Northern Elders Thursday mocked President Goodluck Jonathan’s benevolent gesture of ordering the release of terror suspects from detention centres across the region, saying that he would one day be made to account for the women and children seized by security agents based on unverified terrorism charges.
The group also took exception to the recent threat by Mujaheed Dokubo Asari to match the opposition bullet by bullet if Jonathan was not re-elected in 2015, saying that it was a threat to national security.
The elders, who made this position known through their spokesman, Prof Ango Abdullahi, noted with dismay that the present administration had allowed innocent women and children to be subjected to untold hardship for offences they knew nothing about.
“Let me tell you that what the government did by ordering the release of suspected terrorists was borne out of shame and guilt being suffered by it for clamping innocent women and children into detention camps or what you may call Nigeria’s ‘Guantanamo Bay’, which are scattered all over the place,” Adbullahi said.
“We note with delight that at last common sense has prevailed and the embattled families have regained their freedom. But we hasten to add that this government must account for the women and children from the north, who they took into unwarranted detention. As far as we are concerned, the release of the so-called terror suspects should have been done long ago.”
On Dokubo-Asari’s threat, The NEF said, “From the antecedents of Asari Dokubo, we believe that he is making these empty boasts apparently because of the filthy lucre he is getting from pipeline contracts and the promise of more. But we can bet Nigerians that he would be the first person to flee to the creeks if the war he is threatening breaks out”.