Insurgency: Nobody Is Safe In Nigeria; We Are All Targets – Kwankwaso

Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso said the country was unprepared for the level of violence from Boko Haram Islamists.

Kwankwaso, who spoke to AFP in an interview, yesterday stated that “everyone is tired of our situation now because nobody is safe in this country.”

According to him, insurgency in the country’s north is fuelled by social and economic inequalities in the region compared to the richer, oil-producing south.

He said President Goodluck Jonathan had failed to heed advice and address the problems.

“There is a very strong correlation between poverty, unemployment and illiteracy on the one hand and of course the issue of insurgency or insecurity on the other,” Kwankwaso said.

“A very poor man who is looking for something to eat can easily be persuaded by the insurgents to be recruited. So, also, the unemployed and the illiterate. And that is exactly what is happening.

“The president has been warned by many people in and outside the country, including (former US) secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

“I’m sure there are many people that told him that long before now but he didn’t take the advice and now we are reaping the consequences.”

Kwankwaso said he welcomed the help of “friendly countries” in the search for more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters last month.

But he questioned why Nigeria was no longer able to tackle the situation on its own, given the military’s history of involvement in peacekeeping operations overseas.

“Under normal circumstances, Nigeria should be strong enough to defend itself. We don’t have to ask our friends — the US, UK and so on — to come and help us.

“I have to say that it is very disappointing today that we have to ask some countries to come and help us because as at the time I left office as the minister of defence, we had the capacity to protect every square metre of this country.

“I don’t know what went wrong but this is where we have found ourselves. We have to look for support from elsewhere and that is what those in the saddle of leadership are looking for,” he said.

Kwankwaso said the five-year insurgency had left everyone a target, from ordinary civilians to the police, military, government officials and traditional rulers.

His own father narrowly escaped injury after gunmen attacked a mosque in his village in January, killing three worshippers.

The range of people attacked put paid to claims that politicians in the north were stoking the insurgency as a way of destabilising the government in Abuja, he added.

“Every class is a victim and we hope the government works as tirelessly as possible to end this state of insecurity we are now facing.”

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  • MY GOV. PLS D RICHEST MAN IN AFRICA IS FROM D NORTHERN NIGERIA, OVER 80% OF OIL BLOCKS IN NIGERIA IS OWNED BY NORTHENERS, OF NIGERIAS 54YRS D NORTHERNERS HAS RULED ABOUT 39YRS AND D SOUTH LES DAN 15YRS. D SPEAKER OF D HOUSE AND D SENATE PRESIDENTS AR NORTHERNERS, D CHIEF JUSTICE, INEC CHAIRMAN, POLICE IG AR ALSO NORTHERNERS, MOST SENIOR OFFICERS IN D MILITARY AR NOTHERNERS, MOST STATES AR IN D NORTH, MOST POLITICAL APPOINTEES AR NORTHERNERS, D PRESENT VICE PRESIDENT IS A NORTHERNER ETC. WHY AR D NORTH SO UNGRAITFUL? WHY AR D NORTH EXTREMELY CRUEL, WICKED, EVIL, HEARTLES AND DEVILISH? WHY AR D NORTH LIVE BABAROUSLY?

  • PLS WHAT IS D PROBLEM OF D NORTH? WHAT DO D NORTH WANT? D RICHEST MAN IN AFRICA IS FROM D NORTHERN NIGERIA, OVER 80% OF OIL BLOCKS IN NIGERIA IS OWNED BY NORTHENERS, ATONY GENERAL OF NIGERIA A NRTHERNER, OF NIGERIAS 54YRS D NORTHERNERS HAS RULED ABOUT 39YRS AND D SOUTH LES DAN 15YRS. D SPEAKER OF D HOUSE AND D SENATE PRESIDENTS AR NORTHERNERS, D CHIEF JUSTICE, INEC CHAIRMAN, POLICE IG AR ALSO NORTHERNERS, D HEAD OF SERVICE, MOST SENIOR OFFICERS IN D MILITARY AR NOTHERNERS, MOST STATES AR IN D NORTH, MOST POLITICAL APPOINTEES AR NORTHERNERS, D PRESENT VICE PRESIDENT IS A NORTHERNER ETC. YET D LEAST DEVELOPE AREA AR D NORTH, D POOREST OF POOR IN NIGERIA AR IN D NORTH AND D MOST USLES AND HOPLES PEOPLE IN NIGERIA AR AL NORTHERNERS WHY? WHY AR D NORTH SO UNGRAITFUL? WHY AR D NORTH EXTREMELY CRUEL, WICKED, EVIL, HEARTLES AND DEVILISH?

  • People like Kwankwaso are the reason why North is the way it is. Is it now insecurity started in the North? What about 1980’s and 90’s when southerners and non-muslims were killed in the core North boosted and encouraged by Islamic fundamentalists in states like kano, kaduna and the subsequent introduction of sharia law in Zamfara by the then governor “Yarima”. Kwankwaso seems to be stupid in his reasoning that the insurgent are not fighting because of poverty but to accomplish Islamic agenda of changing north into an islamic Region by eliminating all christians and put in place an Islamic government in that region. What Boko Haram has succeeded in doing is its transformation into an Organised group back by core northern elites as against the way and manner they use to go on killing and massacre scheme in the 80’s and 90’s…kwankwaso seems to play politics of hate cos GEJ and has forgotten what led to the Nigerian Civil war…Kwankwaso seems to forget that it is not only the north that are suffering from povert and hardship…North used its years in Power during the military era only to encourage religion as against education and investment in skill aquisition for its uncontrollable birth rate multiplication syndrome( UBMS) yet it pride her self to antagonise the south. Where is groundnut pyramid? Who destroid Ajakuta steel Co.? Who introduced corruption? Who trained Boko Haram? Who kick agaist western education? All equals to Norths laziness, backward and hateful unreasonable thinkings…As a man thinked in his heart so he is…what is Happening in the North today are all product of Norths ablility to reason in the, now and futre.

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