Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign

The StandPoint has twice in 2011 strongly condemned the tepid, indecisive response of President Jonathan to terrorist acts in the country. However the siege on the country has continued unabated. Even after the United States Government issued a warning to Americans in Nigeria on the eve of the latest attacks, the government was still caught by surprise.

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In typical fashion, the responses to the Christmas day attacks by Nigeria's leaders have been remarkable only for their glibness and incompetence. National Security Adviser Gen Owoye Andrew Azazi (rtd) assured the nation with a straight face that the bombings were in response to "proactive measures" taken by security agencies against the Boko Haram sect. President Jonathan informed Nigerians that "the issue of bombing is one of the burdens we must live with." Apparently tragedy does not put brakes on the farce that has become our leadership. In addition to several other herculean burdens Nigerians are already living with, they must now calmly accept death by bombing as an inevitable package of being Nigerian.

It is now time to ask the Government of Goodluck Jonathan to either find immediate solutions to the scourge of sectarian and political violence, or concede to its incapability to respond to the emerging challenges facing the country, and resign.


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Re: Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign
Ph3y posted on 05-04-2014, 18:26:35 PM
I concluded long ago that this guy is incapable of acting or even resigning. He is being controlled by people. Clueless guy who lacks direction. Imagine us going round in circles on this issue of insecurity since the time this article was put up. How many more innocent lives willl be lost before this problem is fixed?
Re: Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign
Bunch17 posted on 05-05-2014, 05:53:11 AM
Nigerians sure love to jump on to a bandwagon.
Can we please define what "act" means in this case. When the JTF was effective in the North, I remember all those queueing up to complain about the alleged human rights violation by this the JTF. They have been disbanded now the BH have excalated their atrocities.

Jonathan did not kidnap those girls but reading comments about those events, it appears that those who committed those atrocities have been given a pass at the same time we are lining up to lynch Jonathan.

On another thread, people are comparing the BH with MEND, OPC, MASSOB. I guess out of desperation to make terrorism "reflect national character". They forget that at no point did these groups systematically target people of different ethnicities or minors.

Unless all these "actionistas" would like Jonathan to divide the country, their demands are misguided.
We are all living witnesses to those who threatened to make the country ungovernable for Jonathan should he run in 2011. These same
individuals have become both apologists for the BH and fierce critics of the government. They have become the people driving the bandwagons through print and electronic media.

COI: I will also want Jonathan to act. Unfortunately, form him to take the action I would like, it requires the majority in the SS, SE, SW and NC to be behind him. He needs to send the message loud and clear that one Nigeria is not a must, no group should hold Nigeria hostage and finally split the damned country.

Orkar was right.
Re: Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign
Mikky jaga posted on 05-05-2014, 07:23:18 AM
Jonathan should resign! The problem is the guy is so clueless, even the simple act of resignation is beyond him. IBB stepped aside when the going was no longer good and he found himself needing more and more dictatorial powers to continue to remain in power. OBJ abandoned the third term agenda when he perceived the massive opposition against his remaining in power under any guise whatsoever.

But Jonathan will remain till he is forced out, not because he wished it like that, but because he knows not how to do otherwise.
Re: Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign
Valteena posted on 05-05-2014, 07:34:27 AM
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Jonathan should resign! The problem is the guy is so clueless, even the simple act of resignation is beyond him. IBB stepped aside when the going was no longer good and he found himself needing more and more dictatorial powers to continue to remain in power. OBJ abandoned the third term agenda when he perceived the massive opposition against his remaining in power under any guise whatsoever.

But Jonathan will remain till he is forced out, not because he wished it like that, but because he knows not how to do otherwise.


Resign so your Buharam and his cohorts would have succeeded with their plan from get go. Btw resign for who, your Thiefnubu and Alhaji Buharam. Try and force him now. Keep on dreaming.
Re: Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign
Mikky jaga posted on 05-05-2014, 08:07:12 AM
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Resign so your Buharam and his cohorts would have succeeded with their plan from get go. Btw resign for who, your Thiefnubu and Alhaji Buharam. Try and force him now. Keep on dreaming.


I am not one to support a president just because of where he comes from or what religion he professes. I hold the president of Nigeria to higher standards than that. Let somebody else get there if he feels he can solve the problems of this country, not somebody that wishes to occupy some quota.

Jonathan has failed woefully to solve the smallest of Nigeria's problem, he should go. The presidency has overwhelmed him. All the years he has been warming the seats in Aso Rock he has not done anything that is above the pedestrian. Nigeria deserves something better than these. It also reflects in the quality of people egging him on. They have no idea apart from calling people names and claiming a complete failure must remain the president just because he belongs to their religion or came from their geographical area.

Who will succeed him will be determined by Nigerians and I do not care who that is as long as he too will be subjected to the test of performance and not what religion he professes. Nigerians want solution and Jonathan is not capable of providing any.
Re: Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign
Bunch17 posted on 05-05-2014, 09:34:46 AM
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Resign so your Buharam and his cohorts would have succeeded with their plan from get go. Btw resign for who, your Thiefnubu and Alhaji Buharam. Try and force him now. Keep on dreaming.


Val, don't mind the clowns. Resign and hand over to Gambo and in so doing meet one of the demands of the BH terrorists? But then again, he cannot hand over to Gambo or David Mark as they are all part of the office in the Presidency dealing with BH. There then remains only one option , hand over to the military.

People should be careful what they wish for.
Re: Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign
Valteena posted on 05-05-2014, 11:37:03 AM
QUOTE:
Nigerians sure love to jump on to a bandwagon.
Can we please define what \"act\" means in this case. When the JTF was effective in the North, I remember all those queueing up to complain about the alleged human rights violation by this the JTF. They have been disbanded now the BH have excalated their atrocities.


Jonathan did not kidnap those girls but reading comments about those events, it appears that those who committed those atrocities have been given a pass at the same time we are lining up to lynch Jonathan.

On another thread, people are comparing the BH with MEND, OPC, MASSOB. I guess out of desperation to make terrorism \"reflect national character\". They forget that at no point did these groups systematically target people of different ethnicities or minors.

Unless all these \"actionistas\" would like Jonathan to divide the country, their demands are misguided.
We are all living witnesses to those who threatened to make the country ungovernable for Jonathan should he run in 2011. These same
individuals have become both apologists for the BH and fierce critics of the government. They have become the people driving the bandwagons through print and electronic media.

COI: I will also want Jonathan to act. Unfortunately, form him to take the action I would like, it requires the majority in the SS, SE, SW and NC to be behind him. He needs to send the message loud and clear that one Nigeria is not a must, no group should hold Nigeria hostage and finally split the damned country.

Orkar was right.


You can say that again Bunch.

Here is a piece by Sobowale that is very apt me think.

QUOTE:
SUPPORT OUR ARMED FORCES FOR YOUR OWN SAKE - 1

\"God bless the Army and the Navy,....[the Air Force, and the Security agencies].

James and Horace Smith, 1775-1839 and 1779-1845.

James and Horace, one of the four sets of siblings to jointly author books, songs and poems, lived in an age when there was no air force. And those charged with intelligence work were called \"spies\" - a pejorative term which denied them recognition for the patriotic and dangerous work they were doing for their country.

Today, no country, with the exception of small nation-islands, operates without an Air Force; and even they operate with security staff. Nigeria is no exception. Irrespective of political affiliation or personal ambition, we must recognize that Nigeria needs its armed forces - now more than ever.

That also means that despite the difficulties we are collectively experiencing, and the setbacks we have suffered in the war against Boko Haram, our best option is still to support our men and women at the front and the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. We may not vote for Jonathan in 2015. But we must pray that they defeat Boko Haram.

The only other option is catastrophe....


Support our Armed Forces and security for your own sake (2)

\"A steady patriot of the world alone/ The friend of every country but his own. George Canning, 1770-1827.

From what one reads in the papers or on-line, or listens to on the electronic media, one might readily conclude that some \"critics\" of the Federal Government and the armed forces would wish that the country loses the war - just to be proved right that our men in uniform are incapable of winning this war.

They cite various hit-and-run skirmishes in which the Boko Haram had achieved success, mostly against unarmed civilians and kids in schools as evidence that we cannot fight and win.

Balderdash! I have bad news for those who think or wish Boko Haram will win as a result of these tactics - those who apparently love every other country more than Nigeria. No army, guerilla or regular, had ever won a war by killing or kidnapping civilians.

Victory for armed men, engaged in conflict, will always, be achieved by beating the other army. Boko Haram has not yet beaten, and will never, defeat our armed forces. Let me quickly explain.

\"The only battle that counts is the last battle.\" Richard Neustadt in POWER AND PRESIDENTS.

While only the Almighty knows when the war - and we are engaged in a war - will end, the final outcome is not in doubt. Boko Haram will be defeated - just like the Tamil Tigers and the other separatist movements which terrorized their nations for years. In actual fact, Boko Haram has already lost this war.

All that is left is the final battle. Because no patriotic armed forces of any nation had ever been able to defeat any insurgent group, receiving massive support from external forces, without years of \"blood, sweat and tears\", no leader of any country had ever been able to forecast, to the day, when the war in his country will end.

But, they are forced by circumstances beyond their control, mainly, the pressure from their people, to provide reassurances about victories which will end the war soon.

When President Bush, threatening \"shock and awe\", which he thought would bring the war in Iraq to a quick end, he never expected that more than eight years after he left office, and twelve years after he started it, the USA will still be fighting in Iraq.

The Boko Haran insurgents, who started this war, also must have miscalculated. Victory, which they expected would be achieved in a short time, had eluded them. Now, they are desperate. Out of desperation, they are now targeting mostly the civilian population.

All their recent attempts to attack military barracks had been aimed at rescuing their members captured by the Nigerian armed forces to prevent the captives from talking. Each had ended in humiliating defeat for them.

Rag-tag soldiers are never able to withstand professional soldiers in a pitched battle - unless they have overwhelming fire-power. Every loss represents a double blow to them. I will not explain that for now. But, they know what I mean.

To be quite candid, Boko Haram lost before the first shot was fired. If, indeed, their ultimate goal is to eradicate Western education from Nigeria, or even from the Northeast zone, it does not require the towering intelligence of a rocket scientist to know that, given any state of Nigeria for them to govern, they would soon realize the total isolation from the rest of the world that the state would suffer.

How would it conduct trans-national trade, sign treaties, draft a constitution, issue currency, join the global ICT etc, etc? Obviously, we are fighting with armed morons - not a disciplined army. And, that is why they will ultimately lose.

They cannot even govern a local government without all the things education had made possible. People without commonsense can cause major disruptions, but, they can never govern. That is why we must not only support our government, but, we must allow them to patiently sort out the mess they inherited from as far back as 2007.

The closest analogy I can think of is that of a parent who unfortunately has a mentally-retarded kid who also has a violent temper. The parent can't strangle him/her, out of annoyance, but still something must be done to stop him from harming others - or even killing himself. Who is the parent who can tell when that problem will be solved? Tell me.

However, we can help Boko Haram to prolong the war if we continue to heckle and demoralize our armed forces as well as the intelligence and security people who are fighting 24/7 to defeat these monsters. Let me point out some of the reasons why guerilla armies are difficult to engage by the conventional army all over the world - not just in Nigeria......

PLIGHT OF MINORITIES IN MULTI-ETHNIC STATES -2
\"Politics without principles\" Gandhi.
Question: What do the Okoroma, Nembe and Ogbia of Bayelsa State, the Bachama of Adamawa State, the Juguns of Benue State and the Orons of Akwa Ibom State have in common? Answer: they are all minority ethnic groups in those states which are dominated by one major ethnic group.

When Tivs, Igalas, Urhobo and Ijaws complain about the overbearing influence of the Hausa/Fulani, Igbo and Yoruba in the political affairs of Nigeria, they deliberately forget that in their own states one ethnic group dominates the others as much as the WAZOBIA group.

It will be far easier for ten camels to pass through the eye of a needle than for a Nembe to be governor of Ijaw-dominated Bayelsa State, a Jugun of Benue or Oron of AKS. We knew from Gandhi that politics without principles is destructive.

When in 2010 the nation was confronted with upholding zoning or merit, as the principle to be adopted for selection of candidates, most southerners opted for merit because of Jonathan. Now, back at home in 2014, we are clamouring for zoning....

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Re: Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign
Mikky jaga posted on 05-06-2014, 10:38:06 AM
I am joining Madam Patience to pray that Shekau will not carry out his threat to go after Mr. President next as his victims of kidnapping continue to increase on a daily basis. I pray that the US will live up to its responsibility of protecting our nascent democracy and defend it against those unruly fellows called Boko Haram.

Our President is such a gentle and jolly good fellow. He cannot even hurt a fly. Why Shekau threatens to go after him is what I do not know. He should please go after hardened criminals like himself. Our President must not be hurt o. There is God ooo!
Re: Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign
Ph3y posted on 05-06-2014, 17:46:28 PM
#Bringbackourgirls
#Takeourfirstlady
Re: Terrorist Siege: Jonathan Should Act Or Resign
Exxcuzme posted on 05-06-2014, 17:56:48 PM
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#Bringbackourgirls
#Takeourfirstlady

I just watched on CNN how Madam Umbrera was shedding crocodile tears like the illiterates women in my hometown that would come to sit and eat whenever someone dies. As soon as they see someone coming, they would bust into loud wailing and you hardly see any tears coming down. Suddenly they stop the wailing in unison to go back eating their Amala and ewedu. Bunch of buffoons.
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