27 June 2012

Nigeria: Insecurity - Tell Jonathan the Truth, Shehu Sani Urges Mark

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Senate President David Mark.

Kaduna — President of the Civil Right Congress, Shehu Sani, yesterday urged Senate President David Mark, to tell President Jonathan the truth as regards the cause of insecurity in the North.

Reacting to reports credited to the Senate President, where he was quoted as blaming northern leaders for the security challenges facing the region, Sani said what Nigeria needs now is action.

"David Mark's warning of a possible break up of Nigeria as a result of bombings and his shifting of blame or responsibility to northern leaders is most unfortunate. David Mark is simply exonerating himself and shying away from calling a spade a spade in terms of the failure of government to protect its citizens and the failure of the generation of leaders of which he is a leading figure.

"How can a man who is occupying the position of Senate President by virtue of the region he comes from, now blame the so-called northern leaders. David Mark is Senate President today because his party zoned the office to the North Central region, which automatically makes him a component of the northern leadership.

If northern leaders have failed the nation, David Mark stands as the emblem of that failure," Sani said.

He added: "Mr David Mark should use a platform like the Senators' retreat and the esteemed presence of the president to tell the truth and not stoop to escapism. David Mark should earn his respect by not been a lickspittle, but by acting like a man of courage, who can tell the president the truth and give hope to the citizenry."

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