Borno Crisis: PDP Says It Backs Jonathan On JTF

Borno elders at a townhall meeting during Pres. Jonathan's recent visit
By SaharaReporters, New York

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is supporting President Goodluck Jonathan that the military Joint Task Force (JTF) would only be withdrawn from Borno State if the elders of the state commit to an inviolable undertaking under which they would be responsible for further killings and destruction by the Boko Haram sect.

In a statement on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party said Jonathan’s position clearly shows his forthrightness and great concern for the safety of Nigerians including those living in Borno and other troubled spots in the country.

President Jonathan and the PDP, the statement said, fully understand and deeply share in the worries of Borno elders on the imperative of cessation of violence and restoration of peace in order to enable social and economic activities.

Furthermore, it commended the President for his “well thought-out humane” handling of the situation, praising him for the “successes” recorded so far by security agencies and for his unrelenting commitment to the improved welfare of Nigerians.”

It called Jonathan’s approach “a direct challenge to all of us, especially those from the troubled areas to rise to the occasion and re-engage dispassionate avuncular responsibilities in genuine search for peace."

“Our great Party understands and deeply shares in the worries of the Borno elders over the protracted insurgency in the region and its grave implications for social and economic activities. However, we deem it necessary that the elders accept this challenge and reflect in-depth on their preeminent position as a cardinal portal of peace as connoted in the assertion by the President."

The PDP also commended the President for the heart to heart discussion with elders of Borno and Yobe State and for sparing time to visit some orphanages saying such was an indication of his concern for vulnerable Nigerians.

The PDP, which seems nervous about the widespread criticism of Jonathan for his failures over Boko Haram, took the opportunity to take pot shots at the opposition.  "The President was not in Borno and Yobe for photo-ops and showmanship as did the Governors of the opposition APC who cooed in the streets of Maiduguri and boasted in the media to invite attention to themselves.  The President was on a genuine mission for peace and development."

The PDP said it strongly believes that the efforts of the Jonathan administration will succeed in checking the security challenges as witnessed by the successes already recorded by the security agencies and further appealed to those behind the violent attacks in the country to have a rethink. "Life is sacrosanct and nobody has the right to shed innocent blood under any guise," the statement said.  

After nearly two years in office during which citizens in the northeastern part of the country have been trapped between the menace of Boko Haram and the undiscriminating reprisals of the JTF, President Jonathan finally visited the area last week.  It is the local perception of the excesses of the JTF that is responsible for the demand that they be withdrawn.  

In 2011, Jonathan promised he would defeat Boko Haram by June 2012, following which the militants simply elevated the level of their attacks and barbarity.
 

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@BY - Killing others is not the SOLUTION!

You tried to make a little bit of sense when you said "The North is bedeviled with evil leaders who have unleashed their people with corruption, lack social basic amenities, lack of education, health, etc", in trying to JUSTIFY why Boko harams kill. BUT WHY ARE THEY NOT KILLING THE SAME LEADERS THAT 'UNLEASHED' THIS POVERTY ON THEM?

Because a people experience POVERTY does not JUSTIFY THE TAKING OF INNOCENT LIVES or KILLING OF FOREIGNERS. There is POVERTY in the South too!

Forget AMNESTY. PRISON TERMS and the HANGMAN AWAITS THESE PEOPLE. And if you know what is right, then ADVISE THEM TO STOP THE KILLINGS AND EMBRACE PEACE!

@BY - I give RESPECT and HONOUR to whom it is due!

The sum total of all that is, what you SAY or DO (or your actions) belie who or what you really are. You should know those that harbour violence in them, preach violence and incite hatred and call to people to make Nigeria UNGOVERNABLE! "By their fruits (or the words from their lips) you shall know them"!

But, as young Jesus said in the Bible, my brothers and mothers are those who obey and practice God's words, so also is my regard for ELDERS and anybody that deserves my RESPECT. Such ELDERS must SPEAK WITH GRACE and WISDOM, and NOT MAKE MISGUIDED or FOOLISH COMMENTS or TALK like the FOOLISH WOMAN, WHO WANTED THE OTHER WOMAN'S CHILD DEAD (In the wisdom of Solomon)!

I respect those that deserve respect, but not because of YOUR OWN perception about them. Get it! BOKO HARAM deserves UNEQUIVOCAL condemnation from ALL, IRRESPECTIVE of your religion or 'race' or group.

@BY - In line with my mission to reform and reorientate!

I shall respond to you, in line with my resolve, to reform and reorientate mindsets and ways of thinking. Your point is that, because the people I mentioned, "have done or contributed something to their people if not Nigerian... you dont just talk about them like that.... bcos of their opinions".

In other words, you are preaching to me not to JUDGE PEOPLE OR DEAL WITH THEM 'BCOS OF THEIR OPINIONS'. That is bizarre! What else will I judge them by? Their colour? Religion? or Ethnicity? That is BIGOTRY!

Jesus said to the people, in Matthew 15:16 & 18, "Are you still so dull?...Not to understand that it is what comes out of a man's mouth that defiles him". "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." "Out from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh".

And Proverbs 12:13 says "Evildoers are trapped by their sinful TALK, and so the innocent escape trouble".

..where it was alleged that

..where it was alleged that Police killed there leader then who was actually willing to come out and explain their action. Thereafter, their mudus operandi were very bad...taking on different appraoches and dimensions..... which at the end of the day require huge dialogue and armnesty options so that nigeria can progress and not the way you are taking it.

Secondly, whenever there is

Secondly, whenever there is crisis in the Country that has to do with the life of its citizenry, the constitution provides that the President shall do anything in his power to stop the killing of the life of its citizen...be it negotiation, armnesty, anything at all. Unlike Umaru Yar'dua, Johnathan is not the type.... I wonder, if it was him that was the then president, he would not have granted armnesty to his people bcos the likes of you, would have advised him not to do so.
Thirdly, you see on the issue of Boko haram, i dont know much...but all i know is that the region was bedeviled with evil leaders who have unleashed their people with corruption, lack social basic amenities, lack of education, health, etc. and that the masses there felt they should raise and protest against the regime there...and not nigeria... what happened later left much to be desired

Tafidan DDAJI-Amnesty is not the solution

I read with keen interest and it suffice me make the following observation from your write-up that seemed misguided....
Check out the last paragraph..."It is time the POLICE starts to do their work and PROSECUTE ALL THOSE (including CIROMA, BUHARI and YERIMA) that make MISGUIDED COMMENTS, AND INCITE PEOPLE TO VIOLENCE! It is time we have a benchmark for CRIMINALITY, and not protect people because we like them."
First, these people you called are respectfull citizens that have done or contributed something to their people if not Nigerian... you dont just talk about them like that.... bcos of their opinions.

@Sanusi A Yaradua - May God give you an analytical brain...!

To reason and be INDEPENDENT, like the Tribune, that you seem to want to disparage. If you are analytical you would know that the President has not supported Boko Haram at any time. Rather, he has equipped the security agencies to tackle and defeat BOKO HARAM. If you believe (without any basis) that the President supports Boko Haram, why then does it bother you that he does not want to 'compensate' or pat his 'supporters' on the back? Unless you did not really mean what you said, but meant the opposite!

Get on the right side of JUSTICE and CALL FOR ALL CRIMINALS, including ARMED ROBBERS, MURDERERS AND BOKO HARAMS, TO FACE JUSTICE! This is not the time to apply differential treatment or have separate rules for ARMED ROBBERS and another for MURDERERS, TERRORISTS AND ARSONISTS, LIKE BOKO HARAMS! The common BENCHMARK is, NO COMPENSATION FOR ALL CRIMINALS! Do you fault this?

@Tundemash(ed) - Transforming you will be hardwork!

Your language hasn't changed, and you haven't yet learnt the ways of civilisation, even though you 'live' in the UK. Changing your caveman mentality will be hardwork.

This is not about the PDP or defending President Jonathan, but about problem solving, which includes the Governments and the governed. Abroad, the Police are not magicians. They need you and I to report crimes, and even to shop our neighbours and families. Example is the Chris Huhne's perversion of Justice case. His friends and family made it possible for the Police and prosecution to secure a conviction. His son told against him!

PM Cameron was not called into it, as you seem to always call President Jonathan into every matter. Cameron, a civilian, cannot teach the British Police or security agencies how to function or do their job, so also, President Jonathan, a 'bloody civilian' (as he is) cannot teach the Nigerian Police or security agencies (the experts) how to do their jobs!

@Tafidan DDAJI - The Solution!

Starting with your EMIRS and so-called 'leaders' (that pauperised the region) you must SPEAK OUT to CONDEMN these BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS. Yes! Call them what they are! At least, start from there, and name them and their acts, as CRIMINALS! They are not FREEDOM FIGHTERS! They are FOOLISH and SENSELESS to think that they can RAM ISLAM ON PEOPLE BY FORCE!

They should also be told BY THEIR EMIRS AND SO-CALLED 'LEADERS' (that PAUPERISED them), THAT IT IS SENSELESS MAKING THE COUNTRY UNGOVERNABLE AND YET EXPECT DEVELOPMENT IN THE LAND! They should be told that their action is giving Nigeria a BAD NAME, AND DRIVING AWAY INVESTORS AND INVESTMENT, which will further PAUPERISE THE COUNTRY! They MUST be told that their action has no JUSTIFICATION, but that it tends towards CRIMINALITY!

And if they are POOR, THEIR 'LEADERS' SHOULD PROVIDE OR FEED THEM!

@Tafidan DDAJI -Amnesty is not the Solution! -2

The US Government did not sit around a table with the young MUTTALAB, the underwear bomber!

If your problem is that you cannot separate the issues and the CAUSE of the Niger Delta agitation, then you have an issue, as most Nigerians do, with analysing issues. The Niger Delta agitation, even though I did not agree with their modus operandi, was about resource control and the despoliation of their land. But when criminal elements like Henry Orkah infiltrated their ranks for selfish reasons and to perpetuate criminality, you can see what has happened to him. He has been convicted and likely to do life in jail. His kinsmen, bar a handful and his lackies, rejected him! It is the same way one expects you to reject ALL CRIMINALS, including ARMED ROBBERS, RAPISTS, ARSONISTS, MURDERERS and BOKO HARAM. It shouldn't matter whether they are your friends, neighbours or kinsmen, or even your 'godfathers'! We must have a benchmark for CRIMINALITY!

@Tafidan DDAJI -Amnesty is not the Solution! -1

I don't care how old or young you are, my patience is really running thin and out on those of you that cannot confront a problem and call a spade a spade or TERRORISM by its name! You do not sit around a table or in a conference with CRIMINALS! Just as you do not sit around a table with ARMED ROBBERS or RAPISTS or MURDERERS! Boko Haram or any splinter group are not fighting any CAUSE, that you wish the Governments (including the State Governments) to sit around a table with them. They are a hideous group and a bunch of killers, whose mission is to actualise the call to make the country UNGOVERNABLE! IMPOSING RELIGION ON OTHERS IS NO CAUSE!

It is time the POLICE starts to do their work and PROSECUTE ALL THOSE (including CIROMA, BUHARI and YERIMA) that make MISGUIDED COMMENTS, AND INCITE PEOPLE TO VIOLENCE! It is time we have a benchmark for CRIMINALITY, and not protect people because we like them.

Ibrahim Tafidan DDAJI, I know

Ibrahim Tafidan DDAJI, I know you are a true Muslim and all that, but there will be no amnesty given to those fighting Mohammedans right now. They will have to fight hard and defeat the Nigerian forces to get what they want. Freedom has never been free. But for you Mohammedans all is not lost in this present struggle. If you persist I am sure victory will be on your side because you have for your gods Baal and Beelzebub. The Nigerian forces cannot defeat Baal and Beelzebub, no, they can't.

Abubakar tundemash, why are

Abubakar tundemash, why are you still berating my brother Jonathan? He did not send a letter bomb to anybody. He has not beheaded anybody, neither has he carried out any amputation, public executions or even 50 lashes of the cowhide(kobo). All the foregoing amputations, rapes, church bombings are carried out by your fellow Mohammedans. I am still asking: why is it that any time an aboki cheats on his wives you blame it on my brother Jonathan, if the Emir of Gwandu smuggles in 53 suitcases in the country you blame it on him, if a sheep bleats in Kantagora you blame is on the president? Haba, mallam. I thought Islam is a religion of peace, it is not.

Irrespective of anything

Irrespective of anything anybody would choose to say in whatever language, the President has successfully made the official trip to Borno and Yobe and is back to the seat of government.
It was one of the very first times that i saw the President spoke with such anger. He looked all the so called elderstatemen in the face and told them the basic truth.
The truth was simply that, the elders are making the situation in the two visited states to look as if everything now rests in the hands of the younger generation. But i want to join Mr President to debunk that insinuation. My belief is based on the conviction that most of the elders themselves have their names mentioned in one infamous way or the other to the extent of the insecurity. So, to what extent will they isolate themselves from all that rubbish going on there. It could be recalled that two serving senators are fingered to have links with the BH boys..

Goros

I can't imagine the amount of " goros" that will be eaten in that hall.Look at caps almost all over the pics and the mallams were looking sad, they have every reason to be sad,gej has brought badluck to Nigerians.

..."the party said Jonathan’s

..."the party said Jonathan’s position clearly shows his forthrightness and great concern for the safety of Nigerians including those living in Borno and other troubled spots in the country". BULLSHIT!! the guy doesnt "give a damn"..
meanwhile Jona, i've not recieved alert for this month's amnesty allowance...

PDP

I think only PDP and those like them can sign such an undertaking,the fact that the root of the promblem is the President and his party as pointed out by the late Azazi makes it a stupid act because they will send their mecenaries to rect havoc and then hold the helders responsible.

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The whole picture is greater

The whole picture is greater than the JTF. Earlier the Sultan of Sokoto and head of the Boko Haram has issued an ultimatum to the President to extend an Amnesty to the Boko harams. While he was saying that his field men were busy assembling their weapons to shoot down the President's Aircraft in Borno or Yobe State. Fellow Nigerians, the North is determined and blind folded to take over the Aso rock by whatever means. what they have failed to understand is that the South is not really willing and ready for a Northern President at this time after 38 years of squandering of the nations wealth including the allocation of the Oil Blocks to Northerners. The North so much believes that since the Tunubu and fashola Muslim group are with them that the West is also in their pocket but I must assure them that We, the Yoruba's will soon retake our political destiny back into our hands and away from these western Muslims.

are we all suffering from ascertainment bias

Ask Buhari to stop the attacks-The fulanis led by Dasuki told the nation state of 9ja that the evil activities of boko haram will end the day a Fulani is appionted the NSA. So Azazi had to go! My humble question to dem is, has boko haram stopped its satanic work in the fulani North-since Dasuki took over? Some may soon be here to ask what GEJ has done about the ongoing killings by Boko haram in the Fulani North--the answer is simple --to the vultures who often yearn to know, my pleas to dem to ask the yankees in Afghanistan what they have been able to do with the taliban--in their quest to conquer the oil wells, they hanged ken and bombed Odi-gbaranmatu-ayakoroma--but when it got to their turn-gej put a human face on theirs--he never used choppers to drop bombs on them!

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READ TRIBUNE FOR GUTTER JOURNALISM !

Whoever wants to swim in ignorance and get lost in the wilderness of insensibility he/she needs to read TRIBUNE. I wonder whether the Organization for journalism ethic is aware of the dangerous journalistic practices the newspaper undertakes in Nigeria. I have been reading and observing the news and reports the Newspaper has been publishing since the general elections of 2011. The lies it had created about the appointment of Prof. Jega as INEC chairman up to the time the result was announced. Also the lies it had created to cause crises in the North at the time Boko Haram began its attacks. May God change their attitudes for the better if at least they're willing to have the blessings of God.

PDP:What a subserviency!

Oga President beseems to be reckless on the issue of insecurity in the north while the mother party is playing subserviency and this is the wider problem the country is facing.We don't draw attention of our leaders on issues of national significance.The leadership may disagree with the party but it's none issue if we try to persuade that leadership with facts for the betterment of all and not to always be "yes sir".

I want to believe that we could succeed in restoring peace should we give amnesty a benefit of doubt.Let us get out of the tradition of awarding a desperate malady with a desperate solution,having tested and woefully failed.Best of luck Nigeria,my father land!

PDP:What a subserviency!

Oga President beseems to be reckless on the issue of insecurity in the north while the mother party is playing subserviency and this is the wider problem the country is facing.We don't draw attention of our leaders on issues of national significance.The leadership may disagree with the party but it's none issue if we try to persuade that leadership with facts for the betterment of all and not to always be "yes sir".

I want to believe that we could succeed in restoring peace should we give amnesty a benefit of doubt.Let us get out of the tradition of awarding a desperate malady with a desperate solution,having tested and woefully failed.Best of luck Nigeria,my father land!

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YES, AS BORNO WILL NOT GIVE THEM VOTES!

PDP will not have a single vote from people of Borno and Yobe because there is no reason for that. PDP has created Boko Haram to destabilize the whole north. Now their master who has no feelings for the lingering sufferings the north-east people found themselves in came to their place and told them frankly that he had no remorse over all what happened to them. This is because he hates people of Borno,Yobe and entire people of the north since they're not his people. We have been reading how his people and CAN are pressurising him to be remorseless to the entire people of the north which he does. Democracy is supporting who loves you and opposing who hates you. Jonathan should forget about the north. He shouldn't even campaign there.

violent

It is God almighty dat wil punish dos senators & house of reps members behind boko haram, APC governors cam nd fund boko haram wt 200mil so dat dey shud buy d catch of arms & ammunition recovered ystdy in borno so dat dey wil kill d president, APC is a violent political party nd cn nt rule Nigeria, imagin dat governor dat ws detained in kd, even by lookin at him u wil knw dat he is a man hu av lost directn nd a sense of belonging in evry area of human endeavour, he used his office money nd bought arms 4 BH thinkin dat dey wil giv him power wch he went 2 look 4 in APC, go 2 eagle sqare nd mak ani strange noise nd c if ur bea bea head no go ful wt bullets, shamles BH governor, u re a disgrace 2 Islam nd my pains is i am a Muslim.

Wetin

when will we grow up in naija? imagine this metuh comparing the president and the APC governors, this shows the level of mediocrity in our society, The duo have different role authority and power constitutionally, so why the comparism?

@Metuh: Jona shld hand over the security vote money to Borno eld

PDP claims "The President was not in Borno and Yobe for photo-ops and showmanship as did the Governors of the opposition APC who cooed in the streets of Maiduguri and boasted in the media to invite attention to themselves."

Really ? So why was it after the APC giv's visit that Coward Jona deemed it fit to drop his ogogoro bottle and make a visit !
For 2 years, these moron claimed bauchi and Yobe wee not safe for him to visit and nowhe wants the eldersto take responsibility for the security of those states; JONA ... HOW ABOUT YOU HANDING OVER THE N1tr SECURITY BUDGET TO THOSE ELDERS TOO ?

@Metuh: APC gov's visit made Jona drop his ogogoro bottle and v

PDP claims "The President was not in Borno and Yobe for photo-ops and showmanship as did the Governors of the opposition APC who cooed in the streets of Maiduguri and boasted in the media to invite attention to themselves."

Really ? So why was it after the APC giv's visit that Coward Jona deemed it fit to drop his ogogoro bottle and make a visit !
For 2 years, these moron claimed bauchi and Yobe wee not safe for him to visit and nowhe wants the eldersto take responsibility for the security of those states; JONA ... HOW ABOUT YOU HANDING OVER THE N1tr SECURITY BUDGET TO THOSE ELDERS TOO ?

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