The National Chairman of the National Action Council (NAC), Dr Olapade Agoro, has appealed to the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to convey a stakeholders’ dialogue to assist President Goodluck Jonathan tackle the Boko Haram religious sect.
In a statement yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, over the Christmas Day bombing of a church in Madalla, Niger State, the politician noted that Boko Haram’s activities have gone beyond the capacity of the Jonathan administration.
He argued that a leading opposition figure like Tinubu needs to convey a national summit where strategies that can prevent a religious war in Nigeria would be adopted.
Agoro said the dialogue would enable stakeholders to curtail the dangerous dimension the activities of the group are assuming.
The statement reads: “The birth of Jesus Christ, annually, is the manifestation of the love of God towards men. The bombing of Christ’s church on Christmas Day by sons and daughters of Satan in Madalla, Niger State, which claimed so many innocent lives, came with meanings that the national security situation, now bloody, has gone far beyond the capability of the Jonathan administration.
“Torching of churches, homes and shops owned by Christians in some states in the North and with threats of more yet to come, leading to Christian adherents taking flight to safety in other areas of the country is beyond what could be simply termed the ordinary “Boko Haram” insurgency but an unnecessary invitation with capable intendment leading to a religious war.
Agoro also urged Jonathan to learn from the job creation initiatives of ACN governors, adding that the devil finds jobs for idle hands.
He said: “If only President Jonathan could be wise enough to spend half of the N950 billion he has appropriated for non-achievable security to copy the great examples of the stratagem set by Governors Abiola Ajomobi (Oyo); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo); Babatunde Fashola (Lagos); and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), on job provision and employment generation, this would have gone a long way in eliminating or reducing the readily available free hands for the devil’s workshop of the Boko Haram insurgents and other agents of death in the land.”
“Before Christians are called upon to… arm themselves with all means of defensive acts and actions, it calls on right-thinking opposition political leader to be led by Asiwaju Tinubu …to quickly summon an emergency meeting of all stakeholders in Lagos, where we must meet to save the situation and prevent the potential self-annihilation dangerously confronting us.
“…The security situation has run too wild out of control of President Goodlck Jonathan. He needs our help, and we must be ready to help.”
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