Ciroma: A Sacred Cow Mocking Us - To Hell

Adamu Ciroma fits perfectly into an undercover profile of someone above par. He is an elite that sees himself as a royal Fulani and elder statesman no one would associate with terrorizing the helpless in a civilized society. But the real profile of the most devastating international terrorists is hidden under the same cloak of either a member of the upper class or of the highest religious saints that would never be suspected of abusing children.

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He was one of the illustrious evils that openly promised fire, hell and brimstone if Ebele became the President. Voila, he did and Boko Haram broke deadlier. Not only did Ebele admit that he was caught off guard and destabilized by Boko Haram, their victims had known that helplessly. Yet, the sponsors of Boko Haram are daring anyone to come after them. No matter how you try you cannot appease those whose only goal is that you fail.

Each time Nigerians cry about a disaster, the following disaster turns the previous ones into child-play. We are told that we have to fight for security before corruption. The fact is corruption is the root of our insecurity. It is now a game of chicken or the egg. Rulers by tulasi created insecurity for corruption to flourish. They are burning down the whole Country, starting from the North where women and children are losing their lives.

Security of life and property, religion or corruption has been merged into one and the same act. Anyone trying to fool us that one has to be solved before Ebele and his team could deal with the others is either fooling himself or does not know what he is talking about. If the strategy is to demonstrate that the Government cannot be destabilized or moved by threat of terror, the potential victims do not see chaos as a normal way of life.

The Northern part of the Country has been paralyzed with fear and surprise attacks in churches and mosques. Army and Police officers have been targeted apart from civilian women and children, yet nobody has detained Ciroma for questioning. If perpetrators of these deadly acts know that they are untouchable elites, those that admire them would not be deterred from following the footsteps of their mentors. Ebele is still infiltrated?

So far this old man that looks like death itself is still walking freely in Nigeria. General Aziza wanted some of these highly placed individual interrogated including former head of state General Buhari. As far as we know, Ebele chickened out. Each time they tell us there is no sacred cow, we know there are many. It is true that one has to get reliable intelligence before you interrogate a head of state. Briefings got from UN, US or who?

It makes us wonder if Abacha had more intelligence on Obasanjo than Ebele has on Ciroma. The public had information that Babangida has terrorists in every military organization in Nigeria and actually sent his boys to terrorist schools in Libya where Boko Haram and MEND trained together. This is public information available on the internet. If you cannot believe everything on the internet, it is a valuable source.

The domestic terrorist attack in Oslo Norway by Anders Breivik that killed 92 children because he wanted to save Europe from multiculturalism and that of Timothy McVey that had a beef against US Government, and so bombed building in Oklahoma City. Did those horrify us as Boko?. What they have in common with Ciroma’s boast, is the deadly planning without being suspected along the way because of their privileged status.

Lately, IBB and OBJ have offered to come to Ebele’s rescue but of course at a price, of a pound of flesh. These two men have plunged Nigeria into chaos for about twenty years and they are still waiting for President Ebele to ask them before they tell us what they know. In many societies that are going through half of what Nigeria is going through in the Northern part of the Country, it would be seditious to suppress such information.

No matter what you think about how well the President is functioning, there are people working day and night to give him a bad name so that they can hang him like a dog. If their motive is to throw him out of office before his time, they have Pastor Bakare to predict it. The irony is that the intelligence unit is more willing to interrogate a preacher on the pulpit that predicted OBJ was going to die in 1999, than confront who inspired it.

We have to wonder if President Ebele is appeasing the real culprits of gloom and doom in Nigeria knowing that no matter what he does, they want him out. These are the same people that asked for the resignation of his security chief and got it. They must have been inadvertently reinvigorated with a signal to others not to mess with them. He must learn that his adversaries will never wish him well; they made him honorary Boko Haram member.

The fear is Ebele may be digging his own grave by surrounding himself with those he thinks are the real shakers and movers of the Country, for peace’s sake. If Abacha could dare them by removing Dansuki, Obasajo could retire and dare them by tearing up some agreement on strategic positions in his cabinet, Ebele with Aziza can call off their bluff. You will never please a bully by sucking up to them, you confront them head-on.

All the cries of Ijaw about conspiracy to impeach, like those before him, or weaken Ebele can only work for lack of sustainable strategies to move Nigeria towards its potentials. If the people he leads see accountability, progress and changes in their individual lives as a result of what he puts in place, Ebele will remain the President. But so far, he has not lived up to what was expected of him as a thinker with a unique qualification.

This is not about his PhD, but about the thinking faculty he used to earn what everyone does not accomplish. Education is the one that structures our mind. If it is not applied to solve daily pragmatic problems, it becomes useless. Actually, Nigerians will use it against you. Even those without common sense claim education is not common sense. If they had common sense, they would seek education. Ebele did and must be decisive.



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Re: Ciroma: A Sacred Cow Mocking Us - To Hell
Counsel posted on 08-03-2012, 22:49:27 PM
Here is a very careful and delicate advice for Jonathan which may have confirmed what some people are telling him. The decision he makes will be his and his alone on which he falls or rises. So far most Nigerians know his actions or reactions are not working. It is time to change course. He is in a tenuous situation.
Re: Ciroma: A Sacred Cow Mocking Us - To Hell
Magic posted on 08-09-2012, 09:22:08 AM
Yeah, about time. Enough people calling for it.

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Boko Haram: Arrest Ciroma, Lawal Kaita - ClarkOn August 9, 2012 · In Headlines 12:11 am.. 7
BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJAâ€\"ELDER statesman and prominent Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, yesterday, stoked his campaign against Northern leaders over the activities of Boko Haram by asking security agencies to go after former Minister of Finance, Mallam Adamu Ciroma and former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita.

The former Federal Information commissioner, who challenged former President Ibrahim Babamasi Babangida to a joint public debate on national issues to ascertain who is actually senseless or senile, insisted that northern leaders must speak out on the activities of Boko Haram if they were not backing the group.

Reading a prepared text on behalf of Chief Edwin Clark at a Press briefing inAbujayesterday, Legal Adviser to the Ijaw leader, Kayode Ajulo, said that Ciroma and Kaita's comments before the massive killings could serve as substantial evidence against them.

The E.K Clark statement

The text read in part: \"Chief Clark's challenge to the leaders of the North is predicated on the misguided statements of some of the Northern opinion leaders since the inception of this administration. For example, in October, 2010 during a build up to the last presidential election, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, a prominent Northern leader promised to makeNigeriaungovernable if the President did not come from the North.


Chief Edwin Clark
\"And as if on cue from Lawal Kaita, several other leaders of Northern Political Leaders Forum, headed by Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, of which Gen. Babangida is a prominent member, followed suit with similar reckless comments which might not only threaten peace in Nigeria but also Nigeria's very existence.

\"Recently in March this year, Lawal Kaita issued another threat to the effect that the only condition forNigeriato be one is for the presidency to come to the North in 2015.\"

According to Clark, northern leaders must show genuine commitment, be proactive and speak out now towards addressing the challenges posed by the Boko Haram insurgency against the backdrop that precious lives of Nigerians were being wasted daily across the country in Borno, Yobe, Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Abuja and Bauchi among others.

On General Babangida's reaction to his public lecture last Wednesday, particularly where it was alleged that senses had since departed him,Clarksaid that the public debate or discourse with Babangida must be free of interference and prompting from aides.

He added: \"Let it also be noted, for the record, that Chief Clark delivered a one hour, 20 minutes lecture very coherently and articulately without having to refer to a written text. Nigerians stand a better position to judge as to who is senseless or senile as suggested by Gen. Babangida who can only make public utterances through texts prepared by aides and speech writers.\"

Insisting that the former military president was side-stepping comments on Boko Haram,Clarkurged Nigerians to ask why he had been silent for so long on the issue.

How it all started

The exchange of brick-bats between Clark and Babangida started last week Wednesday when Clark at theSecondStateof the Federation Lecture organised by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS inAbujaclaimed that some northern leaders were not speaking out against increasing spate of violence in the country.

He had specifically challenged Babangida and former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari to condemn the activities of the Boko Haram group that have claimed responsibility for the insurgency campaign in many parts of the country.

But replying the elder statesman on Sunday through his spokesman, Prince Kassim Afegbua, Babangida slammed Clark for not recognizing the historic role he played in unifying the country, just as he warned Clark not to crucify him, adding that with his age, what should be the cardinal posture of Chief Clark was to proffer solutions to the problem of insecurity in the country.

According to Babangida, \"we view this misguided and senseless statement in very bad taste and we take very strong exceptions to his drooling and implied conclusion.\"

Countering yesterday, the elder statesman, who described Babangida's statement as total insult and total misconceptions, said, \"the statements showed nothing but insulting miscomprehension and misconception of Chief E. K. Clark's innocuous expressed opinions and the challenge thrown down to the leaders of the North on the need to resolve the Boko Haram menace.

\"Ordinarily, Gen. Babangida should have joined many other Nigerians who applauded Chief E. K. Clark for crying out over the wanton loss of lives being experienced daily over the senseless killings ofNigeria's women and children, Christians and Muslims alike.

\"Chief E. K. Clark is committed to the unity ofNigeriaand peace within its borders. This was aptly demonstrated when some youths in the Niger Delta took arms against the Federal Government of Nigeria, resulting in the near total shut down of oil production; crude oil production which normally stood at 2.5 million barrels per day was reduced to 700, 000 barrels daily. Chief Clark led a delegation of Niger Delta leaders into the creeks to appeal to the youths to lay down arms and embrace peace.

How Clark ended militancy in Niger Delta

\"Chief E. K. Clark also went to the creeks with the then Vice President, now President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, particularly to Okerenkoko and Camp 5 (which was the headquarters of the militants), thereby laying the foundation for late President Yar Adua's amnesty programme.

\"Therefore, amnesty did not come on a platter of gold, but through the genuine determination of the leaders of the Niger Delta, led by Chief E. K. Clark. Today, crude oil production inNigeriahas risen to about 2.7 million barrels per day.

\"It is therefore imperative, irrespective of the name calling, to restate what was said at the NIALS lecture on the state of Nigerian Federation that \"Gen. Babangida and other Northern leaders must speak out, be proactive as well as demonstrate genuine commitment to address the challenges posed by the Boko Haram.\" This is more so as precious lives of Nigerians are being wasted daily across the country in Borno, Yobe, Sokoto,Kano,Kaduna, Kogi,Abuja, Bauchi, etc.

\"Chief (Clark) is surprised that Gen. Babangida would belatedly suggest that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan should use Moslem clerics, when he, by his experience, and position is fully abreast of what to do in the circumstances of Nigeria bearing in mind his exalted membership of the Council of State and his former position as President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of Nigeria. After all, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, a former President like Gen. Babangida not only spoke out strongly on this issue but went toMaiduguriin the aim of securing peace for the country.

\"The attempt to label Chief Clark as an ethnic jingoist has no basis whatsoever as he has always believed and maintained that no ethnic group should be a second class citizen in Nigeria and that no Nigerian life whether from the North or South, East or West should be wasted.

\"Taking regard of his age and stature, Chief Clark wants to state that he fully forgives Gen. Babangida whom he regards as a younger friend for the unfortunate statement attributed to him. If anything, Chief Clark holds the view that the thoughts and energy exerted by Gen. Babangida against him should urgently be redirected towards finding a lasting solution to the Boko Haram menace in the North.

A call for dialogue

\"It should be restated that Chef Clark has severally emphasized the need for dialogue with Boko Haram and other aggrieved groups with a view to resolvingNigeria's current security challenges.

\"It is in this vein that Chief Clark speaks to his good friends in the North, including General Babangida once again, irrespective of Gen. Babangida's threat of litigation, that they should openly condemn Boko Haram and join hands with the Government and good people ofNigeriatowards finding a lasting solution to the challenge posed by the Boko Haram menace. Any laxity on their part would, either wittingly and unwittingly, potentially put them out as accessories to the present security scourge in the Northern part ofNigeria.

''If this simple advice above is urgently heeded, it will save Gen. Babangida the need to wear uniform once again at the age of 71 to fight for the unity of Nigeria.\"

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/08/boko-haram-arrest-ciroma-lawal-kaita-clark/
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