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Away with another ‘federal character’ – Veteran journalists

THE National League of  Veteran Journalists (NLVJ) says it viewed with alarm and disgust the invasion of some northern states of Nigeria by elements calling themselves Boko Haram. “These Islamic fundamentalist say they are fighting against the spread of Western education, values and civilization in northern part of Nigeria.

This is unbelievable. To date over 200 persons have been reportedly brought to their untimely death and about 20,000 others displaced. These include women and children.

Police barracks and other public buildings have also been razed”, the group said in a statement by the president, Otunba Eddie Aderinokun and publicity secretary, Chief Temple T. Benson. It said: “We believe that this ugly incident threatens the corporate existence of Nigeria.

The plural nature, the non-proper application of our federal constitution makes this recurrent situation very unpalatable. Many similar situations had occurred in the past, the Jos massacre being the most recent. All assurances by the president that this would never happen again had been a farce. The most disturbing aspect of this wanton neglect is that serious attempts are never made to arrest the perpetrators of such carnage.”  ” … Certainly, this is not the kind of federal character the country deserves now “.

NLVJ asked President Yar’Adua to sit up, saying hs rule of law concept must mature from mere agenda to a programme of action now.


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