Saturday, January 28, 2012

FSR and Government's Resort to Blackmail (II)

Daily Trust
25 January 2012

Mohammed Haruna


Obviously, the fact that the group has killed many Muslims, including leading Islamic clerics who disagreed with the sect's version of Islam, seems lost on the IYC leaders.

Even more obviously, the fact that Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, a scion of the most powerful emirate in the North (Kano) - the most authoritative, of course, is Sokoto - is the most vigorous defender of FSR, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, the finance and co-ordinating minister included, seems to have escaped the blinkered eyes of the leaders of the IYC.

Likewise the fact that the protest against the FSR has been organised and led by leaders of a coalition of labour unions, civil society and other organizations, supported by legislators in both chambers of the National Assembly across ethnic, sectional and sectarian divides, seem to have also escaped the hate-filled eyes and minds of the IYC leaders.

Not surprisingly, they proceeded in their bigoted publication to single out the North for attack over the war on the FSR and to renew its call for "Resource Control." The Kaduna Refinery, they declared accordingly, is "an illegal refinery" and they will "no longer allow any drop of oil extracted from Ijawland to be refined outside Ijawland."

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