The rise in mob religiously mis-inspired
killings in north Nigeria cannot be overlooked. From Zamfara to Abuja. From
Kano to Kaduna, there have been news reports of intolerant killings of Christians
and Muslim minorities by zealous misguided youth and even state actors. While
outspoken, illuminated Muslim scholars like Imam Murtada Muhammad Gusau
have in clear terms preached against the gross violations by those who take lives
against Islamic rule, the erring killers continue unfettered and
unbothered. They and their supporters even make threats and promises to "drink
more innocent blood" in the open and online, desirous of justifying their
"haram" misguided actions.
Boko Haram shadow
While Boko Haram is on the retreat,
successfully cordoned by the Buhari administration's return of the army to what
it used to be before its procurement department was turned into a
suction straw for the siphoning of Nigeria's billions, the north, no
longer overshadowed or constrained by Boko Haram's usurp of meaningless
barbarism, appears to be experiencing a reawakening of it's age-long noted
Could the era of Boko Haram terror have
caused the notable lull in diffuse deadly zealot behavior? Were the murderous
fanatics cowed by Boko Haram's superiority in mass massacres or were they
afraid of death in the hands of the more wild and wicked terrorists? Or were
they possibly filled and fulfilled by Boko Haram's massive blood spillage and
not thirsty to engage in same?
Nigeria is experiencing an economic
recession. The indices are bad. There is frustration in the land. Teachers have
been reported to have resorted to stealing, while highlighting the debilitating
state of small business owners –the largest employers of labor in Nigeria– a
mother of three recently reportedly killed herself over the crippling Naira-Dollar
currency exchange rate.
Nigeria's central bank has maintained
policies that only favor the wealthy and industrial manufacturers, while the
small scale importers who employ 70% of labour are being run into extinction.
Coupled with broke state governments, the majority of salary earning masses
both in the public and private sectors are broke and stretched thin either
borrowing money or lending to others.
While the nation experiences a surplus
as the price of oil has remained at an average of $50/barrel, $12 above the
budget benchmark, and the recovery of looted billions and high Naira rate,
hovering around N400/USD has also put surplus cash in the hands of the
government, there is no reprieve for the masses. There is hunger in the
land and the people are dying.
But can this suffering of the masses be
a factor in the resurgence of northern intolerance? It is hard to evaluate the
role of the economic crisis in the "takfiri" intolerance islamist
murders and massacres. We are of the opinion that poverty does not cause
murderousity. The poor are blessed. Our opinion is that other factors are more
to blame for this unusual recurrent, deadly fanatic trend limited to Nigeria's
north and no other country in the world of note.
Some suggest that a northern president
has emboldened fanatics to believe they can intimidate, persecute and mass
murder religious minorities in the north with impunity. The posture of
President Muhammadu Buhari has been clear on instances of targeted killings of
Christians in the north: Buhari has condemned the act in unambiguous terms.
Even though the Buhari government has itself been accused by local and
international organizations and indicted by a Kaduna judicial panel of a mass
massacre followed by the secret burial of hundreds of minority Shia
Muslims in Zaria, it is unknown if this act and posture has inspired and
emboldened fanatic kill-happy Muslims.
Capital punishment response
The hanging of persons,
civilian or military, rich or poor, weak or powerful, caught directly
involved in the mass murder of religious minorities or in the vocal and
organized sponsorship of such, according to the stipulations of Nigeria's
anti-terror laws that prescribes death for all terrorists and supporters of
them, would send a clear message to maniacal intolerant mass murderers.
It is important Nigeria's police arrests
perpetrators of these sick crimes and that the judiciary, state or Sharia
courts rapidly sentence them to death in accordance to the prescriptions of the
law. This wills end a string message to the misguided blood-thirsty youth and
their radical islamist, usually foreign paid cleric sponsors, who intend to rip
Nigeria apart by fueling sectarian strife.
God is with the patient. May the
patience of targeted minorities never wear thin.
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