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Terrorism in Iraq forced the prime minister to step down

05 September 2014, 11:16 Peregrino Brimah

The terror crisis in Iraq did not last 1/20th as long as the deadly chaos in Nigeria has before the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki stepped down in the interest of life, reconciliation and peace.

Nigeria’s presidential spokesmen, the likes of Doyin Okupe and Reuben Abati have been singing one-track: that terror is not unique to Nigeria and so it should not be blamed on the Nigerian president and that we should compare to other nations. Accepting their advice and looking at the response to crisis and terror all over the world, what is unique to Nigeria is our response to terror, that has allowed our terror crisis to become the worst and most deadly and dangerous in the world.

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Abati and Okupe tell us to look at Iraq. We did. Within the first weeks of the eruption of the ISIS terror crisis in Iraq, the Iraqi Prime Minister, al-Maliki took very different steps from Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Ebela Jonathan. Al-Maliki immediately upon recognizing the inability of the nation’s security forces to hold back the insurgents announced and invited patriot volunteer civilians to be armed and engaged in the battle to protect the nation. 1.5 million Iraqi’s signed-up and these volunteers held back the ISIS incursion. Nigeria’s leader has ignored calls from Christian leaders in Chibok, from Borno representatives, from Borno vigilante’s and hunters and from civil groups for the similar arming of civilians to defend themselves, rescue the abducted girls and men and defeat Boko Haram. Boko Haram has continued to occupy territory in the north, slaughter thousands and abduct for rape, hundreds of girls; while also forcefully conscripting hundreds of northern youth.

Next, within two months of the ISIS incursion, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, whose posture has been quite similar to that of his Nigerian counterpart in ethnic and sectarian rift precipitation, has resigned acknowledging that his nation was now “ungovernable” by him and for the peace and survival of his people, his resignation became dutiful.

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Goodluck Jonathan has failed to arrest the Boko Haram terror campaign in Nigeria for a full five years. Goodluck Jonathan has failed to arrest a single sponsor of the terror group for same five years. Goodluck Jonathan has acknowledged his association with Boko Haram sponsors and defended his “kid glove” deadly and treacherously impotent approach to Boko Haram terror and terrorists who he has stated (In August of 2012) are “his siblings and deserve love.” Nigeria’s executives wish to be different when it comes to private jets and embezzlement, but “the same” in terror.

It is the duty as sworn by oath, of Nigeria’s president to resign.

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