twenty times what the PDP spends on Roads, The APC charges twenty times what the PDPD FG charges as fines and penaltaies, in 2014 the PDP budgetted N25 billion to run the state House, while the APC budgetted N70 billion to run Lagos house.

    This Buhari of a man is a deceiver.

    Meanwhile how much did he bribe Enugu delegates with?

    A man that does not have integrity.

    • Wizard

      Hmmm! You asked, how much did he bribe Enugu delegates with? You are at liberty to educate us, please. And, to say Buhari is a man that does not have integrity, I think you are only being mischievous and mean with the fact. Let me just educate you a little about Buhari if you don’t know: Buhari was a former Governor of the north-eastern region, he was a former Federal Commissioner in charge of Petroleum, a former Head of State, a former PTF Chairman, yet Buhari doesn’t have a foreign account of a house in Abuja. Can you beat your chest of the same qualities with the present crop of so-called leaders we have in Nigeria today? Please stop misinforming gullible Nigerians and keep sentiment apart. Know it also that whatever you utter against a fellow man, shall be accounted for before God in the Day of Resurrection either good or bad. A word is enough for the wise!

      • emmanuel

        You are a fraud. $2.9 billion Oil money was stolen while he was Federal Commissioner of Petroleum. I am happy Buhari borrowed money to buy form. Yeye Fowl,

        I know someone who knows Buhari so well, the man is an eternal pretender, Cunny and crafty.

        For your information, Idiagbon was the good moan when Buhari was Head of state.

      • BUKY CHIKA

        WIZARD r u buhari spiritual angel dat u kw he dos no av houses in Abujea get out from here aboki.

  • Sharia_Haram

    We will not forget the killing of Ndi-Igbo by Northern Muslims( including Buhari) during the civil war.

    The Defense Minister and the National Security advisers are Northern Muslims( ex-military officers of Nigerian Army). Therefore, Northern Muslims are responsible for ill equipped army.

    Muslims must STOP the sharia killing of Non_Muslims. Buhari supports the killing of non-Muslim believed to voting for PDP/GEJ.

    Buhari regard non-Muslims as monkey and baboon that are expected to be socked in blood anytime he loses an election. Non-Muslims must be ready to sacrifice their lives since Buhari will eventually order the killing of non-Muslims for not voting for him. He ordered the socking of monkey and baboon(non-Muslims) in blood when he lost the 2011 election.

    I expect Sultan Sa’ad to issue a fatwa against Boko-Haram since several Korans’ were burnt to ashes when the Mosque was bombed. It is not only when non-Muslims mishandle Koran that Grand-Mufti issue fatwa. This is the time to issue fatwa against Boko-Haram for burning Korans’ in the Mosque. This is the time for Northern Muslims to protest the burning of Koran by Muslims(Boko-Haram).

    Death to advocates of Sharia

    • Sadiq

      Mr. Man what are you saying, do even understand what the word fatwa means in English……. All this Onyigbo self Nawa ooooo

      • Sharia_Haram

        “Most importantly, a fatwā is not by definition a pronouncement of death or a declaration of war. A fatwā is an Islamic legal pronouncement, issued by an expert in religious law (mufti), pertaining to a specific issue, usually at the request of an individual or judge to resolve an issue where Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), is unclear”.

        However, the term “fatwā” has been widely used by Grand Mufti to indicate that a death sentence has been dealt to someone or some group of people. Example— Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.

  • warry

    Before the appointment of the current NSA and minister of Defence the situation was not this bad,but Northerners demanded that their people be in charge of the BH fight.May be another plot in the unending quest for power,not knowing what else to do with oneself.

  • abdurrazaq

    @warri and sharia. If the federal govt. gives a damn, then it should sack them.

  • MushinSpeaks

    True; GEJ is to be blame. Failure to equip the armed forces despite the trillions of money he got from the treasury.

    This will stop when we vote CHANGE!

    • emmanuel

      Northern Judges are all not willing to sentence any Boko Haram insurgents, so na Jonathan go force them, if not interfering with the Judiciary?

      Blame GEJ well well. Those who encourage Boko Haram carnage to continue to dwindle support for Jonathan will be shocked when he get reelected next year.

      • MushinSpeaks

        So you could even bring tribalism to the Judiciary? What sense do you have in your brain?

  • BANKOLE SOLOMON AKANBI

    YOU ARE WAITING UNTIL YOU BECOME THE PRESIDENT, WHICH YOU WILL NEVER
    BECOME BEFORE YOU CALL YOUR BOYS TO ORDER, WELL DONT WORRY THE LORD WHO
    IS BIGGER THAN YOU WILL VISIT YOU, YOUR CO-SPONSORS AND THOSE SENSELESS
    BOYS AND GIRLS YOU USE SOON, HE IS THE GOD OF VENGEANCE, HE WILL SURELY
    AVENGE THE SOULS OF THOSE INNOCENT PEOPLE YOU ARE KILLING JUST BECAUSE YOU
    LOST AN ELECTION. BUHARI AND CO, HEAR THIS VERY SOON YOU WILL PAY FOR
    YOUR SINS.