By Jon Egie

 

 

Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege

Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege

The single goal of the Boko Haram terrorists acts is to bring down the government of President Goodluck Jonathan even if means taking Nigeria down in the process.

 

Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege made the assertion in a lecture he delivered at the annual Major Isaac Adaka Boro memorial public lecture and award event, Sunday; May 18 in Ughelli.

 

According to Ovie Omo-Agege, his experience from knowledge of Islam and interaction with practising and devout Muslims, he could infer that Boko Haram is not an Islamic terrorist group explaining that because religion is a very emotive issue, “Boko Haram chose to hide behind Islam to be able to recruit people who believe they are fighting for Allah to turn Nigeria into the image of warped minds. He therefore called on all Nigerians irrespective of religious leanings and geo-political origin to unite against the evil plot to destabilise Nigeria.

 

“What is going on now are not mere distractions but part of a plan to divide Nigerians along religious lines to bring the government of President Jonathan down and abort the transformation agenda, in order to retain the many ills that burden us as a nation.

 

“If we let them succeed, we will be setting a dangerous precedent that all it takes is a few unwise and reckless feudalists to conspire and finance terrorists to chase an elected President out of office, hiding behind the façade of religion.

 

“We must all stand up and protect the democratic process and send a strong message that no amount of man-made carnage will make us abandon our President, we will tell the anarchists in our midst that our minds are transformed to the extent that they can no longer use religion, ethnicity, language, or other primordial entanglements to divide us.

 

Underpinning the importance of the transformation agenda of President Jonathan, Obarisi  Ovie Omo-Agege said the multiplier effect of just the electricity industry revolution will change Nigeria and Nigerians in many ways especially in the areas of creation of millions of new job opportunities and concomitant reduction of crime in the society.

 

He urged more individuals and State governments to emulate persons like Aliko Dangote who has keyed into the transformation agenda of Mr President so that Nigeria will become one of the biggest 15 economies in the world in one generation.

 

Recalling the efforts then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, elder statesman EK Clark, CAN President Ayo Oritsejafor, and his humble self,  put in in rescuing kidnapped expatriates and mellowing the activities of the Niger Delta militants, Ovie Omo-Agege expressed dissatisfaction with the role Northern leaders have played in engaging the Boko Haram terrorists group.

 

“Living in denial rather than partnering with the FG will not defeat the Boko Haram menace”.

 

He reminded the Northern delegates at the on-going national conference and all those opposed to more resources to the oil producing areas to realize that the consequences of the sacrifices of Isaac Boro and Ken Saro Wiwa struggle for economic and socio-political emancipation of the people of the Niger Delta as enshrined in the kaima Declaration of Dec. 1998 cannot be wished away.

 

“Therefore, for the North to fight against increased access to funds derived from crude oil exploration by the states that have exclusively borne its brunt is mischievous and unpatriotic.

 

“Our brothers from the North should understand that after almost 60 years of environmental despoliation with nothing put back in the Niger Delta, asking for 100 percent derivation by the Niger Delta states will not be too much but instead, the States asked for a miserable 50 percent which is opposed by the North to maintain the status quo of 13 percent.

 

He hoped that the plenary session of the conference will recognize that those who fought so hard to retain the status quo have only secured short term gains for themselves and their region but that to secure a long term, sustainable economic rejuvenation of every region of Nigeria, he charged the full house to do the right thing and accept 50 percent derivation.