Maku to Northern elders: you don’t ve mandate to speak for North

By IAfrica
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Aug 16th, 2014
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Information Minister Mr Labaran Maku has hit back at Northern Elders who asked President Goodluck Jonathan to bring back the Chibok girls as a precondition for his re-election.
The over 200 government secondary school girls have been with the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram for over one hundred days now.
Maku who spoke during a reception in his honor in Panda, Nasarawa state according to his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Joseph Mutah cautioned some politicians in the north against capitalizing on the insecurity in the region to further their personal political ambitions.
He explained that as the 2015 elections approached, some politicians often make personal political proclamations claiming to be speaking on behalf of the north, whereas it was a common knowledge that they lacked the mandate to represent the views of the region on any national issue.
Maku, while responding to the political and community leaders of Panda Development Area, who dissociated themselves from the recent threatening remarks by the Northern Elders Forum against the political future of President Goodluck Jonathan, said exploring the self-inflicted insecurity in the region to achieve political interests was a great disservice to the ordinary people of the north by those he described as self-seeking politicians.
He said instead of dissipating their energy on issuing ultimatum to the president, the northern political leaders should reach out to the insurgents on the need to stop the violence in order to complement the efforts of the president in ensuring lasting peace in the north.
The Minister said the President would continue to receive overwhelming support of the people of the north because of the uncommon commitment which he said the President had shown to the peace, security and development of the region
He said : “My message to the people of Panda is that I appreciate the overwhelming support that they have extended to the president. They have sent me with a message to the President that come 2015, the President should ignore all the distractions and come out because the people of this area are fully behind him. They have seen the work he has done in this country, especially in Nasarawa State. They are very happy and they appreciate him. They want him to come out boldly and lead this country.”

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