QUOTE How to curb in­sur­gency, by Tin­ubu

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

“With 13 per cent be­ing given the South-South, with the NDDC, Min­istry of Niger Delta, the SURE-P, the Amnesty and nor­mal al­lo­ca­tions to the states, I ad­vise we make haste slowly in ask­ing for more to be given. I be­lieve

that the tim­ing of the re­quest is wrong al­though the re­quest is good” - A leader of All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), Asi­waju Bola Ahmed Tin­ubu, has tasked Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan to de­velop “a grand strat­egy” to stamp out the recurring in­ci­dents of Boko Haram in­sur­gency in Nigeria.

Tin­ubu said the tempo and con­sis­tency of at­tacks sug­gests that “govern­ment’s ap­proach is not only tepid but wrong­minded”.

He said, “Enough of ex­cuses and lies. The Jonathan ad­min­is­tra­tion must de­velop a grand strat­egy to bind this men­ace,” and in­sisted that the na­tion had “reached a point where un­cer­tain poli­cies and half mea­sures do not suf­fice.”

The APC Leader bared his mind in Og­bo­moso, Oyo State on the oc­ca­sion of his in­vesti­ture as the Chan­cel­lor of Ladoke Ak­in­tola Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (LAUTECH) dur­ing which he stated that by their ac­tions, ”the ter­ror­ist have de­clared war not only against govern­ment but against the whole of us.”

He said the re­cent tragedy in Nyanya, cou­pled with the whole­sale ab­duc­tion of the fe­male stu­dents in Borno State had re­vealed that the na­tion’s in­tel­li­gence agencies need sur­gi­cal oper­a­tion.

Tin­ubu de­clared: “Such a vast oper­a­tion should not have been able to oc­cur with­out our in­tel­li­gence ser­vices get­ting a hint that a mas­sive kid­nap­ping was un­der­way. We need to do much bet­ter at this as­pect. The op­po­si­tion of the people will be what de­feats Boko Haram in the end.

“Govern­ment must put in place, im­me­di­ate and mean­ing­ful re­lief for all per­sons whose property and liveli­hood has been af­fected by this men­ace. This re­lief is re­quired to as­sist cit­i­zens to restart their lives while the govern­ment makes ef­fort to en­sure that the men­ace is per­ma­nently re­moved. Here, govern­ment must ply the road of eco­nomic re­form and de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance to these ar­eas.”

Com­ment­ing on the state of the na­tional econ­omy with its at­ten­dant mass un­em­ploy­ment, Se­na­tor Tin­ubu faulted the re­cently an­nounced fig­ures of the coun­try’s re­based GDP which has re­port­edly leaped over South Africa to be­come the largest econ­omy in Africa sub­mit­ting that “the mag­i­cal sta­tis­tics do not trans­late into a mag­i­cal im­prove­ment in the people’s eco­nomic con­di­tion.”

Tin­ubu lashed out at Pres­i­dent Jonathan’s ad­min­is­tra­tion say­ing it is per­mis­sive of cor­rup­tion in high places adding that “the Federal Govern­ment is en­gaged in a cu­ri­ous war against cor­rup­tion.”

He ex­pressed doubts if the Federal Govern­ment would al­low for free and fair elec­tions, if the bal­lot­ing dur­ing last year’s vote on the chair­man­ship of the Nige­rian Gover­nor’s Fo­rum should be con­sid­ered.

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