By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
A South-West delegate at the National Conference, Salvador Adegoke Moshood, has accused the north of using insurgent attacks to derail President Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidency so as to pave the way for the region to get back the post.
Moshood in an exclusive interview with Vanguard pointed out that the declaration by certain northern leaders to make the Jonathan Presidency ungovernable was almost being realised with the raging war being waged by the north’s Boko Haram insurgents.
Moshood however regretted that the Presidency was treating the rising wave of insurgency from the North with kid gloves thereby emboldening the perpetrators and sponsors of the terrorist organisation.
To get out of the woods, the former House of Representatives member from Lagos State, advised President Jonathan to take concrete and decisive steps to punish the financiers, collaborators in the administrators and the members of the malevolent group to send a clear warning to potential members.
The delegate, who represents Ethnic Nationalities at the confab, warned Jonathan not to bank on the core north for his re-election in 2015 but to work harder for the votes in the South and North-Central Nigeria as well as those of some Northern Christian communities.
Moshood said: “If he thinks the northerners are going to get him 2015 Presidency, I would tell Mr. President that he is making a bid mistake.
“Even if President Jonathan gives the north all the appointments in Nigeria, they would still not back him because they are looking for his seat. So he should know that for now.
“All the President’s political strength is in the South and North Central. He has to work hard on that and think of how to get more support from the remaining Christian parts of the north. There is nothing, I repeat; there is nothing the North can do for him: the north cannot stop him from getting to where God had designed for him.
“So, why is Jonathan wasting his time and allowing sacred cows to flourish in the midst of Boko Haram assault? Why would known financiers of Boko Haram be left to go unpunished?
“Why should we allow Boko Haram supporters and sympathisers who have infiltrated the administration to go free and exert negative impact on the security?” the delegate queried.
Moshood said that Jonathan would even earn the support and votes of more Nigerians by taking drastic action to end the evil being perpetuated by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
He said: “What I am saying that the President does not want to step on toes; he does not want to hurt anybody. But he cannot get to the root of this problem if he does not step on toes. They had said that they would make his administration ungovernable and they have done so.
“Therefore, let Mr. President stand firm and confront the monster staring Nigeria on its face. It is even the courageous action of Mr. President that will even endear him more to the people of Nigeria,” Moshood said.