Nigerian government and drama, they go pari-pasu, or how else do you explain the events in recent times in Nigeria? The comedic Sunday that we thought was just another day for us to endure another lack-luster presidential media chat, only to have the day crowned with the hit drama - "There is God O!" featuring the First Lady. I am really bewildered at the turn of events in this great country of ours. 234 girls kidnapped, no not 234, it was initially 100+ some of which the army found the next day, then they were not found again. Then the contest - the school had 1200 students and not all of them are boarding students, so how can they be 234 in number? And then the conspiracy theory by Kema Chikwe (the PDP women leader) - May be no girl were kidnapped. Truth is even if only one girl was kidnapped, she's worth being looked for. In a country with men of intellect, no one is able to give specific number of girls kidnapped from the school in Chibok village. What is more absurd is the fact that the school did not have the list of students that registered for WAEC, and it took forever to conduct a roll call and provide the names of the students.
45 days or so after, all we hear are stories. The spokesman for the army – Olukolade (who had said two days after the kidnap, that the girls had been found and then retracted the statement) recently came out to say that the army knows where the girls are being kept, a claim America refuted as false. How come Olukolade proclaimed that the girls has been rescued initially? How come he retracted the statement without any consequence? And how come he now knows where the girls are being held captive? Soon he will retract again and nothing will happen. Since the girls were abducted, Government claimed that they have “beefed" up security around Borno and then the FCT, but it seems like someone has eaten the "beef". Two bomb blasts just a week or so of each other at the Nyanya area of the FCT, then the bomb blast in Jos Terminus market that killed over 100 people, not to talk about the shops and means of livelihood that it took away, and as if that was not enough, the murder of the Emir of Gwoza and the explosion at the football field in Mubi. Within these 45 or so days of the abduction, with the world's flash-light on Nigeria, over 500 lives have been taken in cold blood by Boko Haram without any significant security push back. Even a military barrack was attacked and another convoy of military officers ambushed and killed on their way back from a patrol. It is almost a shame to say that we have any form of security in that side of the Nation. I dare to say that the security of this nation has been a reflection of the Government of the day.
But come to think of it, these Boko Haram people are callous, devilish and outright insane. How would people in their right minds go to a market where innocent people are, people who are suffering their same pain - no light, no water, no road, no school, no healthcare, people working to eke out a living and decide that they will kill and main them to make a statement? How would they go to a football field where young people had come to find some respite from the suffering of living in their part of the country, bomb them in cold blood and throw their families into deep grief? How would someone go to Nyanya and murder ordinary citizens who were trying to get a bus to go to work, and some other ones had come to make a small living so they can feed their children and wives at home? Those Boko Haram people are not fit to receive any amnesty from any government, what they need is judgment. Judgment needs to fall on them heavily with her sword. No government in its right mind will go cap in hand to beg and negotiate with such wicked and callous human beings. They do not deserve to have the pleasure of negotiating a truce of any kind. I even wonder why they call them insurgents or militants; they are outright terrorists and need to be brought to book by whatever means is available to a nation. But instead of the government tackling them head-on, the head of government is travelling around begging for help from other nations, asking the nations of the world to come and do for them what they have refused to do for themselves, meanwhile Boko Haram is growing wings and assaulting everyone is broad daylight.
Sometimes I have this feeling that the government probably assumes they are "managing" the people or that their "propaganda" is working, else how do you explain the "There is God" drama by the First Lady on national television? How do you also explain that a supposedly intelligent and well tutored army personnel like Olukolade would say whatever he feels like (and in my opinion, with an intention to mis-inform the people) and not suffer any form of reprove for his statements?
How do you explain that the government attributes all protest to opposition party even the #Bring Back Our Girls started by the civil societies and Michelle Obama? How do you explain that the government has employed the service of Doyin Okupe to answer and say things so shameful and appalling that even Aisha Sasey could not hide her disgust at such irresponsibility as she tackled them for answers. And how do you explain that a Commissioner of Police - Mr. Mbu who was no where to be found when the bombers struck Nyanya, has now come out determined to restrict any protest to #Bring Back Our Girls?
Let tell the government the truth, It is not the government managing the people; it is the people that are gently enduring the ineptitude of the government. I bet, the government thinks it is winning the war for the mind of the people, like it is winning the war on Boko Haram. Can someone please tell them, they lost the war long ago?
Well, 2015 will soon be here; we will have the privilege of speaking with our thumbs or forever be silent. I refuse to be silent; I choose to speak up with my thumb, I choose to say No! to a government with such ineptitude. No to a government that would rather divert the attention of the people and stop its citizens from peaceful protests for what is right and needful, than deal with the issues ailing them. Most importantly, No to such evil men called Boko Haram. May the Judgment of God and man fall on Boko Haram and on all their accomplices in high or low places. May they be shamed that have made this nation suffer such calamities, may their light turn to darkness, may their joy be turned to deep sorrow, may their sins be retained forever, these we proclaim and declare in the name of Jesus!