The Legimatization Of Ethnic Militancy By President Jonathan – Okoi Obono-Obla
It is sad, outrageous, unbecoming, inconceivable, unbelievable and the height of impunity that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Good luck Jonathan has turned himself to the Protector, Promoter, Abettor and Aider of Ethnic militancy, Ethnic Champions and Ethnic Irredentists that are over the years being in the vanguard for the balkanization of the Nigerian Federation just because he is desperate to win the forthcoming general election at all cost.
Undeniably by virtue of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), President Jonathan is the custodian of the Constitution and the Chief Security Officer of the Federation and therefore ought to be above board in matters concerning the welfare, security and well-being of the people of this country.
Yesterday in Lagos was one of the saddest day in the history of the country. Indeed what transpired was the ugliest spectacle to behold in recent times in the country.
It was a day when the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, the State Security Service and all other security agencies of the Nigerian State stood idly by and watched awestruck how a bunch of terrorists, anarchists, miscreants and urchins operating under the cloak of a so-called Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) armed with lethal weaponry such as guns, machetes, cudgels went berserk.
The members of OPC acting apparently under the influence of alcohol , drugs and other narcotics substances unleashed a reign of terror, intimidation, and harassment of Nigerians in Lagos under the guise of a demonstration for the removal from Office of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega.
Last Friday, it was the turn of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MOSSAB) to demonstrate against the removal of Professor Jega at the apparently after receiving huge sums of from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The open supports shown by the Federal Government on the violent demonstrations of these ethnic jingoists across the country yet again manifest how impunity has become institutionalised and legitimatized in the ruthless and visionless Jonathan’s presidency.
Professor Jega obviously has incurred the wrath of President Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Party and other anti-democratic forces under the payroll of the presidency for showing some measure of independence in the discharge of his statutory duties and responsibilities as the Chief National Electoral Commissioner and Superintendent of the forthcoming general election in the country.
It is now an open secret that the Jonathan’s presidency has now entered and formed an unholy alliance with ethnic militias and ethnic irredentists which ideologies are plainly inimical and a threat to national security with the ultimate aim of using them to scuttle the forthcoming general election in the country and thereby undermining the sovereignty of the people of the Nigeria.
Undoubtedly President Jonathan fraternization and romanising with the ethnic militias such as the MOSSAB, OPC and the Niger Delta Militants/War Lords such as Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, and Boy loaf constitute a flagrant breach of his oath of office and oath of allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It is a notorious fact that these ethnic militias such as OPC, MOSSAB etc. are officially proscribed by the Nigerian Federal Government during the Obasanjo‘s presidency.
But President Jonathan and his Peoples Democratic Party in their desperation to use naked power and coercion to intimidate Nigerians to win by hook or crook the presidential election have unwittingly have legalised and legitimatised these dangerous militias that posed a threaten to the territorial integrity of the country.
It is an open secret that it was use of militants by politicians in Bornu State to hound and intimidate their opponent during election that was the genesis of the formation of Boko Haram.
Similarly was arming and use of cultists by politicians in the Niger Delta that gave rise to the Niger Delta Militants that took up arms against the Nigerian State.
It beggars belief and really saddening that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who is supposed to be the embodiment of comportment, decorum, dignity and carriage ; should be openly promoting and associating with despicable criminals and anarchists pretending to champions of ethnic nationalities in his macabre desperation to win election come what may.
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