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Boko Haram: Shinkafi, Sule, Gusau, Ciroma Press for Resumed Talks

17 Apr 2012

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Alhaji Muhammed Aliyu Shinkafi


By Chuks Okocha in Abuja and John Shiklam in Kaduna

An enlarged gathering of Northern elders and leaders of thought has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to resume talks with the Boko Haram and prosecute the issue to a logical conclusion if their activities must be brought to a halt.


But the Federal Government last night said contrary to widely held view, the group has continued to shun its invitation for dialogue.


They also  expressed great concern on the deteriorating security situation in the country and the Northern part in particular, even as they noted that the current spate of violence being witnessed has several facets and dimensions which has links and were interwoven with ethnicity, religion, politics, crime and economy.


This was the outcome of their meeting in Abuja yesterday at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre.  The leaders comprising elder statesmen - former ministers, former University administrators, ex-ambassadors and business men - also reiterated their stand for the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference for a united Nigeria, just as they insisted that the North would ensure that the unity will be based on equity, respect, justice and fair play, in its relation with other parts of the country.


Reading a communiqué at the end of the meeting, Second Republic Power and Steel Minister, Paul Unongo,  said the elders expressed concern and worry over the activities of Boko Haram, stressing that with emerging scenario and circumstantial evidences, there may be more than just the original Boko Haram operating at present.


“The Northern elders noted that Boko Haram insurgency which started as a minor skirmish in Maiduguru, has today escalated into a major civil disturbance posing a high threat not only to peace in the affected areas but to the corporate existence of Nigeria, if not properly and expeditiously resolved.”


On poverty, the elders said, ‘’It is common knowledge that poverty anywhere in the world is a pre-cursor to social discontent and anger. Credible local and international reports placed Nigeria among the 15 poorest countries of the world at present. It is estimated that up to 100 of the 160 million Nigerians live below the acknowledged poverty line of $1 USD per day. The youths are the most vulnerable and the most affected by this debilitating poverty. Large unemployment compounds this problem.


Speaking on failure of democratic institutions, the Northern elders said, ‘’the development of modern nations is largely determined by the institutions which guide its affairs. Having opted for western style democracies, it is imperative that our institutions which guide norms, culture and behaviours must be set up and operated to ensure full compliance with the tenet and principles of democratic societies.


Yesterday’s meeting, which was chaired by Justice Mamman Nasir, had in attendance, former Nigeria Permanent representative in the United Nations,  Alhaji Maitama Sule, former Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, former Minister of Finance, Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, ex-Deputy Senate President, Senator John Wash Pam, who made the welcome remarks, ex-deputy governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Pauline Tallen; Rev. Emmanuel Dgiggan; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’abba, Sheikh Ahmed Lemu; former National Security Adviser, Lt-General Aliyu Gusau (rtd); Maj-General Paul Tarfa (rtd);   Air Marshal Al-Amin Daggash;  Ambassador Babagana Kingibe; Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau; Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Mr. Buba Galadima; A.H Yadudu; Aminu Bello Masari;  Sale Hassan and Ambassador Bagudu Hirse.


Gen. Lawrence Onoja (rtd), Col. Aminu Isah Kotangora (rtd), Mr.Solomon Dalung, Maj-Gen Idris Garba (rtd), Dr. Shettima Mustafa, Musa Gwadabe, Dr. Hassan Mohammed Lawal, Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd.), Gen. IBM Haruna (rtd), Justice Tijani Abubakar, Uba Ringim, Alhaji Mohammed Goni, Lt-Gen I. Bamaiyi (rtd), Alhaji Muhammed Aliyu Shinkafi, Dr. Umar Ardo, Bashir Mohammed Dalhatu, Dr. Ibrahim Lame, and Mohammed Bello Kirfi, were in attendance.


But speaking on the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA) monitored in Kaduna, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, maintained that in spite of pleas by President Jonathan to the group to come out for negotiation with the government or name those that will represent them, the group was yet to do so.


Sambo urged leaders of the group to emulate the leaders of the militant groups in the Niger Delta by availing themselves for negotiation with government noting that up till now, the sect has refused to come out to  talk with the government so that an agreement could be reached.

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  • From all indications, it is clear that the north has lost control of their youth. You may gather all the influential northerners but the truth remains that the north is the least developed part of Nigeria and this lack of development is the conscious effort of northern leaders to keep their people under servitude. Hard fact but true! The result is what you are getting today. Igbos were killed in the north several times and northern leaders did nothing. Now is your turn to be killed. God's justice will visit the north soon. Watch it happen.

    From: clement

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Good day fellow Nigerian, if i may ask, why should the Federal government seek for negotiation, with the Boko Haram Sect? where are they base? that the government is pleading for them to come out, the best thing, is for the government to in posed force or law to the affected areas, were the sect are promptly operating just as they did with Abia State during the Kidnapping issues, any area that all those activities found, the Leader of the said areas will face punishment by the government, because, no village or town leader that will saying that he does not know the bad element in their area of responsibilities? i suggest that the Government should hold the affected areas leaders responsible, and you will see that those animals will not be functioning again. also, let the Federal Government fight corruption from top, that is the major problem of Nigerian government, without that, nothing will stop all those bad element to be existing. Thanks this is little i can contribute for the peace of my beloved country

    From: Samuel Eku Akavolo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Just what has the bombing of churches full of worshippers got to do with poverty? These people are probably amongst the sponsors of the group.

    From: Yeah Bro

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Yes a good no of the guys on thel list mentioned above who attended the meeting are the main Boko Haram sponsors nigerians of good intention know.Please govt go ahead and dialogue withis guys.We will move forward.Thanks

    From: Aliyu Jibrin

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • All this guys in question , what did they do when they were in power to ameliorate the hardship being experienced by the youths in the north while their are in power ? As

    From: chike chidozie.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Yes, the time has come for the truth to be told. These people should wait until Goodluck Jonathan completes his eight years. Is BOKO HARAM the tool they have created for negotiation? They are largely responsible for the backwardness and poverty in the north. They created this system that is about to swallow them. If Boko haram is seeking justice then they must first start with these people who encouraged the almajiri education system without any proper plan to integrate it into the western education system. Even when well meaning northerners caused the nomadic education system to be implemented these for leaders ensure its death. My opinion is that let the government continue to learn to fight terrorism which a global reality which is a creation of a particular Race and Religion. If Nigeria will split it is our leaders that will cause it. But God will do it His own way and not as man or group of men want it.

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    From: Ifeanyi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • These so called Northern elites. They create a problem with years and years of corruption and decadence. They then go one step further to finance a group they cannot control anymore. They now want the President to resolve it. The failure of Mr President to resolve this will now be seen as a failure on his part. They think that playing chess with human lives in order to achieve their selfish aims will yield fruit. Well, not this time!!

    From: Joe Joe

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Despite the name and influencial ppl of nigeria use n the govt to solve the nation circumstances the same pple are the analysing the problem beddevilely then monking at their situation it S like the some deficated by the road coming to inhale it...Ray.

    From: Ray

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Despite the name and influencial ppl of nigeria use n the govt to solve the nation circumstances the same pple are the analysing the problem beddevilely then monking at their situation it S like the some deficated by the road coming to inhale it...Ray.

    From: Ray

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  • The FGN should not dialogue with Boko Haram (BKH). The insurgency is fueled by islamic fundamentalism in an enabling environment of poverty and ilitteracy: while economic deprivation and ilitteracy should be addressed in order to frustrate BKH ability to recruit innocent and marginalized Northern youths, the issue of terrorism should be addressed decisively by the Nigerian government using appropriate legal tools (special courts for captured terrorist), use of law enforcement and proper intelligence gathering. To simply enter into dialogue with BKH is a mistake: It is illogical that the problem is simply that of economic deprivation when the sect is at war with educational institutions that can teach Northern youths the needed skills for future economic empowerments. The whole insurgency is rooted in tribalism and religious biggottry in an enabling environment of economic deprivation. We need a multiprong approach but not dialogue with terrorist. The so called Northern elders have been silent for a long time and some of them have made statements that betray their true position on the issue, i.e. to destabilize the country because of their narrow minded political ambitions. Some of them, including Paul Onungo (former Steel Industry Minister, under Shagari) contributed immensely to impoverisation of the North through corruption and lack political foresight

    From: olugbenga Akingbola

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The same people sponsoring boko haram are talking about
    dialogue with the government. Hypocrites. Sort yourselves out
    the blood of innocent people are on your hans.

    From: Zara Howe

    Posted: 2 years ago

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