Take Boko Haram for instance - the deepest feeling in Nigeria and across the world is that the government of Nigeria have not done enough and is still not doing enough to curtail their activities. How do you explain that despite the visibility, the flow of International support and the level of social agitation the kidnap of the Chibok girls brought on the issue of the Boko Haram, the government did not capitalize on them and consolidate its energy to deal decisively with BH. Instead of BH being restrained, they have grown even bolder. In how many days after the Kidnapping of the girls, they have caused two major bomb attacks in Abuja, killed uncounted number of people in Gwoza, Bama, Chibok and neighbouring towns and communities, they have blown bridges, sacked whole communities to celebrate Salah, attacked and dissipated a Nigeria Police training school (as at last count, 35 police trainees are unaccounted for) and most recently, they claim to have established a caliphate in Bama.
Despite the talks and clamour within our borders, no tangible gain has been made against BH, except for unsubstantiated claims from the Government of the day. Questions are, is the Government incapable of solving the problem? Is Boko Haram richer that the Nigerian Government that they would be better armed than the Nigerian Armed Forces? Has anyone being sentenced for Boko Haram activities? If the government killed so many of the insurgent or terrorists, where are the videos of their action? The last story we hear is that over 400 soldiers deflected into Cameroun in a retreat from BH, the Government has made whatever claim to defend and dampen the issue. The bottom line is that the Government seems to hold the opinion that trying to convince the populace with fine rhetoric will work more to change the mind of the people instead of tackling the issue. While I am sure they are doing something, I am also sure that whatever they are doing is not enough. These clearly lend credence to that saying " Evil triumph when good men do nothing", or maybe in this case, "don't do enough".
ISIS; Everyday, gory tales of ISIS activities blare through our TV or computer screens; raw image of ISIS militants beheading people, taking over towns in Northern Iraq and some part of Syria with anarchy reigning supreme. Such callousness that may be a landmark in the twenty-first century like World War 1 and Hitler’s so called "Final Solution" to the Jewish question. Talking about Hitler, I have read accounts of Hitler's quest and I wondered, "Where was the World when this guy was running rampage?" Oh, everyone was minding their business and holding meetings to discuss sanctions while the mad man was building gas chambers and killing people in hundreds of thousands. Half-hearted efforts were made around the world until Hitler began to run roughshod over countries in Europe. The first was, he was dealing with Jews, so . . ., until he began to deal with other countries.
The Rwandan Hutu and Tutsi genocide happened in more recent history. I remember the news in Yoruba, they reporters read, on a daily basis, the atrocities in Rwanda. There was no CNN, no internet, no mobile phone, just old faithful short wave radio and VHF/UHF television, mostly black and white. But the message and agitation was clear, yet no one interfered in any notable manner except to take their own population out of harm’s way. Like the fiction book in Chimamanda's Half of A Yellow Sun "The World Slept While We Died".
Now ISIS, first of all, people taught it served Al-Maliki right for keeping a one sided government in Iraq. The gullible world said, diversify the government, bring in the Kurds and the Sunnis into your Shiite led government and all should be okay. People generally thought ISIS was just a bunch of Sunnis in Iraq who wanted to be on their own. In fact we saw stories where some Sunni population joined the resistance, little did they or the world know that they were about to witness evil at some of its worst proportions. Everyone didn't think much of them as they invaded Iraq from the North and kept advancing until they attacked Mosul with the largest Christian population and began to drive the agenda to annihilate all the Christians in that part of Iraq, then the religious minorities, and then anybody who stood in their way. Again what did we see, half-hearted efforts at caging them - the American (and I wonder where the rest of the world is? - China, Germany, Netherland, Russia, South Korea) gave air support, saved a few areas but still more or less nothing much has changed.
ISIS continued to perpetuate atrocities without much resistance. September 2, 2014, they beheaded a western journalist whom they had captured in Aleppo while fighting against the Al- Assad regime, this was the second beheading in a space of one week. Hopefully this beheadings will be a wakeup call for the world to go after them whole heartedly and stop them. Is ISIS invincible? No. Can they be caged? Yes. What is required? We need a decisive commitment to stop them in their tracks. Again, Evil triumph when good men do nothing or don't do enough.
Ebola: the very first issue in years that the Nigerian government gave frontal whole hearted attack. What happened, Firstly, 11 quarantined, 4 dead, 7 recovered fully and discharged. Then another case in Port-Harcourt, so many under surveillance, 1 quarantined, and hopefully may survive. While people are generally very conscious, Nigerians are no longer as afraid as they were when the uncertainty of Ebola Virus Disease hit the country. The Government's effort - both on the Federal and State levels were really decisive and strong and it yielded result. Liberia is still battling Ebola, the whole world needs to help, in creating the order, confidence and organization that is required in Liberia to curtail the disease and help provide food to the populace. This too will pass.
Time will not permit me to talk about the Pro Russian rebels in Easter Ukraine. But if I may comment on it, I would say the world has changed, if they want to secede, I think they should hold a referendum and if they will, Ukraine should let them go (I hope it is as simple as that). I think that the support for or against the Ukrainian crisis is also half-hearted and this is prolonging the issue.
These evils facing the world do not look insurmountable or unprecedented, the issue is that "good men" must take decisive actions to curtail them. Evil will never triumph over good, but if all the people responsible do nothing, it may take very long to curtail the evil.
The time to step up is now!