IPOB Politicisation: Bello Blasts Lai, Says Real Threats to APC Are Hungry, Angry Nigerians, Not Politically Disgruntled

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…Reminds That It Was Lie’s Sort of Thinking That Slowed Down  Serious
Solutions to Boko Haram Insurgency

By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Former Taraba commissioner of information, Emmanuel Bello, has berated the Minister of Information, Alhaji  Lai Mohammed for attempting to politicise the crisis in parts of the South East, occasioned by the Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The former commissioner called on the minister to be more concerned about the real threat to APC – which is the millions who are hungry and angry across the country rather than accusing disgruntled politicians.

Bello said that by reducing the Biafran agitation to the handiwork of
political opponents of the government, the minister has ignored the higher levels of the crisis and has thus lost his ways in finding answers.

Stressing that it was this sort of thinking that slowed down finding serious
solutions to the Boko Haram insurgency years ago.

He noted that Lai Mohammed sounds like those who still believed Boko
Haram was created to railroad the last administration.

Sundiata Post recalls that the minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had said political opponents of the
administration were behind the agitation, stressing that it was
contrived to rubbish the incumbent administration of President
Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Bello “A simplistic over view of this crisis won’t help us. And
trying to make political gains from it may even backfire. We need
leadership now more than ever before.

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Adding that such a position would stifle serious efforts at seeking clear solution to a multifaceted problem.

He continued: “Nigeria, like every
nation, would have its share of challenges but with good leadership we will address them”.
“My thinking is that Nnamdi Kanu is actually fuelled by hate and his own kind of radicalization. So even if, for instance, an Igbo man were to be President, “Kanu” still might have happened”.
By the way, the immediate governments he’s antagonising back home are
manned by people of his own tribe. Ideologues are often not
reasonable, Bello said.
The former  commissioner therefore adviced  Lai Mohammed to look beyond politics in these matters.
Warning that ” another way of admitting we don’t have answers to issues is to first point accusing fingers  any time we have a huge challenge. Then we are just looking for cheap solutions or even trying to coop out”.
He recalled that some of these national crisis are anchored in our historical developments and things we have chosen to neglect as a
“Of course, there are those who seek to take advantage of these troubles to advance their positions but we are a nation. We have our
difficulties. But then that is why there is leadership too.
Good leadership tries to fix a problem and not creatively find scapegoats.”

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He said, ” a simplistic over view of this crisis won’t help us. And trying to make political gains from it may even backfire.

While reminding that we will first have Nigeria before belonging to APC or PDP, Bello called on the government to focus more first in dealing with existential threat.
The former commissioner also called for the setting up of a think tank that to study the problem and watching its growth.
“We must have a bipartisan approach to dealing with issues. This is not time for hurtling accusations.
He challanged the Minister of Information to name and Shame the sponsors of IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu rather than making a sweeping statement capable of further befuddling an already amorphous problem.
“I don’t know of any decent Nigeria who does not shudder at the hate Kanu represents. Yet, we must now begin to closely interrogate the problem through dialogue, carefully assessment and a willingness to listen to the other side even if we don’t like what is being said” he maintained.

Bello said the greatest enemy of the APC right now is the pervasive
hardship in the country. “I think, rather than worry about those who are politically disgruntled, Lai Mohammed should be concerned about millions who are hungry and angry across the country.

These one, to my mind, are the real threats to the APC.”

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