Last Thursday a Boko Haram terrorist
attempted to blow up the Borno state Government secretariat in Maiduguri. As
Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman
described, police officers stationed intercepted the
suicide bomber forcing the coward to detonate his bomb at the gate.
This tragic event immediately claimed the life of one of the officers while the
second, he narrated, died of his injuries later in the hospital.
The story ended there for Nigeria.
The media reported it as above. No names
were given of the heroic officers by the army, the police and the media too
failed to find and provide the names of these two martyrs.
Nigeria is busy. Nigeria does not really
care what the names of victims and brave officers are. Too many things are
happening; too many people are dying premature deaths and the identities of the
masses, ordinarily police officers and soldiers does not really matter. What
matters to us is the numbers... TWO officers died. ONE died instantly
and number TWO died at the hospital.
500 were killed in Agatu. 50 were killed
in Enugu. 200 were killed in Dalori.
The media at least gives us the numbers
while the army, police and ministry of information gives nothing.
If Boko Haram or terror herders or the
Army killed me tomorrow, Nigeria would simply say, ONE was killed yesterday.
It gets so loose, the government
agencies actually see it fit to unnecessarily and extrajudicially kill 7, 8 or
even 1000 that the other numbers and elite may be happy. It's just numbers
Talking about the elite, the story is
entirely different. When that minister died, we saw how the media and
government addressed his death for several days. It was a day of mourning. It
was not a number that had just passed but a person. A human being.
A new friend, Abdallah brought this
social breakdown to my attention in conversation yesterday. He said the Chief
of Police Arase will not even visit the family of the deceased TWO cops.
I said, they won't get compensated. He
said, they won't even get their entitlements, talk-less compensation.
It was a sad moment of realization and
We agreed that it is not only about the
government's lack of care, but the media, and the people in general. Perhaps
too many have died for us to care; or perhaps we simply lack that aspect of
humanity. The masses don't count, not to us, not to the media and definitely
not to the authorities.
I thought it was impossible for
Nigerians to create a picture and name public record of the dead but when
hundreds of IMN Muslims were massacred in Zaria, I saw for a first time that it
was actually possible to care, organize and get a complete list of names with
pictures and not just numbers. The movement collated a list of names and images
of 700, later updated to 750 victims.
Perhaps it's too expensive for our
government to coordinate. Or perhaps it is insulting to them and they do not
see this "annoying" act as trust and confidence reinforcing. I don't
really know and at this point I don't really care. My heart is with the
families of the brave TWO who died in Borno that we may be safe.
May their Creator who cares about them,
receive them warmly and may He accord their family the respect,
compassion, empathy and support that they deserve in these trying times.
The TWO police officers are my heroes.
I care about them and their identities
and have sent out ward for their identities and contacts to be retrieved.
The many NUMBERS of soldiers that have
died fighting Boko Haram are my heroes.
I owe their families and wards my life.
I send them my prayers and on behalf of
our ENDS.ng organisation, I promise to
assist any of them who contacts us in any way we can as
soon as we can.
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