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Fear of kid­nap­pers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Re­tired Brig.-Gen­eral Ab­dul­rah­man Mansur Dan-Ali, a del­e­gate from Zam­fara State, speaks very pas­sion­ately about the se­cu­rity chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly the North.

The first time he spoke about two weeks ago, he raised is­sues about se­cu­rity of even the venue of the con­fer­ence. Some days ago, the Gen­eral spoke again at the ple­nary where he raised some fun­da­men­tal is­sues.

He­la­ment­edthatthePre-sident Jonathan’s in­au­gu­ral speech was silent on the in­se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion plagu­ing the coun­try. He said the omis­sion was grave be­cause “100 per­cent of Ig­bos can­not longer go the East for Christ­mas be­cause they are afraid of kid­nap­pers.” By Dan-Ali’s cal­cu­la­tion, all the Ig­bos liv­ing in the 31 states of the fed­er­a­tion and the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory no longer travel to the South-East (com­pris­ing five states) for Christ­mas any­more.

Per­haps, it was be­cause of the pas­sion­ate way he spoke about the in­se­cu­rity rav­aging parts of the coun­try that the Igbo del­e­gates at the con­fer­ence didn’t dis­agree with him, at least dur­ing the ple­nary ses­sion.

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