Gaddafi: Nigeria recalls ambassador to Libya

2010-03-19
THE SUN Newspaper

Federal Government yesterday recalled the Nigerian ambassador to Libya, Isa Mohammed to protest the statement credited to Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi that Nigeria should split.

The Libyan leader was reacting to the incessant religious crisis that has continued to occur in the city of Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Federal Government described the utterances of Gaddafi as “insensitive and irresponsible,” adding that it diminished his status and credibility as a leader who claims to be advocating and championing the cause of African integration and unity to be taken seriously.
However, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) said Gaddafi’s outburst has clearly vindicated their position that there is international conspiracy in the Jos crisis.

The recall, according to the spokesman in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ozo Nwobu who briefed newsmen in Abuja, is with immediate effect.
The Federal Government while expressing regrets over the loss of innocent lives and wanton destruction of properties, however, reassured Nigerians and indeed the international community that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria are sacrosanct and would be guided jealously and vowed to bring the perpetrators to book.

He said that the Nigeria’s Ambassador to Libya is expected to report in Abuja immediately for further briefing and consultations. He however, pointed out that the recalling of the ambassador back to the country does not necessarily mean that Nigeria relations with Libya is being severed. Rather, he said “it is a form of formal protest which is allowed in diplomacy.

“His comments on the crisis in Jos are most unacceptable and unbecoming of any leader who claims to advocate and champion the cause of African integration and unity. Our ambassador in Tripoli has been recalled for urgent consultations”, the spokesperson announced.
The fiery pastor who spoke to journalists in Jos during a solidarity visit to the Christian community and Governor Jonah Jang said Gaddafi’s position has finally put a lie to the theory that the crisis in Jos is ethnic and not religious.

Hear him: “Even if you doubted an international connection to what is happening (in Jos), then you have to take a second look at what Gaddafi just said. Where is it coming from? Did Gaddafi spoke when they killed Christians in Jigawa? Did he speak when they killed our people in Borno? Did he speak when they killed our people in Bauchi? You know he had never spoken. But you see, there are certain persons who are following this events; who are probably involved in the events themselves. And it has reached the point they cannot hide their identity again. To me, if there was any doubt that there was an international connection, look for yourself and hear what Gaddafi is saying.

“We may just try to sweep it under the carpet and say it is nothing. It should be taken seriously. For me, the only good thing that Gaddafi did, in my own opinion, he did one good thing, is that he told the truth. He said, this is religious problem. He told the truth. Truth may be bitter, but it is always the best. People can fight over truth, but eventually, they would settle down and accept it because it is the truth. So, if there is nothing else in all these things that Gaddafi has said, and whatever connection he has to what is happening, at least, he told the truth. He said the Jos issue is religious. That is the truth.”





 

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