On December 19th Boko Haram terrorists attacked rtd. colonel
Hussaini Monguno's house in Borno. The brave soldier sent out SOS messages to
the military and Civilian-JTF who came and saved him and captured the
terrorists. The pictures of captured assassins went viral on the media the next
day. [See: http://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2015/12/photos-one-of-gunmen-who-attacked.html]
When in December, the Buhari government announced the
"technical defeat" of Boko Haram, not just Hussaini Monguno who had
just survived a live assassination attempt by the terrorists for his activism,
but the entire local and global media discredited the reckless claim that was demonstrably in Party and not national interests. Boko Haram attacked
Maiduguri for a first time in months a few days later during Christmas, as if
to let the world know the Nigerian army had not repented its (lying)ways. Boko
Haram has since launched a second deadly attack at Dalori, outskirts of the capital,
killing no less than 300 Nigerians and burning many alive in one of its most
brutal attacks in history.
Colonel Hussaini Monguno's "crime" has been that he,
just like me and you, rejected the false announcement of a "technical
defeat" of Boko Haram in the best interest of the lives of the people of
Borno. Col. Monguno who had just fallen victim to the terrorists trying to
silence him, fell victim to the Nigerian army who arrested him shortly after he made
a media statement on February 13th criticizing the military's counterinsurgency claims and strategies in the bleeding
Monguno was perplexed about the verified unnecessary lies from the
military which put his people's lives in jeopardy. Monguno personally knew
people who had died inside Maiduguri during the December 25th attack that the
Nigerian military denied happened. He personally knew soldiers who had died in the 105 victims ambush that the military
claimed never occurred. He himself had just been a victim of Boko
Haram assassins after all, for the things he exposed.
Army Chief T. Y. Buratai felt uncomfortable with this popular
son of Borno who, like some of us, was very instrumental in bringing
"Change" with his many articles and campaigns against the Jonathan
government. [See: Omojuwa.com-President Jonathan and Nigeria’s many security
breaches – Hussaini Monguno, June 2013] Buratai wanted him to shut up
even though he and his were at risk of death. The Nigerian army would literally
rather he die than criticize and comment. An order was given for the DSS
to pick him up. Col. Hussaini Monguno who was whisked away by agents of
Nigeria's security service over 10 days ago and has since been held incommunicado.
He has joined the growing list of "kidnapped" Nigerians, locked-up
without charge and denied legal and family visitation. One must ask, did the
military chief want the Boko Haram assassins to kill him? Why is the military
finishing up the job Boko Haram started and towing their path, locking up their
very enemies? The Zaria "confrontation" which left hundreds of
Muslims dead and missing, that similarly happened two weeks after Boko Haram bombed their parade in the same Zaria, also followed the
same frightening pattern.
No one knows where Monguno is and whether he is dead or alive.
His family are scared stiff. A recent report by AP described how the Nigerian military
allegedly whisks people away and their dead bodies are later found. We pray this
is not his fate.
We reject the message that we either Stand With Buhari in
everything he does or we are arrested. We believe in constructive criticism in
national interest and in the best interest of Buhari, especially where our
lives are at risk. The #IStandWithBuhari campaign is there already doing all
that can possibly be done, with billboards all over Abuja to help promote
Buhari for 2019. What more can this government desire? The new
government must tolerate criticism and must not stamp out anyone it
dislikes with brute force, extrajudicial detentions and massacres.
The government should embrace honesty and be proud of the truth
and its truthful achievements and not promote lies and a false sense of
infallibility. No one believes Buhari is a god or tasks him as such. Why are we
rewarding lies and incarcerating the truth?
It is not poverty but injustice like this that is the root of
Boko Haram and other extremist terror. Nigeria has had enough. It is time to
build bridges, not dig graves.
Stop the extrajudicial killings!
Stop the illegal detentions!
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