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The North Is Blaming Us For Supporting Jonathan – Lamido

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Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido has given his thoughts on supporting Jonathan in 2011 and following him to the campaign trail now.

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In a one on one interview with vanguard the governor talked about how there are thingsin the north that the president fails to feel.

Excerpts:

Will you support the president fully during the campaigns, or will you play ‘siddon look?’

What we are going through today in Nigeria should go beyond partisan politics. Only yesterday, there were bomb blasts in Kano. How many people died? How many were injured? People in their place of worship. No matter how you see it, sometimes there are difficult situations. My party and my Federal Government must assist me in ensuring my safety. Right now, we are overwhelmed by grief.

Government must be seen to have the political will and commitment to confront this insurgency. Even though I believe in Nigeria, I am also coming from a political environment. And when a certain arrangement seems to be undermining me, ignoring the circumstances under which I live in my environment, it becomes very, very difficult for me to give the required political support. Government should also be willing and able to encourage me to support it. It should be able to provide me the comfort I need. Immediately after the Kano mosque bombing, text messages began to circulate.People are saying, ‘the North should not forgive Murtala Nyako, Shehu Shema, Sule Lamido and Isa Yuguda’, they listed four governors for supporting President Goodluck Jonathan to be president in 2011.

Are they saying that the president is connected with the bomb blasts?

You see, as human beings, when you are going through frustration, and you are literally overwhelmed, you can get disoriented and over-react. Otherwise, what do the bomb blasts have to do with the 2011 election? I am coming from a tribe, from a region and from an environment, and these types of things drain me of all moral authority, all political authority. And, therefore, when things are not working very well, I am one of those people hold accountable. I am part of the leadership of the country and so my people hold me accountable.

When people like Edwin Clark say people of the South-South are angry with the North for being against their son, it diminishes my contribution to the making of the Jonathan presidency. When people are overwhelmed by hopelessness, they can take it out on anybody who is around, and people will now be making reckless statements. I must be given the moral authority, and things must be decisively checked. And people should not be making reckless statements. We need to work towards a Nigeria for all Nigerians, not northern Nigeria or southern Nigeria. People should be defending the interests of Nigeria, not just the interests of their regions and abusing people who are from the other side.

Sule Lamido was Nigeria’s Foreign minister from 1999 to 2003. He was then elected governor of Jigawa State in April 2007.

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  1. DR SHEHU MAHDI

    December 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    VERY WELL SAID GOVERNOR. I LIKE YOUR VIEWS

  2. babatope ogunsanmi

    December 8, 2014 at 8:41 am

    The Governor should be categorical by saying SOME NORTHERNERS, and not just say the North as if my humble self who had the Certificate of Northern Status since 1966 don’t matter because I support the Jonathan Project then in 2011 and still stand by him. of course there Northerners and the Northerners as known by different nuances and persuasions, those who claim to Champion Northern interest lost the essence of “Northern” as defined by the founding Father, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the claim to be representing us in most times is parochial, pecuniary and all for nepotism. Desperation for raw Power by some leaders dulls their reasoning and the resultant effect is economy with truth and altruism. Talk of personal qualities and certainly Sule Lamido, IBB, Aminu Kano, Abubakar Rimi or Retired Col Umar and some true Leaders can be trusted for their urbanism and realist approach to Nation Building who then to me truly represent me. Enough of gallery playing.

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