Boko Haram: Ribadu commends Jonathan, Nigerian soldiers, others for successes

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The Adamawa State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate, Nuhu Ribadu, has lauded the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan and security operatives for routing the Boko Haram insurgents from occupied territories with minimal collateral damage.

He said both the political leadership and the armed forces deserve a vote of confidence from Nigerians as they stepped up efforts to totally dislodge the insurgents from communities they hitherto occupied.

The Nigerian military recently dislodged the Boko Haram from several communities in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states.

Mr. Ribadu spoke at the weekend in Mubi, Adamawa State, when he visited Paka in Maiha Local Government Area, Mubi in Mubi North Local Government Area and Gella in Mubi South Local Government Area, to commiserate with the people affected by the insurgents’ occupation of the towns.

He said the Adamawa State Governor, Bala Ngilari, has demonstrated strong leadership in the fight against the insurgency by cooperating with the security agencies and pioneering strategic civilian involvement in tackling the insurgency.

Mr. Ribadu, however, warned against tampering with the present federal government leadership which, he said, may affect the tempo of the ongoing counterinsurgency operation.

“Political stability is key to peace and security, more so at a time of instability like what we are witnessing today. We cannot afford to disrupt this operation midstream. This tide should be allowed to continue.

“I have worked in many crisis zones, including Afghanistan, I know what insurgency is all about. It is unfortunate that at a time the country should unite for action against the insurgents we were busy apportioning blame. That is why I refrained from any comment about this all this while,” Mr. Ribadu said.

Terrorism, he explained, is a global phenomenon which is difficult to overcome, adding that “No country has succeeded in eliminating terrorism altogether and within a short time. The victory may not be total and immediate. It is a gradual process.”

“It is sad that politics is brought into this issue of insurgency. Those making unguarded comments do not know that they are hurting us, we that are living in the epicentre of this insurgency.

“The people living in this part of the country have suffered for too long, those hauling words from their comfort zones should please shut up and give us chance to confront what directly affects us,” he said.

Mr. Ribadu also thanked those he called the real heroes of the war against the insurgency, which includes “the military, police and our gallant members of the vigilante who sacrificed a lot and even lost their lives.”

“I am proud to associate myself with you,” he added.

On the strategy of routing the terrorists who had stayed in so communities for many months, Mr. Ribadu said, “The President never wanted to have large number of collateral damage. He is a careful leader who quietly took this very measured strategy without grandstanding. Today, we see the result of this matured way of handling this difficult war, which has pushed out the terrorists with minimal civilian casualty.

“The President took his time to build this strong coalition of bringing together our neighbouring countries. The result is for everyone to see. We have seen that the table is now turned against the terrorists, and they are on the run.

“Our security agencies are doing extremely great work and we should unite in applauding them. They have operated in the most difficult situations but they are winning even though the world refused to help us.

“Now, it is about consolidation of this success on how to restore life in these affected communities and bring about stability. The President has already established the Victims Support Fund and he has a marshal plan on how to consolidate on this military successes.

“President Goodluck Jonathan is a very compassionate and kind-hearted person but it is being misunderstood to mean something else. But to me, it is an attribute of a good leader. We have seen the President demonstrating compassion in a number of ways. Our lives have been turned upside down here. He has visited us, he has assured us of his commitment to restore back our lives. And I believe he will live up to those promises.”

Traditional, religious and business leaders from the three local governments who received Mr. Ribadu expressed appreciation for the visit, as they showed optimism that with a leader of Mr. Ribadu’s calibre, the state can address myriad of its developmental and security challenges.


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  • Black85

    how i wish Ribadu is from Kaduna state, this is the king of leader nigeria need.. we hope to vote you as the successor of Goodluck Jonathan in 2019 presidencial election..

  • bernarddoro

    Well articulated Mr Ribadu. You’re indeed a stateman! This contrast you with the likes of elRufai. Well done!

  • Ogom

    Everyone has a price, it seems.. Even Ribadu.

    Governor now and then PDP presidential candidate in 2019, when the presidency is due to ‘return to the North’.

    Can’t blame the guy.

  • Wike

    Isn’t it sad how a man of guts has been turned into a yo-yo?

    • progress

      Very sad indeed. I but suspect he may defect to apc at some point.

  • Philip Musa

    Smart man!

  • dd

    Whenever these guys are in PDP their brain become normal. When they went to take APC tablet, there is calamity in their thinking. Sai Ribadu

  • the truth

    This is a true leader.u will win adamawa by gods grace. We are waiting to vote u into aso rock come 2019.

  • jide

    Tuvalu is only being used by pdp to get at apc a former presidential aspirant..once he’s usefulness expires he will be dumped again and we will hear they have destroyed my candidature speech again

  • JibrilMusagroup

    There is no doubt that President Goodluck Jonathan mean well for this country. However there are forces that have vow not to see Nigeria move forward and that is where the problem lies. If you look back at the history of this country you will discover that at any time a sincere person is at the helm of affair of this nation, one forces or the other always play out to terminate it. Even the masses that is suppose to understand this better are clamoring for change they cannot even define. Have you ever settle down to ask yourself why all this power hunger, are all against President Goodluck Jonathan? President Jonathan has scored a moral victory against his opponents, as a role model for the younger generation to emulate as the new face of modern Nigeria. President Goodluck is the best President in Nigeria. #goodluck4president

  • uche

    Sai Ribadu 2019

  • jokesh

    Only the truthful people always says the truth even at critical situation,Nigeria has been a country that always reject those who are working tirelessly to ensure Nigeria move forward and not the way round because they have been misinformed by some evil power seeker in order to sponsor irrelevant things saying “change #GEJ4Naija

  • LindaO

    I wonder what the APC will find to complain about now that the military operations are going wrong. What they do not see – or refuse to say – is that this will enable more northerners to vote – probably for the APC. This goes to show how much GEJ is a true democrat.

    • Ademola

      The voters in the North will show GEJ love for freeing them. Unlike Buhari, he has done mor than talk to help them. They have understood who really stands for their good.

  • MI

    What success is Ribadu talking about? “our lives have been turn upside down” Ribadu tell me by WHO? Jonathan allowed Boko Haram to take root right under his watch and Ribadu is commending him for a mere worldly gain? And you are saying he is a compassionate leader? Compassion in your world. Nigeria had lost over 20000 lives civilian, army and police to BH without a single visit by Mr President or his lieutenants until now for elections, so we should clap for Mr president and for your likes, sycophants, it qualifies him as “compassionate”? Let me remind you, it’s almost a year now our dear Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram and nothing from Jonathan or even yourself except denials and foot dragging. What a shame for Ribadu and his likes. God willing PDP will not win in adamawa or any of the states in the northeast, Never again! Nor will we allow the likes of Ribadu, Muazu, Sherifff et al to trade away our lives and that of our children to feed their greed. If they thinks we are fools like them March 28 and April 11 will tell. As we speak Nigeria’s economy is in a dare strait, the naira on a free fall, goods and services are unaffordable, future is bleak under this government. Whatever they wish for us the common people shall befall there loved one! Wicked and heartless souls.

  • grace folarin

    we salute and applaud the intervention of the president and the Nigerian military in restoring peace back in the NEof Nigeria. it was fast becoming a menace and fear had gripped the heart of Nigerians. the political leadership and the armed forces deserve a vote of confidence from Nigerians as they stepped up efforts to totally dislodge the insurgents from communities they hitherto occupied. Vote GEJ for 2015. #GEJ4NAIJA

  • chi boss

    Nigeria is a country for all, instead of push blame on President Jonathan for the Boko Haram crisis, we should all join in our prayers and recommendation on how insurgency can stop. The crisis has affected every Nigeria one way of the other, the president and the military should be applauded. He has performed well and he will win. #GEJ4NAIJA