Jonathan Warns NSA Azazi Over Anti-PDP Comment

Jonathan and Nduka Obaigbena at the Thisday Abuja office bombed last week- REUTERS Photo/Afolabi Sotunde
By SaharaReporters, New York

President Goodluck Jonathan has advised his National Security Adviser, General Andrew Owoye Azazi, to be careful about how he speaks in public because words can be dangerous.

Mr. Jonathan was speaking in Abuja today during a sympathy visit to the Abuja offices of ThisDay, which were destroyed in a Boko Haram bomb attack on Thursday, with several losses of life.   He was responding to a comment by the NSA in Asaba on Friday that the struggle for power within ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is responsible for the rise of terrorism in the country, and Mr. Jonathan said public officers are extremely careful because words are “extremely elastic.”

“Sometimes you have something in your mind that you want to communicate but the way you communicate it, different people will give different interpretation,” Jonathan said.  “So until I read it. I don't believe that the National Security Adviser means that the practice in PDP are anti democratic...I still see that the PDP is one of the most democratic parties. So I don't believe that it is undemocratic practice in PDP that could give rise to Boko Haram or any other groups. Probably people need to ask NSA to maybe explain what he really mean.”

He maintained that Nigeria will conquer the terrorists because that is the trend in the world.   His comment ran as follows:

“From the beginning of this terrorist attack, I have always maintained that terror attack in any part of the country is terror attack on all of us and indeed the whole world because terrorist method is to ensure they have maximum damage that the whole world will begin to look at their direction for relevance. You can see that this is a media house. Its not a government establishment. Media has to inform all of us about what is happening. And of course the media is now also a victim. And that is why we all as Nigerians, no matter what we do, where we come from, we must join hands in fighting this terror. I can assure you that we will get over it. Other nations have passed through it....and they were able to conquer it. We are working very hard. The security services are working very hard. So we will conquer it.”

Asked his views about the suggestion of some people who say that dialogue with Boko Haram may be the best option, Mr. Jonathan was ambivalent:  “Yes they are correct to say we should dialogue and those who are saying we should not dialogue are also correct. When you have a terror situation, you also look at the global best practice all over the world. Most countries pass through that. Just like a war situation. You may dialogue. You may not dialogue depending on the circumstances. But we will exploit every means possible to bring this to an end.”

Also speaking at the event, the publisher of ThisDay Newspapers, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, described the attack on ThisDay as an attack on everyone, and that his organization will continue to publish the truth and defend free speech because it is worth dying for.

“It’s an attack on all of us,” he said of the events of Thursday.  “It’s an attack on the country. It’s an attack on free speech. It’s an attack on the media.  But be rest assured that we will never surrender...As I said before, what is not worth dying for is not worth living for. We will defend free speech. We will defend the conversation. We will publish the truth no matter what. We will never surrender.
 

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nice

nice one nagodi saad. true talk

nice

nice one nagodi saad. true talk

pres jonathan makes comments about gen azazi controversy.

This is the time president goodluck Jonathan makes use of retired LT Gen Isaac obiakor.he should be appointed the
Defense minister or national security adviser.

pres jonathan makes comments about gen azazi controversy.

This is the time president goodluck Jonathan makes use of retired LT Gen Isaac obiakor.he should be appointed the
Defense minister or national security adviser.

be carefull mr. Badluck

mr gudluck becarefull of your saying, don't forget that boko haram gave only 3 month to die ......ok?

@Deri - Well done!

Out of many, you alone gave a correct assessment and interpretation of what the NSA and the President said. If at all the NSA fingered the PDP, that is because he believes that CIROMA, who fanned the embers of this violence (along with BUHARI) is a PDP member, instead of the NORTHERN PEOPLES PARTY, which has other members like GENS BUHARI, IBB, GUSAU, ATIKU, EL-RUFAI & CO. They are NORTHERNERS first and foremost!

Otherwise, how can CIROMA (a 'PDP' member) call NORTHERNERS out to MAKE THE COUNTRY UNGOVERNABLE for a PDP President, while BUHARI'S FOOTSOLDIERS (a.k.a BOKO HARAM) heeded the 'clarion' call and have been implementing the agenda and begun a senseless killing spree.

The President's advice to the NSA is based on his own experience of talking loosely. It's about being responsible and cautious when talking publicly. If the NSA is cock-sure, why is CIROMA not detained?

May be Gen. Azazi Meant to say

PDP Northern Nigeria or PDP Southern Nigeria, PDP is PDP, the largest political party in Africa Kawai. Azazi or Asasi other political party are jealous of us.

May be Gen. Azazi meant to say

PDP Northern Nigeria or Southern Nigeria, PDP is PDP kawai.

on Aziza

Ha! Ha!! Ha!!! I'm still laughing

OC, ARE YOU A STEPPER MOTOR?

WHY DO YOU EXHIBIT SELECTIVE AMNESIA ABOUT THE BOKO HARAM ISSUE? SO YOU DID NOT KNOW THAT THEY HAD TO FIGHT THE POLICE SINCE THEY HAVE A COURT ORDER TO BUILD AND THE POLICE DID NOT PRODUCE A COUNTER ORDER? DID YOU NOT KNOW THAT THE ARMY KILLED THOUSANDS OF THEM AND HANDED THE LEADERSHIP TO POLICE WHO KNEW THAT THEY HAVE NO CASE AGAINST THEM IN THE COURT AND THEY DECIDE TO KILLED ALL THAT WERE HANDED TO THEM? WHY DO YOU PEOPLE WRITE AND COMMUNICATE LIKE GENIUSES BUT THINK LIKE DULLARDS? ASK AN AVERAGE NORTHERNER HE WILL TELL YOU THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN IJAW AND A ITSHEKIRI. BUT YOU GUYS WONT BOTHER TO STUDY THE NORTH AND NORTHERNERS. SOME OF YOU ARE CALLING FOR CHRISTIANS TO COME BACK TO THE SOUTH, SO WHERE WILL REV. FATHER MATTHEW KUKAH GO? PLEASE STUDY THE BOKO HARAM ISSUE FROM THE BEGINNING WITH AN OPEN MIND, THAT IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ABOUT THE ISSUE. YOU PROBABLY LOST NON OF YOUR FRIENDS TO THEM, SO LISTEN WHEN WE THAT DO SPEAK.

I agree with the NSA

In my candid opinion, I feel strongly that PDP (Not Goodluck) is responsible for our woes today. First, rotational presidency is not democracy. The institutionalization of rotational presidency by PDP has ended us in this mess. You allow the pple to choose whom they want to govern them regardless of region. Second, the fake promises we have received from PDP governments since 1999 has pushed some of us to believe that PDP is worsening our situation.

THE TRUTH IS BITTER

The NSA has spoken †̥ђe̶̲̥̅ truth regarding this matter.PDP caucus. Is the cause of all these anachy.Only Allah can save us from them as well as their evils

@Deri - Well done!

Out of many, you alone gave a correct assessment and interpretation of what the NSA and the President said. If at all the NSA fingered the PDP, that is because he believes that CIROMA, who fanned the embers of this violence (along with BUHARI) is a PDP member, instead of the NORTHERN PEOPLES PARTY, which has other members like GENS BUHARI, IBB, GUSAU, ATIKU, EL-RUFAI & CO. They are NORTHERNERS first and foremost!

Otherwise, how can CIROMA (a 'PDP' member) call NORTHERNERS out to MAKE THE COUNTRY UNGOVERNABLE for a PDP President, while BUHARI'S FOOTSOLDIERS (a.k.a BOKO HARAM) heeded the 'clarion' call and have been implementing the agenda and begun a senseless killing spree.

The President's advice to the NSA is based on his own experience of talking loosely. It's about being responsible and cautious when talking publicly. If the NSA is cock-sure, why is CIROMA not detained?

PREMATURE EJACULATION

Suffering from PREMATURE EJACULATION??? Then you have got to visit http://www.stopeja.wapka.mobi

@Ibrahim Saad - Or is it Nagode Saad?

Apparently, you appear not to understand what a CAUSE mean. Again, you are excusing or justifying that because THE BOKO HARAMS WERE REFUSED THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A MOSQUE ON THEIR LAND, THAT IS THE REASON WHY THEY ARE KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE? Under the Land Use Act, land within any State belongs to the State and it's under the State Government. Any one of you, without the Federal Government involvement, can prevail on any of the Northern State Governors to provide the Sect with acres of lands, as replacement, instead of the lowlifes resorting to killing INNOCENT CITIZENS!

At least, with Armed robbers, we know that they are driven by POVERTY and the DESPERATION TO SURVIVE (given the absence of social security). As I won't call for the Government to negotiate with Armed Robbers, so will I not call for negotiations with those animals that prey on human lives!

GOD OF TRUTH IS AT WORK

Facts of the truth by Azazi are: Boko haram idiot was convicted and jailed for onlt 3 years and the PDP senator who hired him to cause mayhem in Borno state is walking free. All those arrested in the very act of terrorism like Kabiru Sokoto and others are being pampered all in the name of politics or family affairs. All the northern governors and PDP members have been linked with the sect and even the vice president is a member of boko haram. God is using Azazi to let the truth be told. PDP wants to use violence to rule for 100 years and tp steal more money through unaccountable security votes. God Almighty will continue to expose them and deliver us from this wicked PDP.

On Azazi

The president is simply asking U to shut up d truth. U want to dare him? Lol! EFCC will soon come after U.

Tundemess, put on your

Tundemess, put on your regional thinking cap. I read the statement by Azazi many times cause I knew it would be taken to the cleaners by those who do not have anyhting in then to sell to us. Azazi put the blame on the crisis by Boko haram on the consensus Northern condidate thing which ciroma introduced. Have we not had Northern leaders like Junaid attack the elites in the North? Politics in 9ja today is about the North of the Fulani emirate warning us that there will be war, if they are not allowed to rule us again. U are here twisting fiction into facts to suit yr whims and caprices. Thats how u attempted to mess up what Soyinka said. He just took a general sweep at the judiciary period

azazi

I used to be a critic of gen azazi most
especially what he did at nigeria's
independent day celebration last year
when all activities was move to
presidential vila because of
terrorism. Thank God for the
courage he had during the South south
sumit to tell nigerians the truth about
PDP. My joy will be complete if azazi
resign honourably - very soon the
ruling party will sack him.

Jona w'ld rather die defending PDP than saving innocent people

Well I knew it is only a matter of time before truth catches up with lies.

The crumb-catchers Deri, OC and Ify-dumb-ever should cover their heads in shame. The National Security Adviser, a South South like Dumbo Jo and the crumb-catchers has said what we all have known since; PDP is Boko Haram and Boko Haram is PDP.
Apparently Dumbo Jo does not even listen to his security advisers, no wonder the security situation is this hopeless. A stupid President who can't sort out differences with his NSA privately is a disaster waiting to happen !!! Jonathan would rather die defending PDP than saving the innocent souls being killed by Boko Haram.
Over to the crumb-catchers with their tales by moonlight; General Azazi is being sponsored by Buhari ... isn't it ? Chmipazees !

Jona w'ld rather die defending PDP than saving innocent people

Well I knew it is only a matter of time before truth catches up with lies.

The crumb-catchers Deri, OC and Ify-dumb-ever should cover their heads in shame. The National Security Adviser, a South South like Dumbo Jo and the crumb-catchers has said what we all have known since; PDP is Boko Haram and Boko Haram is PDP.
Apparently Dumbo Jo does not even listen to his security advisers, no wonder the security situation is this hopeless. A stupid President who can't sort out differences with his NSA privately is a disaster waiting to happen !!! Jonathan would rather die defending PDP than saving the innocent souls being killed by Boko Haram.
Over to the crumb-catchers with their tales by moonlight; General Azazi is being sponsored by Buhari ... isn't it ? Chmipazees !

Mr. Presi

Please Mr. President, be man enough to call your sisters and brothers in your PDP party to order. Nigerians and even foreigners know that the Boko Haram nonsense is the handiwork of PDP. If it was any other party that is involved, you would have ordered the arrest of their sponsors since. It's good that the NSA spoke out. We have a lot of respect for the general. He loves Nigeria as a country.
PDP wants Nigerians to think that our able and courageous officers in the forces as incompetent. PDP HAS RUIN THIS COUNTRY FOR THE PAST 13YEARS PLUS, COURTESY OF BRAINLESS ABDULSALAMI ABUBAKAR.Chief. Falae won that election.

TRUTH Is Bitter

This Jonathan is a moron. If the NSA had blamed Buhari, he would have endorsed the statement. Fool!

Mr. Presi

Please Mr. President, be man enough to call your sisters and brothers in your PDP party to order. Nigerians and even foreigners know that the Boko Haram nonsense is the handiwork of PDP. If it was any other party that is involved, you would have ordered the arrest of their sponsors since. It's good that the NSA spoke out. We have a lot of respect for the general. He loves Nigeria as a country.
PDP wants to let Nigerians think that our able and courageous officers in the forces as incompetent. PDP HAS RUIN THIS COUNTRY FOR THE PAST 13YEARS PLUS, COURTESY OF BRAINLESS ABDULSALAMI ABUBAKAR.Chief. Falae won that election.

For how long will it take Nigeriaa?

According to the President, "I can assure you that we will get over it. Other nations have passed through it....and they were able to conquer it." For goodness sake, Mr. President; how many lives will be lost before we start getting upper hand over the Boko Haram. Ironically, America needed only Sept. 11 to block every other terrorist's activity in their clime and England needed 7th July London bombing attack to deploy all their security arsenals to nip terrorism attempt in the bud. In other countries, we hear that this group or that person was caught when they are planning terrorist attack, in Nigeria we hear the police went after so many corpses are already on the ground.

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PDP? Am sure its the bunch of uncivilized northern politicians

Guys whether we like it or not, we sud try and call a spade a spade, am not a fun of PDP or GEJ,they have failed us all... but am still very must confused how we can conclude that those who claimed to make the country ungovernable, those so called northern Elders who felt they knew the reasons why Boko Haram are striking, those who takes advantage of the crisis cuased by B.H (Like Rufai)to gain cheap political points.. are suddenly innocent... Well, dont forget that those behind BH are smiling each time we make comments they expect from the public...

A crack in the presidency

Things are quickly falling apart in the presidency. Is this the end of nigeria? if the NSA can view his intelligent opinion and the president is quick to publicly criticise him,this means the centre are not holding again. I will not be surprised to hear that Azazi resigned his appointment in the next few weeks or the president is chopping for a new NSA. If this man should contest again in 2015,then we are seeing the end of PDP. That will mean the end of a 60years predicted rule. Or it may be the end of nigeria herself.

Maybe Gen. Azazi meant to say

Maybe Gen. Azazi meant to say 'some Northern elements in the PDP' are responsible for the security situation in the country.

Re: NSA

The man Azazi may not be far from the truth because PDP as a party has enslaved Nigerians long ago.

Jonathan Warns NSA Azazi

NSA Azazi should be applauded. It takes a lot of courage to make this type of pronouncement.