It is frightening to see the level of
tribalization and sectionalization of Nigeria's security departments. The
recent report of alleged IPOB affiliated persons being responsible for the
deaths of five Hausa-Fulani Nigerians in Abia state was a final straw.
Nigeria's Department of State Security,
DSS added that report to one on the capture of one of the most deadly
terrorists in the world, the leader of Ansaru faction of Boko Haram, Khalid
al-Barnawi. While all acts of terror can be lumped together, the disparity
in the reactions of the security departments to acts of terror by different
ethnic and religious groups, of note, the so-called 95 and 5%s is
catastrophically dangerous for Nigeria.
1. The DSS has never released a single
statement (to my knowledge) on systematic and synchronized Fulani
"herder" massacres across Nigeria. (Qualified as Boko
Haram by the Nigerian senate).
2. The DSS has never released a
statement describing how it is investigating suspected Fulani murders (assuming
they are not the perpetrators), but in its statement against IPOB, the DSS
described how it made immediate arrests and interrogations to unearth the
3. The DSS has not released a single
statement in regard to the Agatu genocide of hundreds of "enemies" of
Fulani herders, that has caused mass displacement and untold suffering with
properties burned in several communities and hundreds killed.
4. The Attorney General, Mr Malami
of the federation has defended murderous Boko Haram terrorists; the likes
of Khalid al-Barnawi from death, their due sentence as prescribed by the law.
This while State security departments murder protesting and praying youth with
no blood and lives on their hands in Aba and Zaria.
5. While in the IPOB case, a prompt
investigation was launched according to Tony of the DSS, in the Agatu massacre
case, the police were sent to mediate between the killers and their victims and
murderers who openly defended their acts of carnage were left to go home with
no single arrest till today. In news reports, suspected above-the-law Fulani
have since killed an APC youth leader in Benue and just
killed University staff and others in Delta, while the DSS
focuses only on IPOB.
6. Not a single Fulani suspect has been
arrested by the DSS, at least according to their Press statements or lack of
them in the regard. In the past when Hussaini Monguno was arrested, we mentioned this fact: on
how State agencies are quick to investigate and arrest those they
personally hate or feel personally attacked by; but the same agencies fail
to arrest terrorists, especially Boko Haram and Fulani brand and when they do,
they promise them repatriation into society, amnesty and safety from death
7. There is no similar report of a DSS
investigation into the Zaria massacre, even if to arrest more Shia Muslims. The
Police and DSS should by now have been involved in such investigations into the
incidents of the massacre including the allegations of mass murder, mass
burials, the reported mass graves found, demolitions and other potential legal
infractions and crimes. These are state security tasks of the professional
police and DSS and not civilian conference-room panels. However the DSS has its
apparent personal priorities.
8. The state security agencies while
harsh on other groups are appearing frighteningly compassionate to Boko Haram
and Fulani Fulani terrorists. The promised repatriation camps
for terrorists including those who have killed and raped our women is a
violation of the laws of the land and God. This seems to serve foreign fanatic
Takfiri sponsor governments' interests. Nigeria's laws clearly state that
terrorists who have killed must be killed. We see Reverends being sentenced to death; robbers being so-sentenced; but Boko
Haram and Fulani herder rampaging murderers being spared.
9. In remarkable contrast, the Buhari
government addresses Fulani herder open violence and frank terror with a
promise to create ranches and "address their agitations." While in
contrast, non-violent IPOB Igbo protests are not addressed based on their
agitations and concerns, but this section of Nigerian society is rather further
undermined, castigated, implicated, killed in protest and prayer and associated
with Khalid al-Barnawi.
10. There is ample evidence that the
Security department is once again being used as an intimidation instrument of
the ruling political party; as it was in prior administrations. There is video
evidence of an alleged APC politician/candidate harassing an INEC officer
in Rivers to refund bribe money paid him, while State military and police look
on. This video gives merit to many other tales of security officers being
dispatched by the security chiefs to protect ruling party interests and not
those of the people.
We would like to urgently call on the
repositioning of the Nigerian police, DSS and army to be detribalized,
desectionalized and nonreligious instruments. These agencies must remember that
they are employed and paid by all Nigerians and there to protect all Nigerians
and their interests equally.
We understand that this fresh
administration has exuberant, excited agents eager to "impress" the
President in whatever ways they deem valuable, however they must realize that
they do harm to themselves, the president and Nigeria, planting seeds of
tomorrow's terror and chaos with their disproportionate brutality and lack of
equity and justice.
If there is no justice, there can never
be peace; and if there is no peace, there can never be progress and
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