I am not sure at whose altar. The God I
know does not demand human blood sacrifices to better the conditions of the
people. But since it appears that Buratai is on a contract to make Nigeria
'better' for those who will remain – if any – by sacrificing the lives of
Nigerians on a special altar, I am compelled to ask: how many lives is
Buratai scheduled to sacrifice to bring about change. Are we there yet?
The recent reports in the media of the
brutal crackdown on pro-Biafrans marking the 49th year anniversary of the
defunct Biafra republic, were painful but yet even more painfully not
surprising. Amnesty international has again expressed
its frustration at this latest in a series of atrocities by Nigeria's
A report in the
Cable highlighted how, with an intention to prevent protests, the army
(with the support of the police) acted pre-meditatively at a Church where victims
were sleeping ahead of the rally, breaking in and provoking a deadly stampede
by firing tear gas upon the unexpecting and unarmed gathering. The report
tearfully and chillingly details how no fewer that 40 pro-Biafrans were shot
and killed during this event and the day that followed with many shot in the
back as they ran.
The report goes further to narrate how
in typical style, the army carted away many of the victims' bodies to 'prepare
for the sacrifice' and as is trademark, and mass bury to 'appease the gods of
Anambra state governor Willie Obiano,
while unbelievably failing to promise a full investigation and proper
address and redress of the atrocities perpetuated on his watch and in his land,
has promised –like it is a gift and not an obligation– to
pay the bills of the dozens of injured and otherwise maimed.
It will not be the first, second, third,
fourth or fifth time that the blood-thirsty, trigger-eager, youth and any
listed urban ('our') enemy hunting jackals of Buratai will unleash sorrow, tears
and blood on the peoples of communities within Nigeria.
It happened in Ogoni land, it happened
in Delta state where an octogenarian mother of Nigeria is still missing, it
happened in Zaria with the 1000 massacred and the mass grave of Mando; it
happened in Abia at the prayer grounds, it happened/ is happening in Delta
state in the 'search' or better put, intimidation to find 'Abuja-resident'
The Nigerian army has unconstitutionally
usurped the role of the police and become the urban civil authority of
Nigeria, with battle trained and civil disobedience untrained machine-gun
wielding men in khaki unleashed on society to deal with every instance of
disquiet (except for Fulani herder or rather, Libyan herder terror marauding)
as if they are instances of battles against Boko Haram in Sambisa.
So we have to ask at this point as
Buratai remains at the head of the Nigerian armed forces; and not
sacked and investigated: how many more Nigerians are to be sacrificed at
the altar of their gods for Nigeria to be delivered?
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