Boko Haram Will Damage The North Politically, Possibly Disintegrate Nigeria

Malcolm Fabiyi
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Malcolm Fabiyi

Geopolitics is the social science theory that analyzes the relationships between politics and geographical territories. It provides an understanding of the links between political power and economic, demographic and geographical factors.  When predictions are made about what might happen in foreign affairs, or in the political dynamics of nations at a future time, geopolitics is the primary tool used for such analyses. The suggestion by foreign security agencies that Nigeria could disintegrate by 2015 is based on geopolitical analyses.

Politics in Nigeria is an ethnic and regional affair. In other words, Nigerian politics fits neatly into the geopolitical model. This has always been the case since the first Republic when three regional parties dominated Nigerian politics. Since 1999, a de facto six (6) regional geopolitical structure has defined the political space in Nigeria. Currently, all the major political parties use geopolitical zoning principles to select candidates for elections, and to allocate offices and positions.

In Nigeria’s zero sum political system in which winners-take-all, and patronage flows from the top downwards, the top geopolitical prize is the Presidency.

Geopolitical considerations require that the political actors who represent the political interests of the cleavage centers (the six geopolitical zones) will actively cultivate strategies that assure that they have dominance over the structures of power. The most successful of these strategies - dominant strategies as they are called – will become the major plays that will be used by political cleavage centers as they struggle for power.

The dominant geopolitical strategy of the 4th republic has been the use of ethnic militias to capture power centrally. That strategy has been remarkably successful. It ensured that a Yoruba President emerged in 1999, and led directly to the emergence of a minority Vice President from the South-South region in 2007.
The June 12 struggle was partly a philosophical debate about the role and nature of democracy in Nigeria, and partly a geopolitical struggle for relevance by the Yoruba.

The response of the Babangida and Abacha juntas to the crisis that followed the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections underscored the recognition of the geopolitical implications of that conflict. Abiola’s certain victory would have certainly advanced Nigerian democracy, and it would have been a clear geopolitical boon for the Yoruba. To douse the geopolitical urgency of the June 12 crisis for the Yoruba, Babangida installed Ernest Shonekan, a Yoruba of the same Egba extraction as Abiola, as head of the Interim Transition Government. When Abacha eased out Shonekan’s transition government a few months later, it was Oladipo Diya, another Yoruba man from Abiola’s Ogun State, that he selected as his deputy.

In time, the philosophical debate about democracy and its place in Nigeria, which was initiated by the June 12 crisis, fizzled out but its geopolitical essence was retained. The June 12 movement soon came to be seen increasingly as a Yoruba Struggle. The OPC was formed in 1997, as the June 12 struggle progressively devolved to its geopolitical essence. The emergence of groups like Afenifere and the OPC represented the crystallization of the most extreme geopolitical aspects of the June 12 struggle. It was clear that the Yoruba geopolitical struggle would not cease until the egregious wrongs done to the Yoruba by the annulment of June 12, 1993 were righted by the emergence of a Yoruba man as the legitimate President of Nigeria. As the 1999 transition to democracy dawned, the threat of secession by the Yoruba, and the emergence of the O’dua People’s Congress (OPC) militia as a paramilitary outfit that could give muscle to those separatist aspirations compelled the Northern elite and the major political parties to unanimously agree on the exclusive adoption of Yoruba candidates for the Presidency.

It can be argued that without the OPC and the threat that it posed to the unity of the Nigerian nation, Olusegun Obasanjo could never have become President in 1999.

The North’s attempt at taming the geopolitical implications of a Yoruba Presidency was to opt for a “balanced” South Westerner, who could be used to rule by proxy and relied upon to facilitate the transfer of power to the north. Obasanjo, a Yoruba man whose handling of the 1979 elections had demonstrated his capacity for acting beyond the confines of tribal and regional geopolitics, was a reasonable choice for the North to settle upon.

Within a few months of Obasanjo’s swearing in, it had become crystal clear that the expectation of the Northern elite that they would rule by proxy through Obasanjo had been a huge miscalculation. Obasanjo’s immediate actions in office emasculated the North politically. The sweep of all military officers that had held political office between 1985 and 1999 disproportionally affected the North since that region had held a dominance of power and privilege in the Nigerian military. Obasanjo’s increasing appointment of Northern minorities and Christians to positions typically reserved for “core Northerners” caused the reemergence of rifts between the so called “core North”, minority Northerners, Christian Northerners and the Middle Belt zone. The notion of a monolithic North was increasingly being exposed as a fallacy.

The North was losing out politically and it needed to stem the tide. The response of the Northern political elite was swift. Sectarian separatism via the adoption of political sharia, a limited form of secession, was their tool of choice. In January 2000, Zamfara made the first move towards political Sharia, and by 2002, the twelve (12) Northernmost States in Nigeria had instituted Sharia law in varying degrees. Thousands were killed in the ethnic and sectarian conflicts that ensued.  As a geopolitical tool, political sharia worked wonders. Obasanjo’s government took less drastic actions that threatened the North, and the region was ‘carried along’ more by the OBJ regime.  

The geopolitical stakes were further raised when the Naaba led, Northern dominated, National Assembly attempted to impeach Obasanjo in 2002/2003 on the pretext of his government’s handling of the onshore-offshore dichotomy issue. What many do not realize was the role that geopolitics also played in preventing Obasanjo’s impeachment. The National Assembly only dropped its plans to impeach Obasanjo and pave the way for Atiku’s takeover of the Presidency when Afenifere under Pa Abraham Adesanya’s leadership threatened to precipitate a constitutional crisis if Obasanjo was removed from office. The behind the scenes maneuverings that took place during this period are worth recounting.

The geopolitical arrangements that followed the 1999 elections allocated the Presidency to the South West, the Vice Presidency to the North East, the Senate Presidency to the South East and the Speakership of the House of Representatives to the North West. When the first speaker of the House, Salisu Buhari was impeached, his deputy, Chibudom Nwuche was passed over for Ghali Naaba, another Northerner, in accordance with the extant geopolitical compromise. A similar scenario played out in the Senate. When Evans Enwerem was impeached, his deputy Haruna Abubakar was passed over, and the South Eastern Senator Chuba Okadigbo became Senate President. Following Okadigbo’s impeachment, another South Eastern Senator Pius Anyim became Senate President. All of these arrangements were extra-constitutional.

Afenifere’s geopolitical threat was simple: if Obasanjo was impeached, the Yoruba would request a special election, limited only to candidates from the Southwest region, to produce Obasanjo’s replacement – in accordance with the geopolitical compromise of 1999, and in line with the precedents that had been set in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The impeachment plot quickly unraveled when it became clear that it could not possibly yield the desired outcome.

By the time of Obasanjo’s departure in 2007, the pendulum of power had swung back to the North. The Traditional geopolitical considerations in Nigeria would have ensured that Yaradua’s deputy would be a person of Igbo extraction. However, between 1999 and 2007, the geopolitical dynamics of Southern Nigeria had been radically altered by the emergence of MEND and other allied South-South militant groups.

The Egbesu emerged as one of several militant youth groups that played key roles during the Ijaw-Itshekiri-Urhobo crisis. The major political actors in the South South region saw the potential that some of these groups offered not just for the harassment and intimidation of opponents, but for enhancing the geopolitical relevance of the South South. Governors like Peter Odili, James Ibori and Diepreye Alamieyeseigha courted, financed and aided these groups. In time, the militancy of the Egbesu and other South South militant groups began to stray beyond the local politics of the South-South States and were more strategically directed towards geopolitical questions of resource control. The end result was that within the eight years from 1999 to 2007, the disparate groups had fused into MEND, and their activities had resulted in the ascendancy of the South South, and in particular the Ijaw nation, as a major center in Nigerian geopolitics. The Niger Delta crisis was essentially a geopolitically induced conflict, and its resolution required the inclusion of the South South in the center stage of Nigerian politics. Without MEND, Goodluck Jonathan would not have been Yaradua’s Vice President. Without Jonathan’s stint as Yaradua’s deputy and his eventual elevation to the Presidency following Yaradua’s death, he would not be President of Nigeria today.

Boko Haram began life in Borno State in 2002 as a religious group that enjoyed the patronage of Governor Ali Modu Sheriff until their parting of ways in 2009. It is on record that Modu Sheriff appointed Alhaji Buju Foi, an influential Boko Haram member and financier as the Borno State Commissioner for Religious Affairs in 2007.

Despite the increasing militancy of the sect in Borno and Yobe States from its establishment in 2002, most Nigerians had never heard of Boko Haram until the events of July 2009 when the Nigerian Security Agencies engaged Boko Haram in a full blown assault in Maiduguri. In that tragic incident the Nigerian State facilitated the extra Judicial killing of hundreds of Boko Haram members. The dead included Muhammad Yusuf, the sect’s leader. The events of July 2009, led to the nationalization of the Boko Haram conflict.

Much like Egbesu and MEND before it, Boko Haram has evolved to become a major geopolitical tool. The Northern political elite have come to see the value of Boko Haram for driving forward their geopolitical strategies for political relevance. In the same way that the OPC and MEND paved the way for Obasanjo and Jonathan to win the Presidency, those who seek to make geopolitical hay out of the Boko Haram crisis except that it will lead to significant political benefits for the North. The not too subtle message is that Nigeria will be made ungovernable if power and privilege does not devolve back to the North.

The silence of Northern political leaders in condemning the actions of Boko Haram is a clear signal of their tacit endorsement of the sect and its destabilizing actions. Again, this is not surprising. For geopolitical reasons, mainstream Yoruba and Ijaw political leaders did not openly condemn the OPC or MEND either. There are however some significant issues with the use of Boko Haram as a geopolitical tool. Unlike MEND and OPC, Boko Haram’s message is not purely geopolitical. The sect is first and foremost a religious fundamentalist organization and that fact makes it ineffective as an effective geopolitical tool.

The North has never lacked the ability to present Presidential candidates on the platform of major parties. It has failed to find a way to guarantee that a Northern Presidential candidate emerges on the platform of the PDP, the only party which despite its many faults can make any claims to being a truly national party, and therefore most likely to produce Nigeria’s President. The Boko Haram crisis is in effect an attempt to influence the politics of the PDP, and through that the political dynamics of the Nigerian nation.

The risk for the North is that the sectarian colorations of Boko Haram will come to frame that region’s geopolitical aspirations. The association of Northern geopolitical aspirations with the random maiming and killing of civilians, the calls for the expulsion of Southerners and Northern Christians is damaging the North politically. Soon, it might make the Presidency of Nigeria all but impossible for a Northerner to attain.

Forcing a Northerner to the Presidential ticket of the PDP is one thing, getting votes from across Nigeria to guarantee that candidate’s electoral victory is another.

Buhari was forced to adopt a Southern Christian running mate to allay concerns that he was a religious fundamentalist. Without the Southern vote, and devoid of Northern Christian support, no candidate can win the Nigerian Presidency. As the Boko Haram crisis spirals forward, Northern Christians and the Middle Belt will be firmly pushed towards a geopolitical reality that will increasingly favor collaboration with the South.
The prognosis for Nigeria is grim. Geopolitical considerations suggest that the Boko Haram crisis will continue until at least 2015. Its effective resolution will not occur until a Northern Presidential candidate emerges on the platform of the PDP and goes on to win the Nigerian Presidency. The prospect that a Northern President will emerge on the platform of the PDP is slim because Goodluck Jonathan wants a second term, and the odds are skewed in favor of the incumbent. The likelihood that a Northern Presidential candidate will receive Southern and Northern Christian support is fading.

Any path to the Presidency that harms Goodluck Jonathan while elevating his Northern deputy to the Presidency has the potential to lead to the immediate disintegration of Nigeria, or at the least the secession of the Niger Delta region. Without the Niger Delta, Nigeria’s political center is unattractive and the status quo will fight another Civil War if necessary to prevent the possibility of the Niger Delta’s exit from Nigeria.

In the meantime, the rapidly evolving nature of the Boko Haram conflict is alarming. Christian Youth in Jos and Kaduna have begun reprisal attacks in response to the actions of Boko Haram. This suggests that the ordinary folks in these communities have come to believe that Boko Haram is indeed a geopolitical tool of the Northern agenda. It also implies that they believe that agenda excludes Northern Christians and Southerners. As the conflict persists through 2015, and the government continues to fail to contain the crisis, the random reprisal attacks will become more organized. Geopolitics will require that the sectarian nature of the Boko Haram crisis will birth a Northern Christian alternative to Boko Haram. This will be driven not so much by the desire for national relevance by Christian Northerners, but as a means for addressing what they will increasingly perceive as an existential threat.

Unless urgent actions are taken by the Government to tackle the Boko Haram crisis, the path to 2015 will be a dangerous one for the Nigerian nation and its people.  The stakes for Nigeria are too high. The geopolitical angle to Boko Haram must be immediately defused. The prosecution of Senator Ali Ndume and other political actors so far implicated in the crisis should be swift, public and comprehensive. Vice President Sambo should also publicly address Ndume’s allegation that he (Sambo) was aware of Ndume’s engagements with Boko Haram. The stakes should also be raised for the sponsors of the violence. It takes millions of Naira to source rifles and explosives, support tens of thousands of followers and to coordinate attacks across cities and states. Boko Haram is a city dwelling sect. The Nigerian security agencies must do more to find Boko Haram’s financiers, and to penetrate and neutralize the network. To save Nigeria, Jonathan must remember that his oath is not to the PDP but to the Nigerian people.

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Excellent

I have tried several times to put words to my thought in explaining the geographical entity called Nigera. The only saving grace of the country is the fact that i attended a Federal Government College in Kaduna. As a southerner living and studying in kaduna in the late 80s to early 90s can attest to the wanton looting a, maiming and killing of innocent souls even at a young age. Malcolm,s pronosis and conclusion to say the least is apt.

The issues raised, the anlaysis and the conclusion is just a stark reality of the state of teh country. The truth is on the street, Malcom your thoughts are noted and the reality of your exposition will be made bare before our very eyes.

Excellent piece of opinion, thanks for sharing the insights.

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Southwest Muslims Retrace Ur steps. No Alliance with Boko Haram

The emergent trend is that Yoruba Muslims (and they are aplenty) are in a rush to form an alliance with Hausa/Fulani to grab political power, and thus continue to let us have this Nigeria with this ugly unitary system and rigged political structure. Just a few days ago, Gov. Fashola dared the Igbos. He told us it was a mere perception that the southeast has been marginalised through state creation. No decent politician from the southwest could run so far away from the truth to dare the Igbo that way. Parts of oil and gas revenues that sustain Nigeria are derived from Igboland, yet Fashola deemed it right to let the southeast go ahead in Nigeria with its 5 states only political structure. Only Gov. Fashola knows the strong hands that beat the new music he is dancing. He shall soon dance naked in public place.

RE: MALCOM FABIYI'S ARTICLE- My response Part II

While I am not denouncing that the conclusion is wrong, I think the premise chosen to arrive at the conclusion is faulty and incompetent.
Now, on a lighter mood, honestly, why should we take Boko Haram seriously as a local group within the geopolitical dynamics of Nigeria?

RE: MALCOM FABIYI ARTICLE ON BOKO HARAM- My Response part II

No question or doubt. The article takes the form of a political voyage of prediction. Other than illustration of what "geopolitics" is all about,and the historical political terrain of the past, the article falls short of real academic and serious discourse within the context of social, economic and political dynamics of Nigeria. The real questions are: who or what is Boko Haram? How did Boko Haram emerged?. Does Boko Haram has any known ideological base or mission? Does Boko Haram shares any semblance with other ethnic militant groups like, OPC, Egbesu, etc? What are the activities of Boko Haram? Do we know their capacities in terms of numerical strength, operational capabilities etc.?There could be further hypothesis that we can draw to collaborate or dismiss the issue before we can even arrive at the conclusion that the existence of Boko Haram will damage the north politically.

RE: Malcom Fabiyi

I read Malcom's article titled "Boko Haram Will Damage The North Politically, Possibly Disintegrate Nigeria",with keen interest, but found it even more superficial than reflective.

One thing that first caught my attention about this article is the title. The title tends to discuss and address the prevailing security dilemma in Nigeria. Second, the writer. The writer is a product of University Lagos, and in fact, a former president of ULSU, who succeeded my contemporaries in the likes of Omoyele Sowore, together with whom we fought the Military and June 12, debacle. I felt the need to read the article even more, with vigor and interest.

The Final analysis

I fail to realize why people see social media as an opportunity to be acrimonius. This technology has given us the opportunity to shape our future, with less dependence on traditional media which is not readily available to the Malcom Fabiyi's of this world. Malcolm isn't pretending to be an oracle; a lot of what he has written is based on his ability to study the trends in the country and on that basis exploring possible scenarios. He is not only an academic, he is a politician, and has insights into the more diverse and complex issues that form the web known as Nigeria. He has not backed his his write-up with any scientific facts, these are his opinions.

While I agree to a lot of what he has shared, and seeing the reactions, he might have missed a number of points which I am sure he himself would benefit from: Nigeria is a complex place and only God can do a perfect piece.

We dont want the Islamic Republic of tinubu in 9ja

Dont mind Tinubu and Bakare they are just loud mouths for nothing. Destroyed all d legacies of Awo & Gani. They are now d ABNs of 9ja. While elections are over 3yrs away, they want to exploit killings by BH via Buhari. Who will elect Tinubu and Buhari as president of 9ja? Simply because Abiola and Kingibe were able to sail through as moslems? So will Tinubu and Buhari? That is madness! Abiola started planting himself into the soul and minds of 9jas several years b4 the elections through his work as a philanthropist. Who knows Tinubu and Buhari? The entire South West is under the control of governors who are Moslems. Aso Rock cannot be named after Abiola. The fulanis they are backing will not allow it. Yobe state has Sanni Abacha hospital. In lagos state Bakare and tinubu say none 4 Abiola. Tinubu sold the West cheap to the Fulanis in the House. The result was the birth of Farouk-now they blame GEJ as its usual with bakare and his SNG!

Dr Fabiyi is right.if u think

Dr Fabiyi is right.if u think he is wrong,submit it your article for public review.

Boko Haram will damage the North politically

I have read some of the comments on this article and I agree with the writer. Anyone writing against this article is either ignorant of Nigeria politics or is into self delusion. It is that simple.

2 questions

Can the writer substantiate the many assertions he has made in this article? Or is he peddling rumours and hearsay?

And this is supposed to be an educated man, you know ... a whole Dr with a ph.d, masters degree etc. ... but here he is, cobbling and conjuring with errant nonsense.

Very well written piece. The

Very well written piece. The analysis is on point and has been presented in the appriopriate context. I commened the writer

BUT YORUBAS ARE NOW NEW SLAVES OF THE NORTHERN MUSLIMS

@Fabiyi: Your analysis failed to take into consideration what I call the YORUBA NEW SLAVES factor. Today, by the will of Bola Tinubu and Rauf Aregbesola, the Yorubas never mind their big mouths, are new slaves of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. This is the political reality on ground. It was never so during the time of Awo and Pa Adesanya. Imagine the Yorubas seeing themselves as not good enough to lead the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani in the House of Reps no matter the so called political calculations. Hon. Gbajabiamila's pitiable role in the House of Reps is clear evidence that Yorubas are now in full slavery no matter the denials. The point here is that the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani may prove your analysis wrong if they can consolidate and continue to maintain the Yorubas as their newly acquired slaves. This is possible as persons like Rauf Aregbesola are determined to introduce religion into the politics of South West; something Awo diligently shielded the South West.

BUT YORUBAS ARE NOW NEW SLAVES OF THE NORTHERN MUSLIMS

@Fabiyi: Your analysis failed to take into consideration what I call the YORUBA NEW SLAVES factor. Today, by the will of Bola Tinubu and Rauf Aregbesola, the Yorubas never mind their big mouths, are new slaves of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. This is the political reality on ground. It was never so during the time of Awo and Pa Adesanya. Imagine the Yorubas seeing themselves as not good enough to lead the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani in the House of Reps no matter the so called political calculations. Hon. Gbajabiamila's pitiable role in the House of Reps is clear evidence that Yorubas are now in full slavery no matter the denials. The point here is that the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani may prove your analysis wrong if they can consolidate and continue to maintain the Yorubas as their newly acquired slaves. This is possible as persons like Rauf Aregbesola are determined to introduce religion into the politics of South West; something Awo diligently shielded the South West.

Odale Yoruba

The Yorubas are the main problem in this useless country. Awo/Gowon, Afonja/Fulani, Tinubu/Bakare/Aregbesola/Amosu/Fashola/Buhari, Lateef Adegbite/Boko Haram people. Some are full of ego (dobale) while some are full of greed and power drunk. Awon eni bi. Everybody cannot come together and do what is right for the Yoruba race to have a nation and a country of their own. One way or the other, someone must sell out. This thieving and lying Tinubu is a crazy guy and a scum and someone should shoot him in the head and the two big eyes. The same for the lousy Aregbesola. Agbero man. O da bi tout. Awon eda eniyan jati jati. Awon eni ibi, ole ati wobia. Awon eniyan jaku jaku. They stink from the surface of the earth to the high heavens. Awon olo run. Oku eniyan.

The economic mainstay of the North is politics.

The economic mainstay of the North is politics.

Once OBJ dribbled the North more dexterously than IBB did to the June shameful episode, they lost it all.

When Nigeria was on a regional working relationship, the world respected us a lot.

Compare Abubakar a grade 2 teachers performance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT5m9Fn9RBg

with that of our present man Friday:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a8-MNnC15g&feature=related

He cannot even debate before election.

Take out the middle belt and there is no self-sustaining substantive North.
Presently, Northern Muslims, hiding under the skirt of BH are playing hardball; because the Middle Belt has not found its united voice, otherwise, North will never taste power in Nigeria as far as we go by the tenets of Democracy.

A coup today means the end of Nigeria as a single geographical entity.

Muslim North needs to appreciate that the rest of Nigeria have caught up with their past antics and underhand way of politicking.

We will defend ourselves

The SouthWest/East will defend ourselves from the bombs - we are ready.

BUT YORUBAS ARE NOW NEW SLAVES OF THE NORTHERN MUSLIMS

@Fabiyi: Your analysis failed to take into consideration what I call the YORUBA NEW SLAVES factor. Today, by the will of Bola Tinubu and Rauf Aregbesola, the Yorubas never mind their big mouths, are new slaves of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. This is the political reality on ground. It was never so during the time of Awo and Pa Adesanya. Imagine the Yorubas seeing themselves as not good enough to lead the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani in the House of Reps no matter the so called political calculations. Hon. Gbajabiamila's pitiable role in the House of Reps is clear evidence that Yorubas are now in full slavery no matter the denials. The point here is that the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani may prove your analysis wrong if they can consolidate and continue to maintain the Yorubas as their newly acquired slaves. This is possible as persons like Rauf Aregbesola are determined to introduce religion into the politics of South West; something Awo diligently shielded the South West.

There is nothing like south in nigeria

The concept of "south" died in 1966-70. The crisis of today is no different from the one in 1966 when the islamists started their massacres to regain power from Ironsi. However they are stupid enough to believe that what worked imn 1966 will work today. The north has so much damaged itself that any declaration of Biafran independence today will gain immediate global recognition. Anyway if Nigeria is breaking up, military equipments in Kaduna or anywhere in the north will be of no use. Where states have disintergrated violently like in USSR, Yugoslavia etc, weapons do not count. The outcome of the Biafran war was not because of concentration of weapons in the north. It was more to do with international support from Britain, USSR, Arab League, OAU etc. which can NEVER be repeated. Left for weapons and military formations in the north alone, Biafra would be standing today as an independent state.

Chiwamkpam Ayamkpam!

Who will fight this civil war you are predicting? Where and who is
your south? Mister, the only group with the numbers, thrust and reach
to creditably take on the northern hordes are Ibos. But Ibos (including those in niger-delta)are NOT interested because of the betrayal they experienced fron the "south" in 1966-70. The Yorobas are the least to be trusted in your proposed north-south confrontation for they will sooner turncoat (withness Tinubu and ACN already plotting with Buhari amid Boko Haram mayhem). Ibos will not be drawn into your deceitful sheme this time around. You and chameleonic Fabiyi.

Fabiyi & His Useless Yoroba Analysis

The piece is replete with yoroba addle-headed crap.
He calls nigeria a nation, what nation? He talks about seccession of niger-delta, what is niger-delta? He fails to recognise the influence of al-queida. In northern Mali, a similar group has declared an independent islamist state thereby inspiring boko haram further. Overall, no mention of political restructuring even though nigeria cannot survive for long under its current unitarist structure. Crappy piece.

Secondly to the xtain

Secondly to the xtain brothers and sisters in the north. Its time to see the writing on the wall. The muslim northerners are making it clear that they dont want you there. The silenceof their laeders is deafening. You have to make real decisions on whether you value your lives and your childrens more than money because i dont know what else is keeping you there.

lets think outside the box

Like someone said b4, we need to seperate, end of. no if, ands and buts. BH may be a blessing in disguise. I know that there will be challenges but it will help with better resource control. Lets face it, we are 140 million ppl and dividing nigeria into four to six countries may be beneficial in the long run and will bring about the populutions of about 20 to 30 million. It would be much easier to share the wealth, depending on how the leaders are chosen. i dont think relevant african countries like egypt, south africa and ghana are able to manange their resources effectively if they had 140 milllion ppl like Nigeria have. We should see the plus and the minuses.

Too Much Talk, Breakup is the Only Solution

There is no need moving in circles, the problem is the religion, Islam. The solution is just as simple as doing away with that religion. It is a religion that inflicts pain and breeds poverty.

Boko Haram = Cancer

The time to stop the cancer is now. It is spreading to fast. Pull the plug.

Divide Nigeria Now

Divide Nigeria Now. No Dilly-Dally. No Rigmarole. We don't need each other. We speak different "main" languages.

The Prelate, Methodist Church

The Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Ola Makinde, and Kwara State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. James Foloranmi, on Wednesday said the verdict of an Abuja Federal High Court on Friday that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, had no powers to establish an Islamic bank in the country had vindicated the opponents of Islamic banking in Nigeria.The court presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole had said the CBN governor did not have the power to establish an Islamic bank without the approval of the Head of State through the Minister of Finance.In telephone interviews with our correspondent on Wednesday, Makinde said the verdict was commendable, adding that it had clarified the issue.

Azazi said it is too late...

What are we waiting for when Azazi had already stated that it is too late?

Azazi blames internal workings of PDP for Boko Haram threats - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HfkH82TaEk

Temp = Watch their internet activities, mobile communications, etc. and destroy the destroyers.

NIGERIA SECURITY AGENCIES DOMINATED BY NOTHERN MUSLIMS

@Falcom Fabiyi: Unlike in the OPC and MEND crises, the Nigerian Security Agencies are dominated by the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani who are solidly behind Boko Haram and have no intention to penetrate and neutralize the network. There is very little Jonathan can do about their effectiveness for the purpose of minimization of Boko Haram violent attacks. Therefore, we must look elsewhere for solutions. We must look to the National Assembly for a comprehensive constitutional review that protects the Northern Christian Hausa-Fulani and considerably eliminates the attractiveness of the center or call it the Presidency which is the source and reason for all the Geo-political tensions.

NIGERIA SECURITY AGENCIES DOMINATED BY NOTHERN MUSLIMS

@Falcom Fabiyi: Unlike in the OPC and MEND crises, the Nigerian Security Agencies are dominated by the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani who are solidly behind Boko Haram and have no intention to penetrate and neutralize the network. There is very little Jonathan can do about their effectiveness for the purpose of minimization of Boko Haram violent attacks. Therefore, we must look elsewhere for solutions. We must look to the National Assembly for a comprehensive constitutional review that protects the Northern Christian Hausa-Fulani and considerably eliminates the attractiveness of the center or call it the Presidency which is the source and reason for all the Geo-political tensions.

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