LAGOS— Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday said no right thinking Nigerian would accuse his President of genocide.
Orji was reacting to a memo written by Governor Murtala Nyako of Adawama State to Northern Governors’ Forum, alleging genocide against President Goodluck Jonathan, in view of the Federal Government’s war on terror.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, Kalu also called on the Federal Government to seek help from foreign countries such as the United States of America, Germany and others, in rescuing the over 200 female students abducted by members of Boko Haram sect from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
The former governor said he could not ascertain why President Jonathan would want to kill the people he was ruling, stressing that the problem of Boko Haram was also affecting the President.
Cautioning Governor Nyako, Kalu said Nigerians should be mindful about whatever they say as some allegations were far too weighty to be joked with.
He said: “I have a lot of respect for Admiral Nyako but no right thinking Nigerian should be accusing his President of genocide.
“Why does he want to kill people that he is ruling, the president is weigh down by the problems. If you know where I live, the president is my neighbour and I know people don’t leave those compounds sometimes 3 am, sometimes 4 am. I think as politicians we should have restrain in what we say and what we don’t say.”
According to Dr. Kalu, the unity of the country was far bigger than anybody as nobody owns the country urging that politicians should see the unity of the country as something they should work together to build.
“So people like Nyako, I have a lot of respect for him, I cannot at this stage say that he was misquoted because I expected him, if he was misquoted to come out openly and say so because the unity of this country is more important than Nyako, than Jonathan, than Orji Kalu, this unity is more important than anybody, nobody owns this country, this country is for all of us, we have equal stake in this country, Jonathan just happens to be the president, Nyako just happen to be the governor, kwankwanso just happen to be Kano State governor so you can see Theodore A. Orji happens to be governor of Abia state and I happen to be ex-governor, you happen to be a journalist, so we have a chunk in the place, so it is not for anybody, it is like you see people from Ebonyi they will tell you that Elechi is not doing anything, it is not true , Nigeria is the only country been govern by rumour, once people don’t like you maybe once you don’t give egunje you are now a very bad man” Kalu said.
Speaking on the 200 abducted students, Dr. Kalu affirmed that Nigeria military lack intelligence wondering why after some days the location of where the abducted female students are could not be located by the Nigerian government.
“The military are playing their role now but they lack intelligence, military are supposed to have surveyor intelligence, people with good intelligence, ask them to shoot, they go ahead and shoot, so we have not done the right thing by just giving guns to them, we are pursuing Boko Haram with guns, it is not the right thing to do”
“I want both the Federal Government and the Service Chiefs to work more on intelligence, it is not work of gun, I know what I am saying because I have witness some services of international intelligent agencies, what we are having here is not what they have, they are just not doing intelligence right and I still believe that intelligence are not right, if the intelligence were right, even where those girls are now supposed to have been located” he said.
He further called on the government to involve the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in America and other countries to bring to an end the menace of Boko Haram in the country.
According to him, “You cannot do this business without the Musak and without the CIA, I say this time without number, anybody thinking that Nigeria will be an enemy to America, we have to be best friend of America, we have to be best friend of the UK, we have to be best friend of Germany and we have to be best friend of China, we have to be best friend of the successful people so that we can be successful ourselves, so only when these best friends are involved, intelligence will come because these guys have gone up there, they have technology, the google earth, the one use by American military and American intelligent agencies are very superior, with their help, by now, we supposed to have found indication where these girls are and where they are been stationed and how they were removed, 200 people is not a joke to be remove, we suppose to have a track, a clue where and how they were removed, it is not an easy thing to move 200 people on the street”