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Boko Haram: Those Senators Know Something

06 November 2012, 11:24

There are many issues of national concern as usual in the country but the ones that have caught my fancy are the ones making headlines in the last few days both in the print media, television and various online forums. The news that the popular Islamist sect, Boko Haram had finally made up their ‘church mind’ sorry, their ‘mosque mind’ to end the spate of killing and destruction of lives and properties, is a welcome development.

The second issue is the statement credited to Amnesty International that Nigerian security operatives were being too hard on Boko Haram. I don’t know what to tell Amnesty International, any way!

This piece will be concentrated more on the former because of its role as far as peace of Nigeria as a whole is concerned as well as the actors and bosses involved in the epic film.

The former National Security Adviser, General Andrew Azazi, saw from then, that all these were going to happen and voiced out but instead of searching for the black goat while it was day, the power that be, truth haters that employed him chose to relieve him of his job as the security boss and showed him the exit door, under the disguise that he was incompetent.

One of the truths he told us was that the country called Nigeria was not prepared to fight corruption and terrorism.

Instead, the government decided to keep on chasing shadows rather than tackling the menace that has bedeviled the country from the root and from within. The more the carnage continued, the more Nigerians continued to lose their dear ones and properties.

The government in its usual choice of words kept telling us that it was on top of the situation, but the experienced Security Adviser did not see government as a magician that would find the answer to Boko Haram with the urgency it demands.

According to him, the government lacked the political will to take the bull by the horn by bringing this insurgency to an end and that the ruling Class especially the PDP, was the cause of Boko Haram and finally stated that Boko Haram was political.

Having struck the right cord, he was hammered left, right, front and back for telling the simple truth. Many called him names like anti-government, anti-Nigeria, separatist and the likes. Those who were no longer at ease with Azazi’s statements, the ruling Class demanded apology from Azazi but he stuck to his gun, he never denied his earlier statements and he eventually got boot in the ass. Poor Azazi!

Then they told us that Azazi was sacked for lack of competence to tackle the security challenges of the nation but we know the truth. Months after his sack, more Nigerians kept losing their lives to Boko Haram attack, the number of orphans increased drastically even both widows and widowers increased in numbers owing to this old Boko Haram thing.

Then came the man, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) who is directly the opposite of Azazi. While Azazi was bold, visible and outspoken, Dasuki is silent and self-effacing. The government told us that Dasuki’s nature better fitted into the role of an NSA but no action at all is coming from the man called Dasuki. He neither talks the talk nor acts.

The scourge he came to fight has always been on the rise even during the holy season of pilgrimage.

Instead of taking the right steps to deal with the evil that has ravaged the land, government decided to play politics with issue of such national significance. The government has even started seeing Boko Haram as a normal stage Nigeria must pass through in her quest for greatness. That is why the only panacea left for the president is to issue press statements condemning the acts and describing it as wickedness from the pit of hell as soon as bomb explosion is reported in any part of the country.

What can you deduce from the arrest of a Boko Haram commander, Shuaibu Bama, by the Joint Task Force, JTF? While the JTF said that the Boko Haram commander was arrested in the house of Senator Ahmad Zanna, a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the senator denied it but said that the commander was actually arrested in the residence of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State.

To me, the best and the most reasonable thing (at least in the interest of Nigerians) that the government should have done is to crack down on those personalities so that the truth about Boko Haram will be made public because either of them or both of them know something about this evil called Boko Haram. God help us!

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