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Remi Jibowu – New Nigerian Politics http://newnigerianpolitics.com A New kind of Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:37:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.16 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/logo_new_draft_April23_NNP-50x50.jpg Remi Jibowu – New Nigerian Politics http://newnigerianpolitics.com 32 32 Boko Haram gives conditions for ceasefire http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/06/14/boko-haram-gives-conditions-for-ceasefire/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/06/14/boko-haram-gives-conditions-for-ceasefire/#respond Tue, 14 Jun 2011 11:19:19 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=9552 Four people were on Sunday night shot dead at a beer parlour in Bulunkutu, a Maiduguri, Borno State suburb even as the Islamic sect gave conditions before it could ceasefire.

Among the conditions given for truce was the resignation of the newly-elected governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, prosecution of his predecessor, Senator Modu Ali Sheriff and strict practice of Sharia law in at least 12 Muslims-dominated states in the North, equivalent to one-third of the country. The group also demanded the prosecution, under Islamic law, of some politicians, traditional rulers and security personnel, who were responsible for alleged extra-judicial killings of its members in the 2009 uprising in Borno.

In the Sunday’s attack, the state Assistant Police Commissioner, Zakari Adamu, said: “Four people were killed in an attack by gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect at a beer parlour in the Bulunkutu suburb of the city last night.

“The gunmen opened fire on people drinking in the beer parlour, killing four before engaging in a shootout with police, who were attracted to the scene by gunshots”, Adamu said on phone from Maiduguri. The assailants, however, escaped police arrest. Although Borno is one of the 12 Northern states that have adopted the Sharia law, which bans consumption of alcohol, residents of the state still drink beer openly.

Sunday’s attack came a week after multiple bomb explosions and shootings, targeting two police stations and a church, rocked the city of Maiduguri. At least, 14 people, including a Pentecostal church pastor, were killed. Police have intensified surveillance in Maiduguri since last week’s attacks, leading to the arrest of 19 suspected members of the sect and the recovery of weapons, including two rocket launchers and Kalashnikov rifles.

“We arrested 14 people along with the weapons while five others were arrested for bringing in bombs into the city”, Adamu stated, adding that the suspects have been taken to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for further interrogation.
Meanwhile, in a terse statement written in Hausa and circulated around Maiduguri, yesterday, Boko Haram gave strict conditions for truce in the over two years uprising in the state.

Signed by one Usman Al-Zawahiri, who claimed to be the spokesman of the group, and entitled; Conditions for Dialogue with President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Kashim Shettima’, the group used the statement to react to recent overtures for talks by Governor Shettima and the calls on government to grant amnesty to detained members of the religious sect.
“We demand for the strict enforcement of Sharia legal system in the Muslim-dominated states in the North as part of conditions for dialogue with the government”, the group said in the statement. The Islamic sect also demanded the prosecution of the immediate past governor of Borno State, Senator Modu Sheriff for the killing of its leader two years ago as well as the release of all its detained members.

“If the government meets these conditions, we will agree to a ceasefire and enter into dialogue with them”, the statement added.
Boko Haram, which means ‘western education is sin’, launched its operation in 2009, but was checkmated by security forces, leading to the killing of its leader, Muhammed Yusuff.

Since then, the sect had been launching violent attacks on Borno State and its environs, killing several persons. It also claimed responsibility for some of the bombings in the northern part of Nigeria as well as attacks on a number of police stations across Borno.
Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the January killing of the governorship candidate of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Borno State, Alhaji Modu Gubio and six other persons, including the brother to the immediate past governor, Alhaji Modu Sheriff. It also claimed to have masterminded the recent killing of the brother of Shehu of Borno and bombing of the state office of National Programme on Immunization (NPI) early this month. In its statement, yesterday, it boasted that the deployment of more security personnel would not deter its members from carrying out attacks in Borno State.


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THE NIGERIAN FRONT: An Accountable Government- By Remi Jibowu & Dr. Olu Ojedokun http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/05/30/the-nigerian-front-an-accountable-government-by-remi-jibowu-dr-olu-ojedokun/ http://newnigerianpolitics.com/2011/05/30/the-nigerian-front-an-accountable-government-by-remi-jibowu-dr-olu-ojedokun/#respond Tue, 31 May 2011 01:31:34 +0000 http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=9001 Some have questioned the legitimacy of the new Jonathan Administration and constantly remind us of the violence, which greeted some of the disputed election results.   We, however, deal with Nigeria as we find it, whilst noting the rights of others to pursue their grievances through constitutional means.
We of ‘The Nigerian Front’ intend to continue addressing the de facto situation that: Dr. Goodluck Jonathan currently holds the reins of power.   We will continue to hold this as the basis of our regular engagement with power as we seek to move the nation forward, creating a narrative where the many and not just the elite can own and identify with.
This is because through out history nations have only grown and prospered when all of its citizens have shared in the opportunities created by their economies.   That is why we believe Mr. President must create a bottom up growth that empowers hardworking masses of families to climb the ladder of success and raise their children in security, opportunity, and hope for a better future.   It is these hopes we wish to begin to place at the centre of the Nigerian idea.
We believe that history helps us understand that the transformation of the Western economies from a feudal based to industrial, from local to national, through war and peace has experienced one constant:   the advancement of individual opportunity.   Not individual opportunity for corruption but one that ensures that through hard work we can obtain just rewards.   That ensures that every Nigerian can have an equal shot at making a good living, raising a family, giving their children a good start in life, and enjoying a secure retirement.
We see it as part of our mission to articulate the enthronement of national values, the values described above which could be at the centre of the Nigerian idea, weaving together disparate groups and tribes to form a powerful whole.    But we also are aware that for any value system to take root grow and survive in Nigeria, the government must have accountability and probity at the heart of governance.
The governance, we speak of will bring many challenges and will collide with the challenges already present as part of the fabric of our nation.   We are convinced that to resolve these, the simple acts of throwing more money around cannot be the answer.  
The answer rests in constructing a plan that allows the rethinking and reinventing of our government’s attitude to utilisation and management of our nation’s resources.    We are aware that whatever plan(s) we suggest to the government needs an effective team to deliver, a team of all the best talents that our nation can offer.
The political reality we face in Nigeria today, however, suggests that there are two alternatives that President Goodluck Jonathan faces (1) he could sacrifice any lurking desire for a second term, ignore sycophants and select a can do cabinet or, (2) he could choose to do business as usual, recycling politicians of dubious pedigree, completely bereft of any vision.
If the President proceeds along the former path, then we are convinced it is one that will lend him the space to develop sustainable policies for Nigeria, establishing his position in history and cementing the building of a nation of values.    We warn, however, that any decision to proceed along the alternative route is destined for one terminus, one of more sweat, sorrows, tears and blood.
We have already suggested that only ‘a government of all talents’ can deliver on a clear and bold agenda for Nigeria.   Therefore Mr. President must continue a credible search, one that goes far and wide for people with the capacity to execute clear and measurable plans for our nation.   This search should reveal a team of people with imaginative ideas, integrity with a track record of accomplishment.
We have identified key ministries such as Finance, Trade, Transport, Education, Health and Power as essential for empowerment so that a sustained difference can be delivered and this could be done by assigning the very best individuals to appropriate ministries.   These ministries are those whose activities directly impact Nigerians in the human development indices recognised by the United Nations and enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals.
We urge Mr. President to note that at the dawn of his new government, this nation cannot afford to slip further, to avoid this we must commit higher percentages of our Gross Domestic Product to Health, Education, Power, and Transport, matching and reflecting what occurs in countries like Brazil, India, Indonesia and other fast emerging economies.
We realise that we require a national security apparatus that is professional in its operations for us to secure our aspirations.   We must ensure it dispenses with its reputation and penchant for brutality and corruption.   We are convinced that adequate security remains vital to ensure the right climate is created for economic development and growth.
We wish to indicate to Mr. President that in the developed market economies, where democratic principles are applied, there is a social contract between the government and its people.   Therefore the contract that exists between the President, the ministers and personnel he appoints must recognise the contract between them and the people they serve.
Accountability must be the foundation upon which the key performance indicators used to assess their performances must rest.   Public officers must be accountable to the system that they represent and one that appoints them.   It is the duty of Mr. President to ensure that there is no disconnect between them and the people they are meant to serve, they must see themselves as the servants and not the masters.
In conclusion we raise the question about the reported one billion-naira budget for the Presidential inauguration.    Whilst in the context of other developed economies this is hardly significant, we note our economy is not developed and has serious structural problems, which makes this an unnecessary luxury.   We are aware that it might be too late to urge a reconsideration of such expenditure, however, we expect transparency and accountability in all future such expenditure but not at the expense of investments in the areas of provision of health, education, power, housing and better infrastructure, power, portable water and better shelter.
Our appeal to the Nigerian people remains the same and consistent, using the President’s Facebook accounts send him messages indicating men and women you consider worthy of serving this nation for it is your nation and you have no other but Nigeria.   
Mr. Remi Jibowu and Dr. Olu Ojedokun write on behalf of The Nigerian Front .
Signed by the following Representatives of The Nigerian Front:
Mr. Remi Jibowu, Dr. Onochie Okoye, Alh Ismaila Zakari, Prince Asuquo Ibok, Mr. Bashar Dankaro, Mr. Derrick Kentebe and Dr. Olu Ojedokun

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