Convener of Save Nigeria Group (GN), Tunde Bakare, has predicted that the Northern part of the country will face serious violence if President Goodluck Jonathan decides to seek re-election for another four-year term in office.
According to him, the Niger Delta militants on the other hand would resume hostilities in the creeks and blow up oil installations if on the other hand the President decides not to contest.
The Senior Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly and running mate to the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Presidential candidate in the 2011 general elections, Muhammadu Buhari, told Daily Independent that the solution to some problems in the country could be addressed at National Conference.
On whether the latest rise in terrorist activities in some North East states could be linked to plans by some elements to frustrate the conference, he said Nigerians in their majority must come together and ensure the success of the conference.
“Anyone can plan evil. But if the majority is still willing and working for this country to move on, we will overcome them. Darkness does not have power to overcome light.
“And don’t let us begin to assume that the increase in tempo of the attacks by Boko Haram is against the national conference. How about the election itself?
“That is why we say let us go to the conference to save ourselves of major unprecedented rage. Because the way it is right now, if President Jonathan decides tomorrow and say ‘I am going to run for election’, the North will boil. If he wins, it is the same, because North has been outside power equation for a long time now.
“Eight years of Obasanjo, four years of Jonathan and in-between, they are just sandwiched two years of late Umaru Yar’Adua.
“So, that could be part of the reason. Especially when the people in the North are feeling deprived and they don’t even know where to direct the attacks. And if Jonathan says ‘I am not contesting’ and the North wins, the boys in the creeks are going to blow all your oil wells. Head they win, tail, you lose,” Bakare noted.
On whether the state of emergency declared in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states by the President has failed to achieve its desired purpose, the cleric said Jonathan should be commended for taking the bold step, as the level of destruction would have been higher.
“If the emergency declaration has not achieved its desired result, it has tempered the gruesome violence you have seen. It could have been worse,” he stated.
“Imagine what could have happened if there was no state of emergency there. The Governor will flee, his cabinet will scatter and the people will flee in different directions.
“So, let us give credit where it is due. Are we seeing what we expect to see? Not yet uhuru, but let us continue and let us all work together.
Bakare further blamed traditional leaders in the affected areas for not doing much to identify the terrorists, saying it is high time Nigerians spoke in unison and collaborate with the authorities to rein in the activities of the sect.
“We should not just blame Mr. President. There are traditional rulers in those domains. Are you telling me they don’t know those operating?
“Don’t those people buy food? Don’t they go to the market? Don’t they live with people? Don’t they have wives and children? Even if they have isolated themselves, they will still have to go to the market to buy things.
“So, what is going on is more than what any one individual can resolve. I think all hands must be on deck. Traditional rulers and everyone who can influence society must do all they can to bring an end to this evil called Boko Haram,” he said.