On July 4th of this year, the Boko Haram terrorist
organization attacked and destroyed Nigeria’s 132 KV Biu-Damboa-Maiduguri
electricity power lines supplying most parts of Borno State including the
capital. Borno, traditionally known as the “State of peace,” already
suffering five years of unbearable loss of life, livelihood and hope from
unchecked, free reigning terror, was rendered into pitch darkness; rent into
the stone ages.
With no power, the people who already have lost most telecom
masts and managed the available limited phone network, now virtually lost every
capacity to communicate with themselves and the outside world. Even worse, with
no power as their Armageddon continues, they have been disconnected from the outside
world and are unable to know what is happening in the world and what the world
is doing or is not doing to help them.
Prior to the power truncation, details of Boko Haram carnage
were more readily supplied to the media and reports on the pogroms, not only by
the terrorists, but also by suspect Nigerian military commanders was also more
readily furnished to local and international human rights organizations. The
deliberate power cut serves to put some of the most oppressed people in the
world, a people being aggressively displaced and annihilated, the Borno people
in a black box, cleaved from all who may be concerned and determined to reverse
their failed, corrupt and deadly clueless system enforced fate.
After the power lines were cut, there was a transient repair
of the 33kv lines—these are industrial lines which several rich people tap into
as the lines are known to carry steady power all season. However when these
33kv lines were restored they only lasted 5 days as they were again
purposefully sabotaged. The military claimed Boko Haram severed the lines
however the Power company, TCN workers and locals say it was actually the
Nigerian military that sabotaged and destroyed the repaired lines. The
result—no power to Borno people.
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Ironically, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power, Hon.
Mohammed Wakil hails from Azir, Damboa in Borno State, right where the power
lines were cut. Of the many—over a dozen—local governments taken over by the
terrorists, Damboa is the only major town that the military ensured they
recovered for the obvious reasons including the hope of restoring power to the
capital; the one region the military focuses on securing from overthrow. So far
all promises and press releases of restoration of power have borne no merit and
been proven false. As at the 20th of December—the time of this report,
there has been no power in the capital. The people are used to the darkness and
rely on generators for essentials.
There word is that the Nigerian government under Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan has abandoned Borno; the state is literally cut off from all
grids. Efforts for journalists to meet with government officials are always
systematically blocked to diminish reporting of the true state of the harrowing
destruction and devastation of Nigeria’s worst hit northeastern State. The
power problem paints the picture of the hopelessness of the Borno situation; a
State practically totally lost to Boko Haram with the terrorists always able to
operate destructively at a more sophisticated and organized level than the
security and government agents of the wealthy African nation.
Lately, most of the nation’s overwhelmed and sabotaged military
forces were move to recover Adamawa north, the home-State of Nigeria’s defense
minister Alex Badeh, thus eliminating all hope of recovering Borno from Boko
Haram. The Borno capital, Maiduguri which is now loaded with thousands of
refugees from other parts of the State, who inhabit school campuses and all
other available spaces is at greater humanitarian risk with the power
situation. The situation is truly dark.
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