AGAIN - Terrorism Is A Big Deal, President Jonathan
We strongly condemn the terrorist activities in our country. And we condemn, with equal vigor, the tepid, indecisive response of President Jonathan to them.
Nigerians have a right to expect to hear promptly, decisively and authoritatively from their rulers during periods of crises. And they have a right to responses devoid of platitudes and empty rhetoric. In 2010 alone, Nigeria witnessed horrendous massacres and bomb blasts in Jos, Abuja, Bayelsa, Warri and Maiduguri that were eerie reminders of the high-profile assassinations in the country.
Despite routine pledges by the government following each event, no one has ever been held accountable. We know, however, that they were not committed by ghosts. The killers and plotters are among us, and unless the government begins to prosecute these ruthless perpetrators, it would be held to be incompetent, an accomplice, or both.
We believe that if the security agencies are failing, they should be reorganized, beginning at the very top. They should then be given a time-limit to identify the forces and intent behind these terrorist activities.
Terrorism is a big deal. The President should treat it as such.
The StandPoint is the consensual position of the NVS editorial board.
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Road accident: Unaccountable
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Who is a terrorist?
Authority terrorism pass armed robbery
Let the masses talk. And even the masses must talk in limited fashion. But these Government terrorists should shut the f up.
And is it not Johnathan who has paid Southern terrorists billions $$$? He better get talking with the North right now!
Source News Headline: FG To Review Strategy On Boko Haram
Dear President Jonathan and all Nigerians:
There can and should have been only one strategy against Boko Haram and terrorism in Nigeria: Zero Tolerance policy. I don't understand why a potentially reviewable policy was adopted in the first place while having to deal with the onset of a very dangerous brand of terrorism. The policy should have been to kill it dead without any wiggle room for any terrorist to flourish.
Given the fiercely competitive electoral processes leading up to the President's election, given the history of how terrorism (by way of extreme militancy) engulfed the Niger Delta region in a very short order, given the levels of socio-political development across the country.... it is a given, and an expectation, that some politicians, groups and fringe elements amongst us will sow and nurture terrorism.
So, what do we do? Avoid pampering terrorism with poor and failing strategies, but vigorously go after the social cancer before it spreads. Spread it will, if we fail to adopt a Nigerian equivalent of the US Patriots Act complete with a Homeland Security Ministry that could be a re-designed/oriented Internal Affairs Ministry. Let us copy what works, customizing same to work well in Nigeria and for Nigerians.
As part of the Zero Tolerance policy, the NASS must seriously consider a constitutional amendment for States to be able to create and manage their Police units/departments. There is absolutely no reason to postpone that important legislative action; there is no way existing law enforcement agencies, with present constitutional and law enforcement infrastructure, can effectively check rising trends of terrorism. What will we do when terrorists improve tactics and are able to effectively work social media networks for widespread devastation and other effect? Are we thinking? Is anybody thinking?
I don't know what it will take to drill in that truth into the minds of some of our leaders... but, a word is always enough for the wise. Let the Presidency and the Legislature be wise in this matter or they'll regret their inaction if status quo lingers through the next 9 months. Note that I always try to predict with 90-100% accuracy based on facts, observations and reasonable projections.
So far, failure to allow States design and implement cutting edge law enforcement approaches according to their unique public safety needs is costing some States a lot of money, socio-political capital, lives and nagging administrative headache.
That is the simple truth!
But do you agree with the $$$ Billion tolerance approach that was given to MEND( who killed 1000s more in and out of Nigeria)?
NVS: "Despite routine pledges by the government following each event, no one has ever been held accountable."
Didn't Boko Haram allege that over 200 of its members are being held all over the country?
There was a side of the prism reflecting militancy in forms of restiveness and terrorism. There is (not was) another side of the prism reflecting necessary clamor for long forsaken rights, justice and equity.
Unfortunately, it is (not was) the entire prism that continues to reflect a $$$billion tolerance until the Feds/NASS know how to correctly make and apply laws for justice and equity due fellow Nigerians of/in the Niger Delta region.
So far, we are trying to refract away restiveness and terrorism from that prism. But, make no mistake about the fact that until there is adequate provision for true federalism by way of resource management and ownership rights, the prism will continue to tolerate $$$ billions that must pay for widespread blights, ecological devastation and other compensations due the good people of the Niger Delta.
You see, superego, wrong and stupid decisions can incur huge monetary and other costs. In Akwa Ibom State, govt. is spending a great deal to boost federal law enforcement and public safety needs because of a wrong and stupid constitutional provision that makes it impossible for AKSG to create and manage its "uncommon" law enforcement unit customized to adequately meet emerging violent crimes trend in the State.
The State is primed and cured for massive development; it has plans to create and become a major industrial/economic hub in the Gulf of Guinea. In order for those things to happen, Akwa Ibom State must become an oasis of public safety able to attract the quality and number of FDI and local investors needed for the planned statewide industrialization policy already flagged off.
Therefore, public safety becomes a front burner issue that must be taken care of. Handicap caused by the Constitution and unwillingness by the Feds/NASS to stabilize national security becomes a major problem undermining the State's resolve to grow and develop.
That is not fair!
Spoken as a true Delta man.
Basically u say- you support MEND terror in getting the $$$ Billions from Government until Government does what's right for the good MEND people.
OK. No qualms.
So my shock is- why do you not say same for the good people of the North?
Point of correction......it's not as if the security agencies are failing.....they've been programmed to fail from the get go...every pun intended......
1. What happened to all the security reports received and submitted to govt?
2. The President last yr claimed to know those who perpetrated the October 1st evil...
3. Why is this govt unable to act?
4. The UN received security report of impending attack B4 it happened...how come the Presidency didnt know?
5. Why is it so difficult for the govt to tell us the truth?
6. What's Henry Okah being charged of again?
7. Which of the Boko Haram units/cell has been attacking the nation?
I wont ask for the Joint Chiefs resignation cos......it is becoming very clear that there's an agenda somewhere.....of profound magnitude.....
Am i pissed? Yes very......so are all Nigerians.....
" wont ask for the Joint Chiefs resignation cos......it is becoming very clear that there's an agenda somewhere.....of profound magnitude....."
Good, good, Emj.
Ghaddafi Suspected in the bombing of UN building in Abuja
Posted by adminAfrica, Boko Haram, National Politics, Top Stories, United NationsSunday, August 28th, 2011
Ousted/Disgraced Leader of Libya
Available details on Saturday showed that the bomb blast inflicted on the UN office in Abuja on Friday by the Boko Haram sect was part of the global activity of the dreaded Al Queada group to mark the 10 anniversary of the bombing of the American twin towers on September 11, 2001.
Sources confirmed at the weekend that the Nigerian intelligence networks actually shared the intelligence during the week and that while everyone was at high alert, the UN office was apparently not seen as a possible target.
It was confirmed that leaders of the Al-Queda group had concluded on a number of steps to take to mark the first decade of the bombing of the twin towers in the United States, which left over 3,000 persons dead.
Sources also confirmed that the dreaded group has the Boko Haram as its ally in Nigeria and that the sect was briefed on the steps to take in celebrating the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
During the last week, information came out that the Al-Queada group was planning to mark 10 years of 9/11 and that as a result of the celebrations, some activities must take place in different parts of the world, a source stated.
It was gathered that Boko Haram operatives, who had been collaborating with the Al-Queada in recent times, saw no difficulty in taking up the challenge.
It was also confirmed that having been cut short in its plan to mark the first anniversary of the death of its leader, Muhammed Yussuf in July, the Boko Haram decided to make the anniversary of 9/11 a top priority.
The source, however, stated that a fresh manhunt has begun for suspected leaders of the sect who are seen as bankrolling its operations.
It was gathered that President Goodluck Jonathan is unhappy with the management of bomb blast cases by the police.
A source said that while the president expected the police to make moves and prevent the spread of suicide bomber after the June 16 bomb attack on police headquarters in Abuja, the police apparently sat back and continued to tell the nation that the June 16 incident was not a suicide attack.
It was also gathered that the president was really angry that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Hafis Ringim, could not place the issue in clear perspective.
Nine UN staff die in attack
The United Nations (UN) country team in Nigeria has confirmed that nine of their colleagues were killed in the deadly bomb attack on their building in Abuja, on Friday, saying that the team was assessing the full impact of the incident.
According to a statement by Agathe Lawson, the acting Resident Coordinator for the UN system in Nigeria, made available to Sunday Tribune in Abuja, on Saturday, UN has continued with its efforts to ensure that the people affected are receiving medical care and support.
It revealed that the UN building in Abuja included 26 United Nations agencies and about 400 staff, saying that the bomb caused extensive damage to the entire building.
It said, The UN is still assessing the human toll. Nine UN staff members are confirmed dead and many dozens are hospitalized with injuries. This figure does not include the deaths of any non-UN staff, including security and visitors. The casualty numbers may change as the UN continues its assessment and more information flows in from hospitals, staff and their families.
These deaths and injuries are a grievous blow to the UN family and our national partners. We have lost motivated, bright, selfless people who were working only for the good of Nigeria and the world. Our priority now is to ensure those who are injured and the families of those who died are cared for.
Our second and urgent priority is to ensure the UN operations continue. We will not be deterred in our mission to work to improve the lives of Nigerians. This is why we are here, the statement said.
Ghaddafi may be involved
Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, former special adviser on National Assembly matter to former president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, has said the bombing of the United Nations Headquarters (UN) in Abuja may be linked to the deposed Libyan leader, Mohammed Ghadaffi, who may not be happy with the position of President Goodluck Jonathans recognition of the rebels.
This is just as he said the attack may not stain Nigerias relationship with international community, as it would even strengthen it.
He also ruled out the possibility that the Boko Haram may be responsible for the bomb attack, adding that Ghadaffi may have also carried out the attack based on the same recognition of United States as well as huge amount of money the United Nations promised the interim government in Libya.
Making the assertion on Saturday while speaking with pressmen on the suicide bomb attack, the elder statesman said there was every reason to suspect Mohammed Ghadaffis connection to the attack.
He noted that Nigeria and the United Nation had taken a stand that may not have pleased Ghadaffi.
He, however, stated that President Jonathan had every right to speak on the stand of the country on any national issue.
UN top shots arrive Nigeria
Following the Friday devastating suicide attack at the UN headquarters in Abuja, the spokesman of the international body in Nigeria, Charles Nosa Osazuwa, has said the Deputy UNs Secretary General, Asha-Rose Migiro and UNs security chief, Greg Starr, would arrive the country on Saturday night to ascertain the level of the attack and also commiserate with the people of Nigeria.
The UN chiefs, who are expected to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and convey the message of the international organisation on the suicide attack to the president, were dispatched by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, who has strongly condemned the attack.
President Goodluck inspects bombed building
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan and many other national leaders have condemned the attack, calling it barbaric and inhuman.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who inspected the scene of the bomb blast, on Saturday, vowed in a statement to hunt down the culprits, assuring the nation that the nations security forces were on top of the situation.
In a brief exchange with correspondents, he said, One thing is very clear, terrorist attack on any individual or any group is a terrorist attack on the rest of the world, it not just about the UN office in Nigeria.
We will work with the UN and all the world leaders. Of course, many of them have contacted me between yesterday and today, Jonathan added.
On the possible damage the UNs headquarters bombing incident may have done to the image of Nigeria in the international community, Jonathan regretted it but added that it was what happened anywhere in the world where there had been terrorist attacks.
Other national leaders condemn attack
Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, has similarly described the attack, saying it was a heinous act against humanity.
Speaking through his media spokesman, Prince Kassim Afegbua, the former leader said the attack was pathetic and disturbing.
While proffering solution to the attack, which he described as a sad development, Babangida urged every well meaning and patriotic Nigerian to rise to the occasion with a view to finding a collective and enduring solution to the dastardly act.
According to him, It is very pathetic and disturbing to see this kind of dastardly act taking place before our very eyes. We have stated in the past that we have to improve on our information gathering methodologies, so that we could arrest this ugly trend once and for all.
Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has also condemned in strong terms the bomb attack that rocked the United Nations building in Abuja where several people were killed and many others injured, describing the attack as a barbaric and dastardly act.
Reacting to the unfortunate incident, Governor Ahmed said the attack was a national disgrace and assault on the United Nations and the personality of Nigeria as a nation.
He, therefore, advised the Federal Government to take the issue of security more seriously, noting that the present state of insecurity in the country was far becoming unacceptable.
Alhaji Ahmed, who expressed his heartfelt condolences to the UNs Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, members of the UN and families of the victims of the bomb blast, appealed to those responsible for the wicked act to retrace their steps before nemesis caught up with them.
Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has similarly expressed shock over the news of the bombing of the United Nations office in Abuja.
Aregbesola, in a statement signed on his behalf by his media aide, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, said the situation was an indication that security situation in the country had degenerated.
The governor condemned the dastardly act and urged the Federal Government to take urgent and decisive steps to protect lives and property of its citizens as well as that of foreigners.
He stated that the bombing of the UN office was a national disgrace, which was capable of discouraging foreign investments, at a time when there ought to be an aggressive plan to revive the nations economy.
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State also flayed Fridays bombing of the United Nations (UN) house in Abuja, describing the development as a negative signpost for Nigeria, which should necessitate a more serious approach.
Governor Fayemi, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, urged The leadership of the country not to view the dastardly act and the growing spate of violence in the country as purely a local issue.