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FG, Boko Haram Dialogue: I See Danger!

27 August 2012, 11:24

It was revealed to the public that the Islamist sect,Boko Haram ,has indicated willingness to dialogue with the federal government. According to the Director-General of National Orientation Agency,NOA,Mr. Mike Omeri, ‘’As Nigerians,we are our brothers keepers and good neighbor’’. I know you are itching to ask,who are our brothers and our neighbors but that question can only be rightly answered by Mr.Omeri.

If my understanding is right,those who died as matyrs will be losers while the perpetrators of this dastardly and heinous act will be crowned and even rewarded with monthly allowances for killing their neighbors and brothers.

This government is setting a very dangerous precedents whose consequences is only better imagined than experienced.

When the government of late Musa Yar’dua granted the Niger-Delta freedom fighters,many subscribed to their method because they were fighting for a just course.The then government started paying some jobless elements when our graduates are still roaming the streets scouting for jobs.

This particular act has not only encouraged indolence but also encouraged illegal diversion of public funds. Until this moment,the government has spent over 7 billion naira on amnesty programme in the south-southern region and there is no commensurate improvement in the living standard of the people. Those issues are still untackled.There are still no hospitals,no good roads,no functional schools,there are no portable water supply and the people are still living in darkness. Has the amnesty programme helped in any meaningful way to alleviate the poverty in the land? Indeed the 7 billion naira has created more problems than solving them.

On the other hand,the ‘boko haram’ group shares no resemblance with the Niger-Delta militants both in appearance,location,mission, mode of operation and the target victims.Those that know them told Nigerians that there are three types of ‘boko haram’:

1.The political 'boko haram'

2.The religious 'boko haram'

3.The criminal(terrorist) 'boko haram'.

Even the president told the country that there are boko haram in his government.Have the government been able to identify these groups? Which of the three groups are they planning to dialogue with? What are they going to negotiate on?I don’t really know for sure what they are going to negotiate but if they are still standing on their previous demands then this dialogue idea is nothing but a collective insults on Nigerians that died as a result of 'boko haram' attack.It is insult on the security personels whose lives were lost fighting boko haram.What programme has the government in place for them? This idea is a big insult to a nation like Nigeria.Hope there is a programme in place to immortalize our youth corps members that were massacred on their national duty post.

The government is infact sending a message to the other regions that the easiest and only way to be listened to is by unleashing terror on the innocent masses.I see anarchy looming.What messages is the government passing across to the families of those that lost their lives to boko haram attack?What is the government telling the Igbo traders whose shops were destroyed by this same boko haram?

To my own understanding on this move by the government,if you want to be heard,if you want to gain popularity,if you want to reap where you didn’t sow,you simply have to take up ammunitions and kill innocent souls,destroy public structures,raze down worship centres and you will be appreciated by the government via amnesty.When will this madness end?

To be sincere,if every poor person decides to be a terrorist as a result,who will be spared?This government need to think or employ the services of rational thinkers because the path they are toeing is the path of destruction.Only hopeless people see crime as the only option.Why must a person/persons kill their fellow human beings and go unpunished simply because we want peace to reign?If the government settles them,let them be ready for both the Bakassi boys and the OPC.


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