Re-Elect GEJ or we break up!

What will quickly crop into the minds of most
readers, maybe because of the heading of this
article, might be, this is another campaign for GEJ.
For the purpose of records, this is not and NEVER
consciously intended to be. It is more so, not a
statement of threat or a word from trepidation.
“If the 2011 rigging repeats itself in 2015, there will
be violence in the Nation, ala, “the dog and baboon
will be soaked in the same blood”. This is the
direct translation of “kare Jini Biri Jini”, a
statement credited to Gen. Buhari and was backed
by Northern Governors on May 18, 2012.” The
above statement can be easily associated with the
same fellow who before the 2011 generally
elections assured Nigerians that the country would
be ungovernable if he’s not elected the president
of the Nation. Truth be told; weather he meant it
or not, violence erupted in some parts of the north
after the announcement of the election results,
which was clearly not in his favour. Lots of lives
taken and properties were lost and destroyed!
I’m strongly of the opinion that the remnants of
the then election violence gave birth, or rather
triggered and aided the formulation of Boko Haram,
which was led by Mohammed Yusuf. Violence
started in the North on April 2011. Today, it is on
record that this insurgents has wasted thousands
of lives, displaced many, destroyed lots of
valuables and most definitely made the
Government led by GEJ indeed ungovernable.
Because of the hunger of a few politicians from the
North to cling to power, Boko Haram at inception
of insurgency was delicately encouraged, for none
the leaders spoke openly to condemn the series of
attacks on christian religious houses, social and
police formations. One would naturally conclude
that BH is politically motivated. The resultant
effects of this menace is visibly clear. And, we are
still suffering from this madness. This sect has
now gone to the level where it can’t be curbed,
they now align with international islamic terror
groups like Ansaru, Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda, ISIS
etc. Boko Haram sect was recently named the 7th
most richest terrorist group in the world.
Having established a little of the genesis of Boko
Haram. Whose pivot can easily be traced to the
power clamour! Clearly, now, no one can decipher
their interest and what they truly kill for.
In Late June, 2009. Late President Umaru Yar’Adua
in other to stop militancy in the Niger Delta
announced an amnesty plan that includes, cash
payments, scholarships, skill acquisition training,
immunity from prosecution to any militant who
willingly submits his arms and cease fire within a
60 day period. A region that claimed to have been
marginalised, cheated upon and left under-
developed despite being the power (Financial) bank
of the Nation. During this period, oil production
reduced by 25-35 percent as a result of the
incessant activities of these militants, which were;
kidnapping of oil workers/expatriate, sabotage, oil
siphoning rackets, establishment of illegal refineries
and destruction via bombing of oil pipeline
installations. But for the amnesty given, the Nation
would have bled financially and all her components
parts will drastically suffer in almost all
ramifications.
Candidly, come 2015, it’s either GEJ is returned to
Aso rock elected or the country would inevitably
suffer. How? You may ask. Hear this (Quoted
directly from Asari Dokubo’s words); “My support
for Jonathan will be biased, because Charity begins
at home. Monkey no fine, but im mama like am.
Goodluck Jonathan would be president in 2015″.
“Weather they contest or they don’t. If they say
the blood of the dogs and the baboons will be
soaked in the streets, or salt water in the streets,
we will help them in blood in the streets”. On the
9th of September 2013, a group under the aegis of
Niger Delta Progressive Alliance (NDPA) in a
statement signed by the group’s President General,
Mr. Anognemi Fedude and General Secretary,
Akpata Okorodudu, said: “But in the event of any
attempt by any individual or group to deprive him
(Jonathan) of his rights, we have resolved to
match force with force, even if it lead to Nigeria’s
disintegration”. As a good student of history, one
would not naturally concluded that this threats are
empty, null and void.
It is no longer new to the entire Nation the
resultant effects of the activities of the Niger Delta
militants few years ago. I’m quite sure that the
Nation has suffered in the hands of Boko Haram
insurgency, but I’m of the believe that we shall
suffer more if GEJ is not re-elected. Weather it
would be called retaliatory or not, I know for sure if
GEJ losses at the polls come 2015, the Niger Delta
militants will also go back to the creeks to make
the Nation ungorvenable too. Which will be a more
deadly blow on us, because it will encapsulate loss
of lives and revenue. Or do you think Nigeria will
be peaceful if GEJ loses in 2015? A pay back to
will North will be imminent. Reading the various
threats and counter threats flying around, it seems
it is a battle for power between the North and the
South-South come 2015. We do know that Nigeria
as a Nation solely depends on oil, which is gotten
from this region.
I am not a prophet of doom but I’ve often posited
that we must always face reality when it comes to
issues like this. Also, We must learn to get out
political calculations right and then pitch our tent
with reasoning that has little or no danger ahead.
For me, the Nigeria Sate is bigger than us all.
Hence, irrespective of our cultural affiliations,
political beliefs, religious umbrella and opinions, we
must all come together to ensure the interest of
the future is paramount.
Be good.
Oyewole Michael Rolex
Writes from Ado-Ekiti
@Rolex7Michael
+2348038796168

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