Fear of kidnappers
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.