Talk Nice With Boko Haram – IBB Chides Jonathan
Former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida has sent a subtle warning the way of President Jonathan. Speaking to journalists over the weekend on matters relating to the attack on the Emir of Kano and his family, IBB said Jonathan and his aides were too rambunctious in their language and should speak in softer tones so as not to fan the fires of political tensions in the country.
IBB was quoted saying, “I advise the Federal Government to exploit the option of dialogue with members of the insurgent groups in order to arrest this prevailing drift in our national security.
The use of force has proven to be inadequate and ineffective to checkmate this ugly trend.
“Government must also encourage positive discourse among its political appointees delivered with respect and rendered in temperate language to soothe the mood of the nation.
Language of force will not help us in our determination to address this insecurity problem. We must engage ourselves constructively and in a manner that puts the interest of the country far and above other partisan consideration.
“The attack on the Emir of Kano, which reportedly left four people dead is a wake-up call for all of us. What does anyone stand to gain by attempting to kill an Emir that is nearing 80 years?
The Emir of Kano stands out as one traditional ruler who does not seek favours from those in government and outside it, and who over the years, has been able to live an exemplary life to the admiration of all.
His record of achievements, the stability and candour he has brought to bear on the throne, are virtues that will live for posterity.”