January 23, 2012

Boko Haram: Nigeria under security threat, Osundare, others warn

 group of 60 Nigerians,  including acclaimed poet, Prof Niyi Osundare, under the aegis of Committee for Concerned Nigerians, has warned that the corporate existence of Nigeria as one indivisible country was seriously under threat by activities of Boko Haram.

It called for the convocation of a national conference to resolve the “fundamental crisis” and save Nigeria from “imminent collapse.”

Other members of the group are Mr. Tokunbo Ajasin; US-based Nigerian professors, Prof Amina Mama, Prof Toyin Falola, and Prof Funke Okome,

Describing its members as “joint stakeholders in the Nigerian project,” the group in a statement: “The government of President Goodluck Jonathan, by its simplistic and haughty responses to the true wishes of Nigerians, has lost a golden opportunity to align itself with the people, whose mandate it claims to hold”.

Saying that President Jonathan had been rendered “inarticulate” by the incessant terrorist attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram, the group added that these attacks and the protests, raise “questions on the corporate existence of the country.” They advised that this should compel Nigerians and the government to address the question of “which way Nigeria”.