PDP Chairman Tukur Says Nigeria’s Boko Haram Are Fighting For Justice

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May 16th, 2012

by Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

rescuedNational Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has said members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, are fighting for justice.

According to him, many Nigerians feel aggrieved and seek various means of airing their grievances.

Tukur, who spoke in Abuja on Tuesday when he received members of the party from Gombe State, said there must be justice in the country for peace to reign.

He however regretted that the activities of the sect were preventing some northerners from traveling to their home states.

Tukur said there was no way angry people would control their anger when there was nothing on their stomachs.

He said, “Let there be peace in the North so that we can have security.”

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“We can’t even travel again because of the insecurity in the region. Boko Haram is fighting for justice. Boko Haram is another name for justice.

“People feel aggrieved. They are angry because they are hungry. Unless we remove the hunger, we too may not be able to rest.

AZAZI-PDP“We should remember that a child who says his mother would not sleep will also not sleep.”

The former governor of old Gongola State said he accepted to be honoured by the members of the party from the North-East on Saturday in his village because he wanted people know that things were not working well with the people in rural areas.

He said, “People would be wondering why I took the reception to my village in Jada. And they would be asking why not a place like Abuja, where we have good roads and all that.

“I did so, so that people would know what is happening in rural areas. Those that were there must have seen the bad roads. We must help people who cannot help themselves.”

“That is why we are in government. You cannot do anything unless you are committed to it. We must build this party on equity and justice.”

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Earlier, Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwanbo, who led the delegation said the members came to show their loyalty to the leadership of the party.

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NewsRescue Editorial commentWe believe this man should be in jail for making such a statement that supported and induced terror. This deliberate public statement clearly assisted the cult in garnering support and recruits. Nigeria and the United States have proscribed Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation. Nigeria’s government is also indicted for being complicit about this public statement in 2012; it has directly aided the campaigns of terror of Boko Haram cult.

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

Nigeria Anti-Terrorism Act

nigeria coatA person or body corporate who knowingly in or outside Nigeria directly or indirectly willingly; does, attempts or threatens any act of terrorism or commits an act preparatory to or in furtherance of an act of terrorism; or omits to do anything that is reasonably necessary to prevent an act of terrorism or assists or facilitates the activities of persons engaged in an act of terrorism or is an accessory to any offence under this Act or participates as an accomplice in or contributes to offences under the Act, assists, facilitates, organises or directs the activities of persons or organisation engaged in any act of terrorism or is an accessory to any act of terrorism; incites, promises or induces any other person by any means whatsoever to commit any act of terrorism or any of the offences referred to in this Act commits an offence under this Act and is liable on conviction to maximum of death sentence.

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    TOS AIKH 22 May, 2012 at 13:53 Reply

    LET’S ASK TUKUR TO DEFINE THE WORD BOKO HARAM AND WE WILL SEE IF HE IS SINCERE IN WHAT HE TALKING ABOUT. I HOPE HE IS NOT THERE TO CAUSE PROBLEMS LATER.

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    FabMan 24 May, 2012 at 00:24 Reply

    It appears that this man is confused, if somebody who had been in government all through his life could make this kind of comment am afraid. Maybe he has a different agenda Nigerians should watch out.

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    Idris suleiman 24 May, 2012 at 11:11 Reply

    In fact i want to believe that Tukur the pdp chairman is saying the fact,cos people are pushed to the wall as a result of the hardship caused by poverty,as such little inducement of money by the rich might cause what we are seeing today.I still want to believe that if majority of the people are living above the poverty level this things will never happen. Because no amount of money the minority of our so called politicians will give to cause any up rising.

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      nuradeen yahaya 6 June, 2013 at 21:36 Reply

      you said he said the right thing, pls tell me have u ever heard them said so (shekau and co.) they said they ar doing it for islam and you as an educated muslim you know what they are doing is contarary to the teaching of islam, if it is poverty are you enjoying or benefiting from our nation treasure? if not why you didnt go and join them?

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    moses 24 May, 2012 at 15:58 Reply

    hey gentleman if i way MR PRESIDENT in this country the only thing that i good do you and so call boko haram is to arrested you .you reserve poineshmen

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    Emmy 24 May, 2012 at 21:00 Reply

    I’m totally disappointment in Mr.Tukur,maybe he’s one of the sponsors of the Boko Haram.How could somebody of his calliber sald the Deadly and senseless entity is fighting for justice,it’s quite unfair.

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    nuradeen yahaya 6 June, 2013 at 21:26 Reply

    iam totally disappointed by his comment, , how come an elderly statesman like him shamelessly made such a deadly conclusion , when innocent people are loosing their lives and properties and also painting our religion black to the extend that those do not know what they are doing is against the teaching of islam are dedicating thier action to islam, islam condemn any form of extra judial killing of any of soul be it muslim or non muslim, therefore the action or inaction of any muslim will not represents islam/muslim untill such an action is in accordance with the teaching of islam as enshrined in the holy quran and hadith thus boko haram are on their own and not represent islam.

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