Ultimatum to Jonathan: Northern Youths back Elders
By Abdallah el-Kurebe
About four Northern Youths groups have endorsed the October deadline by elders in the region for President Goodluck Jonathan to either bring to an end the present security and economic crises in the region or decline his second term ambition.
A statement issued by the groups, the Arewa Citizens Action for Change; the Arewa Youth Development Foundation;the Arewa Students’ Forum and the Northern Youth Union for Peace and jointly signed by Barrister Aliyu Usman, Malam Sani Darma, Abdul Dogara and Sanusi Ibrahim Gashua, respectively said the position of the elders was outright commendable and deserving of support by all concerned northerners.
“We met and reviewed the ultimatum given to President Jonathan and
collectively found it as timely as it is necessary and hereby lend our full support to the courageous position taken by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF).
“We are further of the belief that the ultimatum should not be limited
to Jonathan merely declining his 2015 ambition but that he should also vacate his office at the end of the ultimatum to give way for the conduct of fresh and acceptable round of elections.
“We must also state that we found the Presidency’s response through his Senior Special Adviser, Doyin Okupe as grossly inadequate as it was unfocused and inarticulate,” the groups said, adding that apart from the usual attempt at trading blames and excluding the President from a responsibility that is clearly his, Okupe’s response did not even come
close to addressing the issues raised by the elders.
The statement further warned that failure to meet the conditions set out in the elders’ ultimatum, the people of the north would have no option than to embark on a large scale mass protests to ensure compliance.
“Time has come when the North can no longer afford to remain quiet while its people are being killed, maimed, orphaned, widowed and its lands and properties devastated by a make-believe insurgency in which the federal administration is clearly complicit,” the youths pointed out.
They also commended the elders’ courage in taking the bull by its horns by spelling out the compromising posture of the crop of northerners currently serving in high positions of authority in the administration for keeping silent in the face of an onslaught on the region with imminent dire consequences.
The groups particularly jibed at Vice President, Namadi Sambo;
Senate President, David Mark; Speaker of the House of. Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and other
northerners in top defence and security positions for what they called “apparent complicity and obvious compromise at the expense of the North and its people.”
Posted by el-Kurebe.