FG Behind insecurity in the North — El-Rufai, Mato

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Former Federal Capital Territory minister Nasir el-Rufai yesterday accused the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan of being behind rising insecurity across the country and the spate of bombings in the north.

The former minister, who made the accusation on a BBC Hausa Service monitored in Abuja, said that the government had also not done enough to improve the worsening quality of life of Nigerians.

He was supported by a University of Abuja don and public affairs analyst, Dr. Kabiru Mato, who was also on the programme, Ra’ayi Riga.

El-Rufai pointed out that in Kano and Maiduguri, for instance, the government-backed Joint Task Force, JTF, has killed more Nigerians in those places than Boko Haram.

But in a swift reaction, the special adviser to President Jonathan on political matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, dismissed the accusation as untenable, unfortunate and baseless.

Gulak pointed out that insecurity in parts of the country predated the Jonathan era and should therefore not be blamed on him and his government.

“For him (el-Rufai) to accuse the government of being behind the bombings is wrong because he himself is in a position to know the truth.

The former minister, who is now a chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, noted that it was not a mere coincidence that there is always an escalation of violence whenever there is a national issue to be addressed by the government.

“No Nigerian will say he is safe because of insecurity,” he said, citing the recent increase in the spate of bombings just when members of the National Assembly were about to investigate the fuel subsidy scam that gulped over a trillion naira.

He said, “The fact that bombs explode more frequently whenever Jonathan is faced with challenges like the revelation of the fuel subsidy probe has led many of us to believe that the government is behind some of the bombings.

“Henry Okah’s sworn affidavit in South Africa implied that as well,” el-Rufai added.

“Why is it that whenever there is a problem, that is when those called Boko Haram will strike? Is the government working together with Boko Haram?” he asked. “Government has failed to provide us with a satisfactory answer in this regard.”

But the special adviser to the president reeled out the achievements of the administration in the areas of road construction, railway system and aviation, accusing the opposition of deliberately refusing to acknowledge the strides recorded by the government.

-Leadership News

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I agree wd el Rufai 100%, else how can the killings at potiskum cattle market occurred under the watchful eye of the so called JTF? Serious questions begging for answer, please.

  2. I disagree with this childish reasoning of el-Rufai. Some people in the North mostly the Elites are afraid of speaking the truth, their Children have cowed them. We haerd of the Bokos killing Clerics who had cause to condemn their actions, el-Rufai therefore, is only trying to play safe, No More No Less.
    The FG should anyway be up-and-doing, that is the summary.

  3. Henrry Okah, Aziza(NSA) & others has confirm dat JEG & de wailers ‘re de cause of insecurity in Nigeria. Ahmed Gulak y ‘re u defending de failed PDP gvt unecesryly, while u knw nigerians ‘re saying de trueth. trueth

  4. Bigots…Bigots…Bigots… They’re all over Nigeria Online Newspapers, they have nothing to do with their productive time but wait for (Made) pple like Mal. Nasir El-rufai to give out profound insights, only to end up being twisted by them( I cal them Educated Illiterate) ..so please I urge every reasonable person not to reply/debate with them cuz »Bigots Just don’t get it!!!«

  5. d northern elits are behind d problems(boko haram) in the north. They systhematicaly impovrish their people in order to use them during eletion. They ruled for 30 yrs yet nothing to show for it(amajiri). Their elits send their children to conventional schools while they build islamic school for their people to go and learn koran. What u see now(boko haram) is d after effect of their miss deeds. They are stil under d advice of britain

  6. Former FCT minister is absolutely right. Yaradua administratn solved d problm of niger delta conveniently. Why has jonathan adm failed 2 find lastn solutn 2 d issue of boko haram in an amicabl way if truly he did nt hv smtn bad in his cupboard. Let’s stop deceiving ourselves .

  7. In response to Okey Emmanuel…who out of ignorance viewed his interests and concerns are selfish to do progress of our Nation. You can’t keep criticising without proffering solutions. It makes you no different from those whom you choose to criticise! »Get A Life«

  8. A foolish man may think that everybody is like him. One day God is going to reveal all the secrets behind these ugly occurrences in Nigeria. Until the rotten tooth is remove from the mouth, it will still chew with caution. Jonathan is not truthful and honest, and therefore he deserves to be ostracized. Thank God that he will not remain there forever, he will definitely face this wrath when he ceases power soon.

  9. actually mr ben or whatever your name is, i quotes you
    as a FOOL of that nature/kind by describing (WE) northerners as our almajiris. do you know that it is better for an almajiris who is living under the masses the people than you (BEN) who lived on eating HUMAN BEINGS. FUCK YOUR ASS.

  10. El Rufai assertion is like that of a confused man. Northerners are sponsors of boko haram to frustrate this present administration, unknown to them they are digging their grave, the North might face extinction soon.

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