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Published On: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014

Boko Haram : We’re angry, frustrated – Northern elders tell Jonathan

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jonathan-sadFrom Femi Oyewole, Kaduna

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has drawn the attention of President Goodluck Jonathan to the dangerous level of anger and frustration among the citizens in the North over the failure of his administration to protect them.

The Forum stated this in a statement signed by Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed and made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.

According to the statement, “President Goodluck Jonathan is been surrounded by security chiefs who are not doing their job because if they are doing their job it should have advised him that law abiding. Northerners are on the verge of disregarding all appeal for restrain and respect and order in the face of the appearance of total absence of any evidence that government is concerned over their security.

“The Forum calls on all Nigerians to exert all lawful pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to stop the carnage against Nigerians in the North.”

The statement added that “the Kano mosque massacre and the invasion of Damaturu stand out as one episode that has high lightened the degree to which citizens in Northern. Nigeria lives at the mercy of terror.

“More shocking than the Massacre and the continuous occupation of the Nigerian territory is the silence of leaders from the North particularly former head of states and those who hold political position today.

“By their silence, people of the North are beginning to treat them as complicity in the apparent conspiracy to break the spirit, economy and political capacity of the people of the north.

“No other explanation makes sense for the indifference and collaboration of most Northern leaders and political office holders, other than the one that also suggest that they have also abandoned their own people.”

On the 2015 general elections, NEF said it will resist any attempt to use violence to abridge the right of all Nigerians to vote freely under a secure environment.

“The Forum calls on all Northerners and Nigeria to remain calm and take all lawful measures to improve their security,” the statement concluded.

In a related development, the Nigeria Medical Association, Kaduna State Chapter, condemned the triple bomb blast that hit the Kano Central Mosque claiming the lives of many and leaving scores with several degree of injury.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr. Mohammed S. Ibrahim and Secretary, Dr. Shehu Abdulrahman respectively, the association commiserated with the victims of the dastard act of bomb blast.

“The Kaduna State Branch also wishes to commend the Kano State Branch of the Association and all doctors in Kano for rising to the occasion and providing the much needed medical care and support to the victims in various hospitals in the State, despite the absence of other health workers (nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists etc) in the Federal Health Facilities who have embarked on a selfish nationwide strike since the 14th of November, 2014.

“We also wish to commend members of the public in Kano for promptly responding to the call for voluntary donation of blood in appreciable numbers. Their sacrifice has in no small measure made the efforts of the doctors worthwhile.

“We wish to remind members of the general public that all Hospitals in Nigeria are open and doctors are available to provide them with medical care and support despite the ongoing non-doctors’ strike. We call on the Federal Government to quickly resolve the impasse with other health workers without distorting the agreements reached with the Nigerian Medical Association, to avoid recurrent service disruption in the health sector.

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