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Boko Haram: Wole Soyinka Calls For Alimodu Sheriff’s Prosecution, Says Jonathan ‘Aiding’ Terrorism

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Sept 13, 2014 – Boko Haram: Wole Soyinka Calls For Alimodu Sheriff’s Prosecution, Says Jonathan Supporting Boko Haram Sponsors

Check out this latest article written by Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka

The dancing obscenity of Shekau and his gang of psychopaths and child abductors, taunting the world, mocking the BRING BACK OUR GIRLS campaign on internet, finally met its match in Nigeria to inaugurate the week of September 11 – most appropriately. Shekau’s danse macabre was surpassed by the unfurling of a political campaign banner that defiled an entry point into Nigeria’s capital of Abuja. That banner read: BRING BACK JONATHAN 2015.wole soyinka jonathan

President Jonathan has since disowned all knowledge or complicity in the outrage but, the damage has been done, the rot in a nation’s collective soul bared to the world. The very possibility of such a desecration took the Nigerian nation several notches down in human regard. It confirmed the very worst of what external observers have concluded and despaired of – a culture of civic callousness, a coarsening of sensibilities and, a general human disregard. It affirmed the acceptance, even domination of lurid practices where children are often victims of unconscionable abuses including ritual sacrifices, sexual enslavement, and worse. Spurred by electoral desperation, a bunch of self-seeking morons and sycophants chose to plumb the abyss of self-degradation and drag the nation down to their level. It took us to a hitherto unprecedented low in ethical degeneration. The bets were placed on whose turn would it be to take the next potshots at innocent youths in captivity whose society and governance have failed them and blighted their existence? Would the Chibok girls now provide standup comic material for the latest staple of Nigerian escapist diet? Would we now move to a new export commodity in the entertainment industry named perhaps “Taunt the Victims”?

As if to confirm all the such surmises, an ex-governor, Sheriff, notorious throughout the nation – including within security circles as affirmed in their formal dossiers – as prime suspect in the sponsorship league of the scourge named Boko Haram, was presented to the world as a presidential traveling companion. And the speculation became: was the culture of impunity finally receiving endorsement as a governance yardstick? Again, Goodluck Jonathan swung into a plausible explanation: it was Mr. Sheriff who, as friend of the host President Idris Deby, had traveled ahead to Chad to receive Jonathan as part of President Deby’s welcome entourage. What, however does this say of any president? How came it that a suspected affiliate of a deadly criminal gang, publicly under such ominous cloud, had the confidence to smuggle himself into the welcoming committee of another nation, and even appear in audience, to all appearance a co-host with the president of that nation? Where does the confidence arise in him that Jonathan would not snub him openly or, after the initial shock, pull his counterpart, his official host aside and say to him, “Listen, it’s him, or me.”? So impunity now transcends boundaries, no matter how heinous the alleged offence?

The Nigerian president however appeared totally at ease. What the nation witnessed in the photo-op was an affirmation of a governance principle, the revelation of a decided frame of mind – with precedents galore. Goodluck Jonathan has brought back into limelight more political reprobates – thus attested in criminal courts of law and/or police investigations – than any other Head of State since the nation’s independence. It has become a reflex. Those who stuck up the obscene banner in Abuja had accurately read Jonathan right as a Bring-back president. They have deduced perhaps that he sees “bringing back” as a virtue, even an ideology, as the corner stone of governance, irrespective of what is being brought back. No one quarrels about bringing back whatever the nation once had and now sorely needs – for instance, electricity and other elusive items like security, the rule of law etc. etc. The list is interminable. The nature of what is being brought back is thus what raises the disquieting questions. It is time to ask the question: if Ebola were to be eradicated tomorrow, would this government attempt to bring it back?

Well, while awaiting the Chibok girls, and in that very connection, there is at least an individual whom the nation needs to bring back, and urgently. His name is Stephen Davis, the erstwhile negotiator in the oft aborted efforts to actually bring back the girls. Nigeria needs him back – no, not back to the physical nation space itself, but to a Nigerian induced forum, convoked anywhere that will guarantee his safety and can bring others to join him. I know Stephen Davis, I worked in the background with him during efforts to resolve the insurrection in the Delta region under President Shehu Yar’Adua. I have not been involved in his recent labours for a number of reasons. The most basic is that my threshold for confronting evil across a table is not as high as his – thanks, perhaps, to his priestly calling. From the very outset, in several lectures and other public statements, I have advocated one response and one response only to the earliest, still putative depredations of Boko Haram and have decried any proceeding that smacked of appeasement.

There was a time to act – several times when firm, decisive action, was indicated. There are certain steps which, when taken, place an aggressor beyond the pale of humanity, when we must learn to accept that not all who walk on two legs belong to the community of humans – I view Boko Haram in that light. It is no comfort to watch events demonstrate again and again that one is proved to be right.
Thus, it would be inaccurate to say that I have been detached from the Boko Haram affliction – very much the contrary. As I revealed in earlier statements, I have interacted with the late National Security Adviser, General Azazi, on occasion – among others. I am therefore compelled to warn that anything that Stephen Davis claims to have uncovered cannot be dismissed out of hand. It cannot be wished away by foul-mouthed abuse and cheap attempts to impugn his integrity – that is an absolute waste of time and effort. Of the complicity of ex-Governor Sheriff in the parturition of Boko Haram, I have no doubt whatsoever, and I believe that the evidence is overwhelming. Femi Falana can safely assume that he has my full backing – and that of a number of civic organizations – if he is compelled to go ahead and invoke the legal recourses available to him to force Sheriff’s prosecution. The evidence in possession of Security Agencies – plus a number of diplomats in Nigeria – is overwhelming, and all that is left is to let the man face criminal persecution. It is certain he will also take many others down with him.

The unleashing of a viperous cult like Boko Haram on peaceful citizens qualifies as a crime against humanity, and deserves that very dimension in its resolution. If a people must survive, the reign of impunity must end. Truth – in all available detail – is in the interest, not only of Nigeria, the sub-region and the continent, but of the international community whose aid we so belatedly moved to seek. From very early beginnings, we warned against the mouthing of empty pride to stem a tide that was assuredly moving to inundate the nation but were dismissed as alarmists. We warned that the nation had moved into a state of war, and that its people must be mobilized accordingly – the warnings were disregarded, even as slaughter surmounted slaughter, entire communities wiped out, and the battle began to strike into the very heart of governance, but all we obtained in return was moaning, whining and hand-wringing up and down the rungs of leadership and governance. But enough of recriminations – at least for now. Later, there must be full accounting.

Finally, Stephen Davis also mentions a Boko Haram financier within the Nigerian Central Bank. Independently we are able to give backing to that claim, even to the extent of naming the individual. In the process of our enquiries, we solicited the help of a foreign embassy whose government, we learnt, was actually on the same trail, thanks to its independent investigation into some money laundering that involved the Central Bank. That name, we confidently learnt, has also been passed on to President Jonathan. When he is ready to abandon his accommodating policy towards the implicated, even the criminalized, an attitude that owes so much to re-election desperation, when he moves from a passive “letting the law to take its course” to galvanizing the law to take its course, we shall gladly supply that name.
In the meantime however, as we twiddle our thumbs, wondering when and how this nightmare will end, and time rapidly runs out, I have only one admonition for the man to whom so much has been given, but who is now caught in the depressing spiral of diminishing returns: “Bring Back Our Honour.”
Wole SOYINKA.

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11 Comments

  1. I'm worried

    September 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I am very worred about my country how can a whole president be chatting with a boko haram man, there is more to this.

  2. Nifemi Brooklyn

    September 13, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Jonathan is a disgrace, he must be impeached with immediate effect before his siblings kill everyone in Nigeria.

  3. OmoKehinde

    September 13, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I just want to say a big thank you to professor Wole Soyinka for his insight into what president Badluck Jonathan has turned Nigeria to with in the past five years of is failed presidency. Professor Soyinka is a great Nigerian citizen that is well respected worldwide in the field of academic. I wish most pastors of Nigerian mega churches can preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ to this criminal president and other corrupt Nigerian politicians that Jehovah hates killings of innocent people; that God Almighty dislike corruption, election fraud, bribery, political intimidation, abuse of power and destruction of Nigerian economy just to mention a few. President Badluck Jonathan action and his handling of Boko Haram insurgency in our nation is a clear indication that he is indirectly or directly aiding the activities of the evil people that have killed more than 150,000 innocent Nigerian. It is also clear that most victim of Boko Haram are the northerners that will never cast their precious votes to Jonathan come 2015. I believe that this do-nothing president is trying to destroy Northern Nigeria in order to suppress their votes is the upcoming presidential election of 2015. This is why this criminal president will used the pain of the victim families and those innocent young girls as a campaign slogan:#BringBackGoodluck2015. This young girls are still going through torture daily in the hands of Boko Haram, and Jonathan’s campaign team are mocking them and Nigerian people for his insensitive. This criminal Badluck has been in power for more than five years with overwhelming records of failures as never before seen in Nigeria. He was reelected in 2011 with fake and empty promises to restore Nigerian economy, create jobs, and bring sanity to our society. But instead, corruption has increased like never before, the highest unemployment rate ever, shattered educational system, outdated physical infrastructures, the poorest Health care system in Africa, mass murder of innocent Nigerians by his cousins – Boko Haram and Nigeria has become a laughing stock to other nations in the world. This do-nothing president has no shame, no integrity, no honor and he has no traces of godliness in him. A heartless president dancing and campaigning after terrorist attack that took the lives of 150 innocent people in Abuja. A visionless and low mentality president ever who can not protect lives and properties of his citizens. Time will tell that president Badluck Ebele Jonathan is the worst mistake in Nigerian politics. His gross failure has earned him the worst president in Nigeria history. His failures have affected all our people regardless of their tribes, faith, culture, and language. This monster must be voted out of office come 2015 because he will eventually destroy Nigeria if he allows to rig next year general election and stay in power beyond 2015. May God deliver us from this criminal president and his blood drinking friends in power come next year. Amen.

  4. Asusu

    September 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    President Jonathan is a disappointment to all Nigerians. I even voted for him as a southener thinking that he will bring peace and development to my dear country, no wonder mr. Farouk Aliyu insisted that he is BOKO HARAM collaborator at white house(USA) when he insisted that President Obama should order his federal service for his arrest.

  5. Wani25

    September 13, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    @omokehinde U Are Just Talking,If I May Ask Wat About D Men Dat Said If Jonathan Win D Last G-Election Dat Dey Will Make D Country Ungovernable?

    • OmoKehinde

      September 13, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Hello Wani25, a decisive and competent president with people oriented policies will prevail and conquer regardless of the opinion or threat of one man from the north. I still remembered vividly that one unpatriotic and stupid politician from the north openly said that he will make Nigeria ungovernable for president Badluck Ebele Jonathan just few weeks after he was reelected in 2011. No doubt about that. However, no unbiased and patriotic Nigerian citizen can linked Jonathan’s failures as a president to a single man threat. What about Mr. D. Assari’ s constant civil war threat if Jonathan is not reelected again for the third term in 2015? Do you think that Assari words of war is no threat because he is a southerner? My brother, the fact is that president Jonathan does not possess any quality of a commander in Chief to govern a nation like Nigeria. He doesn’t have the Chrisman, intelligent and the capability to govern a nation of over 180 millions people of many ideology and diversity. Can we blame one northerner for this president corruption, for his lack of economy agenda, for the missing 20 billion dollars from NNPC account, economy failures, for the murder of about 32 job seekers with NIS few months ago in the stadium, for his hiked of petrol and kerosene prices by 70 % just few weeks after he was reelected, for our shattered educational system, and for failure to destroy Boko Haram insurgency before they grew this big. After six years of his failed presidency, I strongly believe there is need for a competent president from any section of the country. My brother, Nigeria needs a change of direction before it becomes too late. Thank you sir for your comment.

  6. excel

    September 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Some pple re talking bcos der mount exist…before u starting opening ur mounth,oW much info do u av abt GJ,BH nd der sponsorers…?
    D problm is within d northernance and its can be solved within dem….members of BH re der children!
    Der bn used by der influential brodas to achiv an aim directly or indirectly….mor u look..less u C!
    Hmmmm

  7. excel

    September 13, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    I feel….BHs..re children of d northernances,givn some oritension nd turned dem into killers tday by der big,influential and extrimist brodas….started as controlable and child play tin…d solution is not far fetched!

  8. mulikat

    September 14, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Big thank u Sir.Professor Wole Soyinka,we all no this President said it himself b4,thiers is BOko Harms, in Aso-Rock,all parts of is Govt,Police,Militray and now in CBN,with names even ,he should name them,he refused to say it,simply because of desperation of Re-Election of 2015.may u RIP Late General Azazi,he know to much,they kill him,this Jonathan is relly Badluck to Nigeria since coming of Nigeria,even force marriage of 1914 or not,he bring nigeria down,Corruption is 1000% higer than nver b4,no job, security,kidnapping,ritualist,ebola,no light,no road and the worse of all Boko Harm.he know them,no body want u again, we need new person who can take a strong hand,pick up all backing the Boko Harms ,kill them all ,blood in their hands, no jail.u can never win 2015 election,only be Riging,cos we have nothing from u, just step down if u are normal and really care for Nigeria,u and ur wife is disqieting and disgrace.

  9. xbury

    September 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    I pity this country.A Country where some few unscrupulous element mislead d masses.d change we need is to vote d present president out of office

  10. Davido

    September 14, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    I cnt blame GEJ 4 anytin happenin in Nigeria, all d complain ar frm d north, boko haram ar notherners nd nobody cn do anyti about that, y dnt u Blame al’queeda, or blame d president of Iraq 4 Isis, our problm in Nigeria is ”Islam”

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