Ibrahim Datti Ahmad: Shocking Revelation on Boko Haram, Riots in the North

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September 4th, 2012

NewsRescue– The Founder and president of the Supreme Council of Shariah Law in Nigeria(SCSN), Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmad, in a shocking revelation, written and published by the Guardian newspaper on September 3rd, was credited with being solely responsible for the major deadly youth riots in Northern Nigeria, that have claimed the lives of hundreds of Christians and Muslims. In the publication, he can be seen as invariably responsible for Boko Haram’s emergence, a group it is reported that he has never spoken against and was chosen mediator on who’s behalf.

Boko Haram has accepted responsibility for serious carnage in North Nigeria, including the deaths of hundreds of Christians and Muslims. The group has worsened the living conditions in the north, scaring away investors and farmers, making life in North Nigeria very difficult. Recently, Buhari a former Nigerian president, begged Nigeria’s government to address and contain the terror in the North which is crippling the Northern economy and creating much hardship.

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The Datti revelations, which are written with much personal detail, appearing to be an autobiography, came in response to calls by several Muslim groups, including and prominently, the “MuslimsAgainstTerror” brotherhood, for Ibrahim Datti to call off the Boko Haram cult and terror campaign, as the only Nigerian who apparently has that capacity. Datti Ahmad “stormed” out of Boko Haram negotiations with the government in March, due to what he called, government betrayal- their revealing his involvement to the public.

The man behind most Northern bloody riots

In the long article “written by” the Guardian’s editors, with support of an alleged Datti best friend and associate, the National Chairman of the Peoples Salvation Party (PSP), Dr. Junaid Mohammed, Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Datti was touted for his being behind deadly intolerance riots in 2002 after a media publication regarding an intended beauty pageant in Nigeria.

Datti Inspires Youth in Kano riots

Datti Inspires Youth in Kano riots

Datti was also cheered in the publication for inspiring Northern riots in 2001 in which several hundred innocent Christians were reportedly killed. This it was written he did in response to the killing of Muslims in Nigeria’s south.

Reading the article, the doctor from University of Ibadan can be seen as proud of an ideology of which Boko Haram is an obvious off-shoot.

Related: Datti threatens war if sovereign conference is not invoked

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

“…Even one Dr. Datti Ahmed of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, has on behalf of his organization threatened to unleash war if the president failed to convoke the conference. ..”

http://nigeriaworld.com/columnist/ihenacho/060104.html

Datti Ahmad is known to have been an associate and mentor of the later Muhammad Yusuf, the founding leader of Boko Haram, who was extra-judicially killed by the Yaradua government along with over 700 of the terror cults members in a hard government hand-action in 2009.

Datti’s positions and “trophies”, according to a Muslim commentator, Malam Shehu Usman of Katsina state, are controversial, against Islam’s fundamental policies of protecting innocent life and obviously very dangerous. In his words, “According to our Holy Quran, only perpetrators of crimes should be sought for justice and not just any body, let’s say- our neighbor of another faith. Should we go after him or her due to the crimes of say… a media somewhere, or somebody in another state or country? This is haram …forbidden, a sin. We Muslims are the protectors of the innocent. The prophet of Islam anabiy Muhammad sal-alawalaihiwasalam, did not kill Jews in Medina for the actions of Jews elsewhere…they were safe in Medina. There are the proper ways of defending Islam without being transgressors. People must not continue to think and act this way, it is very scary, like thuggish way of thinking.”

Related: NewsRescue- Flashback: How President Yaradua Dealt With Boko Haram in 2009

Below are important excerpts from the article; we highlighted certain striking aspects:

Guardian: Sheikh Ibrahim Datti Ahmad, defender of the Faith

Over the years, Ahmad has shown that he can go to any length to defend Islam. In August 2001, he said that the SCSN would seek reprisals against the killing of northerners in the South. And when in October 2001, hundreds of southern Christians were killed in Kano, by Muslim rioters, it was alleged that Ahmed inspired them.

In 2002, in the wake of a Miss World pageant billed to hold in Abuja, a newspaper, in a bid to drum support for the pageant, made a comment that was deemed disrespectful to the Prophet Mohammed. Ahmad, alongside others, called on the Muslims Ummah to rise and defend the Islamic Faith.A bloody riot broke out thereafter in Kano and Kaduna; lives and properties were lost.

The medical practitioner is one that never shies away from any fight aimed at protecting his Muslim brothers, no matter the controversy.

–Still in 2003, Ahmad said: “The council (SCSN) harboured strong reservations on the safety of our population not least because of our recent experience in the Pfizer scandal, when our people were used as guinea pigs with the approval of the Federal Ministry of Health and that of all the relevant United Nation agencies.”

His claims led to the suspension of the polio campaign. Other Muslim clerics elsewhere like in India and Pakistan followed Ahmad’s lead.

It is difficult to say that Sheikh Ahmad doesn’t care for the interest of his Muslim brothers because he is dedicated to making their lives better. At the height of the debate over the necessity of Jaiz Islamic Bank in the polity, it was not necessarily the arguments of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, that settled matters for the bank. The matter was settled when Sheikh Ahmad threatened that Muslims were ready to go to war if anybody stood on the way of the proposed non-interest banking. Since then, the voices of the opposition to the non-interest banking have faded.

Ahmad courted controversy when in 2004 after the Nigerian “Taliban” under the leadership of Aminu Tashen-Ilimi killed policemen in their insurgency, Ahmad said of them: “These are very sophisticated youth. They are not just the trash. I can understand why they did it. I’m not in a position to say whether I support it or not, but they must have their reasons.” (Ref: http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=136457752&targetid=profile )

To date, Ahmad still leads the Supreme Council of Sharia Law and many allege that he appears to tacitly support acts of terrorism carried out by Islamists.

The dialogue with Boko Haram has stirred the kind of controversy that has dogged Datti Ahmad’s paths.  In an interview with The Guardian, the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) Dr Reuben Abati said that even the spokespersons of the Boko Haram have admitted, that the group has mutated. “So it is not unusual that you will find a situation whereby a variant of the mutation may express a view that sounds like it’s contradicting the other,” he added.

This observation prevailed as some members of the group denied any dialogue with government through Ahmad and that they even didn’t know him. Meanwhile another group, probably the leadership of the “real Boko Haram,” confirmed a dialogue with the Federal Government.

Ahmad had on behalf of the SCSN proposed to President Jonathan to work out a confidential initiative for the Federal Government to dialogue with Boko Haram. The President’s Principal Private Secretary, Ambassador Hassan Tukur was ordered to coordinate Ahmad’s group, but the latter soon claimed that Tukur sabotaged the confidentiality of the process. The Ambassador denied the allegation.

Soon after, the Sheikh, unhappy with government officials, who failed to keep their own part of the bargain, stormed out of the deal.  However, Sheikh Ahmad, who is known to be a man of few words might, with the renewed effort by the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF), still be the man to broker peace between the Federal Government and members of the Boko Haram.

In quitting the talks, Ahmad in a statement he signed, accused the government of insincerity and of leaking details of the talks to the media.

Several groups of Muslims have prevailed on Sheikh Ahmed to continue to lead the negotiation in order to end the insurgency.

A group, “Muslims Against Terror Brotherhood” in a statement stated: “Enough has been enough. Boko Haram has done nothing to further your objectives and your Sharia plan for Nigeria. Indeed Boko Haram has only painted our noble Deen in poor light.

“You founded the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria with the noble aim of implementing Sharia law. This has been implemented to great degree in the Northern states. This was done without shedding of blood and taking of innocent lives, all praise due to Allah.

“The North has been reported as the best states for doing business in Nigeria, due to the peace and tranquility that existed, up until the Boko Haram menace came up and started the killings, frustrating Christians and Muslims and making the entire Northern environment into hell fire.”

Another group stated: “Dear Dr. Ahmad, we are very worried by the trend of events. You were negotiating a truce, but you walked out of it. You left the talks as you put it because of conditions, which you set. And you frustrated efforts at bringing peace and saving lives of Muslims and Christians. You complained that the talks were made public. Do you think the noble prophet in whose memory we behave as Muslims, will walk away from talks that can save life because his role is made public? What are you hiding?    You do not want the world to know that you made peace? Or is it that you do not want the world to know that you had a role in the genesis of Boko Haram?”  Read full article

Update: Related Datti Ahmad News on the web from 2004: Sovereign conference or war, threats

The Presidency and the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) have in separate statements condemned the threat of war by a group of Muslim organisations led by Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmed. The group had on Tuesday after a meeting in Kaduna condemned the killing of Muslims in Yelwa, Plateau State and said if the Federal Government failed to convoke a Sovereign National Confe-rence, it will resort to war.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of NewsRescue

They vowed that the only thing that will avert the anarchy is for the Federal Government to convene a Sovereign National Conference immediately to enable the various nationalities decide on the fate of the nation. Ahmed told newsmen: “Call a sovereign national conference if you want to save the country, call a sovereign national conference, let’s sit round a table and let’s discuss whether we will continue living together or to separate, everybody goes his way. “If an overwhelming number of Nigerians want us to separate, we separate. But how do we want to separate? We can sit down around table or we fight a war. We will not submit to injustice, that’s why we are told to do Jihad. Jihad doesn’t mean attacking people without cause. It means don’t submit to an unjust person; fight him. If you die you go to paradise, if he dies he goes to hell. So what do you lose?” Culled: http://www.nigeriamasterweb.com/HeatInNigeria4.html

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      Akpore 9 September, 2012 at 15:16 Reply

      To my own view… I think Datti Ahmad, should be head responsible for the conspiracy and for murder Innocent Christians and Muslims Nigerians…. But I know that democracy and politics will have their share on this issue.. they won’t let us find or have the truth of the Boko haram… rather they will support instead to kill more innocent… now my question is that is Nigeria government afraid of Datti Ahmad ??? to bring him to justice ? is Nigeria government have no law abiding this matter ? how long will Nigeria keep sleeping and slippery ? what will happen to Datti Ahmad ???? because he is Rich nobody can touch him ? becos He is well known as the Islamic backbone nobody can persecute him for his deadly act ? he should not remain in his living house.. he should be tron to Jail by now before the Guadian brought up this issue.. i and very angry of the president and the leader of this country Nigeria…. it is only how to theif money and take over to europe and america you all know and how to kill innocent poor people… God will not forgive you all… and as for Datti Ahmad, if that how God Allah told you to treat your fellow human to kill and to distroy then it shall be well with u and ur family.. but if not that how God, your Allah thought you then…. have in mind that you will ever received the greatest pain in your life and that of ur family too…. stick.

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        BF2R 2 October, 2012 at 14:27 Reply

        Am amazed at u ‘ah’, u are way too violent even with words. Nobody has arrested or tried your daddy/husband yet, but if there has been allegations against him (ur daddy/husband), its only pertinent that he is investigated, arrested & tried in a competent court of law; period. GOD ALMIGHTY WILL SURE HAVE HIS FINAL SAY IN THIS MATTER!

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    Alimed 5 September, 2012 at 07:34 Reply

    This is rubbish. Substantiate your story before publishing. This is an intention to tarnish his image. Better look elsewhere for your scapegoat,

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    Dariya 5 September, 2012 at 10:06 Reply

    I don’t think that this is a new discovery, but the government have been unwilling to deal with the menace. No body should be seen as a sacred cow.

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    GHALI 5 September, 2012 at 17:22 Reply

    This is rubbish! there is nothing subtantial to this allegations. Have the southern press not been able catch a scapegoat thats why are looking for someone at loggerhead with the Multinationals and Jonathan government? Anyway the intended terget audiences are the gullible southerners and christians, but to us is just rubbish, unless facts are provided.

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    Hisham 5 September, 2012 at 18:14 Reply

    This is nonsense and I feel ashamed to read it and even with the link to the GUARDIAN, some fool can sit down and fabricate lies on a man he knows not it is unfortunate and an insult on journalism

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    Muhammad Aliyu Mustapha 5 September, 2012 at 21:39 Reply

    It is ridiculous for the Guardian to have come up with this publication.We in the north, especially here in Kano, know who this responsible medical practitioner-cum-cleric is. These lies can never in any way be associated with him. Journalism is a respectable profession that should be used for development rather than destruction and character assassination. We respect Dr Datti Ahmad, and will continue to hold him in high esteem. To hell with your campaign of calumny, The Guardian.

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      abiye 12 September, 2012 at 23:42 Reply

      To hell with you too,how can you justify his non involvement with those rat you call bh?.Anyway,we in the south seek for division and let see how you hungry looking bastards will survive

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        Auwal 14 September, 2012 at 13:34 Reply

        hmnn, who is afraid of dividing the country, wht did u have in the south , hmn oil, wht effort hv u done or ur father do in putting oil on the ground, is it ur father that is drilling it, NO, MULTI NATIONALS . yet u think u hv something, anyway , we knw oil will finish one day, what then did u have? nonsense, ppl wit shallow thinking, check ur community hw many northeners ar there,? few , come to the the north and c the large numba of ur brodas, we will send back.

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          nnamdi 16 September, 2012 at 08:22 Reply

          auwal ur so daft…the truth remains that because of ur lack of civilization ur so-called ppl cant travel out of their community to invest, 2ndly, the competition in the south is to enormous for u to move out of ur den, 3rdly we come with so much money to invest in ur community to relief hunger suppressing u. Let the south move and see how u’ll survive with eating groundnuts and sugarcane

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            mida 16 September, 2012 at 13:49

            Nnamdi. U are a complete fool. U will suffer and come begging on your legs. U will chop dry gari and cassava cause all d red food stuff are in the north. Who wants to be part of u anyway. U people will die of kwashiokor.

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      MAKO 22 September, 2012 at 14:19 Reply

      Why is it that you people always hide behind lies and never get informed? Read with an open mind and unbiased perspective. If your “good blood-brother” is exposed as a King-pin to an armed robbery gang, will you swear by your god that he is not? What is the meaning of ‘DOUBLE LIFE”? i BEG!

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      tee 7 October, 2012 at 23:41 Reply

      u respect killing human being for religion, put all d country into calamity and said indirect that u are happy with what Dr. is doing. remember that God is not in support of killing ur fellow human being. remember he that kill with sword will sure die by sword.

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    abbey 6 September, 2012 at 00:19 Reply

    journalism at apex of mediocrity!!!, why painting Islam red, government know its problem of relying on knowledgeable but not intelligent people who initially caused this social unrest, why is it manipulating media to come out with foolish excuse of one-man-sole messiah. Ahmad is righteous! seems safer for the man’s silence than his words been taken as drugged jackal to hunt its owner

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      Dan 11 October, 2012 at 09:41 Reply

      Is any one righteous? There is only one Righteous, GOD!!!! Man’s righteousness is but like filthy rags.We all are morally deficient, we seek our own ways, not obeying God! you destroy lives and property out of envy, anger and sheer hate! that’s why miscreants and the hopeless are at the front of all their riots, vicious liars!!!

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    MAKIMO 6 September, 2012 at 11:14 Reply

    There are only two tragedies in life: one is getting what on wants and the other is getting it, therefore, no matter how long the night might be, day shall break.

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    SARKI 6 September, 2012 at 12:56 Reply

    The Guardian in its search for who to blame other than the real culprit, will finger out any respected entity as the TARGET.The arrest at Bayelsa,Benin,Miya barkatai,Okene and infact many others points at WHO? Dr? or The Guardian?

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    SARKI 6 September, 2012 at 12:56 Reply

    The Guardian in its search for who to blame other than the real culprit, will finger out any respected entity as the TARGET.The arrest at Bayelsa,Benin,Miya barkatai,Okene and infact many others points at WHO? Dr? or The Guardian?

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    LUKUMON 6 September, 2012 at 14:30 Reply

    U don’t just debunk matters. We are talking about life here friends;A LOVING GOD AND FULL OF MERCY will not give in to killing anyone without giving them opportunity to see HIS LOVE. Allah sends HIS rain on both the good and the bad, He can catch the wicked in their bedroom. Every stone must be turned to get to the root of this matter, why are we always violent on religion, Allah is most merciful; where did U get your merciless attitude from killing the innocent for the wicked what kind spirit rules you? For sure Allah will not approve this will judge U all on the last day who brings such a stain to the name of GOD!

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      James 8 September, 2012 at 09:18 Reply

      If your a Muslim then i have seen a true Muslim write today. I remember back in the days of my secondary school days, i live and sleep with Muslims and we were so a happy family, yet we argue on religious terms but all was part of learning, as they learn about my God and i learn about their God. We had no fights or quarrels but lived in peace as i even discovered that peace was so integral part of Islam..but i do not understand today…incitements are even happening in the mosques and even churches. May God help us all

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      Nathan 19 September, 2012 at 19:53 Reply

      i must really comment dat U ar truly 1 in a million @ Lukumon. How i wish every Muslim can B like u, condem evil, the world will B a safe place.

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      True son 20 September, 2012 at 12:28 Reply

      see u cant expect a religion to deliver peace wen followers are berieved of true inner peace….trouble ll b d oda of the day in such a case.

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      True son 20 September, 2012 at 12:28 Reply

      see u cant expect a religion to deliver peace wen followers are berieved of true inner peace….trouble ll b d oda of the day in such a case.

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    Jayce 6 September, 2012 at 17:06 Reply

    This is what We know now after years of wickedness, what is going on now presently; does anyone have any idea? What has been done for this information on a platform of gold? Nigeria will truly survive. I believe it, no matter what!

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    Frank 7 September, 2012 at 18:42 Reply

    You guys are plain idiots period. to say that this man is behind the terror attacks smacks of sheer callousness and irresponsibility and an attempt to smear the man’s good name. A man who was a former Presidential aspirant and everyone knows how boko haram started in maiduguri, who their leaders are and were, the beginning of their violence when their members were summarily executed including their leader mohammed yusuf, how can then an armchair journalist just sitting down will write rubbish like this in an effort to mislead and tarnish the imaga of a complete gentleman who even put his life at risk by volunteering to contact boko haram on FG’s behalf to dialogue with them so that the violence can be stopped, shame on you!!!

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    samuel kazi 9 September, 2012 at 09:09 Reply

    JESUS REMAIN JESUS AND NOTHING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WILL MAKE HIS FOLLOWERS TO CONVERT TO ANOTHER RELIGION THAT HAVE NO FAITH. IT IS EITHER YOU ACCEPT WORLDLY THING AND GO TO HELL OR REMAIN FIRMED IN CHRISTIANITY WHICH WILL GIVE YOU PEACE AND PEACE FOREVER.

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        Nathan 19 September, 2012 at 19:47 Reply

        @ Abubaka, don’t U think U ar confuse? Wot is D difference between yur 1st line of statement & D 2nd Line? May God ve mercy on U.

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            Sunkanmi 30 September, 2012 at 18:30

            Being a Southerner automatically makes you have a better understanding of way life.I’m a Muslim and I hate arguing with the Northerners since I believe they are a waste being and wasting your precious time arguing with them is just a waste of life cos they have no single brain. How can you claim to worship God and kill your fellow being with swords,bombs and countless harmful ammunition.We Southerners wants a split-up so you can go about Boko Haram-ing your cursed goat-like Northerners. BWT, Abubakar and the rest of these shitty Northerners are cursed and we know the Northerners for a one-way traffic.Once their leaders tells them to kill their parents all in the name of religion they don’t think it once not to talk of twice before they go about killing their loving parents. Imagine a world where a Yoruba Muslim will kill his fellow Yoruba Christian for religion sake. Not In the next 100 years.

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    Mamman John 10 September, 2012 at 19:48 Reply

    Samuel, no one says Christians must convert to Islam or any other faith. What you guys fail to understand is the fact that even Muslims believe in Jesus Christ.In fact, no Muslim is regarded a good Muslim if they disbelief in Jesus.

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      Emmanuel 11 September, 2012 at 22:43 Reply

      You don’t understand what you are talking about, your self, take this, in Saudi Arabia if you are caught with a Bible your hand is chopped off, if you caught witnessing to a moslem your head is cut off, which Jesus do they believe, that is the lie they want you to believe but behind is death. The Jesus I know is what their book talks about, you may call me names but it does not bother me.

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        bimann 9 October, 2012 at 03:33 Reply

        i understand ur frustration because of the few bad nuts who commit crimes in the name of jihad, it has misled the world and many muslims world over re in pain and face gross discrimination per the behavior of the few bad guys behavior. U need to seek the knowledge from any religion of interest but not look at the behaviours of a few. there is no where in islam that says u can attack innocent people. They kill everyone!

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      Manchild Uzoukwu 16 September, 2012 at 23:15 Reply

      Please have u had Christians kill for the religion? Any religion that kills as a form punishment is a cult or better still a thuggery religion. Even bad Christians
      don’t kill. I’m yet to understand the Moslem religion.

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    MICHAEL AKINYEMI 11 September, 2012 at 16:57 Reply

    WE ALL WILL REPORT WHAT WE HAVE DONE ON EARTH TO THE PERSON THAT SEND US, IF THERE IS BLOOD ON UR HAND YOU WILL SURELY BE JUDGE ACCORDINGLY

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    Emmanuel 11 September, 2012 at 22:28 Reply

    I believe when we are allowed to fight with this guys then they will understand that we are not chicken hearted, their ideology is to spread fear, but i tell you, let them step into the south south and test the bitter pill of blood bath, why is the south begging this people, datti or no dirty Nigeria is a fraud in the first place, I was born and bred in the north, so i know them.

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    BabaJimoh 12 September, 2012 at 04:48 Reply

    Datti Ahmad should be kind enough to go back to the negotiation table. He would be remembered as a truly noble Muslim and Nigerian. We need peace for development.

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    Polycarp Uten Ali 12 September, 2012 at 22:24 Reply

    He has been throwing stones and hiding his hand and when the cat is about to be let out of the bag, he started blaming Govt of insincerity and “blah.. blah… blah…” I dont blame him bcos the Govt knows that if someone knows just a member of this group (boko haram), it will be unpatriotic and even treasonable on the part of that person to fail to expose them.If Datti alone knows them and baselessly claim to be negotiating on their behalf, certainly, he is their sponsor.The Govt should have arrested and tortured him to tell the truth about this man-made holocaust that had befalling our country for too long.. Definitely, at a point, he would yield and say something positve that will give a clue to ending the menace.. But they left him to carry out his “business” unhindered, security agencies are not even monitoring his movements and his telephone conversations and the kind of people that visit him. he was not disallowed to try to bring this country to its knees. He caused our country needless emotional pains of lost of several hundreds of lives (both Christians and Muslims), colossal waste of properties and developmental arrest, not to talk of the international embarassments of Nigeria being regarded severally as a terrorist nation. His attitude in tha Kano pfizer saga and many others negates the calling of a doctor. A doctor does not kill, neither does he subscribe to it. Imagine the number children disabled by polio in northern Nigeeria bcos of his selfish propaganda and campaigns. This is the man who once wanted to rule this ccountry. It is a shame! God did not permit him to get anywhere bcos of his black-heartedness. As I said before he is walking tall and making negotiations for personal gains here and there to have funds to prepetrate his wicked agenda against humanity in the name of Islam which does not preach violence. He stirs up dust to make personal gains at the peril of the happiness of the public and corporate existence of Nigeria. This in itself is tresonable offence. But when the central Govt is weak, anybody can get up, do anything and get away with it. With impunity! Our never ending stories of corruption and “blah..blah..blah” is revolving around impunity. It thrives well bcos many issues that were investigated in the past from IBB’s time till date, no body has been made to face the wrath of the law except those opposed to Govt. So, a vicious cycle has emerged from failure to punish wrongdoings which should have served as deterrent to others. In my country Nigeria, it is business as usual. Lord, have mercy on us and our land!.

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      ah 16 September, 2012 at 02:06 Reply

      Polycarp or whatever ur name is. For this selfless , righteous and good citizen of Nigeria to put his life and that of his family at tremendous risk in trying to save the likes of you idiots, and all you can do is open your mouth and talk nonsense you and your family should be the next target of boko haram. God punish you.

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        ike 16 September, 2012 at 21:36 Reply

        Is this the only thing you know how to do? Only to curse people? You must be a member of boko haram or their sympathiser for acting this way.

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    Polycarp Uten Ali 12 September, 2012 at 22:24 Reply

    He has been throwing stones and hiding his hand and when the cat is about to be let out of the bag, he started blaming Govt of insincerity and “blah.. blah… blah…” I dont blame him bcos the Govt knows that if someone knows just a member of this group (boko haram), it will be unpatriotic and even treasonable on the part of that person to fail to expose them.If Datti alone knows them and baselessly claim to be negotiating on their behalf, certainly, he is their sponsor.The Govt should have arrested and tortured him to tell the truth about this man-made holocaust that had befalling our country for too long.. Definitely, at a point, he would yield and say something positve that will give a clue to ending the menace.. But they left him to carry out his “business” unhindered, security agencies are not even monitoring his movements and his telephone conversations and the kind of people that visit him. he was not disallowed to try to bring this country to its knees. He caused our country needless emotional pains of lost of several hundreds of lives (both Christians and Muslims), colossal waste of properties and developmental arrest, not to talk of the international embarassments of Nigeria being regarded severally as a terrorist nation. His attitude in tha Kano pfizer saga and many others negates the calling of a doctor. A doctor does not kill, neither does he subscribe to it. Imagine the number children disabled by polio in northern Nigeeria bcos of his selfish propaganda and campaigns. This is the man who once wanted to rule this ccountry. It is a shame! God did not permit him to get anywhere bcos of his black-heartedness. As I said before he is walking tall and making negotiations for personal gains here and there to have funds to prepetrate his wicked agenda against humanity in the name of Islam which does not preach violence. He stirs up dust to make personal gains at the peril of the happiness of the public and corporate existence of Nigeria. This in itself is tresonable offence. But when the central Govt is weak, anybody can get up, do anything and get away with it. With impunity! Our never ending stories of corruption and “blah..blah..blah” is revolving around impunity. It thrives well bcos many issues that were investigated in the past from IBB’s time till date, no body has been made to face the wrath of the law except those opposed to Govt. So, a vicious cycle has emerged from failure to punish wrongdoings which should have served as deterrent to others. In my country Nigeria, it is business as usual. Lord, have mercy on us and our land!.

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    serah 13 September, 2012 at 16:25 Reply

    what i know is this. Nigeria is a dying country and its high time we divide. because if boko haram doesnt kills us all, we will die of oppression by government, inflation and poverty. worst of all is the fact that patrotism is dead in Nigeria. i dont love this country any more. its just a sad place to live in. we need division.

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    tunmise 14 September, 2012 at 09:24 Reply

    i wonder why datti is still walking freely on the street of nigeria, is the government afraid of him? he has already given himself out and he should be arrested ,no individual is bigger and stronger than Nigeria.

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      ah 16 September, 2012 at 01:12 Reply

      U are a big fool and an empty brain. U do not even know the man u are talking about, why don’t you find out the calibre of the person u are talking about, before you open your big mouth. We respect him so much and God will punish you for making these false allegations against him. He is a righteous and God fearing man, we do not have his type in Africa. SO BEWARE !!!

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    henry 15 September, 2012 at 13:32 Reply

    it is a shame to see that Nigerians are reacting just as the enemies would want them to respond, but we must be patient even in the midst of this crisis . Alot of trash has been put in the media to distract us from the big picture and i assure its a whole lot bigger than you think as our country is under attack from those that seek a one world government . should Nigeria fall or divide so will Africa which is the goal of the plot come 2015 . the US need a military presence in Nigeria… if we give to a separation they will get what they want. they and there allies are behind these issues and if we do not unite against a common enemy we have no chance of keeping our soveriegnty .Take a look around although i know it may be difficult to fathom , the fact is we are merely making matters worse if we don`t soft peddle i am a christain with lots of muslim friends and i believe we all respect each others faith. We must secure our northern boarders and keep our shit together, should we divide we would be far weaker than we already are.

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      Rasheed Akinlola 16 September, 2012 at 17:27 Reply

      Excellent Henry, U got the secret open I hope others will soon grasp what u said
      With type of u,Henry, I am still hoping good for our country

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      James Danbaba Aremu 24 September, 2012 at 00:27 Reply

      This is the most sensible of all the commentators. Let’s learn to be our brother’ keepers. Let’ learn to advocate peace & eschew violence. Calling ourselves names only worsen our situation & give our adversaries an edge against us. Nigeria is far more than any individual or group. May god bring an end to this anarchy & restore harmony amongst u.

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    pk 15 September, 2012 at 19:32 Reply

    How can people live like animals… how can people begin to kill people for the sake of faith… what is islam? everyone in the world can not turn to Christianity and they cannot be muslims either… as big as Nigeria, some sects think they can convert everyone to Islam,,,.. They’re killing Christians as if we cannot act .. but one day under this sun… there will be a better bloodshed and those blood thirsty idiots shall pay for all their sins… God bless Nigeria.

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    emeka. 15 September, 2012 at 22:08 Reply

    is can that is doin all this attack, i no the person that write is article is frm my office. is a cristain guy that hate is Allah & shek Ahmad datti.

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    Agape 19 September, 2012 at 13:03 Reply

    All heard and well understood. Why the continuous killing of innocent souls? If there is ever existing elder stateman (men), whether division will solve our national problems, North or South indispensable, that which is of paramount important is to stop the killings for Allah or God.

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    don 20 September, 2012 at 10:34 Reply

    hi guys.i dont think the guardian newspaper can just write or published such a sensitive issues.im nt saying if they are rite or not.i dont think dat dis a forum to abuse pple.dis shld be a constructive forum 4 every1 so wake up guys n write sumtin reasonable.we are all fighting 4 1 tin A BETTER NIGERIA.

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    Gwammaja 21 September, 2012 at 14:20 Reply

    The idiot thought he was smarter than Government. He is only using the SCSN to confuse his muslim brothers. He is in truth the brain behind and sustainer of Boko Haram.

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    olu 22 September, 2012 at 12:22 Reply

    What i know is that some of you are fools who does not see well to know what is gong on in the western world that is why the anthem of your stupid religion is killing fellow human being all in the name of fighting for god can anyone fight for god or does god sent you to fight for him.All of you after you might have kill your christian brothers, you will now be looking for justification claiming you are fighting for god shit we all see what his going on in the world today where your stupid ulamahs are killing innocent souls cos of the film shot in America fighting that has no bases.I was in Bauchi in2006 when all this stupid people started killing innocent souls all in the name of one Muhammad cartoon in the Ireland,why not just reason for a while and learn from your christian brothers

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    Ojo 23 September, 2012 at 04:53 Reply

    Why are pple fusing over the Guardian revelations. The courts are there for Datti if he is sure of his conscience. God knows those behind Boko haram. But why will Nigerians chose to defend someone just because the person is from their area or because of religious affinity?

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    Linus 23 September, 2012 at 08:01 Reply

    Boko or haram we don’t care may be they are tired, they should continue their haram attack and be killing there Muslim brother after all Islam is blondish religion how do you think they whole Nigeria be converted to there blood testy religion it is never done. there attack will only stop in Kogi state any thing place after Kogi they will see that there own attack are primitive they will feel a scientist type of attack . they should go to hell and routing to ash

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    disqus_BWHlPxcX24 24 September, 2012 at 14:55 Reply

    Please all Nigerians, our past hero did not got us independent for the sake of tribalism and differences in our religions, but for Nigerians to enjoy freedom and to be in unity. We don’t need to fight, let’s come together and pray for the restoration of Nigeria and for better tomorrow, because if coming generation start from where we are or where we are going to stop what did you think that will happen in 20/30 years to come

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    NZHINGGAMALE 26 September, 2012 at 15:35 Reply

    The OLD MAN visited in the evening,the OWL cried in the NIGHT and the Child DIED in the Morning,you do not need a witch Doctor to tell who is responsible for the child,s death.God in his infinite mercy will expose all evil doers in our land.
    Anybody or group of people that are responsible for for all these may them and their children,s children see no peace and may the blood of innocent NIGERIANS HUNT them forever ameeeen

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    mee 28 September, 2012 at 09:53 Reply

    That an educated and supposedly enlightened person of Dati’s stature would be found saying the kind of things he says goes to show how hopelessly wrong things have gone in the Muslim North. As for him, let him recall a quote from a sister religion: they that live by the sword, die by the same. That should be enough. Overall, shame on him!

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    elharun muhammad 28 September, 2012 at 12:44 Reply

    A VERY CHEAP BLACKMAIL.COME DOWN TO KANO WHERE DATTIS ASSOCIATES .FAMILY ACTIVITIES AND HIMSELF ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECT YR PRIMARY DATA,THEN U MAKE YR ANALYSIS.BUT THIS IS WATERWASH.LETS B MORE INTELLECTUALLY EMPIRICAL AND THROUGH.INFORMATION IS ABOUT HONESTY UNLESS IS A PROPAGANDA FOR AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE

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    Momoh 29 September, 2012 at 11:10 Reply

    Some group of persons dose not want d youth to make meaning out of life….why are d youth being used as killers,can these group of persons use their own children??????,this is a question they must ans….using religious to sperate Nigeria is not the d best options,but if any region that wants to go must be remembered that our founding fathers fought for the unity of Nigeria…..we must stand together for better…

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    enkaydee 2 October, 2012 at 10:47 Reply

    It is not a surprise to me. This man has over the years sponsored riots in Kano. Everyone who has lived or worked in Kano since the early 90’s should know his nefarious activities. A very corrupt and wicked doctor who hides under the cover of ‘religion’ to perpetrate evil. He hates southerners so much even with a yoruba wife, he still finds it very easy to kill. I know that one day, his cup will be full and he shall pay for all his evil deeds.

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    BF2R 2 October, 2012 at 15:13 Reply

    FROM MY HEART OF HEARTS & AS A TRUE NIGERIAN WHO REALLY CARES & REALLY WANTS TO KNOW – (QUESTION FOR MUSLIMS)
    I ‘ve often wondered why Muslims always call for Jihad (holy war) under the guise of “PROTECTING ISLAM” each time one ask questions on issues that ponders him/her about Islam? 1). What’s “holy war”? (a) could any war be holy? (b) would God see any war as holy for whatever reason? (c) does God feel happy when innocent souls are killed in the name of protecting Him (God)? (d) If Islam is about peace as Muslims say, then where’s the place for war? (e) Do Muslims believe in forgiveness? If they do then why calling for “holy war” at the slightest provocation, even when a legitimate question is asked? 2). Do Muslims think that God is not powerful enough to protect Himself? — PLEASE i need answers – THE WORLD DESERVE TO KNOW

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        Bappa 5 October, 2012 at 19:10 Reply

        Ladan its a simple question BF2R asked don’t be evasive, part of the questions are:
        (1) Would God see any war as holy for whatever reason
        (2) Does God feel happy when innocent souls are killed in the name of protecting Him (God)
        (3) Is muslim Allah so weak that he needs human being to protect him by killing innocent souls.

        Over to you Ladan tell us what type of allah you serve that is always demanding innocent blood.

        If you serve a god that is so weak and can’t fight for him self’ you really need search your mind

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      bimann 9 October, 2012 at 03:49 Reply

      go and find out the following answers too . how many muslims were killed in the bosnian and for what reasons? tell me the number of muslims killed in afagnistan and by which people and for what reason? tell me the number of muslims killed in iraq and re still killing to date. i m just refering to just the innocent ones and all suspects killed without trial. and also tell me the religion of Adolf hitler of germany who committed the highest atrocies on earth. i can go on and on. go and get urself educated and u will a broadened scope. i m not a nigerian but as an african i always pray for the end of this canker soon. don’t pull any religious string and lets all join hands to illiminate this canker.

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      Maina 11 October, 2012 at 09:37 Reply

      I don’t support violence but i will like to encourage you to read your bible and find out how many wars was fought by David (AS), Musa (AS), Ibrahim (AS) and how many times God has destroyed the world because of our sins. Are the sins committed now less than what was committed during that period? Indeed end-time is near so go to your church or Mosque to pray to your God if you believe in one cause God has said it there will be bloodshed and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

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    burster kings 2 October, 2012 at 19:23 Reply

    This is a hopeless man. He doesnt want anybody to know he is collecting money from the federal government. This is how they have made thier people poor, yet they are complaining that government is not doing anything for them. Who has govern Nigeria the most? There is no dictionary word to express what you guys should be called because idiot, fool etc are too mild. He would ask for war because his children will not be there to fight. He thinks they have monopoly to violence. Please they should be quick to start the war and lets see who will be the looser. we are wiser now.

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    obi 3 October, 2012 at 15:32 Reply

    sheikh Datti was not the first negotiator with boko haram. what do you say about Obasanjo and Shehu Sani of CLO the first mediators? [pls leave the gentle man alone. mediocrity is the fever gripping most of the nigerian newspapers.

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    Hamza Ibrahim Baba 4 October, 2012 at 16:24 Reply

    So you are so confused now you started apportioning blames. Why cant you admit your inadequacies and shortcomings? So, all the war campaigns of Asari Dokubo, Edwin clark and other war mongers includin CAN presidents are ok with you? You are sick. I mean very sick if you think touching a respected elder like Datti Ahmad will just be accepted by all of us. That will be the beginning of the end. You are suffering from sellective amnesia. Do you know what cognitive dissonance is? You are suffering from that psych social illness. You are absolving all your people from blames and you are concluding that all the problems created by conspiracy of ur elders are caused by this octaganarian old man living in a very remote area of Kano waiting for death.
    You are indeed a fool. And who ever write this nonsense should know a remote attack or harm on this innocent old man called DATTI AHMAD will spell doom for Naija.
    Why not you search for your problems within your leaders from the president who is telling lies before the international communities, to all your ministers and traditional elders.
    Enough of your false propaganda

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    Teas 7 October, 2012 at 19:54 Reply

    I wish to beg all offended by the comments of another to please think very deep and look beyond the ordinary in the issues of our Nation Nigeria. Is this ordinary that we can’t focus on things that could unify us as a Nation? Is this ordinary that Nigeria is still an entity despite all kinds of GAMEs that they have and are still using us to play in world polity? Have you ever thought of the brain behind our willful and deliberate enslavement to the western world by giving all our earnings to them in all that we do around the world in the name of technology and to the Middle east in the name of religion? I wish I have enough time to help us through world history memory lane. In the meantime, please, please, please, stop selling us Nigerian to the same people strategizing daily to plunge many Nations, including Nigeria in war. Painfully, the major players of this games, British and Iran are never seen. The nations erroneously in focus, Saudi and America are playing their roles as predicted by God himself. No matter what we say or do, the situations around the world today can only be best understood from the paspective of How God has design all events that will lead to the introduction of the man of sin, called the anti-Christ. The book of Prof. Chinu Achebe, the gods are not to blame seem to be the some total, the end result, the verdict of the world we are leaving in. Calling ourselves names, wrongful or wrightful accusations are just what the Devil need to set us up against one another in war. The devil has created these unique medium, call it Facebook, twitter, internet, news rescue, etc to feel you minds and know how to direct you into war. The people killing today in the name of boko haram are human beings but under the control of some spirits also using you now to make them happy and achieve their goals.

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    oracle 8 October, 2012 at 17:23 Reply

    Fellow Nigerians!!!! Let it be known to you today, that Boko Haram is the military wing of SCSN (supreme council of sharia law in Nigeria), with the sole objective of Islamizing the whole country- from north to south, east to west. There is no way SCSN can achieve this objective peacefully. This is why it has a military wing- BOKO HARAM. Sheikh Ibrahim Datti Ahmed may well be the supreme leader of both organisations. The battle is just about to start!!!!!!!!!

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    makdog 8 October, 2012 at 23:36 Reply

    despite all these the man made a fundermental point which the presidency have been dodging for whatever reason. that is we must negotiate our unity as nigeria.almalgamation is for 100 years which ends by 2014, so what next? we must sit down and talk and decide wether or not nigeria should continue to be. the content of our unity must be negotiated through a sovereign national conference, this then boko haram will stop.

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    GOD is love 8 October, 2012 at 23:41 Reply

    Pls if you are muslim or christian, we are all brothers,GOD don’t like us killing each other in HIS name,GOD is love,forgiving,merciful,let allow GOD to fight our battle for us,not we fighting for HIM.Is name be blessed forever more in Jesus mighty name,amen.GOD bless my muslim brothers

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    Victor Kings 9 October, 2012 at 14:34 Reply

    Have you people finished insulting One another? It is clear that our youths have lost touch even with constructive comments and criticisms. All we now conform to is violence. Instead of reading and posting your comments, you all retorts to insulting yourselves. I believe if you were physically present in a room, by now you would be fighting yourselves. What is the difference between you and the Boko haram you are are now commenting against? Think right friends.

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    paul onomerike 10 October, 2012 at 18:15 Reply

    Human life in Nigeria is not worth a dime.So many innocent lives are being wasted every without the culprits facing the law hence it goes unabbated. People are killed for no justifiable reasons.Lets have a rethink on the value of human life. Man does not create life and should therefore not take life.

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    yafa 12 October, 2012 at 12:06 Reply

    Those of us that lacks the ability to understand issues of this nature can as well stay out and look for something beneficial to engage inrather than runing their ill informed idears here. Boko Haram activities has nothing to do with Islam as awhole just like millitancy in the Niger delta has nothing to do with christianity and its only those of us that mixes them that are only mayopic and stupic in dealing with the real issue

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