Now Jonathan has Been Declared Winner.

I would like to say congratulations to President Jonathan on being declared the winner of the concluded elections. The contents of his acceptance speech is a step in the right direction.

I remain loyal to General Buhari and I am very proud to have supported him in this campaign.

I also wish to thank Prof. Jega for the efforts he has put in conducting a free and fair elections. I am happy I remained in support of you even when the first elections were canceled.

Although I believe that this elections was free and fair at most Polling Units, there are questions yet to be answered at the collation level. I hope this gets ironed out quickly. I would like everyone to focus on the forthcoming Governorship and State House of Assembly elections and we can continue with grievances thereafter through legal means.

The violence in the North has more to it than meets the eye. People would want to reduce it to Christian vs Muslim; North vs South. But if a the Palace of an Emir is burnt, and the Sultan of Sokoto is pelted with pure water by northern Muslims, you have to be really ignorant not to think differently.  Do not get distracted by the random lunatic who goes burning Churches and Mosques anytime there is a problem no matter how distant is is from religion.

I call on the President to use his power and position to secure the lives and property of all Nigerians.

I also call on all Nigerians to be rational in their thinking, words and action as anything you do or say can make a bad situation worse.

Ultimately, the responsibility to ensure peace and stability rests upon us all.


Quick thoughts on the Election Violence

First of all, I totally condemn all forms of violence currently taking place around the country. It is unfortunate that things are turning out this way.

It is more unfortunate that people have started putting the blame at the door step of Buhari and asking him to call ‘his supporters’ to order.

It will do you well to quickly read Simon Kolawole’s piece of yesterday

The first thing that should happen is that ALL top four candidates should address a press conference and call all of their supporters to order .

After ‘Jonathan the candidate’ speaks at the joint press conference, ‘Jonathan the President’ should show why he is commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed forces and prove that he can secure the nation.

ANYONE who is behind this should be brought to order. ANYBODY.

For anyone following the elections, we all know the recent North-South tension started (again) during the PDP presidential primaries and these elections have ignited a n already tense situation that has been in existence for a number of decades. Of course is issue is much more than that.

What is more scary now (As Kolawole said some weeks ago) is that Northerners are fighting Northerners. It is different from what used to happen  (Igbo vs Hausa; Christian Vs Muslim)

So I will as you Nigerians that can read this to refrain from blaming anyone. It is inflammatory, helps no one and only makes a very bad situation worse. When the blame game starts, common sense is thrown out of the window.

Without peace, ALL OF US lose.