Azazi And The Sinews Of Peace

By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi

It is not all the time policy makers in Abuja speak the truth or stay true to the oath they take before occupying a political post, which ofcourse is total loyalty and patriotism to the nation.

Infact, despite the intricacies bedevilling the country, most especially since the advent of the Jonathan administration, lies and deceit had taken center stage more than those of sincerity and truth. Two cases abound here when firstly, the current administration told shocked Nigerians about the existence of a cabal in the oil industry and for that reason, subsidies paid on fuel must as a matter of urgency be removed. Today, Nigerians are more convinced that all the hullabaloo about subsidy removal and its attendant benefit upon Nigerians had not taken a sincere path, what with the report coming from the House of Representative probe panel.

The other case in point was the judicial recklessness which led to the sudden removal of the Court of Appeal President, Justice Ayo Salami based on a National Judicial Council recommendation which found him guilty of impropriety in the discharge of his duties. Many Nigerians saw the insincerity on the path of the Jonathan administration when he refused to reinstate Justice Salami, despite another recommendation declaring that he should.

It is for this reason that the recent bomb shell dropped and statements credited to the National Security Adviser (NSA), General Andrew Owoye Azazi few days back went all the way to remind the vast majority of Nigerians how sincere very few individuals at the corridor of power could be, especially at a time when insecurity permeates most parts of the North.

It is quite shocking that despite the duties of the NSA which is totally apolitical and the purview of his office only within the presidency, he stirred the hornet's nest to an astounding public with his damning comment linking the security challenges faced by the country to the undemocratic machinations and machiavellian brand of politics of the ruling party.     

He did not spare the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, as he traced the origin of Boko-Haram's church, police headquarters and United Nations buildings, suicide attacks, senseless shootings and killings to the 'politics of exclusion of the PDP in the region.' Gen. Azazi was categorical about the fact that the source of insecurity unprecedented in the history of the country began 'when there was a declaration by the current  president that he was going to contest.'  

Gen. Azazi's comments has given many the impression that the current administration is fast loosing touch with the realities on ground and despite the billions of naira appropriated for the purpose of security which ironically is placed in the office of the NSA, goes to show that even the NSA is fed up with the Boko Haram menace and the way it had led to challenges for the country's security and stability.

Gen. Azazi's comments, even if by now the entire content must have been suppressed, was a bold attempt to tell Nigerians what went wrong and why things are the way they are today. It went a long way in pointing at when and where the headache began and pained the most, most especially those behind it. Gen. Azazi's damning comments reminds many of president Jonathan's emergence firstly, as an acting president and secondly, through a Doctrine of Necessity, as president. The comments highlighted the basic fact that despite the call by the North to have their tenure completed until 2015, the PDP with its politics of exclusion, forceful imposition of candidates and do-or-die tradition refused.

Because of greed, the penchant to grab power by all means and fight a dirty political war against political foes, the zoning formula which had always been used by the PDP to settle political and geographical cleavages was jettisoned. In a bid to permeat themselves in power, they turned a deaf ear to threats coming from a particular candidate who swore the country would not be governable if he lost the presidential election.

As if that was not enough, the recent elections held by the PDP to choose most especially the party chairman has continued to generate ripples and acrimony among members who were of the opinion that the winner, Dr. Bamanga Tukur was single handedly picked by the presidency without allowing a level playing field for others. Besides, the arrangement had given many the impression that it was a means to 'exclude' a former Vice President from contesting the 2015 election as both the PDP chairman and presidential candidate cannot come from the same geopolitical zone. Many also believe that the Bamanga Tukur emergence was a clever ploy to give president Jonathan a second term ticket come 2015.

Because the Boko Haram threats and extreme actions has defied concrete solution and fast becoming a national embarrasment, the NSA's comment couldn't have come at a better time. If truely the current administration is doing all it can to bring to a halt the crisis in the North, it must first admit as true what had been said before and then find solutions to the issues within the PDP in fostering party unity and inclusion.

Rather than castigate the NSA for coming out boldly to tell us what we already know, his comments should be used as a linkage towards getting the intractable Boko-Haram to their knees. Nigerians are fed up with empty solutions, especially weekly condolences from the president usually pelted at families and loved ones wounded by the Boko Haram bombings.

It is quite unfortunate that hawks within the PDP have been calling for Gen. Azazi's head as if the NSA is answerable only to the PDP. It sparks off nothing but sheer ignorance on the part of the PDP to view the NSA's comments as one-sided when many of those affected by the party's politics of exclusion cut across the country's ethnic divide. Where was the PDP when an incumbent governor in the South-South was not given a level playing field to seek for re-election, yet systematically schemed out of the gubernatorial party primaries?

The NSA's comments was a matter of national security which under president Jonathan has been going out of hand and if national security is threatened unprecedentedly at this time in our history, especially when our nascent democracy is just growing, it becomes a national problem which must be nipped in the bud. This exactly was what the NSA was driving at. The way and manner even the president reacted proved his loyalty was to his party and not the constitution and especially many of those who had been slain by the illicit act of the dreaded sect and who also had voted for his 'goodluck mien'.

As an imminent shake up comes to the fore in the president's cabinet, it is the belief of many that Gen. Azazi would be given the big stick, but the vast majority of Nigerians will forever give accolades and praise to a man who knew the truth and spoke it even when many would dare not. The NSA's comments had been etched on the sand of history and the families left behind by those innocently annihiliated by Boko-Haram will forever be grateful to him for identifying a teething national problem which if capitalized upon might as well get the dreaded sect out of the way.

Raheem Oluwafunminiyi, social commentator and political analyst, writes from Ibadan. creativitysells@gmail.com 

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Security Alert - Military Coup Imminent (1)


1. Imminent release of names of Boko Haram Sponsors
2. Ultimatum of 78 hours by Boko Haram to President Jonathan.

The above two incidents are related and should be taken seriously. The Northern Islamic cabal is desperate and very very dangerous at this moment. The ultimatum is related to a MILITARY COUP to be carried out by Boko Haram members in the Nigerian Army in Lagos and Abuja and of course the North. Blood shed in the military like in 1966 counter coup is imminent.

It is planned that The president WILL DIE in the coup. So also will the NSA, service chiefs from the south, senior military officers from the Middle Belt and the South and top Southern and Middle Belt politicians. The constitution will be suspended and Boko Haram brand of Sharia declared across the nation.

Names of sponsors known to security agencies should be released without further delay. NO MORE PROCRASTINATION. Decisive action is imperative.

Security Alert - Military Coup Imminent (2)

Names of sponsors known to security agencies should be released without further delay. NO MORE PROCRASTINATION. Decisive action is imperative.

This public revelation is ... but necessary because BH may strike first in order to preempt the release of the names of the sponsors. It is a race against time. Ironsi's procrastination cost millions of lives. History should not repeat itself.

THIS IS VERY VERY SERIOUS !!!

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reply to Raheem

Gen. Azazi is saying that the national constitution is superior to the PDP constitution, the implication is that Goodluck's presidential race is legal, those who rely on PDP constitution to say he shouldn't have contested are relying on an inferior law. Therefore those who created Boko haram to fight Goodluck are wrong and should be told so.In any case why kill University lecturers, students, NYSC members, traders, innocent men, women, and children while engaged in lawful activities as a means of addressing PDP's sin? How many PDP offices have they bombed? How can one justify the attack on the UN building in Abuja? How can can one rationalize the killing of unsuspecting innocent worshipers in many Churches in Northern Nigeria? The Niger Delta militants are beyond measure cleaner in their operations- they concentrated on those polluting the environment (a reality even the insane must accept to be true). And they were not faceless.

REFERENCE ASAZI ANDSINEWS OF PEACE

Reference the Asazi bombshell on ZONING which has become the talk of the town for the lame, we must be very careful not to create a mountain out of a molehill on a matter that has been foreclosed for long. Except a crook that would want to take Asazi seriously in a country ruled by constitution of the land. In our constitution, we have the Executive, The Assembly and the Judiciary as harbingers in the practice and interpretation of the constitution at all times.

That the PDP Members and or any Nigerian did not go to court to stop the Primaries from being held means that all Nigerians agreed and accepted the candidature of Dr.Goodluck Jonathan as PDP chosen presidential flag bearer.

That the PDP Members and all the Members of all the other parties including all Nigerians did not go to court to stop the Presidential elections for putting a PDP Candidate in person of President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, confirms overall acceptance of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as Presidential Candidate.

REFERENCE ASAZI ANDSINEWS OF PEACE

That the PDP Members and Members of all other political parties did not stop or go to court to stop the elections, confirms total agreement that all were set for the elections.

That the security agents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria gave security clearance for Presidential elections to take place.

That the elections took place and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan won the Presidential elections,

That the aggrieved parties went to court to challenge the results of the elections and lost the case.

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was inaugurated on May 29, 2012 as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ever since the elected President has been discharging the functions of president under the constitution.

The above clearly confirms that ZONING is dead and absolutely dead since the entire Executive and Members of the PDP did not oppose the golden change that took place, for every healthy Nigerian to compete and contest for the post of president of Nigeria.

REFERENCE ASAZI ANDSINEWS OF PEACE

In the light of the above the comments by Asazi is subjudice, contemptuous and grossly subordinate depicting an officer who is not conscious with current practice and therefore apart from its unacceptability, it is gross dereliction of duty tantamount to threaten the security of the state in his capacity as the national security adviser to the nation.

He should be re-assigned for sandwich course in the Institute of Strategic Policy Studies, to strengthen him the more in dealing with the Boko Haram issue positively and direct instead of behaving like an impotent man before the mbgn. Wake Up.

FELLOW NIGERIANS BOKO HARAM IS DEAD NIGERIA WILL BE GOVERNABLE AND SUCCEED BEYOND ALL IMAGINATIONS VERY SOON.

REFERENCE ASAZI ANDSINEWS OF PEACE

The above clearly confirms that ZONING is dead and absolutely dead since the entire Executive and Members of the PDP did not oppose the golden change that took place, for every healthy Nigerian to compete and contest for the post of president of Nigeria.

In the light of the above the comments by Asazi is subjudice, contemptuous and grossly subordinate depicting an officer who is not conscious with current practice and therefore apart from its unacceptability, it is gross dereliction of duty tantamount to threaten the security of the state in his capacity as the national security adviser to the nation.

He should be re-assigned for sandwich course in the Institute of Strategic Policy Studies, to strengthen him the more.

Kudos

I commend your fearless journalism,cos is really journalism with out frontiers.keep it up brother

Jonathan's enemy is more from

Jonathan's enemy is more from within than outside. With friends like Deri, Alison, Abati, Jonathan doesn't need enemies again. They are gradually pushing him to the bottomless pit of history. They don't tell him the truth, they fail to tell him that power is transient so far they are smiling to the bank.
With the way Deri copy and paste here several times, I strongly thing he's on pay as you paste package. I just hope one day he will drop his regional mind and nkwobi politics and think straight. His day hardly completes without visiting SR or mentioning Buhari's name. Comparing Buhari and Jonathan is like comparing apple and oranges.
Its not for you to admit that Mumu Jona is the worst thing that ever happen to Nigeria, its for history to judge.

THIS BRAZEN ACT OF HONESTY PUTS THE GENERAL IN HISTORY'S FAVOUR

Gen,Azazi has said his mind so those calling for his head cannot change a thing.The man is loyal to his country, not to any person or tribe,he clearly sounds fraustrated by the fact that the PDP the ruling party with all the power play is the percieved source of the recent violence in the country.
When a group of men who feel that they must be in power at all times issue treats like "making the country ungovernable",the alarm bells are activated,when a President complains that his government has been infiltrated by terrorist sympatizers,the alarm bell gets louder and when a government claims to know the masterminds of a violent insurgence without arresting them ,fraustration sets in.
Time will tell,facts will be made open,books will be written and leaks will take place,If the government becomes more transparent it will have fewer explanations to make in future.

very good writting.

am very suprise when i learned that d person dat wrote this article is from south, cos d article is completly devoid of sentiment. Pls. Keep it up.

(NEF), sometime in 2010

(NEF), sometime in 2010 warned Jonathan not to attempt to contest for the presidency because it would bring unpleasant consequences. Does that not sound ominous, given the present crises of violence? If you had the little pamphlet I wrote, I drew attention to what you are saying. I said, (he reads) “There is a group of extremely conservative elite in the North, Who believe like Ahmadu Bello that 9ja can only continue as one country if the North rules it forever. And they must have 50% of all benefits with no regard for equality and balance. When President Goodluck Jonathan in September 2010 declared his intention to seek the mandate of his party, PDP to contest the presidential election, a group that called itself Northern Elders forum (NEF) took full page advertorials in some national Newspapers and warned him that his contesting and winning would “undermine the peace and tranquillity of 9ja.” They described his intention to contest the election as ill conceived, ill advised.

(NEF), sometime in 2010

(NEF), sometime in 2010 warned Jonathan not to attempt to contest for the presidency because it would bring unpleasant consequences. Does that not sound ominous, given the present crises of violence? If you had the little pamphlet I wrote, I drew attention to what you are saying. I said, (he reads) “There is a group of extremely conservative elite in the North, Who believe like Ahmadu Bello that 9ja can only continue as one country if the North rules it forever. And they must have 50% of all benefits with no regard for equality and balance. When President Goodluck Jonathan in September 2010 declared his intention to seek the mandate of his party, PDP to contest the presidential election, a group that called itself Northern Elders forum (NEF) took full page advertorials in some national Newspapers and warned him that his contesting and winning would “undermine the peace and tranquillity of 9ja.” They described his intention to contest the election as ill conceived, ill advised.

Grammar Error

Mr. Raheem, you write very well. But you need to observe the rules of grammar as far as Lexis and Structure is concerned vis-a-vis the mechanical accuracy of your write-ups. You can not begin a paragragh with an injunction such as "because" which you did twice in this article. You are writing for the world to read. It is important to mind your language. Keep up the good work.

nice commentary to d social

nice commentary to d social issue on ground affecting our country...i only want to ask if u did vote dis same 'gudluck' @ d last polls?