The Nation newspaper(Thursday, March 18, 2010)
BOUND TO VIOLENCE
In the past few weeks we have known no peace in our country. If people are not being killed in Plateau State, they are afraid of invasion in their domains. There is fear in the land and there seems to be nobody to do something about it. Those who are expected to douse our fears are even believed to be behind the anxiety.
Are we jinxed as a nation? Or is it the will of God that we be bound to violence? The Jos South local government area of Plateau State killings had hardly died down before rumours started flying about of a planned invasion of Lagos and Ogun states by an ethnic group. Thank God it did not come to pass.
But as we are counting the loss of the Jos mayhem, militants struck again in the Niger Delta. Are these militants not supposed to have renounced militancy? Was their bombing of the Delta State Government House Annex in Warri a call to the return of arms? I don’t think so. They were probably annoyed by a statement that they are a media creation. It is a pity that they could be so described.
We all know that these militants are no paper tigers. They have times without number proved how potent they are. As they await the post-amnesty benefits they should not allow such statements to irritate them. We need peace in Niger Delta, we need peace on the Plateau, we need peace in Nigeria. May the peace of the Lord never depart from our land.
RE:Again, the Jos madness
THE madness in Jos has nothing to do with religion but a mundane and primitive struggle for control of an unconquered people…How come the thousands of Yoruba muslims in the city are at peace with their non-Yoruba christian counterparts. The real reason for the festering mayhem in Jos is the ownership of the Gbong Gwom Jos stool. From: Anonymous
My records reveal that the 2008 crisis started even before the election results were announced. From: Anonymous.
You have said it all. Religious attacks. Coercive evangelism in another man’s land using Nigerian soldiers…From: Frankness Peter.
This last Jos crisis has left a deep pain in my heart. I can’t even close my eyes to sleep after seeing the bodies of women and kids who could be my own children. I wish I could have the power to change the situation…From: Anonymous.
Maj.-Gen. Saleh Maina and his soldiers should be charged to court for allowing the killing of kids and women while asleep…From: JD, Onitsha.
The army top echelon should be interrogated because it is a known fact that they were aware of the planned attacks. From: Anonymous.
A correction please. The election result was yet to be announced when the churches were burnt. From: Anonymous.
If someone could order the deployment of soldiers without the acting president’s approval and go scot-force, it’s equally possible for another person to order the start of killings in Jos. From: Anonymous.
RE: Voyages of discovery
It’s a beautiful piece. I enjoyed reading it. From: Yemi Ayeni.
It’s obvious those telling lies think that Nigerians are dafts. How come someone who exercised for 25 minutes a few days earlier could not walk a few metres from a plane to an ambulance. From: Anonymous.
This country is bigger than Yar’Adua and the cabal. It is time the acting president took some actions. The constitution does not empower the wife of the president to take over the affairs of the nation. From: Pa Fovwe, Warri
The purported return of President Yar’Adua at 1.46a.m., under the cover of darkness at the airport does not speak well of us as a nation. From: Odu-Eta, Calabar
Will Nigerians go on watching? Can’t the National Assembly assemble doctors to examine the president since we have lost confidence in the Federal Executive Council (FEC). From: Anonymous
People should stop referring to Turai thus; she shouldn’t be a Lady Macbeth now. Abraham Lincoln once said: “They are what we would be in their shoes.” If something should happen to our president, Turai and others will know that there is unity in fighting a common enemy. From: Fakorede Remmy.
Why do we Nigerians have to do things the hard way all the time, even the truth? From: Prince Ademola Aladejana.
Why do you journalists write the way you do? Do you appeal to your servant at home to obey you? We have all forgotten that an elected official is a servant…Yar’Adua has flouted the constitution that he swore to uphold. Why should he and those around him take us for granted for so long? The greatest insult of all happened in his contrived arrival. We have had enough of this mess. From: Owen-Browne.
Is the First Lady a government official? Why do we keep quiet and allow her to do whatever she likes? From: Dr Fidel Diyyo
RE: Letter to the Attorney-General
Oh! My God. Your article is inspiring. From: Anonymous
Nigerians look forward to Prince Adetokunbo Kayode performing well. My wish for him is to support EFCC by constituting a special court to try corrupt public officials. He must also uphold the rule of law. From: Femi Ayoola, Ipetumodu.
Aondoakaa was appointed by Yar’Adua. So, he is expected to defend him. Anyone who disobeys his master is a rebel. From: Anonymous.
Your comments are unfortunate and barbaric. From: Dr Gideons Agu.
Aondoakaa achieved a lot as attorney-general. He sacked Ribadu; he shielded Ibori and obtained extradition orders against el-Rufai. Can you beat that? From: Anonymous.
Methinks the attitude of Aondoakaa demands a re-evaluation of the criteria for appointment of SAN. Indeed, Aondoakaa’s arrogance has paid him well. From: Arc Damen
The new attorney-general of the federation should carve a niche for himself by being seen to be on the side of truth. Subverting the constitution will not help in deepening our nascent democracy. From: Balogun Gbenga, Akure
Beautiful write up. A word is enough for the wise. From: David Ironbar, Calabar.
Attorney-General Adetokunbo Kayode should do what the constitution requires in order to move this country forward. How is our Minister for Special Duties? From: Akinsade O.
Part of the problems this country has is having people like you. You like drawing battle lines between individuals in every situation. Only God knows what you gain from it. Leave Aondoakaa and Kayode alone. From: Anonymous.
There are two groups of descendants on this planet. The Abel descendants that make up 10 per cent of the human race; and Cain descendants, 90 percent…There is no amount of talking that can change the Aondoakaas and the Turai Yar’Aduas of this world. They don’t belong to the Abel group. From: Kevin, Oron.
I hope Prince Tokunbo Kayode will do as you have advised. From: Anonymous.
You spoke my mind and you spoke eloquently. Aondoakaa failed the nation. From: Anonymous.
Your advice is timely. But there is something that deadens the history of our country in our politicians. Aondoakaa not only defended those that wrecked our country but also went ahead to guide us to a bottomless chasm. Happily, he has gone to the other side of history. From: Nwaeze, Asaba.
Your article, which reminds the attorney-general of the antics of his predecessor is welcomed. From: Chidi.
Yar’Adua: The joker in the pack
I want to tell you that Nigeria did not pay a penny for Yar’Adua’s treatment in Saudi Arabia. They say the hospital is the royal family’s facility so he was treated free as a kind gesture from the Saudi monarch. From: Abubakar Masama, Kebbi State.
A word is enough for the fool because the wise doesn’t need a word. Let them continue to play hide-and-seek with the president’s life for their selfish interest. From: Anonymous.
Your article shows how timid people can be when it comes to the issue of power. It’s time our leaders decided if Nigeria belongs to a group or that we must continue to be one country. They say the worst democracy is better than the best military rule. But do we really have a democracy? From: BB.
By Lawal Ogienagbon