A Must-Read/Must-Share: Statement By Prof. M. Nur Alkali, CON, Made In Maiduguri, Borno During Pres Jonathan’s State Visit

Being Text Of A Statement Made By Prof. M. Nur Alkali, CON, At The Town Hall Meeting Convened During The Visit Of President Goodluck JONATHAN To Borno State, Friday 8TH March, 2013.
Your Excellency, the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, we all here, on behalf of our various communities that we represent are highly honored to receive you on your two days official visit to Borno state.
We thank Your Excellency for this kind gesture. Your visit to the state was long awaited particularly within the period of the crises we have all passed through.
We are also aware that Mr. President has been briefed regularly on the crisis which has engulfed this state for the last five years through various sources.
Whatever may have been told to you, Mr. President, may not be as authentic as coming here by yourself to see things for yourself and to interact with the representatives of the various communities assembled here in this town hall-like setting.
To be frank everyone both within here and in the streets would like to talk and the version of the message they would communicate maybe different and diverse.
But the theme of the messages will be the same—that the sectarian conflict since your government ordered the first fire to be shot to “nib in the bud a potentially dangerous situation” has brought a great deal of hardship to the peoples in their homes, in the streets, in the markets and on the farmlands.
Everyone did his or her best to absorb the shock, bear the pains, and tolerate excessive cross-fire that went on. There is hardly anyone in this meeting who has not lost a close relation, family member or very close friend.
This town is full of orphans, fathers and mothers without their children, lost men and women, some in detention, some in hiding and some incapacitated—a tale of horror, grief and agony.

In this crossfire more innocent people have died. The nature of the operation is frightening. When the militants kill one soldier, a whole ward or street is put on fire and dead bodies often litter the street.
We lack information or statistics of innocent peoples who have died or kept in detention and how many of the militants were actually, killed, arrested and detained. Markets are closed, shops destroyed, road blocks in all major and minor roads.
Mr. President Sir, we urge you to personally investigate this situation of horror and terror because the extent of damage done is enormous. H.E., the Governor of Borno State Alh. Kashim Shettima continues to appeal for calm and tolerance because as he says “hard times never last forever”.
“Borno had seen many conflicts in the last one thousand years, both natural and man-made, but we have always come out of these much stronger, confident and resilient.”
We shall come out of this one too and bounce back to peace, harmony and stability again. The time to do this is now, that the combatants have announced a ceasefire publicly and called for a dialogue.
Mr. President even if it is one person who came forward to call for peace, he should be received with open arms and reintegrated into the wider society.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. There is no doubt that there is a general suspicion and fear and almost certainly these fears are genuine—particularly in a situation where even people who go to claim dead bodies are considered suspects and detained without any hope for trial.

There is nationwide call for amnesty or better still, pardon to be granted to the militants in such a way the militants in the Niger Delta were granted.
If I may recall Mr. President, your call for the militants to come into the open as a condition for amnesty to be offered to them is inappropriate as the situation of this sectarian conflict is different from what obtains in the Niger Delta where as you stated, the militants actually came out to be received.
In the Niger Delta, the situation was different because many of them were already operating openly and well known to the security forces and the government.
The nature of the two conflicts are different. Here you are dealing with people who believe they are fighting on the basis of some ideology, not necessarily religious or political but fundamentally social and the desire to bring about certain changes in the ways of life of the society.
Even then, if one may recollect, in the case of Niger Delta, late President Umaru Musa Yaradua granted them pardon before they talked about ceasefire. They were heavily compensated, rehabilitated, and given all kinds of job to do.
Some of the responsibilities given to them are such as policing the oil bunkering and piracy going on in our high seas—as a situation of getting the thief to catch a thief.
Here, the issue is more doctrinal and ideological and in case where the militants believe that their success is death. It is a worldwide phenomenon that young men and women with no jobs, no proper education, stricken by poverty and neglected by their society, simply take up arms to fight what they consider as injustice.

Their being called Boko Haram is confusing because they themselves did not give that name to themselves. Their being killed, destroyed, maimed, has only helped to infuriate them further while their doctrines and ideologies continue to rage on. They gather sympathy and membership from the thousands of orphans, widows and widowers which further strengthens their position.
Borno is the only state of the federation which has common borders with three sovereign nation states, Cameroun, Chad and Niger and the whole corridor linking the Lake Chad to the river Nile and the Mediterranean coast is a theatre of war.
The factor of insurgency and movement of displaced persons in places like Southern Sudan, Darfur and recently Central African Republic, with people trading in small arms has compounded the situation even further.
Mr. President, Sir, we are dealing with a more complex problem and the application of our solution remains faulty. There is no alternative to the dialogue which Your Excellency has repeatedly considered unacceptable.
But the truth is that, in conflict resolution and crisis management, dialogue is an internationally accepted concept and where people have begun to talk about peace, they should be granted the pardon and the earlier we commence, the better.
The dialogue or even multi-logue through various fronts may not be something that could be achieved in one month, one year or even more, but let us begin by working out the required strategy and serious approach to the solution, one day we will strike on the real issues at stake and overcome the problem.

Use of force breeds more violence and crisis and as HRH, the Shehu has raised in his speech yesterday, and I quote “what peace and tolerance do not achieve, violence and intolerance can never achieve”.
Mr. President, we sincerely appeal that, before you leave Borno State you will assure everybody the commencement of dialogue, grant of a pardon, rehabilitation and compensation for lives lost, homes destroyed and properties lost or stolen.
This I believe is the minimum expectation from every person living in Borno and the rest of Nigeria.
May Allah guide us along the right path to overcome these challenges, Amin. Consider the environment in all things you do.

– PROF. M. NUR ALKALI, CON was former VC UNIMAID(1985-1993), DG NIPS Kuru Jos 1994-1999, Director centre for Trans-Saharan Studies UNIMAID 2000-Date

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68 thoughts on “A Must-Read/Must-Share: Statement By Prof. M. Nur Alkali, CON, Made In Maiduguri, Borno During Pres Jonathan’s State Visit

  1. This speech has again brought into focus the legendary ineptitude and incompetence of this president.
    Whether right or wrong,it is always better to speak truth to power.
    How did we get here?

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    • I’m always surprised by the attitude of the northern elites when the issues of book haram are brought to bare. How on earth will any sane person excuse the activities of this Islamic militants who are hell bent on dragging the whole nation to the stone age. My advice to the president is to put people like prof Alkali on security watch as they might be sponsoring this group underground.

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      • Are u truely a human being with conscious. If the wards of prof. Nur should be kept aside then where are u subscribing ur ideology from?. My Be from ur so called Barbarossa

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  2. the great leaders / people Borno (just to name few: Gov. Sir K. Ibrahim, Alh. Dipcharima, Alh. A. Talib, Alh. M. Ngileruma, Alh. M. Daggash,  Alh. SA Monguno, Alh. I. Imam, Alh. W. Ibrahim, Dr. S. Mustapha, Sen. M. Abba Aji, Gov. K. Shettima, BrigGen. Z. Maimalari, Gen. M. Shuwa, BrigGen. A. Kyari, AVM A. Daggash, etc) have contributed and sacrificed to the building of modern Nigeria – equal or more than anyone, without their effort’s Nigeria would have ceased to exist long time ago.
     
    We are very proud and purposeful people, we have lived and built one of the greatest empire (Kanem-Borno) – second to none in human civilazation.  – We have publicly condemned the TERRORIST acts and actions of the Boko Haram. We have recommended alternative solutions.  We will overcome this Boko Haram mess and better days of Borno and the nation are ahead. 
     
    If you carefully look at this mess – it is fast evolving / becoming North, South, Christians, Muslims, etc. – so some must be done now before the situation become even more worst than now…
     
    Well as a friends we can have different perspectives.  We have supported the emergence of HE Pres. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR as President – twice (1. during the late Pres. Yar’Adua, GCFR of blessed memory transition and 2. his during his re-election in 2011 as – the ‘Friends of Democracy’ – note this first very influential Northern group to do so).  Well 2015 is just around the corner… and we will support any leader that understands our perspective!

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  3. nice job prof. i wish we hv millions of u in our dear state who could stand before so call president and tell him precisely what is happening in malduguri. may God protect u.Amin….

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  4. Jazakumallahu khair. This is a really beautiful and touching speech. The minds of the people have been heard. May Allah in His infinite mercy answer our prayers and reward you in abundance for this well portrayed speech. May His light be showered on us all, may He guide and guard our affairs, amin. Remain blessed.

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    • what is touching here,untill we beging to tell ourselves the truth,this nation will not move forward.How can u see a man that blow up churches,media houses even kill his own brother who is not supporting him and u are here telling me touching speech,lets respect ourselves.no amnesty ,they should be tried

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  5. Well said prof, the question is will the president listen? Its unfortunate that a whole lot have gone wrong this past few years, I hope we find our way back to peaceland. The only way I believe this can happen is not by granting amnesty, in as much its a right step in the right direction, what we need is for the president to fulfil his election promises which have since eluded him, he has personally make it clear by speech or by budgetary allocation that he is set to fight boko haram and not the the system that conceived, gave birth and breeded the boko haram manace.

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  6. This is explicit, explainatory and at point. I urge GEJ to do something fast about the issue of insurgency if really he mean well for Nigerians, because, the life and property lost is not only of Borno or Northerners alone, but all Nigerians. A president preside over sweet and bitter, unless if he have a hidden agenda over the destructions, else he should as a national president and well to do. Militants or terrorrist and even insurgents kills or destroy properties, the idea of treating on side and leave the other is ill and biased. Moreso, why did it take him this long before visiting the war torn zone. Until the opposition visit before he now know that Borno and Yobe states are part of Nigeria abi? Why should a sane man play politics with life of his country men, women and children? I have come to agree that President Jonathan is really a clueless man, hence APC have to rang bell in his ear before he could even shift ground. This is so disgracefull, foolish, childish and miopic. Jonathan you should fucken wake up to perform ur assigned responsibility or go back to the zoo to practice ur zoology and continue behaving like bush donkey, zebra or antelope and live Nigerians alone. Musa Bello – +22789242175

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    • You started your comment well but missed it up along the line. there are a lot to this issue than just visiting. He might chose to visit any time he wishes. You should know he also has intelligent report officers who tells him when to take a particular action. More so I still do not understand why we do compare niger Delta millitant with BH. Before Niger Delta started militancy, there are a lot of calls for the destuction on their land. several calls for government to do something. Remember Ken Saro Wiwa was murdered in his call for Governemnt to rivive the Ogoni land. The millitant started when dialogue attempt failed. BH came with terorism from no where.I remembered vividly when they where called for dialogue by the president. I was one of those who was making gest of the president as coward unfortunately they turn it down. when the president changed and faced the fight with all his might they now want to surrender. Now if u are the president and u declare amnesty for BH who will you give the money to? Ghost or the Governors? Let them come out tell the whole nation why they strike,what they wanted and let government dialogue. Pls lets not be unreasonable. I will prefer a programe of relief for those who lost thier family, loved ones and property than amnesty for BH

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  7. The Prof speech was half good, he said they pick up arms to fight injustice, I would like to know if fighting injustice involves bombing peoples place of worship? How can the prof justify the killing of innocent people by boko haram and security forces? Secondly I also want to say dialogue is a great way of bring about peace but also when we glamour for amnesty are we saying that it is cool and right for every body to form his/her own group, unleash terror on innocent citizens and at the end get amnesty?
    I was just thinking loud

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    • Good morning Mr Jonah, because it’s still midnight where I live when I got chance to read your comment. After reading your comment, you had to make me reread the speech for the second time in ensuring that “I” understood the speech made by the Prof and to confirm if really we read the same speech on the same matter, and also to cross-check myself in making sure I wasn’t still asleep…fortunately for me, I woke up right from my first read and thankfully we read the same speech, so Mr Jonah, I can respond to your comment now…

      The Prof in no part did he justify the killings by BH . I no part of his speech did he say it was okay to kill. If you read the speech open mindedly, what you would have noticed the Prof was echoing was that a different thing approach to peace should be considered and adopted not the useless “STICK AND CARROT” method we have adopted from our masters “UK and USA”. This method of quenching fire with fire has and will never work, and to affirm my statement, ask Obama and ask the Afghans. After 10 years of war with the Taliban, the Americans are begging for a peace to sealed be before their abrupt withdrawal in 2014. Coming back to our main discussion, if you born before 2011, you will recall we were in a similar situation with MEND and debates were lodging on the same issue “Amnesty”. The same rhetoric was said and used against it by people like you back then. I can recall vividly president yar’aduas Speech when he referred to MEND not as the Kidnappers and terror group we were made to believe but as SONS AND DAUGHTERS and freedom fighters of our beloved country. The only part that the Prof ever used the word INJUSTICE was when he was referring to a global phenomena and was talking at a global scale. I am a Nigerian first and a Northerner second. When the pardon and amnesty was granted to the militants in Niger Delta, I was one of the happiest Nigerians at that moment. I never allowed my judgment and thinking to be clouded with Bigotry and Sentiments. BORNO WANTS PEACE, THE NORTH WANTS PEACE, NIGERIA WANTS PEACE, AFRICA WANTS PEACE AND THE WORLD NEEDS PEACE and if that peace will be attained by granting pardon and amnesty to BOKO HARAM, so be it Mr Jonah, so be it! and if this president is ever going to be serious on anything, it should be on restoring peace to good people of Borno and Nigerians by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. And a piece of advice Mr Jonah, PLEASE before you respond or post a comment next time endeavor to read and UNDERSTAND the piece first.

      With Love from your Countryman

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      • My brother, I still will be emphasising this issue of comparing Mend with BH. Mend wanted a revival for all the destuction in their land caused by oil exploration. When call for dialogue failed that let to the death of Ken Saro wiwa, they turn to adoption of millitancy. Can anyone tell us what BH is fighting for? Lets talk of Relief programme for those who lost thair properties and loved ones now. When Bh is ready to come out and tel us their reason for this terorism,then the government wil decide if Amnesty is best for them or other programme. If the government declear amnesty now who will they give those money to? faceless ppl or the goernors? this is another way to waste our tax payer money. At least we can see the ppl who benefited from Amnesty so lets know who we should rehabilitate.

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    • He said and i quote “what they Perceive to be Injustice” I Wonder How You missed That…. About the Innocent People casualty….. Guy Just read The Speech Again, but With an Open Mind This Time Around. Thanks!

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  8. In as much as prof.alkali speaks in support of peace I do nt buy the idea of compensation to terrorists.it is unfortunate that northerners tend to liken the crisis in the north to that of the niger-delta.if u compensate murderer’s wat happens to their victims? So far all the leaders of the north hav been canvassing for is compensation and rehabilitation of boko haramists with non of them talking about compensation to the victims of the attacks simply bcos they are christians. If dialogue can solve the problem it should b encouraged but it shouldn’t b paid for by the federal government by means of compensation.until these fools begin to kill their leaders like the ibb’s and adamu ciroma’s of this world and nt christian worshippers the fight against injustice is bullshit.

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  9. Foolish and self serving speech. How does amnesty bring back the several innocent dead? Make no mistake, Boko Haram is a cancer, and like cancer, it should be excised and not treated.

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  10. I have been one of those against any dialogue with the faceless group who take interest in destroying others in the name of a religious doctrine. After reading the Professor’s submission, I am beginning to have a change of heart mainly because I am convinced that our security forces are mishandling the crisis. The political leadership is also not helping matters by proving suspiciously tough when common sense dictates that he should listen to those who are the direct victims of the crisis.

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    • We have to be upright every time, and keep negative sentiments aside. This is not the issue of Muslim Christian exchanging words, but a matter of understanding ourselves as brothers. Thanks for understanding Kayode!

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  11. The address by the Prof is thought proving and a wise counsel to HE. No matter how bad a situation is, there is no crisis that is settled on battle field. The best form to resolve any crisis is dialogue. Yes it is undeniable that Boko Haram action is condemable but two wrong cannot change to right. No matter how we war war we will still have to jaw jaw. Round table discussion is the only way which is the principle of democratic governance. HE should call his think thank especially the security team and intellectuals to come out with best possible way out of the present situation. Though it is usually slow but it is the best possible way.

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  12. For Those of you comending the prof. This is not an issue of speaking english.Does the prof understand the situation in maiduguri he only came cuz of the occasion and is leaving immediatly afterward. All of you should get the whole statement made esp dat of the GEJ. Not dat of prof alone.

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    • adcabdallah, your statement just showed clearly who you are and how you were brought up. i will like you to know that foolishness is not an act but a behavior and yours have been defined by your post. unfortunately there are more of your kind out there

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  13. The prof is not very sincere, hear him “here you are dealing with people who believes they are fighting for an ideology not necessary religion…” Boko Haram have made it clear that religion and revenge have been the driving force. Going further to explain that the name Boko Haram isn’t their name tells you a lot of the sincerity of the prof. While I won’t contend with his intelligent and well written piece, I will certainly contend with his sincerity which is the major problem with our intellectuals.

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  14. Quite articulated…However, one thing that seriously baffles me is the fact that, no body, I mean nobody seems to make identify the families, kith and kin of the individuals that Boko Haram had innocently killed in the name of doing ‘Allahs Work” It is sad that some people use poverty to justify the in-humane act of the sect, while BH has publicly said it is fighting an Islamic jihad… As long as there is nowhere in the world that a negotiation is accomodated with Terrorism, I strongly recommed that instead of using Nigeria’s hard earned money to rehabilitate these elements, the Nigerian security forces should be empowered to nib the bud!

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    • If what the prof has said doesn’t get across to Jonathan then nothing will. He only went there to save face not to see anything for himself.But i pray the hardship he sees will touch him enuf to realize his actions or inactions as a president can compund or solve this disaster

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  15. Well discribe on behalf of ?. Prof d situatn is truely worrisom but d same community that re crying now praise & aid BH to success,we wil lik to knw since u re nt BH messenger on who’s behalf is ur message? cause u guyz first of all claim u cnt identify them so to whom shld pardon or amnesty be granted after taking so many innocent life & wit a mind set to take more?

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  16. My prayer is that God will give the President the capacity of vision and the spirit of discernment. The entire Bornu people have severally told him the way out of this calamity, the Northern elders have equally spoken. What does the president again want. People are being killed daily, destroyed, maimed, detained, oppressed, suppressed, impoverished and GEJ is still saying no to granting amnesty.
    Let him take any decision he wants. All I know is that 2015 is arround the corner and the people would have their say. And any attempt, this time to manipulate electoral votes of the people would attract serious resistance.
    God bless one Nigeria.

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  17. Yeah!Really there is nothing more than peace in any society,without peace there will be no progress at all.So pLs Mr.Presidnt try and embrace absolute peace in Maiduguri,Yobe,and other part of the country as well.For everyday is for the thief one day for the owner.So you have to be just,for only justice can bring peace to our dear country.We pray for peace and justice,ameen!

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    • Musa justice here should mean that those causing insecurity, merchants of death and religious minions who believe that Nigeria is their birth right and that every Nigerian should be a Muslim should be made to face the consequences of their actions. which is true justice. no man has the mandate or capacity to fight for God

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  18. What is clear is that we want peace for the people of Borno & nigerians. So far, the method adopted by the FG has not yielded any fruitful result & GEJ is not taking ne w advise. The question is how does GEJ intends to end this quagmire. The shot from his visit potrays Borno & Yobe as “war zones”, the clip were not ά good sight. Mr president, what are you doing to bring peace to Borno & Yobe? May Allah guide our leaders aright, amin. God bless Nigeria.

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  19. I cry for this country not because of how bad it has gotten to today but how great it would have been if we have truly integrated as a people of diverse culture,belief and heritage.It is paramountly important that as Nigerians we as a matter of urgency inculcate in our system of choosing our leaders the test of Nigerianess. Nigerianess means one’s depth of love for the country and its people regardless of tribe, religion, or social beliefs. That person must be able to demonstrate and proof beyond reasonable doubt that he has evidence or track record in true Nigerianess.For example proofs like his Ibo son marrying an Hausa girl and vice versa, his investments as a yoruba man spreadind from the east to the North, and him to have personally and intimately associated with people of diverse religious and other social background. He must not only represent all these, he must also be seen to have a stake in it all.It is then and only then that we will stop having insensitive and grossly irresponsible people as our leaders. Nigeria will surely survive.

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    • I don’t even know how to appreciate your comment. Nevertheless, thank you very much. More so, ………… that intermarriage matter you talked about is very good indeed.

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  20. Ironically, Mr. President hate the paper because he has been advised by CAN never to accept what the Sultan and people of Northest demaded

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  21. This speach is torching, as I read it my heart got weak. The bold and wise mode of this speach clearly stated that we still have strong and honest people in Nigeria. May Almighty Allah help us.

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  22. I read all your comments and all i see its why this country has never progressed, if young men like could have this myhopic views on issues that threaten the very existence of this country then am saddened that the future holds no better leaders for this country. As far as am concerned the profs speech is mere literature and the appeal made by him is meant to fool the president. We have islamic militias in mali, kenya, sudan and all over the world. Some one should tell me who is granting them amnesty, the elders in bornu and the so called elites have never. Spoken against BH on any occasion and you want GEJ to grant them amnesty, who’s is fooling who? The statement of Borno elders and the prof shows lack of sincerity on their parts. They are elders of the land, they are rulers in their kingdoms, and communities, they are father they should call BH, to order. BH is not a ghost but are sons and daughters of indigenes of these states. No militia group thrives without funding, those funding them are the ones fighting the GOV, those funding them should grant them amnesty. SENTIMENTS won’t take us any where. LIke GEJ said ” you can’t grant amnesty to a ghost” the elders started, formed and funded these militias, now it has gotten out of hand, they should solve! PERIOD. Task payers money is not for granting criminals amnesty

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    • U forgot dat violence will not solve the problem of BH. Since a whole ward is burnt down if one soldier is killed, tell me how many ppl ar rendered homeless as well as jobless and their chance of becoming member of this sect. The best way to solve this issue is thru dialogue. Some of us just talk without putting ourselves in other ppl’s situations!

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  23. The Prof’s speech represents the sentiments of most Northern leaders and indeed this is commendable considering the seeming imminent blackmail that accompanies anyone of hem who speaks for or against Boko Haram.

    Too, the extrajudicial massacres done by our security operatives in the North, nay Nigeria is worth condemning by any good-intentioned Nigerian.

    The speech, again, reiterates the need for empathy on the part of Mr President on his own people and shun ego for the sake of peace.

    But the Prof’s bias cannot also be missed. His clear and tacit blame of the escalation of the crisis on the president’s first order of returning fire is lubricious. Pray prof, if you were C-in-C would you have sent doves to the people killing your people!

    I also beg to differ that Boko Haram is a sociologist propaganda. It is a religious monster! The sorrow, tears and blood they leave behind is clear testimony. We know in whose houses the wailing was loudest. Maybe they hold an Islamic ideology deviant from your concept of norm, -and if they mean what they say, (trust me, Nigerians know BH always mean what they say!), BH says they are Islamists. Well?

    Even though compensating the victims of the military’s high-handedness may not be inappropriate, but what do we do to the innocent victims of BH madness? We wouldn’t be surprised if some BH guys get rich collecting from ‘amnesy windfalls’ and compensation for military action at the same time.

    GEJ may be clueless, but the Northern extremists have not cut him any slack. He may lean towards high-handedness if he finds that the aborigines would rather cooperate with the enemy within. Given same instances, most of us may do worse.

    Etc …

    On the whole, I still strongly believe that the Northern leaders are still the ones who can rein this monster in. Let them do it, and return our beautiful North to its path of glory and commerce and honour.

    Peace is indeed the ultimate, but we must also seek it in truth.

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  24. ‘Doctrinal and ideological’! Penny for the professor’s thoughts! Could he be telling us their doctrine & ideology justify the killing of non-Muslims in their places of worship in a constitutionally secular nation-state like Nigeria all in a futile bid to actualize a sovereign Islamic state? Is amnesty for a band of armed terrorist gang the ticket under the existing circumstances? While fighting in the creeks of Niger Delta then were Muslims ever attacked and killed? Were mosques ever torched or destroyed? Did the militants ever ask non-southerners to leave or show visible intent and desire to impose canon laws on Nigeria? I lend my voice to other voices of reason by calling for the immediate release and compensation if needs be for the victims of the JTF over-zealousness and excesses in the region. As for the real terrorists themselves they have long forfeited their rights to live!

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  25. I stronly feel peace is very important in life and we as a people should do what ever it takes to have it, if what will bring peace in the north is amnesty then let them have it,how long are we going to continue licking out wound I wonder? If we must survive as a people we have to look for a way forward and overlook at the past because as it is jtf is incapacitated when it comes to handling bh insurgency! For those who are busy looking at the number of non muslims that have lost their lives in this mayhem kindly note that more muslims have died so its not a one way traffic and how many more do you want to die before you will look at the way to peace with human face???

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  26. To all commenting BH is an islamic sect targetting xtians pls ans dis, is Thisday office a xtian newspaper office? is UN Building a xtian organization? Is BUK a xtain school or d police headquaters a xtian office or the police station in maiduguri a xtian office, Bombs exploded in schs, markets,and everywhere.I have no problem wit jonathan or d leaders atleast not as much as d negative bias mindsets of nigerians. Christians can’t even recognise not only their sons but d sons of their muslim neighbours r being killed too, northerners shoutin GEJ is their problem, GEJ 4getting d he is d president of Nigeria n untill divided dat includes d north. If u dnt leave in Borno, have not lived in Borno, have no family in Borno then u have no idea abt d need 4 amnesty as such dnt comment. My mom is from Borno, she was in d UN buildin wen it xploded she is a muslim.

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  27. I dont support the idea of granting amnesty to a sect that did not consider the consequences before embarking on futile mission of killing innocent people for no just cause. the Niger delta miltants had a point. You use the oil from their locality but did not develop any place. If by chance any of you happened to pass through that place in the nineties u will understand what i mean. Remember that the division already existed ever before GEJ became president.

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  28. You guys are just wasting your time. There is no hope with GEJ. What ever is happening in the North today, is deliberate and calculated to undermine the North. Even though I don’t believe the south and GEJ is not directly involved in what is happening, thier comments and in-actions speaks louder.
    One day we will have peace, but we will need the prayers and understanding of our Southern Brothers Sisters especially those who have been in the north and understands he politics that is going on.

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  29. i have only one question for the northerners calling for amnesty,were would the money come from or will the niger delta pay for a northern problem?its easy to call for amesty but who pays for it,if we tell all the northern governors to donate for the amnesty will they?the niger delta militants wanted there right…wat are bokoharam fighting for?

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  30. Hi Haamid.
    It a afternoon here in Nigeria after reading your response I to my comment, what I can deduce from it is that you are refering to me as someone from the Niger-Delta, but it would suprise you to know that am from the North as you and Kaduna state precisely.
    Secondly base on your understanding of INJUSTICE as used by the prof to be a global phenomena, does that exclude Nigeria? Besides that in my comment I did not mentioned any country, I use the word THEY.

    In addition to that you were comparing the militants in the Niger-Delta and Boko Haram(Though the Prof said that’s not their real name, and I wonder why he did not tell us their real name),for me I never supported the armnesty granted to militants in the Niger- Delta as I would never support any group or person that takes up arm against the state either the Niger-Delta Militants or Boko Haram, that aisde the militant in the Niger-Delta were not bombing people in their place of worship, markets, schools,media houses, police station, building such as the UN, but rather they wedge their war on the oil companies and the government but reserve is the case with Boko Haram.

    Mr. Haamid you did not answer my question, and I would like to ask you again, is it ok for me and everybody in other part of Nigeria to form our own group unleash mayheim on the citizens of Nigeria and at end get armnesty? Is it also ok for security forces to kill innocent people destroy lives and property in the line of duty and also get armnesty or pardon since they represent the federal Government?.
    Lastly I would like to let you know that yes we read from the same source we can’t understand what we both read equally, it is absolutely normal that we interprete it differrently or slight differently. I don’t expect you to comment in line of what I expect from you niether should you expect me to expect that you make comment that I expect to read.
    Have a wonderful day.

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    • Good morning Akufia Jonah,
      I don’t know why, but each time I get to read your comment, its always in the middle of the night where I live. I believe it’s just a coincidence. I will be lying to you Mr Jonah if I told you I wasn’t glad to have gotten a reply comment. pleasantries aside, let me answer and comment on some of the well thought facts you have raised. Frankly speaking, the thought of you been from Niger Delta never crossed my mind but at the same time,I was surprised to know that you are from the North, you caught me there!. In reference to my earlier comment where I understood INJUSTICE as the Prof referring to a global phenomena, Nigeria for sure is part planet earth and the universe as well, but there is a bit of distinction when talking about the world when your case study is Nigeria. From my understanding, the Prof was drawing a comparison with his case study (Nigeria and Borno), so my friend, my previous comment still stands on that aspect.

      Moving on to the issue of me comparing MEND with BH, I compared and will continue to compare them Mr Jonah and here are my reasons. Both MEND and BH are groups that were formed as a result of the injustice. I know some will demise me for that statement. MEND was formed as a result of the corruption and injustice that was directed at the people in that region by the oil companies and our government. While in the case of BH, one has to rewind his clock prior to 2007/2009 to know and understand what actually happened. BH used to be an Islamic group, community and society that believed and practiced its Islam different from what must of us are familiar with. Part of there unfamiliar believes included that Western Education is forbidden, and that my friend is where the name BH came from. You are from the north, I am you must have some background knowledge of Hausa. Please correct me if I am wrong. BOKO HARAM literal translation to English means WESTERN EDUCATION IS FORBIDDEN. They never said that was there name, it was a name given to them by the media, just like how the name ALQAEDA was created. If you want to identify someone or something, you need to identify him or them by a name, so the media choose the BH instead. I believe that I have answered a question you directed to the Prof regarding the name BH. So these group (BH,for easier familiarity)were leaving peacefully in there community in a village when the then Governor of Borno (Ali Modu Shariff) decided to implement a law that all OKADA RIDERS must wear a helmet. The some group members been defiant to that law choose not to abide by the law. I also know that some may prosecute them by their actions, but before you do, I will like to ask you this simple Questions. 1. How many times were u caught without seatbelt, even though the law says you should wear at all times when driving. 2.How many times have u parked in front of a sign that says NO PARKING. The list keeps on going, we know ourselves, we know better than anyone how many times you broke and will continue to break the law. I am sorry to say this my fellow countrymen, so as much i hate to say this, breaking the law is in our DNA. They (BH) are Nigerians as well,so they have it in there DNA. So they broke the law, and how where they prosecuted? Well we are all Nigerians and we know how our MEN IN BLACK respond, to cut the story short my friend, they were shot and some were killed from bullet wounds since BULLETPROOFING is not part of our DNA. A curfew was implemented across the State, but they needed to bury there dead within 24 hours, that was in accordance with the teachings of Islam. So they decided not to obey and on there way to the Grave Yard to Bury there dead, our MEN IN BLACK AGAIN! opened fire at a MOURNING CROWD with the dead yet to be buried. More died from that clash, that was the beginning my dear friend, that was the BEGINNING of what dragged us to our topic of discussion for today. The story is long and long, it included how they first demanded that the police officers responsible be prosecuted, but as usual nothing was done, they demanded the then governor to resign, and the last incident that may still be fresh in our memories ( killing of there leader extra judicially), to this day not a single police officer is prosecuted the hideous crimes that were committed against them. Have you ever wondered why their Handcuffed Leader was killed point blank in a police station before he could talk. Why was he killed in such a haste. I don’t have the answer, do you?.. And the most annoying part of it is the police officers that committed the crimes are not GHOST since most of commentators here like using the word. Now coming back to my earlier comparison between MEND and BH, I will make this simple analogy. Lets assume both Groups are mathematical equations with unknown “x”. These common factor “X” that is present in both equations is nothing but INJUSTICE. MEND and BH are both victims of injustice and both MEND and BH methods of seeking justice is not only cowardly but foolish at the same time insane. You can’t condemn killing and at the same time condole kidnapping and bunkering. I have to salute you when you disagreed with the amnesty to MEND. But in my earlier comment, I highlighted my delight when amnesty was granted to MEND because it brought an end to the militancy in the region, and if amnesty is what will bring an end to the killings and insecurity in the North,then Amnesty it is!. I will stand with you on this one my dear friend….THEY BOTH DON’T DESERVE IT!. I can’t touch on every aspect if not you will fall asleep while reading a comment. We have more in common than you can imagine. I don’t want this debate to stop on this topic, lets talk about other issues, this is the way we will come up with solutions. I will leave you my email if you are interested in further discussions. The email is (haamid384@yahoo.com). I respect your views, but we have to disagree in order to agree. In situations like this, everyone is a victim. You, me, he, she, them, we,….are all victims of not BH but Our GOVERNMENT.

      I will leave you with these simple questions “HOW DID WE GET HERE, HOW DID WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO GET INTO THIS MESS”. Brainstorm yourself.

      With Love from a fellow countryman.

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  31. Mr president need to reconsider his stand. He needs to out grow sectional politcs especially religious one.I recall that he has on several occassions called on Borno elders to suggest ways out of this mess and now they have done exaltly that. The only thing we expect from him is to do the right thing and that is unconditional amnesty and dialogue. Fire for fire as it is now has only help in creating more hardship, more aggrrieved persons againt the government and its security apparatus and hence more security challenges.

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  32. Did Boko Haram request for amnesty? Who is going to represent them assuming the government is willing to. Lets us call a spade a spade. The situation in Niger delta is different. Who is Boko Haram? Who will represent them? In case of Niger Delta, we know Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Ateke Tom, etc. But, B.H is faceless.
    Thank you.

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  33. well said but so many point were missing.no body should ever try compairing boko haram to niger delta militants.niger delta started their struggle with dialoge.they called the government to a dialog for so many years the state refused to listen to them. at a point the state started killing niger deltans. people like ken saro wiwa. and the rest.pushed to the wall.there was no other thing they could do than to take up arms against the state.so here you see that the state are to be blame.now come to boko haram.just from no where, for no strong reason they took up arms against the state and started killing innocent people.the state called them to come for dialog they refused.then the state went after them and started killing them.. so what the people should be asking the state is how to rehablitate people that are wonded by boko haram not how to grant them pardon.

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  34. Prof Nuru Alkali
    has spoken well. However, since he knows them ( militants as he called them) but they are terrorists, he can start the dialogue on behalf of Federal govt, at least let’s start from somewhere and from somebody like him too. God bless Nigeria!

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  35. Prof Nuru Alkali to his speech is one of the sponsor cos Delta Militant dont kill people they only kidnap and ask for ransom cos they were suffer and its there land Nigeris is making money that is why president dialogue with them why most government dialogue with Boko Haram if its happen am President i should have get Nuru arrested and all Boko Haram must kill cos they want Nigeria to turn to muslim country which is not possible and they give us bad name in the world to hell with them and there pleader Nuru

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  36. this issue is beyond amnesty, amnesty for what? on what basis. haba. this si absolutely different from the Niger delta militant example, which in it self is a wrong thing to do.

    In your write up you never mention the numerous churches and christains that were killed maimed and destroyed. what are you talking about?

    How will amnesty for Boko Haram bring changes to their Ideology, or what they are forced to bring on people.

    I thought you said they want to die… by suicide . good then the army and police is killing and maiming them at will( helping them to achieve what they want in the first place).

    Honestly Professor, your speech is about the most intellectually insulting and ugly summission I have seen or read in the last 10 years.

    Who will pay the compensation and rehabilitation and build the homes.

    this is a big shame you are making the whole of the north look bad, people will take this as tacit support for this untrained and fully armed almajiris.

    this is what have been said over the last 30 years, the north relish in training almajiris from sudan, niger, mali and chad… intergrate them and use them when the want to harm others now our dogs have turn against us.

    Is it not correct to say that Buhari and Atiku promised to make this government un governable for Jonathan. is this not what we are seeing.?

    what happened in Kaduna can only be a cynical coincidence, immediately Yakowa died the bombing and killings dropped drastically, because the new man is our fellow muslim? Ko ba haka ba.

    where is Maitatsine today, was it resolved with dialogue. imagine someone coming to rape your wives and daughthers … do you dialogue with him because dialogue is the new Fad?

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    • Mallam Aminu,
      You are very funny and timid at the same. Someone doesn’t need to be born yesterday to know that you are not a northerner or Hausa.. You think by using a Hausa name and using some FUNNY linguists will make you Hausa. Attacking the north and making it look like the northerners are divided and against a peace plan. Its soo unfortunate that people regard problem as a regional issue not national issue. People see this as a war between the north and the south. Grow up my friend, the world has moved on and you and your country are left behind still in the cloud of tribes. After 53 years of independence still no electricity, good roads, water, education is at ground zero…and still brainless people like yoy don’t see an issue in that. You don’t see an enemy anywhere but from your fellow Nigerian. Tribalism, sentiments and bigotry is what will kill us not Boko Haram.

      Next time have the guts to you use your real name like ME.

      Being a northerner doesn’t come by name or saying a sentence in Hausa, its much more than that. You are born with it, it comes naturally. DAKIKI KAWAI if you Know what it means.

      With Love a fellow countryman

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  37. Well said speech Prf.for those of u saying d prf is wrong he is sponsorn dem e.t.c.my comment goes 2 Akufia jonah,ojo dada,walexy,I dnt think u hav ever seen d 4 walls of a class room.wen people with profession are talkn u ppl shud seel ur big mushroom mouths.talkn of churches dat were destroyed how many buildns were destroyed? How many innocent ppl were dead? Even ur so called Christain brothers were caugth setting bombs in churches wat can u say abt dat? But every tym u want 2 speak u never speak justice ur selfish minds always tells u to bring sentiments. Dats wat u r taught in ur churches… Aminu as for u, u r a devil @ d same tym a hypocrite!

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  38. d word dialogue has to do with ‘two known people’. One on d opposing side while d oda on d proposing side. How can some1 dialogue wit an unknwn face (ghost)? Dats madness and uncalld 4!! If sm1 nids dialogue,d person nids 2 kum out fully or d leaders should do so. Dnt compare dis case with dat of niger delta cos there’s (their faces or d leaders) were veri visible.

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  39. I strongly disagree with U. “Boko Haram” deserves no amnesty. What they need is for their sponsors to accept defeat and talk to them to seize fire. Can somebody tell us genuinely what this group is fighting for other than politics? Am glad u said, I quote “The same can be said of Boko Haram. A group of private army allegedly created by former Gov. Amodu Sherrif to ward off the Peoples Democratic Party”. Though I don’t know how true this is,but if u can still remember the statements made by some ex- presidential aspirants during our then election, that (“if they don’t win, there’s going to be war”). With such statement, How are we sure that they are not the ones sponsoring the BH just to mar the government of President GJ. Why can’t they understand that the govt of this nation is not tied to one tribal group in this country. The stupidity in what this group is doing is that, Going by their mission statement “Boko Haram” which they are literaly in English telling us they don’t want western education, why then shld they be using the arms that was invented with the help of western education? They should have been using their bows n arrows. Why would they ride in cars or fly in airplanes invented by western educ? Otherthan using carmels n donkeys? They should justify their mission statement by leading with examples, and not telling us they believe in one thing while they are doing another.
    Government should stop encouraging group formations by granting Amnesty. Don’t negotiate with terrorists.

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  40. I strongly disagree with U. “Boko Haram” deserves no amnesty. What they need is for their sponsors to accept defeat and talk to them to seize fire. Can somebody tell us genuinely what this group is fighting for other than politics? Am glad u said, I quote “The same can be said of Boko Haram. A group of private army allegedly created by former Gov. Amodu Sherrif to ward off the Peoples Democratic Party”. Though I don’t know how true this is,but if u can still remember the statements made by some ex- presidential aspirants during our then election, that (“if they don’t win, there’s going to be war”). With such statement, How are we sure that they are not the ones sponsoring the BH just to mar the government of President GJ. Why can’t they understand that the govt of this nation is not tied to one tribal group in this country. The stupidity in what this group is doing is that, Going by their mission statement “Boko Haram” which they are literaly in English telling us they don’t want western education, why then shld they be using the arms that was invented with the help of western education? They should have been using their bows n arrows. Why would they ride in cars or fly in airplanes invented by western educ? Otherthan using carmels n donkeys? They should justify their mission statement by leading through examples, and not telling us they believe in one thing while they are doing another.
    Govt should stop encouraging group formations by granting Amnesty. Do not negotiate with terrorists Mr President.

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