Boko Haram: The Northeast Is A Zone That Has Fallen – Modibo

ModiboA journalist from the Northern Nigeria based Verbatim Newspapers, Ibrahim Modibo, has described the Nigerian states ravaged by insurgency as a theatre of the absurd.

Describing the region as a zone that has fallen, Modibo who is also from the region decried the hardship being faced by people in the region since the insurgency started, adding that there had been no clear vision or mission while trying to subdue the insurgency.

He said that the emergence of the Boko Haram was an offshoot of people who believe that “education instead of being a blessing has been a curse, in the sense that most of the Boko Haramists up till the moment were educated people” as it would be impossible for an illiterate to mix chemical together to make a bomb to destroy lives and property.

“I can tell you they are educated people and they have seen how the democratic governance has been able to turn the zone and Nigeria as a whole in a topsy-turvy, where the people have not been able to benefit directly from the government.

“There has been failure of governance in the sense that the democratic atmosphere has not been able to give the people the democratic dividends they need.”

“It is in view of this that this people assembled to fight the system. They have been driven by puritanical vindictiveness as the inspiration to wage a war against the people or the government has not been drawn from any scriptural perspective, whether it is Islam or Christianity.

He stated that they carry out their terror acts “feeling that the country should move towards more of puritanical nuances rather than the democratic atmosphere in which it lives”, a situation he referred to as “one of the saddest and most unfortunate things that have happened to the country.”

He stated that there could be no justification for the killings by the sect based on religious or moral views or the alleged failure of the government, as the sect could have stood to form a political party or a group to pressurize the government.

He added that the Boko haram has not been fair to the people in the Northeast because they were the ones suffering the attacks as well as the lack of liberty, economic challenges and the neglect by the government and its failure in taking care of the masses.

The Northeast indigene noted that the Boko haram started as a religious movement but was hijacked by religious extremists who believed that making Government responsible could only be done through violence.

He insisted that this was about the political system and not a religious war as the insurgents have been going to both mosques and churches to kill people, adding that with their spate of attacks, they may have killed more Muslims than people from any other religion.

We Don’t Need State of Emergency

“With the State of Emergency, our economy has been in comatose, the people have been devastated, they’ve been hopeless and helpless, the region has been completely destroyed.

“Some villages and towns have been razed to the ground and in terms of people, because of all these checkpoints the social and economic activities have been crippled.

“I can tell you, in the Northeast we are suffering, we don’t even have a sense of belonging because honestly and sincerely Government has not been able to do a lot.

“How we wish it would take up its responsibility and come to our aid and also look at the issues dispassionately. This is not time for politicking but one for serious reflection on the problems in which the region has found itself”, he said.

“We are suffering; whenever I go home within Yola where I live it is very difficult if not impossible for free flow of movement. You can’t associate beyond 9pm.

“We don’t even need State of Emergency to fight Boko Haram”, if the military was serious”, he said.

We Have The Military Might

Mr Modibo also said that the Nigerian military and the Government would need to stand up to the Boko Haram sect with some seriousness.

He noted that the civilian JTF had tried its best to help the military but they could only do little with information gathering because they have not been trained nor equipped to face a Boko Haram that has sophisticated weapons.

He wondered why Boko Haram has been on since 2009 and they have not been subdued.

“Are we now saying that the Boko Haram which is a ragtag hungry looking religious extremist would be able to override this country with all the military might that we have as the largest and also the most sophisticated country in sub-Saharan Africa?”

“We must stand up to this people but in the event of us not being able to conquer them in terms of warfare, what is the next option? I strongly believe an olive branch can be sent to them just like what happened in Niger-Delta.

He, however, further expressed confidence in the Nigerian Army to conquer the sect, provided the government was willing to empower its Army. “I am sure we have a Nigerian Army that has the force; the might and psychological balance to go and meet these people and conquer them or at best make them to surrender.

“Let the President challenge the heads of the security units, give them the next 4 or 5 months, if there’s a will and a determination to fight these people we can finish it in 2 to 3 months because we have the capacity.”

 

 

Take Boko Haram Threat Seriously, Afenifere Tells South West States

Olawale-OshunThe Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has advised all the residents in the South West of Nigeria to take the threat of “more imminent attacks” by the Boko Haram very seriously, and be vigilant, warning that any attack on any of the states will amount to a declaration of war.

In a statement on Tuesday, the national chairman of the group, Olawale Oshun, asked residents to report any suspicious movement of men and materials that come to their notice to security agencies, monarchs, traditional leaders and the offices of the governors.

In a latest video released to AFP, the Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for the bomb blast and Nyanya Motor Park on April 14 and also made a categorical statement about their resolve to carry out more attacks.

“We are in your city and you don’t know where we are,” the purported leader of the terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, said in the video, threatening “more imminent attacks” across Nigeria.

The bomb attack left 75 persons dead with over 120 injured.

‘Declaration Of War’ 

The ARG said the alert was for traditional institutions, from the highly revered monarchs to the village heads and the clan heads and that it was aimed at also reminding them of their responsibility towards their subjects in this dire time.

“All the leaders of our people at every level would have no reason, through acts of omission or commission, to allow total strangers over-run their domains. The time for the traditional institutions to become active and responsive as the guardian of our values is now.

“The kings and village heads should be ready to accept responsibility for any security failure in their domain, and we dare say that being urban should be no excuse,” the statement read.

The group further warned that a terror attack on the states would amount to a ‘declaration of war’ on the peace loving people of Yorubaland, in as much as the Yoruba people have always been peaceful and are not, whether directly or indirectly, complicit in the collapse of development and security which have been labelled as responsible for the rise of terrorism.

“We need to add that the Yoruba people will neither fold their arms if attacked and will be forced to respond in whatever shape or form deemed fit,” the group stressed.