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I've Lost Interest in Nigeria's Political Affairs, Says Ciroma

August 11, 2014

John Shiklam

Former minister of finance and proponent of zoning, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, said at the weekend in Kaduna that he had lost interest in political affairs in the country, since the north was denied the chance to complete the late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's eight year tenure.

Ciroma was a leading force in the agitation for the zoning arrangement in the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) following the death of Yar'Adua in 2010.

The former minister and one-time governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who featured on a Kaduna-based Radio Programme, Guest of the Week, said the PDP leaders, instead of agreeing on somebody from the north to complete Yar'Adua's term, all conspired to ensure that the Vice President became the President.

Ciroma insisted that he was at the meeting where the PDP agreed on zoning the presidency between the north and the south, adding that President Goodluck Jonathan was there when former President Olusegun Obasanjo presided over the meeting of the party, which agreed that movement of the presidency from the South to the North should be based on two terms. He also expressed worry over the conduct of the 2015 elections, noting that a lot of "people are worried whether in fact the 2015 election would hold as we expect and are hoping that it would be well conducted and the result would be generally acceptable".

Also commenting on statements purportedly credited to ex-militant leader, Asari Dokubo, who was alleged to have declared that there would be no Nigeria if Jonathan does not emerge President in 2015, Ciroma maintained that it would be a disgrace for him to comment on such stupid comments. "It would be a disgrace for me to comment on such stupid comments. You cannot respond to every foolish statement", he said.

Ciroma said further that "one of the reasons for the insecurity in the country is that there is a perception that the governors are not being fair and just to everybody in the states and they try to break those who are not their friends politically and people try to resist.

"You remember that at the beginning of this Boko Haram, I was a political participant who supported a certain governor, and some other people were killed by security agencies and that really was the beginning of this Boko Haram issue.

"So people in leadership positions have to be fair and just to all. You cannot just eliminate people just because they don't like you or they didn't support you". He further declared that he does not believe in speculations that helicopters were distributing food items materials to the Boko Haram insurgence in Borno state.

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Source: AllAfrica

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