Nyako/Presidency face-off: Don’t mix politics with insecurity —Northern delegates

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By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor

LAGOS — Spokesman for the northern delegation to the ongoing National Conference, Mr. Anthony Sani, has charged political stakeholders not to input politics into the security challenges facing the country.


Reacting to the face-off between Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and the Presidency following Nyako’s allegation of the Federal Government’s culpability in the insurgency, Sani called on the two sides to drawback from mixing politics with the issue.

Sani in a statement said: “Governor Nyako’s allegations that the Federal Government is culpable in the violent crises in the North is just one of the two conspiracy theories being bandied about in the polity, depending on which sides of the aisle one belongs.

“To some people, the crises have been spawned by some northern leaders in order to make the country ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan on account of his faith, his ethnicity and his region.

”To some others, the crises are being orchestrated by the Federal Government under the watch of Mr. President in order to decimate the North by making it weak to such degree that the region would no more have any political traction come 2015.

“Some of us believe both sides should realise the fact that in matter of security, the leadership at all levels is expected to bring Nigeria together and help them live up their synergy against the common challenges for effect and for the good of all.

“They cannot afford to bring matter of national security into the cockpit of politics. They must, therefore, avoid generalization and stick to what they know. This is because generalization tends to make it possible for criminal elements of our society to hide under group interests, group goals, group cohesion, group coherence and even group conspiracy in order to commit crimes.

“Enough of the blame game, and in favour of consciously directed efforts against the security challenges for positive effect and in larger interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.”

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