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Conspiracy theories and our national challenges

12 May 2014, 08:17 Akinlolu Abdulazeez Adelaja

Clearly, I believe President Goodluck Jonathan has not acted presidential in resolving our challenges as a nation; and I will neither vote PDP nor Jonathan now or in 2015. President Jonathan was once quoted to have said that, he initially treated the Boko Haram crises with kid gloves. No President must treat terrorism of any kind with kid gloves! Such statement undermines his competency. He claims to know the terrorists and their sponsors, yet he failed to act decisively and bring them to justice. That is how not to act presidential!

He must show that he cares for us all by acting now to stop the killings of our people and bring the terrorists and their sponsors to justice. He must stop outsourcing his responsibilities to committees and consensus; and act as the Commander-in-Chief. He must renew his strategies to engage the terrorists and achieve victory. He must stop his party officials like Chief Olisa Metuh from making reckless statements. But then, whether the President is from the East, West or North, he remains our president; the father of the nation! He is no longer of any tribe but of Nigeria. We must never denigrate the office of the presidency or bring it to ridicule. We must disagree with the President without acting in any way to disrespect his personality or office.

I stand for any Nigerian; whether from the East, West or North. I equally believe absolutely that all tribes and faith (or no faith) are responsible for our national crises including the civil war. We cannot single out any tribe or faith for blame! We must heal our wounds and not act more to open them up. Our political and religious leaders must not set up one tribe or faith against the other. Our political and religious leaders must speak in ways that encourage unity and not disunity. Definitely, there are grave issues President Jonathan must resolve urgently, but then Gov. Nyako’s memo is divisive and strongly condemned.

Furthermore, I believe no soul is of less quality irrespective of race, colour, creed or faith. I, therefore, believe it is infantile to focus discussions on the number of lost innocent souls on the basis of which tribe or faith they belong as some of our otherwise respected religious and political elders have done and are still doing. Too bad!

We must stop focusing on senseless conspiracy theories holding the NSCIA, CAN or CIA responsible for our national crises. Such fake theories make us lose focus and allow the devils: murderers, kidnappers and rapists to have their way. Such theories divide rather than unite us against evil. We must rise up as one to resolve our challenges positively and achieve victory over terrorism, criminality, poverty and infrastructural deficiencies. We must know that our destiny is collective. Our fate is one. Our failure or success is one. And President Jonathan must act with responsibility and act as the navigator to lead the way!

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