Islamic group blames Goodluck Jonathan for current killings, kidnapping in Northern Nigeria


Islamic human rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has returned the blames of the current killings, kidnapping and destruction going on in the Northern part of Nigeria to former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

The North is boiling with anger over insecurity, with some groups already starting to protest, while the average citizen up north is fuming with rage.

MURIC identified Jonathan’s administration as the real culprits of insecurity in the North and berated politicians who stole money meant for the purchase of arms for the armed forces.

The group warned the North against misplacement of their anger, pointing out that the bastardisation of the almajiri system had not helped.

The group, in a statement distributed to the media on Saturday, signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, insisted that the current security situation is not the fault of the current administration but that of past leaders.

“Today was born from the wombs of yesterday,” the statement began.

“Little or no effort was made to nip the problem in the bud. The remote causes are the bastardisation of the almajiri system and the proliferation of drug addiction.

“In particular, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan displayed high level aparthy to the problem of Boko Haram insurgency. A glaring example was his self-imposed state of stupor in the first three weeks after the Chibok girls were abducted.

“Jonathan was in power at that time but his attitude to the Boko Haram insurgency was lukewarm.

“Things were so bad that Nigerian soldiers used to turn their heels at the approach of the insurgents.

“Had he acted swiftly, the insurgents would have been apprehended but he dilly-dallied and refused to give the order to pursue the abductors until it was too late.

“The way and manner the $2.1 billion arms money was shared among party loyalists under the watch of the former president left much to be desired. Had that money been utilized for what it was intended, insecurity in the North would have been brought under control at an early stage,” it said.

MURIC also blamed the Bukola Saraki-led 8th National Assembly for virtually holding the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari and ensuring that there was motion without movement in the term of his government.

According to MURIC, the Saraki-led assembly had one aim which was only to frustrate the Buhari administration and ensure that it failed in all its efforts.

The Islamic rights group said the region must know who is responsible for the current insecurity so they can apportion their blames appropriately, pointing to those, according to it, who failed to take prompt action in the heydays of Boko Haram.

MURIC warned the North against blaming Buhari by protesting, adding that the region could destroy itself.

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