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A major calamity would have befallen Nigeria if Buhari and Sheik Bauchi had been killed - President Jonathan
| July 28, 2014
While receiving Muslim leaders in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), led by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, in their traditional Eid-el-Fitri Sallah visit to the President, President Goodluck Jonathan spoke about the recent bomb attacks in Kano that Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, an Islamic cleric, narrowly escaped. President Jonathan described Ramadan as a time to reflect and be your neighbour's keepers and called those responsible for the recent bomb attacks the sons of the devil. The President said, âNot too long ago, we had these dastardly attacks in Kano and Kaduna. We stand to condemn these acts of terror on our people. And we extend our condolences and sympathy to the bereaved and those who might have been injured. The recent attacks in Kaduna, especially where Sheik Dahiru Bauchi was a target and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari was also a target.â âYou can imagine if these two people had died in those attacks. Shiekh Bauchi is one of our top Islamic preachers and he has millions of followers. Gen. Buhari, a former Head of State and a leading political figure has massive supporters and people wanted to kill them on the same day. Those who planned the attacks are clearly sons of the devil. If they had killed these two people, we wouldnât be here today. This country would have been in turmoil and we wouldnât have gathered here to celebrate.â "We thank Allah for saving their lives and preventing a major calamity that would have befallen our country. I use this opportunity to call on all Nigerians to work with government to see that collectively we bring to an end the excesses of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups. We are doing everything humanly possible to end it.â The president also urged clerics around the country to always preach peace and unity while shunning the gospel of hate saying, âLet me plead with my brothers, especially the clerics, when they are sending their messages out to their followers to preach peace and unity, not the gospel of hate. âThis is because without peace and unity, we cannot develop this country. In a conflict situation people move away from such zones and we cannot develop our communities, our local governments, states and our country in a conflict situation.â He also said that the federal government is exploring ways to raise funds to assist those who have lost their means of livelihood and businesses and places of worship that have been vandalized during the recent violence in Nigeria. A Victims Support Fund will be launched this week to raise money, for the victims of Boko Haram's violence, from the private and public sectors.

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"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, U.S.A.    July 30, 2014
What calamity would have befallen Nigeria? No calamity will befall Nigeria - it's only that two well known people would have died and that's it.

Their deaths could have mattered no more than the death of any other person in Nigeria as people would still have been going about their normal day businesses without giving a hoot about who died. "Na wetin concern agbero for overload?"

Mr. President, "you too dey blow mouth too much." You have overexaggerated the importance of the lives of these two people. What have they done to improve the lives of their people? No Nigerian and nobody is that important for any calamity to befall the country; I beg, make I hear word, o jare.

Only natural disasters, not the death of any human being, can cause calamity to any nation. Who died? I beg give me amala and ewedu or kpokpogari make I chop o jare. I don't know Sheik Bauchi but Buhari I know as an islamic religious zealot. So?

My respect still goes to Murtala Mohammed (MM) for what he did for Nigeria during those six months of his reign. He meant to transform Nigeria. I know he was not perfect and he may have done some wrong to some people during the war, but that's one serious dictator that meant well for our country. Nigeria and Nigerians stood up straight during those six months.

Lord, I am waiting for another period of MM's type of leadership that will take Nigeria to higher heights. Bringing Nigeria out of its doldrums will be a welcomed "upheaval".

In a sense, that may be described as a calamity because many heads will and should roll.
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