Monday, 18 April 2011

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News Release: Niger Delta Joint Revolutionary Council Appeals For Calm Following Killings In Northern Nigeria

Asari Dokubo: A Joint Revolutionary Council Patron

We hereby appeal to all youths of the Niger Delta to remain calm in the face of this untoward provocation by infidel elements from the Northern region of the Nigerian contraption. While we recognize that there are strong Northern interests in the Niger Delta, we will remain calm and will do the best we can to reject acts of provocation currently being deployed by nauseous elements of Northern extraction.
However said, let us not forget that some Northern leaders had in very recent times threatened the peace of the Nigerian state should they not be chosen in their targetted political spheres. These people should be brought to book.
Moreso, the unrest in the North should give the current government another reason to visit the idea of the convocation of a sovereign national conference so that all ethnic nationalities accross the horizons of this contraption (including hausa fulanis and their northern sojourners). 
It has become very clear to all that we do not belong together. We refuse to be equally yoked with terrorist elements. We are watching.
Cynthia Whyte
Spokesperson, Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC)

News Release: Yoruba Socio-Cultural Group Wants “Unprovoked Killings In The North” To Stop

Shortly before the commencement of the April 2011 elections, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) made a public statement asking if Nigerians were preparing for war or for elections. The dangerous trend of bombings, arsons and assassinations then informed our apprehension.
Fortunately, the hostile atmosphere failed to detract Nigerians from trooping out for the Presidential Election of last Saturday, deceptively attesting to the fact that the country was indeed witnessing the birth of a durable and credible democracy. But post-electoral violence raging certain parts of the country now forces another question: Do Nigerians want to build a nation of equal citizens having equal rights, equal opportunities and equal access to the good things of life, including security of lives and property and the freedom to live anywhere?

The uproar, chaos and confusion manifesting in certain parts of the country, even while the presidential election results are still being collated, seem to confirm that certain Nigerians seeking political office deceitfully mouth interest in the unity, safety and security of the nation.

Now we know from the avalanche of bad news we receive from areas of intolerance, insecurity and arrogance that some people think that they were ordained to rule this country for ever. Otherwise how do we excuse the Holocaust unleashed against non-indigenes and places of worship in Bauchi, Kaduna , Yola and some segments of the North? No ethnic nationality can claim absolute monopoly of violence. There is hardly any ethnic nationality group that cannot be found in any cosmopolitan area of Nigeria . So the violence must stop. OPC will not fold its arms and watch Southerners being slaughtered by enemies of peace, progress, development and unity.

So we urge the security operatives to protect non-indigenes in the North and allow them sing their native songs anywhere in their Fatherland.

Sad to say, a world-acclaimed peaceful and credible election is dissolving into an object of national grief. INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, is a Northerner and local and international figures have been giving him kudos for conducting credible elections. Are his kinsmen discrediting him?

Let it be said loud and clear that majority of Nigerians have spoken via the Ballot Box throughout the country: North, South, East and West, and the minority must comply with the wishes of the majority. Last Saturday, the majority voted to welcome democracy and unity into this country. A few bigoted politicians and their disgruntled supporters must not rubbish that democratic decision. The violence in the North is one sectional incident too many; one section of the country cannot continue to react parochially to issues that the majority has decided upon.

For now, Nigerians have spoken and they have spoken against divisive factors of ethnicity, partisan politics and religion. President Goodluck Jonathan is a man of peace; he must be given the chance to usher Nigeria into an era of peaceful coexistence and development.

Let us all realize that no nation survives two civil wars.

The aggrieved parties should seek appropriate judicial relief.

This violence justifies our calls over the years for the convening of the Sovereign National Conference (SNC). 

Nigerians must sit down and agree on the fine terms for their nationhood.

The current outburst of arson and killings in the North shows that only a few Nigerians qualify to be national leaders and Nigerians are taking note. A word is enough for the wise.

Dr. Frederick Fasehun
Oodua People’s Conference (OPC)

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