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Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by nairavsdollars(f): 7:36am On Jan 27, 2020
Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos

Junaid Mohammed, elder statesman and Second Republic House of Representatives member in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on latest developments in the polity especially the recent Supreme Court rulings, lessons from Nigerian Civil war and other issues. Excerpts:

The Federal Government and the six governors of South West states last week agreed to formalise the South West Security Network, Operation Amotekun. What is your perspective on this?

In politics, there is always the possibility of give and take. If there is mutual understanding among political actors, the sooner they come together, understand and address the concerns of what is agitating their minds, the better. This meeting between the governors and the Vice- President should have come much earlier before the announcement by the President, the governors or the Attorney-General of the Federation because you don’t solve problems on the pages of newspapers or by the airwaves. As far as I am concerned, it is a good development and I sincerely hope both sides are sincere about what they say has been agreed upon and there was no room left for misunderstanding.

You warned that the issue of Amotekun if not properly handled may lead to civil war, don’t you think other regions may want to agitate for their own security outfit now that the federal government has given the South-West the nod to go ahead?

I am not in a position to address that. I think that question should be directed to the President or the Federal Government. I was not the only one who warned that the issue of Amotekun if not properly handled can lead to another civil war. There were other people also. If the federal government is confident that they can handle it properly and there won’t be any issue, then goodluck to them.

Do you think Nigeria is more divided under this present democratic dispensation?

Yes! There are number of reasons responsible for that but the truth of the matter is that the leadership at every level is unimpressive and people defer to their leaders when they have confidence in the competence of the leaders and the value of their judgment. When people feel they can’t rely on the judgment of their leaders, they will resort to some of these activities and they are prepared to fight in their own corner no matter what the consequences are. Clearly, there is a leadership vacuum in the country at all levels, be it at the political level, security level, economic level and others. So, let’s hope some people will be awake to their responsibilities and see what can be done in the interest of the country.

What is your take on the recent judgments by the Supreme Court, especially on the Imo governorship election which led to the ouster of Emeka Ihedioha?

I have never been impressed by the Nigerian judiciary especially in this republic from 1999 till date. If you remember, there was the issue of the governorship of Adamawa state which was won actually by Atiku Abubakar. But when Atiku was picked as running mate to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Supreme Court in its wisdom or lack of wisdom, decided not to ask for a fresh election but decided that Atiku’s running mate, Boni Haruna who won the election with Atiku is going to be the governor, even though Atiku has not been sworn in as governor then. That to me was a warning signal that we will be stupid to expect anything different from the judiciary at whatever level.

The case in Imo as I understood it was that Uzodinma claimed that his voting tally was shortchanged in 388 polling units and he felt that those votes should have made him the winner and the Supreme Court admitted that and now he has emerged as the victor. Now, we haven’t seen the detailed pronouncement of the court on that issue and we are also not privileged to see the submission. Whether Uzodinma came first or last, if the decision was just putting back votes which have been disqualified rightly or wrongly by INEC back into the counting which then led to Uzodinma being declared the winner, I cannot say if that is right or wrong, but I know that this is not the first time this is happening.

In all this, I believe it is in the interest of the country to pay closer attention to the manner elections are conducted in the country especially as regards the integrity of the electoral umpire, INEC.

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state recently said APC may collapse after President Buhari leaves office, do you think this has any implication for the country?

Honestly, it is totally irrelevant to me whether the APC survives beyond 2023 or not. I don’t know what is Fayemi’s basis for making that statement but I know that Buhari himself while addressing the last NEC meeting they had said APC may not survive after his tenure. If Buhari himself said so, what is the big deal about Fayemi echoing same thing? If the APC or PDP cease to exist tomorrow, what benefit or effect will it have on the country? I don’t think there will be any effect. Besides, when you look at the number of parties in the country, nearly 100 of them, if the PDP or APC dies today, there are other numbers of political parties who will take over their positions. But the issue is, why do you have political parties? Political parties are supposed to aggregate and articulate interests- economic, social and others. Clearly, neither the APC, PDP nor any of the other political parties have honestly aggregated the interests of whoever they claim to represent. So, what is the big deal if the APC, PD PDP or even all the political parties disappear tomorrow? They have not brought anything of value to the politics of this country.

50 years after the civil war, do you think any lesson has been learnt?

The political leaders of the South- East, not the Igbos themselves as a people have not learnt anything from the civil war. They still believe that they can only gain political power through blackmail, very ugly mode of campaigning and presenting themselves as super eggs and therefore, nobody is important. They owe nobody any commitment and they don’t have to reconcile with anybody and they want power. They believe that mistakenly, I must say that the Yorubas brought Obasanjo and got power and brought themselves into Nigeria’s mainstream because they did the same thing through agitations, insults and others. Obasanjo became President in spite of his ethnic group. It was the rest of Nigeria that actually won the election for Obasanjo and not he himself or his tribesmen. I don’t know of any Nigeria who can claim to have won election solely by depending on his own tribesmen. But if they don’t want to understand this and believe it is only their tribesmen and only their use of terrible language than actually deliver to them the presidency, then goodluck to them.

https://www.independent.ng/igbo-political-leaders-havent-learnt-any-lesson-from-civil-war-junaid-mohammed/

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by kynbasil01: 7:37am On Jan 27, 2020
tongue why do this ra*tags up north think that other people owe them some kind of loyalty

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by money121(m): 7:40am On Jan 27, 2020
Lobatan

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Johnjanrt: 7:52am On Jan 27, 2020
No time reading through comments of a Sectionist.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Trapping(m): 7:52am On Jan 27, 2020
Loolol.

Junaid can say whatever he feels, it is his inalienable right to free speech. But believe me the outcome of another civil war in Nigeria will be most unpleasant to those who like to gloat over a civil war they did not participate in.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by helinues: 7:52am On Jan 27, 2020
angry

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by shadeyinka(m): 7:54am On Jan 27, 2020
The East is not looking for political power. All they want is freedom to exist free from some backward thinking people in the contraption called Nigeria.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Racoon(m): 7:57am On Jan 27, 2020
And what the same Igbos saw, learnt and continued to stand by many years ago, these same ethnic supremacists have never learnt anything from despite ruling this nation for a long time.This born-to-rule man always feels he has the power to decide for others.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Ogonimilitant(m): 7:59am On Jan 27, 2020
This man is really terrified. They keep making reference to the civil war. Well, you think that Biafrans are afraid to go to war.

I think this man has not learned lessons from Boko Haram and Bandits ravaging his region. Wait for Trump to come back the second time. He knows everything APC has done during the last campaign to support the Democrats against him.

He also knows that it was Obama that removed GEJ and installed This disaster in Nigeria.

We shall see.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by izombie(m): 8:06am On Jan 27, 2020
shadeyinka:
The East is not looking for political power. All they want is freedom to exist free from some backward thinking people in the contraption called Nigeria.
thank you bro. I don't know why these people still think igbos are looking for political power. We just want out of this country, period!.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by CSTR2: 8:09am On Jan 27, 2020
izombie:
thank you bro. I don't know why these people still think igbos are looking for political power. We just want out of this country, period!.
If you are not careful, your grand children will still be talking about leaving Nigeria, while others are becoming president.

Nonsense.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Ogonimilitant(m): 8:17am On Jan 27, 2020
CSTR2:

If you are not careful, your grand children will still be talking about leaving Nigeria, while others are becoming president.

Nonsense.
how has the presidency helped your people. Just be sincere to yourself.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by hisexcellency34: 8:58am On Jan 27, 2020
And who is stopping you from leaving?
izombie:
thank you bro. I don't know why these people still think igbos are looking for political power. We just want out of this country, period!.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by ogbuefi677(m): 8:58am On Jan 27, 2020
Useless Afonja brown envelope journalists keep hyping these abokki psychotic old fools by granting them wide audience with their useless newspapers.
Are there no other mad men in other geopolitical zones they can interview?But Afonja has a morbid fear of his slave masters.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Donaldoni: 10:31am On Jan 27, 2020
Useless Afonja brown envelope journalists keep hyping the northern psychotic old fools by granting wide audience with their useless newspapers.
Are there no other mad men in other geopolitical zones they can interview?But Afonja has a morbid fear of his slave masters.

Come on, don't be a lunatic. Would you have read this if Junaid Mohammed wasn't in the headline Face your masters, the Fulanis... grin

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by SouthSouth1914: 10:31am On Jan 27, 2020
When the son of a motherless cow speaks from his anus!

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by tommykiwi(m): 10:31am On Jan 27, 2020
Afonjas fooling themselves since 1900.

3 advice to Afonjas

1. Leave Igbos alone
2. Mind ur own business
3. Continue being slaves to Fulanis

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by seniormallam(m): 10:32am On Jan 27, 2020
I know begin to wonder what achievements the north can boast of since clinging to power for this long ..........who presidency help, go to east and see what individuals are constructing there, thereby developing there region.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Ebenezar2020(m): 10:32am On Jan 27, 2020
shadeyinka:
The East is not looking for political power. All they want is freedom to exist free from some backward thinking people in the contraption called Nigeria.
then how come your IPOB brothers suddenly drop the agitation for bia'fraud the moment PDP gave Presidential ticket to Atikuloot and Peter Obi?

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by SilasNwude: 10:32am On Jan 27, 2020
who's this uncircumcised bastard threatening everyone
if not this useless entity called Nigeria
why will a dirty gworo grinding criminal bastard talking when sensible persons are talking?

now the criminal in aso rock won't see this as hate speech

thunder scatter buhari Insha'Allah amin
thunder scatter buhari Insha'Allah amin
thunder scatter Aisha masha Allah Amin

thunder scatter all Buhari's supporters Insha'Allah amin
wallu walla yalakata sibiri na ala otu ya mutu all of them Insha'Allah amin

i hate these people with all my heart and soul


cc
omenka Simplyleo NgeneUkwenu

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by MANNABBQGRILLS: 10:32am On Jan 27, 2020
In ONE NIGERIA we believe.........

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Simplebeauty: 10:33am On Jan 27, 2020
grin

Junaid Mohammed too hasn't learnt anything since the civil war...

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Coldie(m): 10:33am On Jan 27, 2020
I am Igbo but I don't need to read it to know its the truth our people don't know how to play politics.

Nobody will ever take us serious as long as we keep chanting Biafra.

Amongst the major tribes we igbos are the poorest, its not like we are not hardworking but no matter the kind of business u do, no matter the amount of Money u save up and make one political appointment and u will make all those Money in one day, what does that tell u?

Our leaders in the east see nothing wrong with the emigration of Igbo youths to other regions on a daily basis, leading to sparsely populated towns and villages and unoccupied houses, mansions and buildings littering the east yet they see nothing wrong with it.

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by mrvitalis(m): 10:34am On Jan 27, 2020
I don't blame this idiot

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Chiefochiefo(m): 10:34am On Jan 27, 2020
But what concerns you?
Is it your lessons? Or is it your igbo?
Abeg park well angry

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by mrvitalis(m): 10:35am On Jan 27, 2020
Ebenezar2020:
then how come your IPOB brothers suddenly drop the agitation for bia'fraud the moment PDP gave Presidential ticket to Atikuloot and Peter Obi?
You are so dumb you think all Igbo are ipob

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Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by MarkT30: 10:35am On Jan 27, 2020
Plain and simple,we dont want presidency
Re: Junaid Mohammed: Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War by Nobody: 10:35am On Jan 27, 2020
stop giving this fool audience na

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