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Nigeria: Endorsing criminality or security failure?
Author: Musa Augustine | July 19, 2011
Call me a country boy and you are right, because I was born in a village called Boto Ikulu in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Call... (2) Comment


 
   

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Unachukwu Duru    Ibadan, Nigeria    July 19, 2011
Mr Augustine is right to the extent that Government has not shown the will or determination to contain the Boko Haram menace. The pussy-footing sends the signal of an administration hamstrung with a perplexing puzzle of how to deal with sacred cows, who get in the way of decision, or of fear of criticism for the collateral cost of decisive action.

Either way, the government has shown weakness. It has betrayed the innocent victims of the blood thirsty Boko Haram who entrusted their fate and right to security in their hands. With sad regret, the realization of this mistake has come way too late for the unfortunate innocent victims.
He is also right that had Gen . Abacha (may his soul rest in peace) been alive today as Head of State, Boko Haram would have been history, forgotten.. I also believe that the sect would not show up had it been Gowon, Babangida, Buhari, or Shagari on the saddle. The existence of Boko Haram predates the Jonathan presidency. Their activities were subdued during Obasanjo -ex-military , and Yar'Adua-moslem. The paradigm raises a conspiracy theory, and crystallizes a conjecture that some grand agenda may be in the works. Jonathan, a Southerner Christian, is civilian with no military pedigree. So, if that is, or not, the case, why are the northerners doing this and what is going on? It would be disaster if investigations prove, by any shred of evidence, that the escalation of brutal terrorism is a protestation against the leadership profiled by President Jonathan. Should that be the case, we should all be very ready to immediately kiss this fractious Nigerian white elephant goodbye.
But Mr. Augustine knows it as much as we all do that the poverty and desperation afflicting the populace is not exclusive to the North northern youths. The South is teeming with huge populations of poor youths who work hard and get nothing. Their sad plight and desperation was brought upon them largely by the bad governance of Northern islamic leaders that have ruled Nigeria. And patiently and gracefully they have endured with incredible discipline that has been misjudged as naivety. I subject myself to corrections here.
Mr Augustine has opined that members of the deadly Boko Haram are educated young men who, by all standards, cannot be stereotyped as ignorant religious zealots. He tries to clean things up by suggesting that Boko Haram ideologues do not really mean that Western education is sin. In other words, these murderers hide behind the mask of a diversionary faith-based ideology to push an agenda that bear treasonable hallmarks. He has come a little economical with the facts. We are all aware of the diversity of ethno-religious cultures values of our communities. I may wish to disclose that I was raised in Jos, and a proud old graduate of St Theresa's Catholic School.
We all know how tenaciously the Hausa community holds on to conservatism and how an imported religious doctrine has supplanted an original cultural identity. It is such that the term Hausa-Fulani is a synonymous with islam. We do have Yoruba islamics, and they have not traded their ethnic identity for a an imported religious culture. The same goes for the Christians of the the rest of Nigeria.
The Islamics confine their youths in mosques and madrasas where the memorization and recitation of chapters of the Koran are taught nearly all day long. Their only break is when, bowl in hand, these youths are turned into the streets and prayer venues, mainly on Fridays, to ask for arms fot their upkeep. And they call them almajiris. Another case is the fulani cattle herdsman. How on earth does anybody convert him to modern life-stock farming methods or education? Everywhere they go they kick up dust into people's eyes and inconsiderately devastate farm crops with their animals. The almajiris are an easy poll of willing tools in the hands of Northern politicians whose handouts buy them over, body and soul. Like zombies, they to do the bidding and political dirty jobs, while hailing the 'benefactor" with 'Ranka i-dede!" and a regular response of "Allah Ba"m m'ba ka". And sure enough, these youths wait to line up for the next round, whenever it comes, for the 'Allah's windfall that must go through the 'benefactor' , who then decides how much of it is sprinkled around and how much trickles down. They power of the dogmatic brainwash makes the almajiri to accept without question the sacrosanct position of the 'Benefactor' as the only channel of influence with Allah. Blinded with impervious religious blinkers, the almajiris neither get enthusiastic nor encouraged to directly approach the same Allah for a share of the heavenly windfall. They don't even bother with aspiring for improved their way or standard of living as long as there this benevolent individual to look up to. And who are these 'benevolent' men? The selfish, greedy Northern political elite, of course, who have cornered the resources meant for these people.. The Northern islamic elite, by choice, created the monster which they now turn loose on the rest of us,. Their damage control plan is dishing out doses of misrepresentations to deflect the the blame for the pervasive indolence at the wrong directions, fueling a north-south confrontation The poor frustrated masses in the mainly Christian South have never targeted vengeful violence at their islamic neighbors, as reprisal for the misrule of northern islamic leadership.
To unleash terror on the rest of society is not only unfair, but also gratuitous. It is nothing but naked, starry-eyed, arm-twisting blackmail that will never work. The Igbos of Nigeria did not go anywhere close to the murderous menace of the Boko Haram. You are aware of the role played by your kinsman Yakubu Gowon in 1966. Under his watch over 30,000 Igbo civilians were ruthless massacred for no other reason than they were Igbos; not for disruptive street protests or for rampaging as religious zealots. In the resulting civil war, there was no discrimination as to who were rebels or who were not.. Anything that moved in front of the Gowon's advancing army was mowed down- men women and children.
For the Boko Haram, sworn terrorists that threaten the very foundation of Nigeria's existence, the Nation must go through the indignity of getting into dialog, appease them and pay out amnesty money to save the endangered Northern elite from the furry of a monster they created for themselves.
Some communities need to take a hard introspective look at those cultural values and shared beliefs that fall out of stride with today's world order. The nation cannot afford to remain fettered down with retrogressive values of communities who, by choice, hold on to blinding conservatism and constitute a drag. Such communities must keep abreast or drop off and ship out.
Unachukwu Duru    Ibadan, Nigeria    July 19, 2011
Mr Augustine is right to the extent that Government has not shown the will or determination to contain the Boko Haram menace. The pussy-footing sends the signal of an administration hamstrung with a perplexing puzzle of how to deal with sacred cows, who get in the way of decision, or of fear of criticism for the collateral cost of decisive action. Either way, the government has shown weakness.

It has betrayed the innocent victims of the blood thirsty Boko Haram who entrusted their fate and right to security in their hands. With sad regret, the realization of this mistake has come way too late for the unfortunate innocent victims.

He is also right that had Gen . Abacha (may his soul rest in peace) been alive today as Head of State, Boko Haram would have been history, forgotten.. I also believe that the sect would not show up had it been Gowon, Babangida, Buhari, or Shagari on the saddle. The existence of Boko Haram predates the Jonathan presidency. Their activities were subdued during Obasanjo -ex-military , and Yar'Adua-moslem. The paradigm raises a conspiracy theory, and crystallizes a conjecture that some grand agenda may be in the works.

Jonathan, a Southerner Christian, is civilian with no military pedigree. So, if that is, or not, the case, why are the northerners doing this and what is going on? It would be disaster if investigations prove, by any shred of evidence, that the escalation of brutal terrorism is a protestation against the leadership profiled by President Jonathan. Should that be the case, we should all be very ready to immediately kiss this fractious Nigerian white elephant goodbye.

But Mr. Augustine knows it as much as we all do that the poverty and desperation afflicting the populace is not exclusive to the North northern youths. The South is teeming with huge populations of poor youths who work hard and get nothing. Their sad plight and desperation was brought upon them largely by the bad governance of Northern islamic leaders that have ruled Nigeria. And patiently and gracefully they have endured with incredible discipline that has been misjudged as naivety. I subject myself to corrections here.

Mr Augustine has opined that members of the deadly Boko Haram are educated young men who, by all standards, cannot be stereotyped as ignorant religious zealots. He tries to clean things up by suggesting that Boko Haram ideologues do not really mean that Western education is sin. In other words, these murderers hide behind the mask of a diversionary faith-based ideology to push an agenda that bear treasonable hallmarks. He has come a little economical with the facts. We are all aware of the diversity of ethno-religious cultures values of our communities. I may wish to disclose that I was raised in Jos, and a proud old graduate of St Theresa's Catholic School.

We all know how tenaciously the Hausa community holds on to conservatism and how an imported religious doctrine has supplanted an original cultural identity. It is such that the term Hausa-Fulani is a synonymous with islam. We do have Yoruba islamics, and they have not traded their ethnic identity for a an imported religious culture. The same goes for the Christians of the the rest of Nigeria.

The Islamics confine their youths in mosques and madrasas where the memorization and recitation of chapters of the Koran are taught nearly all day long. Their only break is when, bowl in hand, these youths are turned into the streets and prayer venues, mainly on Fridays, to ask for arms fot their upkeep. And they call them almajiris. Another case is the fulani cattle herdsman.

How on earth does anybody convert him to modern life-stock farming methods or education? Everywhere they go they kick up dust into people's eyes and inconsiderately devastate farm crops with their animals. The almajiris are an easy poll of willing tools in the hands of Northern politicians whose handouts buy them over, body and soul. Like zombies, they to do the bidding and political dirty jobs, while hailing the 'benefactor" with 'Ranka i-dede!" and a regular response of "Allah Ba"m m'ba ka". And sure enough, these youths wait to line up for the next round, whenever it comes, for the 'Allah's windfall that must go through the 'benefactor' , who then decides how much of it is sprinkled around and how much trickles down.

They power of the dogmatic brainwash makes the almajiri to accept without question the sacrosanct position of the 'Benefactor' as the only channel of influence with Allah. Blinded with impervious religious blinkers, the almajiris neither get enthusiastic nor encouraged to directly approach the same Allah for a share of the heavenly windfall.

They don't even bother with aspiring for improved their way or standard of living as long as there this benevolent individual to look up to. And who are these 'benevolent' men? The selfish, greedy Northern political elite, of course, who have cornered the resources meant for these people.. The Northern islamic elite, by choice, created the monster which they now turn loose on the rest of us,.

Their damage control plan is dishing out doses of misrepresentations to deflect the the blame for the pervasive indolence at the wrong directions, fueling a north-south confrontation The poor frustrated masses in the mainly Christian South have never targeted vengeful violence at their islamic neighbors, as reprisal for the misrule of northern islamic leadership.

To unleash terror on the rest of society is not only unfair, but also gratuitous. It is nothing but naked, starry-eyed, arm-twisting blackmail that will never work. The Igbos of Nigeria did not go anywhere close to the murderous menace of the Boko Haram. You are aware of the role played by your kinsman Yakubu Gowon in 1966.

Under his watch over 30,000 Igbo civilians were ruthless massacred for no other reason than they were Igbos; not for disruptive street protests or for rampaging as religious zealots. In the resulting civil war, there was no discrimination as to who were rebels or who were not.. Anything that moved in front of the Gowon's advancing army was mowed down- men women and children.

For the Boko Haram, sworn terrorists that threaten the very foundation of Nigeria's existence, the Nation must go through the indignity of getting into dialog, appease them and pay out amnesty money to save the endangered Northern elite from the furry of a monster they created for themselves.

Some communities need to take a hard introspective look at those cultural values and shared beliefs that fall out of stride with today's world order. The nation cannot afford to remain fettered down with retrogressive values of communities who, by choice, hold on to blinding conservatism and constitute a drag. Such communities must keep abreast or drop off and ship out.
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