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‘Burden Of Shame The North Lives With For Wrongly Accusing Jonathan Of Sponsoring Boko Haram To Kill Us’ – Na-Allah Zagga

The Oasis Reporters

November 21, 2020


Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga felicitates with Goodluck Jonathan at 63

Former President Goodluck Jonathan is 63 today. I describe him as one of the nicest and humblest leaders ever elected in Nigeria. He lives by what he preaches. He said his ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian. True to his gentle character, he conceded defeat even before the results of the presidential election were officially announced in 2015. His APC challenger General Muhammadu Buhari himself was disarmed by Jonathan’s show of statesmanship after he called him to concede defeat.

Jonathan is a gentleman. This is a man who was attacked by hoodlums during his presidential reelection campaign in Northern Nigeria, but no one was arrested or prosecuted for physically threatening the President of the country.

The President is a protected public figure; so his security details could have used brute force to deal with the hoodlums that attacked his convoy, but Jonathan would have none of that. You can’t attack the vehicle of the President without consequences. Jonathan’s patience under provocation made his political enemies look foolish.

They claimed that Jonathan was weak. Please tell me the leader who is perfect or the leader without weaknesses? If he had any weaknesses those weaknesses were exaggerated.

Murtala Nyako and other conspiracists had accused Jonathan of using Boko Haram terrorism as a “genocide agenda” against the North. Imagine a senior naval officer misusing the term genocide. Genocide targets a specific ethnic, racial or religious group for persecution. The Boko Haram terrorists were killing Christians and Muslims, Northerners and Southerners, but many people believed the canard by Nyako and others on the train of confusion. Nevertheless, it remained what it was – an unfounded rumour.

A high sounding title doesn’t automatically make a man’s opinion valid. That was why I wasn’t carried away by Nyako’s conspiracism.

Some of these conspiracy theorists were even dubiously quoting Abacha who allegedly claimed that “any insurgency that lasts longer than 24 hours has the government’s hand in it.”

Such was the narrative used to denigrate Jonathan and portray him as a weak leader. Tell me why Jonathan would kill his own citizens to gain power as they alleged then? The rest is history. What wouldn’t vanish so easily however is the burden of shame that we have to live with for accusing Jonathan of sponsoring Boko Haram terrorists to kill us!

Written by Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga.

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