‘Mas­sacres big­gest chal­lenge be­fore North­ern del­e­gates’

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Do the North­ern elders even care about the North? What even make them elders when they can­not cause any­thing to hap­pen or stop it from hap­pen­ing? As far as I am con­cerned, we do not have any el­der any longer in the North. In my ig­no­rance and over ex­pec­ta­tions, I thought in the event that the North runs into any prob­lem such as the one we are fac­ing, ‘ELDERS’ from the re­gion can come out to coura­geously ad­dress it. Let us stop de­ceiv­ing our­selves; the North has no el­der given the fact that no­body plays the role of an el­der. Let them fin­ish the con­fer­ence and carry their al­lowances for them­selves and their fam­i­lies. Will it have any im­pact or di­rect bear­ing on the com­mon man?

Sa­maila Ri­maye sir­i­mayeh@ya­hoo.com ***************************** The Min­is­ter of De­fence, the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, the Chief of De­fence Staff and the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice are all North­ern­ers. They must put heads to­gether and find last­ing so­lu­tions to these killings of in­no­cent people. His­tory would not sphere them if they failed to do need­ful.

Ab­dul Musa amusa­tanko@ya­hoo.co.uk The North for all in­tents and pur­poses is a mere ge­o­graph­i­cal ex­pres­sion since the elites of all hues are united in turn-by-turn chop-I-chop syn­drome. Af­ter all, the prin­ci­pal se­cu­rity of­fi­cers - NSA, Min­is­ter of De­fence, IGP- are all from the same zone; yet Zam­fara, Katsina, Kaduna etc, are all locked down in this se­vere in­se­cu­rity. Whose in­ter­est do they rep­re­sent at the Rock?

Jan Hazo naiyamd@gmail.com ***************************** No coun­try or re­gion thrives with­out peace. Since the con­fer­ence has be­come a mat­ter of ne­ces­sity, I agreed with the wise ad­vice of the elders. Peace! Peace!! Peace!!! It is noth­ing but the ways to re­solve these wan­ton killings; that should be the sin­gle agenda of the North at the talk show. If peace can­not be re­stored and guar­an­teed to the North, then the show has no value and doesn’t de­serve our sup­port and par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Haro, KANO haro­is­mail@ya­hoo.com ***************************** We are happy that our re­spected north­ern elders view these prob­lems the way we view and have said it all. We only pray that ac­tions will fol­low. Other­wise,

as the re­spected Barr. Da­long shows, the cal­cu­la­tion might be that we will be pre­oc­cu­pied by the strug­gle to save our lives in 2015 not who we shall field to con­test for Pres­i­dent and win elec­tion.

Mas’ud H. ma­sud­haruna@ya­hoo.com *****************************

Nigeria is at civil war and ev­ery­one should know that. People are killed in their hun­dreds on a daily bases, why? Is it that we don’t have lead­ers? We need an­swers now! Nige­rian lead­ers are en­tic­ing ex­ter­nal agents who con­tinue to see Nigeria only within the prism of Chris­tians and Mus­lims. I think, this is not who we are. We are all aware that the Pres­i­dent him­self, with­out any­body pro­vok­ing him, said that there were Boko Haram mem­bers in his cab­i­net. No­body has been tried; no­body has lost his job as a min­is­ter; so we don’t know. We can­not say we don’t know who they are.

If the Pres­i­dent de­cided he wants to fig­ure out how to re­solve this mat­ter, that is, if mil­i­tary so­lu­tions are known to have been ex­hausted, what the Pres­i­dent should do is to prob­a­bly set up a com­mit­tee to look at this whole thing. Look, the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion in South Africa took about two years of people trav­el­ling around the world to fig­ure out how to fix the sit­u­a­tion. People went to the old Soviet Union. They went round be­fore they came back. There­fore, in­se­cu­rity mat­ter is an is­sue you are go­ing to re­solve by diplo­macy, ne­go­ti­a­tions, and con­sen­sus, trade up and so on and so forth. The mil­i­tary does not have the ca­pac­ity to do that and the fire­power that has in­ten­si­fied, has cre­ated a back­lash.

Kangiwa

Nadolekangiwa@ya­hoo.com

A joint Task Force ve­hi­cle in Maiduguri

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