Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has expressed total support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent declaration of a deadline to finally stem insurgency by the middle of October, describing the target as realistic if only all well-meaning Nigerians support the president.
Mr. Jonathan set the deadline in Abuja on Thursday at the 66th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in reaction to fresh insurgency of the Boko Haram sect, which he affirmed is a secessionist agenda.
Gov Yuguda told reporters in an interview in Abuja yesterday that with President Jonathan’s ongoing stepping-up of the anti-insurgency infrastructure to stem increasing threats to the unity and stability of the country, all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians should fully support and back the president’s declaration towards attaining the target of finally crushing the insurgency before the end of October.
“If there is anytime our president deserves and direly needs our fervent prayers and unconditional support, it is now. The best all well-meaning Nigerians can do in the present circumstances is to rally round President Goodluck Jonathan and support him in steering the ship of the Nigerian state successfully at this critical moment”, he said.
Yuguda condemned the recent bombing and attacks in Kano and Kaduna, describing them as cruel, callous and barbaric. He prayed that the blood of the innocent victims of the senseless killings will continue to haunt the perpetrators.
According to him, it is now clear that the present insurgency in the country is a common enemy to all Nigerians irrespective of region or religion, state or status, wondering why not even sex, age or political affiliation of any Nigerian means anything to the insurgents.
“A common enemy needs a common response. This common response should start with our collective prayers for the present leadership of the country. It is now also clear that insurgency is taking a secessionist dimension. Our support for the president is the first guarantee that they can and will be crushed”, Yuguda said.