The Primate of the Anglican Church, Nicholas Okoh has warned Nigerian politicians to think of the survival of the country first while engaging in politicking.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, View From The Top, Mr Okoh indicted the political class for the spate of insecurity in Northern Nigeria.
He said, “When you come to a point and begin to experience what you have not experienced before, then the time has come for everybody to look after what is more important. And in this case what is more important is the survival of this country.
“So whether you belong to party A, party B party C or whatever, the survival instinct suggests that we should ensure that the nation survives first so that we can have the arena for politics.”
In response to the clash between operatives of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) and members of radical sect, Boko Haram in Baga, Borno state in which many lives and property were lost, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed a team of its officers and stakeholders to provide medical and relief assistance to the affected people in the area. At least 180 were killed in the incident that also led to the displacement thousands of residents.
A statement signed by Manzo Ezekiel said the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi acting on the directive of President Goodluck Jonathan, has directed the department in charge to urgently provide immediate succour to the people.
The NEMA team led by its Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, has been dispatched to Baga with necessary medical assistance as well as food items to cater for the displaced persons now taking refuge in various camps.
The statement adds that the team is working together with the Borno State Government.
Barely hours after President Goodluck Jonathan left the Borno State capital; multiple explosions were reported to have hit the city of Maiduguri.
Witnesses say they heard loud blasts, in Jajeri ward of Budum town, the heart of the insurgency shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan ended his trip there to try to galvanize support for his battle against terror.
Our correspondent in Borno Jonathan Gopep reports that the explosions, seven in all occurred within minutes of each other.
No casualties were reported in the incident.
It will be recalled that President Jonathan visited Maiduguri, the borno State capital to salute the courage of men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in tackling the Boko Haram sect, could not hold his enthusiasm as to the level patriotism demonstrated by the JTF, by way of leaving their various families to come and stay under the scorching sun of Borno State in a bid to rid the state of insecurity.
He commended the officers for their patriotism since the violence began, while insisting that the JTF will not be pulled out of the state unless peace returns and called on the elders who asked for their withdrawal to sign a pact with him which will guaranty security of lives and property.