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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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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Gen. Buhari writes on abducted Chibok girls, calls Boko Haram men mindless bigots


Gen Buhari

Gen Buhari

Former Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressive
Congress APC, yesterday released a statement on the missing
Chibok girls. In the statement, he said Boko Haram men are
mindless bigots who are not followers of God. See his
statement below…
Over the past few weeks, the abduction of the
school girls
at Chibok, Borno State has underscored
the threat we have been facing as a nation in recent
times from the actions of misguided persons
masquerading as adherents of Islam.
Our hearts are with families who have lost loved
ones in this cycle of senseless violence. We also
empathize with the parents of children whose
daughters are in the custody of a group of
anarchists. Continue…
That horrific video posted on the Internet is a clear
manifestation of the mindlessness of the bigots. It shows
them for whom they are, such men cannot threaten nor
should they be allowed to violate our sovereignty. It is clear
from what they profess that they are not followers of
God. They do not mean well for our country and her
citizens. I am a Muslim, I am versed in the teaching of
Christianity and I understand both religions to seek peaceful
co-existence of all humanity.
I wish to reiterate that there is no justification whatsoever
for this unrestrained disregard for the sanctity of human
life. It has no place in the Holy Quran and neither does it
have a place in the Holy Bible.
Let these people know that the entire civilized world is
united against their terrorist act. We are grateful to the
world for standing by Nigeria at this trying time. We hope
and pray that the young ladies will be reunited with their
respective families in the days to come.
While the Federal Government and the nation’s Armed
Forces are working to ensure citizens’ safety under the
present situation, we believe that more could still be done
to ensure the safety of Nigerians and the Nigerian nation.
We are therefore glad that the Federal Government has
accepted international support in the search for the
missing girls and for an end to the insurgency in parts of
the country.
I fought for a united Nigeria. In my old age, I want my grand
children, your grand children, our youths and indeed all
Nigerians to benefit from a prosperous and united country
devoid of sectarian violence whether home grown or
imposed on us from outside.
Now is not the time to play politics. Now is also not the
time to trade blames and amplify our ideological differences.
The unity of Nigeria is not negotiable and nothing should
divide us as a people. I therefore urge all Nigerians at home
and in the Diaspora to support the country in her effort to
bring an end to this attack on defencelesscitizens and
indeed a united nation.
We must put aside all other considerations and ensure that
our country Nigeria pulls together now so as to recover our
sovereignty. After all, we all know that Nigeria is the ONLY
country we have that we can call our own.
God help and bless Nigeria.
Thank you.
GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI, GCFR
May 8, 2014

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