Nigeria At 60: From Colonial Masters to Boko Haram
I saw the execution video of Ropvil Daciya Dalep on twitter few days ago by the terrorist group, Boko Haram and I haven’t recovered from the shock to be honest. Dalep was a native of Jing in Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State and until his death, a Biology Education Student at the University of Maiduguri in Borno State. He was on his way to school when he was abducted and subsequently executed by these deadly humans of Boko Haram.
I cannot forget the murder of the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi after Boko Haram insurgents who kidnapped him rejected a 50 million NGN ransom.
What about Leah Sharibu? She was kidnapped on February 19, 2018, by Boko Haram terrorists from her school, Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School in Dapchi, Bulabulin, Yunusari Local Government Area, Yobe State. Leah was abducted alongside 109 other girls. While most of the girls were released, she was denied freedom after her refusal to renounce her Christian faith for Islam.
Recent reports reveal that Leah has been delivered of a child and one of the Commanders of Boko Haram in faraway Niger Republic is unashamedly responsible for the sexual exploitation of such a harmless teenager. Do not blame me if I share that these attacks are mainly target on Christians. I am not disregarding the fact that some Muslims or people of other religion have been victims as well but the trend of violence has been known to affect mostly Christians. Where is written in any constitution that we must all have the same beliefs? This shortsightedness is something that must be visited as a matter of urgency.
I know there are so many more heart wrenching instances of how Boko Haram terrorists have carried out their ruthless activities without fear or restrictions but I hope the three examples highlighted above would spur you to seek answers from the Federal Government of this Great Nigeria on how a terrorist group which was “technically defeated” is now our nightmare.
To think that the Nigeria Military Control Room is a co-occupant with the Boko Haram Headquarters in the city of Maiduguri is one puzzle really hard to crack. These terrorists go as far as abducting soldiers and killing them at will; Imagine the fate of unarmed civilians!
You know what is extremely disgusting about this specie of heartless humans is their level of hypocrisy. Did you know that Boko Haram translates as “Western education is forbidden“? They think western education is a sacrilege yet are bold enough to use sophisticated guns, camera and other equipment which are unarguably products of western education. I feel terrible that these bloodthirsty fellows have been bold with their claims whenever an attack is reported and unfortunately they no longer understand what it means to be sane.
There is an adage by my Igbo elders which says, “when you see another family with the corpse of their loved one, it may seem like a log of wood”. Do we all need to experience these attacks personally before we realize that we may be stuck with the Boko Haram colonization for a long time if we do not fight for our independence? Dear, President Buhari, with every sense of respect, Boko Haram may have been “technically defeated” but the sad reality is that the organization has not waned in its activities in anyway since the proclamation in 2015. With the current situation, I do not think it is enough to migrate the Military Control Tower to Maiduguri, what is more important is to ensure that those who are at the helm of military affairs are individuals who are seasoned professionals that can tackle terrorism head-on without fear or favor.
Without doubts, it would not be appropriate to use critical positions such as military chiefs as a reward based office. If officials in position are not meeting the desired target of going from technical defeats to actual victory, it is best they are replaced without any form of hesitation. They must be held accountable!
I have still not come to terms with the idea of the group referred to as “repentant” Boko Haram. See, I believe all things are possible but i choose to be an absolute human in this case and please, do not judge me, thank you for understanding. Repented Boko Haram members are said to have undergone deradicalisation process at the Operation Safe Corridor Center in Gombe State but how well can we fully trust the process? Who are the deradicalizing agents? How trained are they? Is the Center fully equipped or the usual sight we observe in government establishments? These questions and more make me human, please, bear with me.
The lives of Nigerians should not be sacrificed on the altar of political games. No one deserves to die just because he or she has the Nigerian tag. It is high time our Commander-in-Chief, President Buhari, took action in order to establish a peaceful Nigeria.
We can no longer continue to keep silent in times like this. Boko Haram maybe highly operational in Northern Nigeria but it is an issue that affects Nigerians everywhere. As we journey to our 60th year since independence from the British Colonial Masters, it would be awesome to see Boko Haram become history in no distant time.
I understand that to tackle this menace requires so much hard work and I am sincerely grateful to all our Armed Forces who have put in their best so far, Well done! Kindly bear in mind that to whom much is given, much is required. To all those who have lost their lives in the struggle to achieving a more peaceful Nigeria, Rest In Peace and I am sending love and light to those they left behind.
To you my dear reader, kindly share this piece to your friends and on all your platforms, who knows, this may reach the right quarters and may inspire the right people to begin work.
Till the next post, don’t forget to speak up and speak out against injustice.