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‘Boko Haram, A Problem Created By Govt Deliberately To Destabilize Nigeria’

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balarabe_musaA Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has described the terrorist group, Boko Haram, as an instrument of government created to destabilise the country and to shift focus during the 2015 elections.

The ex-governor, who made the startling allegation in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, dismissed the claim in some quarters that the insurgency in the north-eastern part of the country has religious coloration.

According to him, the security challenge is part of a well-orchestrated plot to distract citizens ahead of next year’s elections.

“Some of us believe that Boko Haram is not a religious problem. It is more of a political problem. Boko Haram is a problem created by the government deliberately to destabilise Nigeria and divert the attention of the people from the failures of the government.

“With Nigeria destabilised, starting from the North, when the 2015 elections come, the level of insecurity will be so much that Nigerians will not be concerned with the elections. Instead, they’ll be concerned primarily with peace. That will make election rigging easy”, he alleged.

Musa, however, advised Nigerians to shun the practice of selling their votes for money and, instead, decide that they want liberation.

“It is (lack of) money that undermines the freedom of the people to choose the right person. They can shun the money used for elections and politics, generally; it is not impossible, in spite of the poverty in the country and the manipulations by the elite”, he said.

The ex-governor also warned against electing leaders without integrity, citing the winner of the annulled 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, as the kind of leader that the electorate should vote for in 2015.

“The rich and powerful ruling class, which is responsible for what happened in the case of Abiola, can be controlled by the resolution of the people to make sure a free, fair and transparent election is conducted so that the rightful government is elected”, Musa noted.

According to the ex-governor, the commitment of some politicians to religion is not as much as their commitment to self-aggrandisement.

He further claimed that for most politicians, self-enrichment takes pre-eminence over their commitment to religion and ethnic origin. He said that the situation is such that “if you have money, you can avoid all these delineation of ethnic differences”.

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  1. danny

    November 9, 2014 at 10:48 am

    The former Governor is wrong, and as a Northern Elder and Stateman he should know the history of this Jihad,. You call it insurgency they ( jihadist) call it Reformation. These has nothing to do with the present or past Goverment. The Jihad started in Nigeria 1804 during the Colonian Era. And there is a strong believe from that Era that there are foreign elements, especially the so called Colonian masters now refer to the international Community,. All these for Theritories and Soveriegnties, using Religion as a Back-up.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

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The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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