Nigeria’ll not disintegrate –Jesse Jackson

24

From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa

Black Civil Rights activist and former Presidential candidate of the Democratic Party in the United States of America, Reverend Jesse Jackson, has said Nigeria would not disintegrate despite the security challenges confronting the country over the 2015 Presidential election.

He, however, urged President Goodluck Jonathan not to hesitate to dialogue with the Boko Haram sect at the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states.

Jackson, who spoke in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, in a paper entitled “Oil and Peace: Compatibility for Sustainable Growth in Nigeria”, at the 2013 edition of the late Major Isaac Adaka Boro Day, dismissed doomsday predictions that the ongoing security challenges and agitations by politicians because of the 2015 presidential election will trigger secession.

He said Nigeria must remain one and a united nation, and explained that the issue of terrorism is a global phenomenon and the people involved are killing innocent people to attract attention.

“But it should be known that when one has democracy, issues can be resolved through non-violent means. You can create a new leadership and take over leadership with the right message of change. You have the right to peaceful protest and the free Press. So, you don’t need to kill somebody before you can be heard. You can be heard by simply sitting down and talking.

There is problem in democracy when people cannot talk and be heard to change things. These people tend to speak in a voice that would be heard. When people fail to be heard and participate, it becomes a valueless democracy,” he said.

On deployment of troops to troubled states, Jackson making reference to the American example stated that the deployment of drones has not been palatable.

He therefore, said the Federal Government must explore more ways to resolve conflicts, adding that the country must move from the battlefield and return to the negotiating table.

His words: “The country must spend more time on conflict resolution. You cannot put out the pains of the suppressed people in that way. You must resolved conflict with justice.

“Nigeria must be determined to achieve a united Nigeria to achieve joy. That is a Nigerian decision. States have their place and traps have their traditions. But the ultimate protection should be one Nigeria. One Nigeria must be achieved for the country to achieve power. Nigeria must not disintegrate and must remain strong with or without doomsday predictions on the acts of violence and terrorism, the issues must be resolved through negotiation and not separation. In America, we had the South threatening to secede, but the President fought to keep the union.

I think the amnesty must work and the conditions fully honoured. Amnesty must involve the economic restitution, the jobs and training. “I hope the country will soon get  away from the battlefield and get to the negotiation table. In the end, it will be the bargaining table. It is not the battlefield that wins victory. You cannot battle forever. You can bargain and resolve conflict in the North. Bargaining does not mean weakness or fear, but it means maturity and good thinking.

Chief Edwin Clark in his solidarity message pointed out that the agitation by South-South leaders over the 2015 election  is not to plan secession but only appealing to the northern political establishment to allow Jonathan continue his good works in 2015.

Former presidential adviser to former President Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, argued that it was wrong and an act of ignorance for some politicians in the South to claim that the insurgency in the North is targeted at destabilizing the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

He insisted that the northern geo-political zone had always supported the South-South in any political aspirations. Governor Henry Seriake Dickson stated that Nigeria had grown into a more matured and integrated country.

“The challenge we have as nation is a united, prosperous, egalitarian and democratic Nigeria. We need to promote a Nigeria that is free from terrorism and one that is not torn to pieces by terrorism, ethnicity and religious bigotry.

23 yrs boy started importation with N10,450. Read his story here!

Six weeks ago, I couldn't perform in bed. Here's my breakthrough

How to start a profitable importation biz with as low as N10,000 only

How Adetunji generated over N20 million online in 2014. Almost N2m in 2015

How to earn 40k-200k monthly from football matches almost on autopilot

3 Things I did to cure premature ejaculation after my wife left me

How to get flat belly in just 9 days. Click here!

Small manhood and premature ejaculation limited my performance for 4yrs!

Discover How I made N2m in 35 days from importation business

7 Simple yet amazing steps to earn over N200,000/monthly. Click here

Free Download! How to earn N200,000 monthly from importation business

Discover how I made N58000 in two weeks reselling bulksms to Nigerian companies

Click here now if you are interested in earning at least N7,500/daily

Share.

About Author

24 Comments

  1. Jesse jackson should close that hole in his face call mouth..he should go and advice GORGE BUSH or OBAMA to dialouge with AL QUADA TERRORISTS..if America is not a civilize society,Jesse jackson could ve become the BUHARIS’ and ATIKUS’ that unleach mehem to the govt of United State.

  2. Jessyy Jackyy this is africa where no leader understands dialogue better than violence.
    Armnesty,stipend,oversea training, etc for violent youths but hunger, unemployment,rejection etc for non violent teeming youths.
    Jackyy Nigeria must disintegrate to make for a healthier society.

  3. Nigerians should be given the opportunity to decide on which way to path and not for jessy jackson to decide for them..People have got the right to choose not to be consumed by terrorism just like the Americans and the europeans

  4. JESSY JACKSON IS TALKING LIKE A STRANGER, THAT HE IS. DOES HE HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE INTERNAL STRONG FACTORS AND FORCES THAT HAVE SERIOUSLY BEEN PUT FORTH BY A SECTION OF THIS COUNTRY AGAINST THE OTHERS. IF NOT FOR MY BELIEVED IGNORANCE OF HIS, I WOULD HAVE SAID THAT HE IS JUST PROTECTING HIS COUNTRY’S INTEREST BY THESE UTTERANCES. DOES HE KNOW THAT A SECTION OF THIS COUNTRY ARE SO POWER DRUNK THAT THEY ARE READY TO KILL EVEN HALF THE POPULATION OF NIGERIANS JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY STAY IN POWER. ARE THESE PEOPLE WITH SUCH CONQUEST AND FEUDALISTIC MENTALITY WORTHY OF CONTINUOUS ASSOCIATION?

  5. Jesse jackson, you could not secure a nomination as black man or even a consideration from the Democrat until the true son of Africa hot blood did. You do not have any single right to talk on issues you know nothing about.

    Who are you to come for your personal business in the oil city of the south sponsored by the Fulanies oligarchy and have the audacity to tell Jonathan to dialogue with terrorist. Will the America dialogue with the terrorist?

    Who are you to say that Nigeria “must” remain as one nation. Who told you to say so?

    • What a stupid thing to say. Mr. Jackson’s fight for the African American rights along with that of others led to the election of Obama. And what exactly do you mean by hot blood African? You really should watch what you say because Mr Jackson is a truer son of Africa than you will ever be. As for his take on our current predicament, it is hardly surprising since the US line has been that this Boko Haram phenomenon is borne out of poverty and deprivation. It is this illogical believe that we need to counter and address.

      The North has ruled this country for most of its independent existence. In this period, they have managed to share our natural resources amongst themselves like a hunters’ kill. Thus in the North today, the rich are stinking rich, while the poor remain very poor. The elite have neglected the poor with passionate disdain. Thus we see sceptres like the poor and uneducated Almajiri rolling around on the floor singing the praise of an elite and reciting the Quran for a mere pittance dropped on the floor in appreciation. Yes, the Northern elite stole most of their state allocation and built no schools for the poor, instead they push them into Quranic schools, where they graduate to become beggars. This has led to the situation where GEJ is now building Almajiri schools for them. Under normal circumstances, religious schools should be financed by the religion concerned, as it is done in the South. But alas in Northern Nigeria, this is not the case. Parents would not send their children to circular schools, so he had to start building religious schools. The cabal, mainly old military dictators that stole all the money are still parading their loot, untouched by the Boko Haram insurgency, while the hardworking Southern shopkeeper living amongst them is harassed at every turn, killed and maimed by these Almariris. If it was indeed true that this insurgency has anything to do with justice, why is this so? They have fostered a culture of dependency on handouts.

      Some of the elites have even built Universities. But the cost of sending your children there is so prohibitive that only the elite could afford such luxury. This is manifest re-enforcement of feudal existence in the North. Only the elite could aspire for great things.

  6. ihatenigeria on

    Jesse Jackson, just finish your visit and load yourself back to your flight enroute your U.S, the Blessed Country of lucky people. You do not know the peoples problems.

  7. Anthony I Efobi on

    This American is a known cunny man from America. A womanizer.
    How many times have we seen his home country America, dialogue(ing) with Terrorists? Why is his home country using military action at all time in all case, even dispatching their American Soldiers all over the world. Man of double standard. Two face idiot. How there u, foolish man dictate for us? Get lost with ur American bad influence.
    That’s how u guys corrupt the whole African and Asian continents.
    Nigeria must not necessarily be one unless Northern muslim change their way of faudal, genocide plus power crazy.I don’t blame this foolish fake pastor bcos our leaders allowed the America and Britain to enjoy and benefit from all corrupt One Nigeria Weaknesses and failures, esp from our oil and gas sector.
    It must soon stop.

  8. Jesse jackson,nigeria must disintegrate.It`s only nigerians that has the right to decide on this issue and not you.It is our people that are been killed by boko haram and not americans.Nobody dialogues with terrorists including your so called america so stop involving yourself in a matter you know practically nothing about.You are among the “Stupid americans” written by michael moore.

  9. I AM SORRY FOR ALL OF YOU. YOU BETTER GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN ABOUT PEACEFUL DIALOGUE AND IMPORTANCE OF UNITY AND INTEGRATION. SHAME ON YOU. Reverend Jesse Jackson had passed good message and it is left to you to accept it or reject it.

  10. You are right Jackson because Nigeria is one of the highest blood producers. I use to respect you but not anymore. Am trying to figure out why somebody like you should comment on something you’ve proved to know nothing about, giving ‘civil’south america as an example.If not that your govt has given you list of ‘no go arears’ which includes northern nigeria, i would’ve suggested you visit the region so that by the time you come back(if you come back alive),india and pakistan example will also enter your list of examples if you are not one of those benefiting from Nigeria’s blood supplies.

  11. Jessy thank you very much. Are you saying out of love and concern or out of selfishness? I know that Americans are great investors, so I think you must consult one to invent one Power glue that you will use to glue us together. Have you not seen or heard that no matter may Israel and Palestinian will never be one? in fact it is easier for Israel and Palestinians to be one, than North and South of this country to be one. We only read one Nigeria on papers or hear Onyeka Onwenu sing it in her song. But reality it will never be no matter how long the un holy marriage last, it’s not a union.

  12. Jesse Jackson or whatever u are called, I am disappointed by ur utterances here. U talked of negotiating with terrorists: how many times had America done that with the Alqaeda & others? U also condemned the deployment of troops to those troubled states, but failed to find out the level of destructions caused by those idiots: honestly, I see a biased man and a hypocrite in u. No wonder u cannot secure a place in America. We are matured enough to protect ourselves. Sorry.

  13. Jesse Jackson or whatever u are called, I am disappointed by ur utterances here. U talked of negotiating with terrorists: how many times had America done that with the Alqaeda & others? U also condemned the deployment of troops to those troubled states, but failed to find out the level of destructions of lives & properties by those idiots: honestly, I see a biased man and a hypocrite in u. No wonder u cannot secure a place in America. We are matured enough to protect ourselves. Sorry.

  14. francis cole on

    This man call Jessy Jackson is a dubio us and fraudster. Him and Farakan was sent here by their goverment to find out what happen during June 12th wahala. They met with Abacha and Abacha bribed them with millons of dollars. They went to their country and give them fake…stories. Nigerians beware of this fake Rev. Hes a gold digger.

  15. When the young Kabiru, a Nigerian tried bombing the American airline, Nigeria was included a terrorist country.
    Every hard measure was and is still put on Nigerians anywhere they are traveling to.
    America is spending millions manufacturing different tyoes of Crones to attack Terrorism. Even the rest of the world eg
    Germany just secured one for the same purpose of fighting Terrorism.
    The whole of Europe through the French people went to Mali (6000km away from Europe) to fight Terrorism. They even forced the AU(african union), particularly Nigeria to take part in the fight against Terror in Mali.
    Anyway, Even during the Obama campaign he Jesse made similar blunder and the son quickly disagreed with him publicly.
    My dear Jesse, if you love Nigeria that much you should have taken enough time(which includes spending some time in northern Nigeria, in different towns in southern Nigeria, talk to youths and elders yet to find out what is really going on and going wrong in Nigeria before you speak out.
    A true and smart Activist and a black one for that matter should especially when it has to do with the most popular black land on earth be careful in making speeches.
    Boke Haram target Christians and western education in Nigeria. In fact they have already a northern country. They are yet to give it a name. Up there in the north is left with only a few southerners. Majority of them have been killed and the rest left their properties worth millions and ran for their life.
    Now should i continue?

  16. plz jackson. cant live in those troble states for 6months ? if no plz inform obama that nigerians want to be free,division best for us.so every part can built there country they way they like,

  17. Where is this fool with coted white coming from, reverend Jesse Jackson or whatever u called yourself, so you have spent all you have trying to win just presidential nomination from your party in america, now your pocket is dry u land your empty self in yenogoa bayelsa state nigeria trying to present your stupid self like what, go back to where u are coming from before the angry militant will trace your way, u have come to steal our oil money, useless thing today is not like yestarday, your words is as useless as u, we have decided to take our destiny by our hands so go home carry your bag of advice as u are leaving we don’t need them, note. When next u come don’t land in bayelsa state land in borno, yobe, adamawa, or katsina state.may be they will be in better position to help u.

  18. EASY, MAY GOD BLESS YOU REAL GOOD, MY SOUL BROTHER! I NEVER KNEW ANOTHER PERSON UNDERSTOOD EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN THE NORTHERN NIGERIA OVER THESE YEARS. I HEARD THAT EVEN ALHAJI SHEHU SHAGARI SPOKE AGAINST THE EFFORTS TO GIVE FORMAL DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION TO THE ALMAJIRIS IN HIS DAYS. AND SO, THEY CONTINUED IN THIS TREND AND PRODUCED UP TO 10 MILLION ALMAJIRIS( PEOPLE WHO ARE IMPOVERISHED AND DESTITUTIONALIZED FOR LIFE) IN THE NORTHERN REGION. TO BE CANDID WITH YOU, NIGERIANS, THIS BOKO HARAM (PREDICTED TO BE CAUSED BY POVERTY AND CORRUPTION OF GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL) SHOULD HAVE GONE FOR THE HEADS OF THESE NORTHERN LEADERS AND NORTHERN ELITE WHO IMPOVERISHED THEM, INSTEAD OF THIS PENCHANT FOR KILLING OF INNOCENT NIGERIANS.

  19. UBA EZINWANNE on

    JESSE JACKSON, DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRY AND THE NORTHERN YOUTH WANT NIGERIA TO DISINTEGRATE SO THAT THE NORTH WILL BE ON THEIR OWN WHERE SHARIA LAW WILL BE IN FORCE. AND WE IN THE SOUTHERN NIGERIA ALSO WANT NIGERIA TO DISINTEGRATE, SO AS TO GO AWAY FROM THE MURDERERS, WHY WOULD YOU GIVE SUCH A NONSENSE ADVICE?

  20. Mr Jackson is not an idiot place. He only does not understand the situation. I wish he will give time to read all these reactions to his message so as to re evaluate the crust of the matter and correct himself. I believe he is an honourable man and will appreciate the people’s anguish. The violent group like BOKO HARAN might not indeed be fighting because of anger or no job, but might have been an instrument in the hand of a very strong group, a maffia group at. Again all over Nigeria the larger masses suffering the unemployment and hash economic situation are not killing. Graduates ride okada or keke (bikes or tricycle) to keep afloat. Now the killers are not even killing the political class or the powerful regional or ethnic groups but the talakawas, the down trodden, the poor, the worshippers in worship places with worship books and songs of praises and not with sharp objects like knives or lethal weapons like bombs. God will judge the wicked. May be Jesse will read and re address the situation to cool down people’s anger in reaction to his opinion.

Leave A Reply