Thursday, 16 May 2013

“Don’t Throw Nigeria to Religious Crisis” – Asari Dokubo to MEND

“Don’t Throw Nigeria to Religious Crisis” – Asari Dokubo to MEND


Asari Dokubo
Mujaheed Asari Dokubo, leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force, warned the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) not to precipitate religious war in the country by attacking Mosques because any religious crisis in Nigeria will have “far reaching consequences.”
It was reported that Dokubo also told the members of Boko Haram to stop “playing to the gallery” because they will never win the war against the Northerners.
He also told the state house correspondents that those people who claim to be representing MEND and committing crime in the Niger Delta region are just impostors.
” I am a Muslim I do not subscribe to attacking religious centers of worship, I do not believe that MEND exist, I have always said that there is nothing like MEND. MEND is just the figment of the imagination of people, it’s on the Internet, newspapers, but who is MEND, nobody can really tell you.
MEND was formed, only for name for the purpose of my release and the release of Alamesaigha when we were in detention. MEND leaders are not known anywhere like other organizations like the Ijaw Youth Council, OPC and so on.MEND actually is faceless, because Henry Okah himself have denied that he is not the leader of MEND in court under oath.
I want to say that there is no religious war in Nigeria and nobody should try to throw Nigeria into religious crisis that will have far-reaching consequences. For instance in Yoruba land, how are you going to fight? In some families the family is divided, the mother is a Christian, the father is a Muslim, the children are divided, there are pastors, there are missioners of Islamic organizations.
Even in my family, of my fathers’ children, I am the only Muslim and my eighteen children are also Muslims, so how are we going to fight and kill each other. I don’t think it will be possible and I don’t think anybody should be foolhardy in introducing that agenda into the crisis we already have,” he said.
Dokubo also reacted to the attack which led to the death of 12 policemen in Bayelsa State. According to him, investigations show that those who carried out the attack were resentful fighters whose leaders allegedly refused to pay their monthly salary.
“The unfortunate incidence that happened in the Bayelsa , if you dig deep into it, many people were paid money through this amnesty and instead of paying their followers they pocketed much of the money for themselves and these followers were angry that the N65,000 stipend that was supposed to go to them did not get to them.
And according to the allegation when one of the leaders was going for his mother’s burial, they had the opportunity to attack because they had problems with the engine of the boat and the Police were stranded and were attacked and I don’t think it is MEND, I think it is an internal disagreement and some of the perpetrators have been arrested.
I am very concerned about it, our struggle was a moral struggle and anybody who introduces any other element into that struggle is not part of us,” he stated.
He also responded to the proposed amnesty for Boko Haram members. According to him, the issue of giving amnesty to people who have not been convicted, just like what was done to Niger Delta militants, was “faulty.”
“I First amnesty is a fraud, it is not known to Nigerian law. The government can only put in two things, exercise prerogative of mercy after a person has been convicted or when a person is under trial to put a Nolli Prosequi, but you cannot see somebody and declare him a criminal and give him pardon. It is very wrong, it is a mistake we made the first time and if you have made mistake once, you continue to make it.
If they give amnesty to the Salafi movement, I don’t know them as Boko Haram, other people will come and maybe I will form a group and ask for amnesty and they will give me, so the vicious circle will continue.
I cannot in one breath see that some other people are sitting at home and receiving 65 thousand Naira and say that others should not. It will be inconsistent with what I stand for. As far as am concerned the amnesty has been given to one set of people, it should be given to all” he said.
Asked whether he was surprised at the rejection of the amnesty offer by the Boko Haram, Asari Dokubo asked the group not to “play to the gallery because this is a war they cannot win. You will just be killing and causing dislocation in the system and the Prophet said he who commits suicide is going to end up in hell fire and he who commits suicide is not part of us.
There are conditions for jihad and we are not afraid to fight as Muslims. Jihad is compulsory for every Muslim, we are not ashamed and we are not apologetic about it. if North Korea can go to war with South Korea, if America can go to a senseless war in Iraq, if a Muslim is threatened, the prophet says fight against those who fight against you, if they desist you stop, there are conditions for jihad. Jihad can only be possible if you are prevented from praying, reading your Koran, marrying and other things that affect your religion. When people are misguided you need to guide them,” he warned.

Dead Man Wakes Up At His Own Funeral


Dead Man Wakes Up At His Own Funeral
dead man woke up in his funeral
In Zimbabwe, mourners at a funeral were shocked when the dead man suddenly woke up. The man’s name is Brighton Dama Zanthe and he is 34 years old.
According to our source, he works as a transport worker. He was being laid to rest last Monday after he died due to an illness.
His family covered his body with some blankets and decided to transfer him to a local mortuary. The next day, the mourners were scattered in disbelief when Brighton started moving as they walk past his coffin to say goodbye.
According to Brighton’s boss Lot Gaka: “I was the first to notice Zanthe’s moving legs as I was in the queue to view his body. This shocked me.
At first I could not believe my eyes but later I realized that there was still life. We called an ambulance which came within 7 minutes.
It’s really a miracle and most people are still in disbelief.” It was gathered that Brighton was discharged from the hospital last week.
He spent 2 days on life support at Gweru Provincial Hospital. “This issue can be best told by people who came to my house to attend my funeral. I don’t know what happened and I only remember being on a life support system in hospital.
Everything is history to me. What I can only confirm is that people gathered at my house to mourn but I was given another chance and I am alive,” Brighton said

Bola Tinubu Says State Of Emergency Merely A Ruse For 2015

Bola Tinubu Says State Of Emergency Merely A Ruse For 2015


Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), on Wednesday described the declaration of a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States by President Goodluck Jonathan as a dangerous trend in the art of governance and a deliberate ploy to subvert constitutional democracy.
 
“It is now abundantly clear that President Jonathan has finally bared his fangs confirming what was widely speculated,” he said in a press statement, stressing that by the action, Mr. Jonathan has intimidated and emasculated the governors of these States.
Tinubu said that keen observers have been left with the unmistakable conclusion of the existence of a surreptitious but barely disguised intention to muzzle the elected governments of these states for what is clearly a display of unpardonable mediocrity and diabolic partisanship geared towards 2015.
“Borno and Yobe states have been literally under armies of occupation with the attendant excruciating hardship experienced daily by the indigenes and residents of these areas. This government now wants to use the excuse of the security challenges faced by the Governors to remove them from the states considered hostile to the 2015 PDP/Jonathan project.”
He warned that the administration is in effect setting in motion a chain of events the end of which nobody can predict, as actions such as this one often give root to radical ideologies and extremist tendencies that are a direct opposite of the intended outcome of unwarranted and unintelligent meddlesomeness.
“The present scenario playing out in the country reminds one of the classical case of a mediocre craftsman who continually blames the tools of his trade for his serial failure but refuses to look at his pitiable state with a view to adjusting,” he said.
Chief Tinubu further warned that Jonathan’s pronouncement, which seeks to abridge or has the potential of totally scuttling the constitutional functions of Governors and other elected representatives of the people, will be counterproductive in the long run.
“A State of Emergency already exists in the states where JTF operates,” he pointed out, noting that residents of the affected communities live in constant fear and their rights are violated with impunity under the guise of searching for terrorists in their respective domains.
“Hiding under some nebulous claims which border on the intractability of the security challenges posed by Boko Haram or some acclaimed traditionalists who have killed some policemen to render ineffective the constitutional powers vested in elected Governors and other representatives of the people, perceived as not amenable to manipulation for the 2015 project amounts to reducing serious issues bordering on the survival of the country to partisan politics,” he said.
The ACN chieftain called on all those who love Nigeria genuinely to advise the federal government not to tinker with the mandates of the governors of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa under any guise, calling it a “potentially destructive” path to take.
“If security of a society is about the protection of lives and property of the citizenry, the involvement of the people is a sine qua non to effective intelligence gathering,” the statement said. “Any measures put in place which alienate the people, in particular their elected representatives, should be considered as fundamentally defective by every right thinking person in the country.”

We will March Naked If Jonathan Refuses To Run

Urhobo Threaten To March Naked If Jonathan Refuses To Run

The campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election received a boost Thursday with the people of Urhobo ethnic nationality in Delta State threatening to march naked on the streets of Nigeria, if Jonathan fails to seek re-election in 2015.
photo The campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election received a boost Thursday with the people of Urhobo ethnic nationality in Delta State threatening to march naked on the streets of Nigeria, if Jonathan fails to seek re-election in 2015.
Describing Jonathan as the best President that Nigeria has ever had, the people listed the rare qualities and credentials of the President to justify their insistence that he must be returned in 2015 to consolidate the gains already recorded by him.
The Urhobo natives, who made their position, clear when they met with the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, in Abuja on Thursday, stated that Jonathan had impressed them and that they would still vote for him in the next election.
The leader of the Movement for the Survival of Urhobo Ethnic Nationalities, Chief Rex Anigoro, pointed out that contrary to the castigation of Jonathan for weakness and non-performance, the President had actually surpassed the mark attained by his predecessors.
“We make bold to say that in 2015 we will still vote for President Jonathan because of his outstanding performance so far. But let us warn that if he refuses to run, we will march naked through the streets of Nigeria to compel him to do so.
“Tell Mr. President that the Urhobo people stand solidly behind him because for the first time in the history of Nigeria a President has declared state of emergency with democratic institutions still intact, the railway system that had since been abandoned is back while the power sector is receiving a boost just as strikes in our universities have ended.
“And we are very proud of President Jonathan because of all Nigeria’s presidents, he is the most educated, most responsible and responsive, most experienced and most qualified to run this country and did not emerge out of accident as some people will want to say.
“We want Nigerians to know that Jonathan is not an accidental President but a well trained leader, who has proved that it is possible for any Nigerian to lead the country through the dint of hard work, dedication and commitment to the cause of their fatherland.
The Urhobo group however castigated the recent attempt by some of their natives to forge an alliance with the Arewa youths with a view to achieving some political ambitions in 2015, saying that those persons did not have the mandate of the generality of the people to do so.
The Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta, Kingsley Kuku, used the forum to brief the Urhobo group on steps so far taken by the Jonathan’s administration to restore peace in the Niger Delta through the Amnesty programme and called on them to continue to work for peace progress of the nation.

Declared War On Northern Nigeria


You’ve Declared War On Northern Nigeria, NEF Tells Jonathan

Northern elders on Thursday broke their silence on the slamming of state of emergency in three of their states, describing the action of President Goodluck Jonathan as an indirect declaration of war on the Northern part of Nigeria.
The President’s action, which took the northern elders by surprise, is coming barely three weeks after Jonathan accepted a roadmap from the NEF on how to end the Boko Haram insurgency in parts of the north.
The elders had successfully impressed upon the Presidency to raise the Boko Haram committee to dialogue with the sect with a view to restoring elusive peace to the region. Jonathan, who met with the NEF leadership in Abuja in April, subsequently inaugurated the Turaki-led BH committee with a mandate to broker peace with the sect and compensate their victims within a two-month timeframe.
However, shortly after inaugurating the panel, the sect leadership rejected the amnesty offer, saying that it is the government that should seek amnesty for having killed its Muslim brothers across the country.
But a spokesman for the NEF, Prof Ango Abdullahi, who relayed the position of the group on Thursday, told Vanguard that they were disappointed by the sudden change of tactic by Jonathan on how to resolve the crisis in the north.
“It is very sad for us to see that the President has easily changed direction from dialogue and reconciliation to war in his bid to end the cycle of violence in the north,” Abdullahi said.

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