Poem | Blaming The Flames


    It was a sunny night
    The nights sun was shinning white
    The breeze was a cheetah
    And everyone laughed at the banters

    Suddenly, the sounds were revolving
    Hard, strong, and could go miles
    People were shouting and running
    They say, it is the men from the forests

    They had masks on, black ones
    Guns to slaughter men with strong souls
    They spoke the same language
    But still were ready to throw their own people into the garbage

    They finally succeeded, took our girls away
    They sacrificed some at their points of merry
    Others were at their sacred meeting point
    While some were just walking by

    Questions asked, answers not given
    Till today, some say they are on their way
    Others say, its a blame game
    But I say, We. Are Smelling a War Game.

Poem Analysis!
I really like to analyse my poems so that non poets can understand what message am passing on.
This is a poem about the current insurgency in Northern Nigeria by the islamist sect Boko Haram. It tells a story from an Omniscient perspective about what the effect of the group has caused the region.

In Stanza 1 the writer tells us about the peaceful serenity of the north, men chatting at night and everyone in a cool calm serene until…….

Stanza 2 heralds the arrival of the sect as the writer describes them as “Men from the forests” in relation the the sects popular base, the Sambisa forest. The panic the people witness on announcement of the arrival of the sect by releasing bombs and so on is also portrayed

    “They had masks on, black ones
    Guns to slaughter men with strong souls
    They spoke the same language
    But they are willing to throw their own people into the garbage”

In stanza 3 above, the writer tries to describe the differences that’s tearing apart people of The same ethic background as he says in the last line

    “But they are willing to throw their own people into the garbage”

Which means they are willing to kill there own

In stanza 4 he talks about the modus operandi and successful operations of the sect in recent times from bombing public places to the popular kidnap of school girls. Finally, in the last stanza, he takes a hint at efforts of the people, government and himself to secure peace.

    “Till today, some say they are on their way
    Others say, its a blame game
    But I say, We. Are Smelling a War Game.”

The people say they are on their way again to kill more, and are protesting out of insecurity
Others refers to the government who has taken party incentives to blame one another for the crises, but they truth is, a war is looming north!!!

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Men no longer come for us like before – Bauchi Prostitute


Some commercial séx workers in Bauchi State, northern Nigeria, have expressed their concern over decline in the number of men who patronize them following insecurity in most of the neighbouring states. Some of the few popular spots such
as Ogbonna Hotel, Focus Brothel, Time Out, Peoples Club and Benco Hotels are also recording very low patronage as a result of the insecurity.

According to Vanguard, owners hot spots and brothels around some major streets within the metropolis have equally lamented the low patronage from clients who usually engage the services of the séx
workers.

    Two séx workers at Bayan
    Gari, a Bauchi metropolis suburb, said since the bomb explosion in Jos last month, most of their rich
    clients who are predominantly visitors had not been coming to
    the state again. Boko Haram is spoiling their business. lol!

INJUSTICE: See How Immigration Officers Battered This UNICAL Lecturer Over Traffic Offence, Calls Him Boko Haram Suspect [PHOTO]


A lecturer in the Department of Business Management, University of Calabar, Mr. Okon Effiong Ekpenyong, has lost four teeth after he was allegedly brutalised by some officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Cross River State command, for traffic offence.

Ekpenyong, who narrated his ordeal on Thursday, said his vehicle developed a minor fault on Bassey Oqua Street in Calabar, near the NIS headquarters. He said after fixing it, he was leaving the area when the officials accosted and assaulted him, saying he made a U-turn at an unauthorised point.

According to Ekpenyong, who says he has been residing on Ekong Bassey Close, near the NIS headquarters, for the past 10 years, the incident happened on his way home at about 5pm on May 6, 2014.
He explained that after the incident, which took place in the presence of his two sons, he lost four teeth and over N50,000 which was in his pocket.

He said, “After the car developed a fault, I called some people to help push it off the road and I went home to get my two sons to buy fuel in a jerry can because I suspected it might be petrol since the gauge was faulty.

“I tried to start the car after refueling, but it did not start. We had to push it down the Bassey Oqua Street, which is close to the NIS residential quarters.

“Immediately the car started, two NIS officials flagged me down; I obeyed. They said I had just made a U-turn at an unauthorised point and they concluded that I was a Boko Haram suspect, adding that they would not waste time in dealing with me.

“Immediately, about 10 other officials joined them, they forced me out of the car and started hitting me with gun butts and other weapons. I passed out in the process.”

Ekpenyong said before he became unconscious, he was able to identify four persons – a deputy comptroller, a chief superintendent and a male and female junior officials.

He said when he later regained consciousness in a cell, a senior NIS official, who identified himself as the provost, pleaded with him and released him to take care of himself in a hospital.

The lecturer said he proceeded to the Airport Police Division in Calabar to report the incident from where he was taken to the Police Clinic for medical attention.

A report, which was issued by an investigating police officer, Edwin Jenuwa, confirmed that Ekpenyong was taken to the clinic at about 6pm with fresh blood stains after suffering assault and grievous harm.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Hogan Bassey, confirmed the incident, saying the matter was currently being investigated.

It was gathered from the police headquarters that the immigration officials had so far refused to honour police invitation on the matter.

Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Cross River Command, Mary Abang, said she had not been briefed on the development.
“I have not been around, I just came back and will find out what happened,” she said

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Parents identify 77 girls in the video realeased by Boko Haram


Some of the escapee students and parents after watching the Boko Haram video in Borno State Govt.

Some of the escapee students and parents after watching the Boko Haram video in Borno State Govt.

MAIDUGURI—SEVENTY-SEVEN of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists, a month ago, have been identified from the video released Monday by the sect. This came as the United States disclosed that it is flying manned surveillance missions over Nigeria in an effort to pinpoint the location of the abducted schoolgirls.
The International Criminal Court, ICC, on its part described the abduction of the schoolgirls as a crime against humanity. The alleged conversion of the schoolgirls into Islam by the sect has also been condemned by Islamic groups and the All Progressives Congress, APC describing it as unacceptable. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said the forceful conversion is a call for war.

Following release of the video by sect leader, Mallam Abubakar Shekau showing scores of the girls wearing hijabs and reciting the Holy Q’uran, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima ordered mass production of the video to be shown to the parents of the abducted girls for identification.
After the identification exercises, which Governor Shettima said, yesterday, was on-going, he confirmed that 77 of the girls have been identified in the video. Addressing the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners at the Borno State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, where he released the names of the girls, he announced that he would not relent in the efforts to rescue the girls until they were all safely re-united with their respective families.

According to him, the process of identification was still on-going and, therefore, expressed optimism that more of the abducted students could be identified.

He said: “Fifty-four (names of other 23 girls were released later) of the girls in the video have been identified by their names at an exercise that involved some parents of the girls, fellow students that included escapees from abduction, some teachers, security men and some officials of the Borno State Government led by the Chief of Staff to the Government House, Abubakar Kyari. The parents and students were conveyed to the Government House in Maiduguri for an open identification exercise.”
Identification exercise

Shettima said the figures of those identified by their names were rising as the exercise went on at the Government House in Maiduguri as he was briefed every 30 minutes. Initially, while he was addressing the BBOG group, 36 names had been identified but before his press briefing an hour later, the number had risen to 54, which he informed journalists.

Shettima had on Monday directed the identification exercise to be conducted. Chairman of Chibok Local Government and other government officials were made to mass-produce the video and play before parents of the abducted girls, other students, especially those who escaped from captivity, teachers and management of the school as well as other community members in Chibok. But after the exercise in Chibok, Governor Shettima directed another round of verification exercise to be conducted at the Government House in order to cross check findings so as not to mislead the public (See names of identified girls).

The second exercise confirmed the preliminary exercise in Chibok. The disclosure gave credence to claims that Boko Haram had been abducting both girls and women in the areas attacked by the sect in the last four years before the Chibok incident that gave rise to international outcry, probably due to the large number involved.

The names are currently being cross-checked with school records as well as names published some days back to ensure accuracy. The exercise continues at Government House and it is hoped that more names will be established by parents, students and teachers as well as management of the affected school.
Conversion of Christians to Islam unacceptable — APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly condemned the reported conversion to Islam, of Christians among the over 200 schoolgirls abducted, describing the development as totally unacceptable and downright unconstitutional.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, after an emergency meeting to deliberate on the Boko Haram issue, the party also described as utterly barbaric the action of the girls’ abductors in forcing them to make statements against their personal convictions.

It reminded the abductors that Nigeria is a secular state and that the country’s constitution recognizes the rights of the citizens to any religion of their choice, hence it is patently wrong and unconscionable to force any citizen to convert from one religion to another.

“This whole abduction saga has hit at the very soul of our nation. But just when we felt we had all witnessed the worst atrocity by the primitive, brutal group called Boko Haram, we are confronted with a totally repulsive scene of teenage girls, literally with guns to their heads, being forced to say they had converted to Islam.

“This is appalling, distasteful and unacceptable under any circumstance and we condemn it with all the strength we can muster,” APC said.
The party urged the government to critically study the latest video by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau to see what other measures can be added to the ongoing international efforts to find and rescue the girls.

“We have consistently said some form of negotiation cannot and should not be ruled out to pry our nation from the grip of these terrorists and ensure the safety and security of our citizens.

“In this regard, we consider as prudent the government’s reaction that ‘all options are on the table’ to safely reunite our girls with their families,” it said.
Conversion has no basis in Islam —MURIC
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) described the alleged conversion of the abducted school girls by Boko Haram insurgents as an act that has no basis in Islam.

In a statement issued by the Executive Director of the organisation, Professor Is-haq Akintola, MURIC stated that such conversion does not hold water in Islam because a non-Muslim can only be converted on his or her own free will.
MURIC which cautioned the Federal Government not to enter into any deal with the rebel group in exchange for the girls with their detained fellows, urged the military to go back to the drawing board for firm and clear-cut strategies to bring down the insurgents.
On the purported conversion, MURIC stated: “We have no iota of doubt that the girls ‘converted’ under duress. Such ‘conversion’ is null and void under the Shari’ah.
“We reject the purported conversion of the kidnapped girls. It is cowardly, shameful, ridiculous and preposterous. It is sacriledge.”
Quoting copiously from the Holy Quran-2:256 which says: “There is no compulsion in religion…”, Akintola said, “Such ‘conversion’ is null and void under the Shari’ah. The Glorious Qur’an is very explicit in this regard.
….It’s baseless conversion
“The so called conversion is therefore baseless, unfounded and of no validity whatsoever. It exists only in the hallucinated imageries of Shekau’s demented mind,” he added.
MURIC urged the Federal Government to dismiss Shekau’s offer of exchange of Boko Haram prisoners for the kidnapped girls.
“A man who orders the invasion and kidnap of innocent young girls is honour-blind. Shame on Boko Haram! Shekau has no modicum of integrity left in his anatomy. He has no intention of honouring this deal. He is trying to buy time. He is digging in,” he stated.
Besides, MURIC called on all churches and mosques to pray for the downfall of Boko Haram.
“This renegade group is out to defame and distort the true teachings of Islam. Members of Boko Haram are rebellious subjects and enemies of peace.
“We charge the Nigerian Army to go back to the drawing board and evolve more potent strategies for crushing this renegade group. To crush Boko Haram is a task that must be done”, he added.
US deploys surveillance planes to search for Chibok girls
 
The US has disclosed that it is flying manned surveillance missions over Nigeria to try to find the abducted schoolgirls
Although Washington did not disclose the type of aircraft it deployed but its officials said “the planes have sophisticated equipment that could listen into a wide range of mobile phone and telecommunications traffic.” These are functions usually associated with security drones.
A senior US administration official said: “With the permission of the Nigerian government, we are flying manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets over Nigeria and sharing commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerian government.
“We have shared commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerians and with the government’s permission,” said the senior administration official, who declined to be named.
No fewer than 30 US experts, including members of the FBI and defence and state departments, are in Nigeria to help with the search.
Forceful conversion is a declaration of war, says CAN
Also, National President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has expressed outrage over the purported conversion of the abducted schoolgirls by members of Boko Haram, describing the reported forceful conversion as a declaration of war against Christians in the country.
Speaking through CAN’s National Director of Research, Elder Sunday Oibe, in Kaduna, Oritsejafor said the forceful conversion of the girls is tantamount to persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
Reacting to the latest video message by Boko Haram showing the Chibok schoolgirls reciting the Holy Qur’an, the CAN president noted that those girls can not be exchanged for the release of any detained Boko Haram member, as demanded by the sect leaders.
“First, these children are Christians and not Muslims and so they cannot be converted to a religion that is not theirs at gunpoint without conviction. Besides, is that how conversion is being carried out? All the children displayed are Christians and that is the motive behind the abduction,” Oibe said.
“Secondly, it smacks of some form of religious persecution. If not, why are their captors converting them to another religion? And if they say they will use them as a condition to negotiate for their men in detention, our daughters are not criminals and cannot be used in any way to free their criminal fighters.
“Show us where in Nigeria you have seen Christians fighting and throwing bombs in the name of God? We challenge any one to show us where Christians have abducted Muslim children in the name of Christianity. We challenge anyone to prove in Nigeria where Christians have taken arms in the name of protecting Christianity or even carry out acts of genocide on helpless and defenceless Nigerians. As far as we are concerned, it is a war against Christians and Christianity,” he explained.
Crime against humanity — ICC
Meanwhile the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, ICC, Fatou Bensouda, has said that the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria was a crime against humanity.
Bensouda in a statement, said: “I am deeply troubled and alarmed by disturbing reports of alleged abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Borno State, Nigeria, and the most recent reports that more schoolgirls have been abducted. Such acts shock the conscience of humanity and could constitute crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, ICC.
“I share the agonising pain of the parents of the abducted girls, as well as their hope that the on-going national search and rescue efforts will result in the swift and safe return of their children. International assistance should be made readily available to bolster such efforts, as required by the national authorities.
“The troubling phenomenon of targeting females during conflict, this time, in Borno State, cannot be tolerated and must be stopped. No stone should be left unturned to bring those responsible for such atrocious acts to justice either in Nigeria or at the ICC.
“I express my solidarity with the families of the abducted girls and the people of Nigeria. The abducted schoolgirls must be released immediately and allowed to return unharmed to their communities and families.”
It will be recalled that the situation in Nigeria has been under preliminary examination by the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC since 2010. In August 2013, the Office issued a report concluding that [there is a reasonable basis to believe that] Boko Haram has been committing crimes against humanity of murder and persecution since July 2009. Information gathered by the Office indicates that there has been a sharp increase in the frequency and intensity of attacks attributed to Boko Haram since January 2014, including a significant increase in alleged abductions of women and girls and of sexual slavery.
Some of Boko Haram’s alleged crimes would also amount to war crimes, as the Prosecutor has recently concluded that the situation constitutes a non-international armed conflict.
As Nigeria is a State Party to the Rome Statute, the ICC has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed on the territory of Nigeria or by its nationals from July 1, 2002 onwards. Having concluded that some of the alleged crimes committed in the Nigeria situation fall within subject-matter jurisdiction of the ICC, the Office of the Prosecutor is currently assessing relevant national proceedings in conformity with the principle of complementarity.
Under the Rome Statute, the Nigerian authorities have primary responsibility to investigate and prosecute the alleged crimes. Such cases may become admissible before the ICC if there are no relevant investigations or prosecutions in Nigeria, or if the national authorities are unwilling or unable to carry out genuine investigations or prosecutions.
On the night of April 14, 2014, about 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. The leader of the Islamic militants, Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the act of terrorism. Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and Takfiri terrorist organisation based in northeast Nigeria had in a video released Monday, demanded an exchange of the Chibok girls for members of his group in custody of Nigeria’s security agencies.
#BringBackOurGirls
In a message sent to Vanguard by Florence Ozor of #BringBackOurGirls campaigners, the group said it would organise a protest today to mark one month of the abduction of the Chibok girls.
The statement further read: “It’s 30 days since over 200 girls have been abducted by Boko Haram. We call on Government to do everything in its power to #BringBackOurGirls Alive and NOW.”
Names of identified girls in video

See Video Here

1. Agnes Gafane
2. Saraya Stober
3. Hauwa Bitrus
4. Hajara Isa
5. Naomi Philemon
6. Hauwa Abdu
7. Magaret Yama
8. Shitta Abdu
9. Jummai Muta
10. Ladi Paul
11. Roda Peter
12. Filo Dauda
13. Godiya Bitrus
14.Saratu Tauji
15. Ross Daniel
16.Hauwa Ali
17. Hajara Isa
18.Luba Afga
19.Naomi Luka
20. Saraya Emos Ali
21. Bilkisu Abdullahi
22. Mairama Ali
23. Maryam Ali Maiyanga
24. Deborah Abbas
25. Kabu Mala
26. Halima Ali
27. Yana Bukar
28. Solomi Pugu
29. Lydia Emmar
30. Luba Sanda
31. Saraya Samuel
32. Comfort Habila
33. Rejoice Shanki
34. Gloria Yaga
35. Mary Nkeki
36.  Moda Baba
37.  Hauwa Isuwa
38. Patience Jacob
39.  Ladi Jajel
40.  Abigel Bukar
41. Fanta Lawan
42.  Zainabu Yaga
43.  Aisha Lawan Zanna
44.  Dokas Yakubu
45.  Kabu Mala
46.  Maryama Bashir
47.  Hauwa M. Maina
48.  Mary  G. Dauda
49.  Susana Yakubu
50.   Maryam Abbas
51.  Laraba John
52.  Hanatu Nuhu
53.  Naomi Bukar
54.  Rifkatu Galang

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Troops did not receive four hours forewarning – DHQ


Chris Olukolade

Chris Olukolade

By Adekunle Aliyu
The Defence Headquarters have refuted the claims by
Amnesty International that the Army was notified hours
before the Chibok attack and consequently kidnap of 276
girls in Borno.
This came as the Minister Of Information, Mr Labaran Maku
said on Friday that Federal Government will investigate the
Amnesty International report which indicated that the
Nigeria’s military had advance warning of the attack on
Chibok where the girls were kidnapped but failed to act
The DHQ in a statement signed by Chris Olukolade Major
General Director Defence Information/Coordinator stated
that the allegation by Amnesty International, that the
military authority was informed of the impending attack but
failed to nip it in the bud, is very unfortunate and untrue.
Much as the Nigerian military appreciates the global concern
and show of solidarity with the country at this trying
moments, falsehood should not be introduce as a means of
assessing the situation. It has to be categorically stated
that the claims by Amnesty International in its report that
security forces had advance warning about the abduction of
students of Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno State by terrorists is unfounded.
Contrary to the organisation’s claims, troops in Maiduguri did
not receive four hours forewarning about the attacks.
Rather, they received information of an ongoing attack on
Chibok community from troops on patrol who on noting the
attack engaged the terrorists and called for more
reinforcement to contain them.
As the troops on reinforcement traversed the over 120km
rugged and tortuous road from Maiduguri to Chibok, they ran
into an ambush by terrorists who engaged them in fierce
firefight and a number of soldiers lost their lives. Another
set of soldiers also mobilized for the mission arrived after
the terrorists had escaped due to a series of misleading
information that slowed down the pursuit.
It must therefore be clearly stated that contrary to the
claim by the Amnesty International, the information received
by troops at the Division Headquarters in Maiduguri was not a
forewarning but the call for reinforcement by troops on
patrol. Considering the vastness of the mission area,
deployment has been more of patrols than static.
The imputation of cowardice on the part of troops is
particularly confounding as the military has internal
mechanism to deal with such tendencies. These spurious
allegations are obviously a continuation of the campaign
intended to cause disaffection, portray the military in bad
light and undermine the counter-terrorism efforts.
Although the Chibok incident is still subject to more
investigation, the Defence Headquarters appeals to
individuals and organisations to refrain from circulating
spurious allegations that could undermine both the operation
and investigation of conduct of the mission generally.
Amnesty International in it report said that the Nigeria’s
military had advanced warning of the April 14 attack by Boko
Haram that led to the kidnapping of more than 200
schoolgirls but failed to take immediate action.
“Damning testimonies gathered by Amnesty International
reveal that Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance
warnings about Boko Haram’s armed raid on the state-run
boarding school in Chibok which led to the abduction,” the
rights group said.
Amnesty said it had verified the information about the
abduction with “credible sources”.
Amnesty International has confirmed… that Nigeria’s military
headquarters in Maiduguri was aware of the impending attack
soon after 7:00 PM (1800 GMT) on 14 April, close to four
hours before Boko Haram began their assault on the town,”
the group said.
The military however could not assemble the troops needed
to suppress the attack, “due to poor resources and a
reported fear of engaging with the often better-equipped”
Islamists, according to Amnesty.
The 17 army personnel based in Chibok were overpowered
by the attackers and had to retreat, the London-based
group further said.
“The fact that Nigerian security forces knew about Boko
Haram’s impending raid, but failed to take the immediate
action needed to stop it, will only amplify the national and
international outcry at this horrific crime,” said Netsanet
Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa Director for research
and advocacy

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The Jonathans’s: There is God


Nigeria's first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan

Nigeria’s first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan

I watched Mrs Jonathan’s meeting on Channels TV and came
away with more than mixed feelings.
As I watched this important gathering that Mrs Jonathan had
pulled together on the back of lack of results in the case of
the abducted school girls of Chibok in Borno State, my
immediate impression was that, chai, with the right handling,
this lady could be a good leader. And since we are already
being led, or must be led by a Jonathan, we are probably being
governed by the wrong one.
Then, lamentably, Mrs Jonathan veered off and went the
way of…well…Mrs Jonathan. She began to want to conflate
matters and lay the wrong emphasis on the wrong things.
But, doesn’t matter; Mrs Jonathan had done something that, in
the beginning, was certainly right; something that needed to
be done and should have been done long before then. Through
her small meetings, Mrs Jonathan managed to upstage her
husband and, in fact, achieved in a couple of days more than
the President and his security chiefs have achieved in damn
near three years. Her intervention was more dynamic and
shone more light on some pertinent issues – not like the
occasional photo of talk-shop we get from the President.
Sometimes, a leader just has to lead; period. Mrs Jonathan, in
her own garrulous way, did just that at the end of last week.
She had dragged before her some of the dramatis personae in
this whole sordid Chibok matter. Through her effort, we can
now see that there has been a method to Boko Haram‘s
madness all along. We now know that apart from churches,
Boko Haram appears to have been deliberately targeting
schools with largely Christian students or in largely Christian
populated areas.
Through Mrs Jonathan’s effort, we also found out that the
governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, despite West
African Examination Council’s (WAEC) advice to the contrary,
deliberately left the school (a State school) open for exams
and therefore left it vulnerable to what subsequently befell
those girls. Mr Shettima refused for the students to be
moved to relatively safer examination centres in Maiduguri.
Instead, he wrote to WAEC assuring them that adequate
security will be provided for the school. Obviously, adequate
security wasn’t provided; look what has happened! You can
begin to see why Mrs Jonathan veered off tangent and gave
in to her more impulsive, antediluvian and suspicious side.
This should give all of us a pause. The rest of us and Mr
Jonathan need to rethink our approach to this menace.
Furthermore, I was shocked to hear the President say that we
do not have a modern army. We don’t? What then has been
happening to all the billions that go into Defence budgets
every year? So, in a way, I was relieved to learn that the
Americans are coming to help us out. At this point, any help
would be better than what has obtained for three long
weeks. However, it would be best if the Americans assist
from the ‘rear’ so that their humanitarian intervention doesn’t
turn into another theatre of good versus evil confrontation.
My guess is that the cowardly Boko Haramites are still holding
on to the school girls in the forest as human shields. What an
ordeal!
And this is why I disagree with Ms Iyabo Obasanjo who in a
recent open letter to Boko Haram likened that group to a
revolutionary one.
I don’t know whether Ms Obasanjo’s take was informed by
her ongoing walk down the cathartic path, but to christen
Boko Haram a revolutionary group sounds too close to
blasphemy. If anything, Boko Haram is the military arm of one
half of the exploitative and thieving cabal that holds Nigeria
down. Their current campaign is directed squarely at the
people – the exact opposite definition of a revolution. After
maiming and killing fellow citizens, their leaders can often be
found cooling off in the inner recesses of the mansions and
guest houses of cabal members.
This is why I spit whenever I hear another one of their
leaders carp that Jonathan should not seek re-election
because of his lack of vigour in combating insecurity in the
country. This is coming from the same people who told us
that they will make the country ungovernable. It is like a
tenant who lets into the house his sticky-fingered prodigal
son only to turn around and blame the gateman for his missing
briefcase.
Their Boko Haram has taken up arms against the State, not in
a revolutionary fervour but to criminally avenge an election
loss. Do revolutionaries drive past schools of the privileged,
head for schools for ordinary folks and gun down sleeping
students in their beds? Do revolutionaries drive past opulent
mansions and other obscene edifices of graft and go bomb a
motor park for the exclusive use of ordinary folks? I don’t
think so.
It really burns me that Mr Jonathan continues to refuse to pick
up the sponsors of Boko Haram. What really is stopping him?
I don’t at all understand this kind of leadership model.
So I found Mrs Jonathan’s effort and contribution (which
sadly later degenerated into a spectacle) in unravelling this
national heartbreak refreshing. We just wish Mr Jonathan
could be more like her in some aspects.

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