Our Nigeria of today is without a doubt similar to a horror movie for those watching with keen interest the current inhumane acts of despicable terror been unleashed on civilians by the dreaded boko haram can testify there’s no guarantee for a happy ending.
Most Nigerians are now potential victims of terror’ for which I know in our usual manner of displaying our religious keenness, many will be quick to rebuke that phrase and most will proceed to say “back to sender” in prayers to avert any of such ugly calamity that has claimed the lives of many in recent times.
We definitely have to face the truth given the current reality of unchallenged events of terror unfolding daily. In the words of Tuface Idibia, “nobody holy pass” which means we are not in any way better than those who have lost their lives in such heinous attacks. we are just fortunate to be safe at the moment.
The legendary King of Reggae Bob Marley of blessed memory once sang a song called ‘Natural Mystic’ which the lyrics go as thus:
“There’s a natural mystic blowing through the air;
If you listen carefully now you will hear.
This could be the first trumpet, might as well be the last:
Many more will have to suffer,
Many more will have to die – don’t ask me why.
Things are not the way they used to be,
I won’t tell no lie;
One and all have to face reality now”.
Bob Marley, in the view of many Rastafarians and fans is considered a prophet for which I feel and strongly believe like he sang in the song, one and all have to face reality now’’ and surely the time is now.
Whoever said the unity of this country is non-negotiable is the greatest liar let’s quit the pretence!!!
Can I hear somebody say one and all have to face reality now’ because truly we can’t keep pretending all is well with our nation when every day innocent souls are dying unjustly.
The number of deaths occurring these days has become so frightening and alarming to ignore. For how long shall the unity of this country be upheld by sacrificing the blood of the innocent poor?? We have to face the reality now’
You can kill a man but you cannot kill his ideas, terrorists don’t die once they are born, bred and groomed into their demonic beliefs they keep multiplying because they are motivated by a strong belief of dying as martyrs in pursuit of their cause.
Nigeria today has been caught up in a quagmire of terror that seems unending, everyday assuming a more daring and worse dimension in gruesome attacks on innocent and defenceless citizens. The government of the day is yet to regain the confidence of her citizens given the fact that such acts have been carried out in the past successfully and its continued re-occurrence keeps haunting the psyche of our nation bitterly.
The latest of such devilish attacks just occurred yesterday when we have not gotten over the tragedy of the last Nyanya bomb blast, which left many dead and most victims that survived are still recuperating while those that lost their loved ones are still mourning.
The nation is still in shock and saddened by the abduction of over 200 school girls in chibok whom uptil now their whereabouts remain unknown. The Nation is yet to recover from the shocking events the wounds inflicted are still open not yet healed and then here comes another sad event of colossal tragedy, sending yet another fine crop of innocent, resilient and productive Nigerians to their early graves.
I feel so sad to be witnessing these horrific acts of human cruelty occurring in my generation. Most times I try to look unto the bright side of life believing things would get better security wise but I would be lying if I say I’m safe living in this country. It feels like we are all walking cadavers because you cannot just predict where, when or next the attack or bomb might just explode terminating your life.
I feel so much resentment inside of me at the moment that I feel it’s not really worth it fighting to live with people who feel their way of life is not and can never be compatible with yours because of regional, religious or tribal differences. In all sense of humanity I feel it is the legitimate right of any group of individuals to determine their future in regards to how and who they collectively choose to dwell with and how they desire to be governed.
Nigerian is holding a national conference which is still ongoing and I feel there’s a need to table and address this issue of falsehood and hypocrisy we’ve been living with in disguise as unity in diversity’ which to most of us we all know with the prevailing events and past ones, is nonexistent.
For me and many folks in Benue, I in particular am a victim of the insecurity that has plagued our country. My ancestral home and village in Logo Local Government area of Benue State was ransacked, ravaged and burnt into ashes with material and human loss incurred in the wake of the attacks perpetuated by fulani terroristic herdsmen who systematically embarked on looting and killing people indiscriminately like it has been a preconceived plan of genocidal cleansing of a people who are predominantly farmers in a quest to acquire more grazing reserves for their cattle whom they regard as more important than humans whom they wage war against displacing many from their homes instead of engaging in peaceful dialogue on how to co-exist peacefully.
One can only imagine the harrowing pains many of these displaced families go through including me when most of our loved ones have been maimed and our means of livelihood destroyed even with stored farm products not spared. There is certainly going to be a food crisis in the region which definitely will bring more economic, social and developmental woes.
We surely have to face the reality now either we continue living under the umbrella of fear and uncertainty of the unknown or ask ourselves this question which is a bitter truth, is Nigeria really worth dying for as a common man when most of our leaders are protected by well armed security men, many of whom move around in armour proof vehicles bought with a huge fortune of tax payers money all to our collective detriment who are always the victims of such attacks?
Just Imagine Nigeria, as a sinking ship as it is a well known tradition that “The captain goes down with the ship” the maritime concept and tradition that asea captain holds ultimate responsibility for both his or her ship and everyone embarked on it, and he or she will die trying to save either of them. Can be used to describe the Nigerian situation by asking ourselves how many of our leaders today are willing to go down with the ship? You will be surprised to find none because most of them are selfish and they would easily flee away from the country to their safe havens with their families to enjoy their loot living behind the common man to perish.
We surely have to face the reality now that Nigeria is under a known threat of breaking apart by forces that have continued to grow from time immemorial uncheckmated which to this present day has become a huge monster dreaded by all.
The prevailing issue of terrorism confronting us today has taken more prominence than the monster of corruption that has hitherto impeded our progress causing the nation so much embarrassment in the comity of nations.
The current reign of terror and bloodshed witnessed across the land today can be likened to corruption and how the government has over the years allowed the activities of violent sects grow and operate with impunity causing havoc to the people without someone been held accountable and punished for such crimes committed. Due to various sentiment and other frivolous reasons most of such known culprits caught have evaded justice.
The Nigerian government then under the leadership of Late President Umaru Musa Yaradua in the year 2009, captured the founder and spiritual leader of the dreaded sect Mohammed Yusuf who was then summarily executed by the Nigerian Police in public view. It is now evident that the man was killed in a bid to silence him without properly conducting an in-depth investigation about his terror organisation to ascertain his top financiers and the staunch adherents of his teachings who now still pose a threat to our national security and unity.
The government has been ineffective in intelligence gathering and counter-terrorism fight because of the usual system of laxity and incompetence on the part of personnel in most areas of our security network. Our borders remain porous and most of our security personnel lack the required training and motivation to tackle and bring to a standstill the activities of the insurgents whom most have received advanced trainings outside country.
Nigerians are frustrated and frightened by the re-occurring acts of terror without any strong indication on the part of government that the war against the insurgents will soon be won.
We have to face the reality now that nowhere is safe in this country and if the government cannot guarantee the security of our lives and property then I’m afraid Nigeria the giant of Africa is like the famous RMS Titanic that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage.
The builders of the gigantic ship then never believed such a catastrophic ending will be her fate just as our nation sails on a stormy ocean characterized by many obstacles, which terrorism amongst many is just the tip of the ice-berg”
we have to face the reality that there’s no guarantee the journey that began with the amalgamation of the southern and Northern protectorate in 1914 and our subsequent attainment of independence in 1960 will certainly reach her final destination, let’s all pray for the better but prepare for the worse. God bless Nigeria.
© Tersoo TeeCube,
Who Will Explain Coronavirus To Buhari?
Coronavirus (COVID-19), an exorable doom, threatens life on the planet. It is exorable because it is conquerable. This explains why world leaders are taking the charge to combat this ominous apocalypse. It is a time for leadership from the fore-end; a time when citizens must hear their leaders speak to them; see them take action, making assurances and fulfilling those promises. The counsel, consolation and firm statement of a leader is imperative at this moment.
In Canada, Justin Trudeau, prime minister, despite being in self-isolation and his wife battling the virus after contracting it at a conference in the UK, is leading the fight against this dreaded disease from the fore. He is providing regular updates of the efforts of his government to roll back this scourge, listening and speaking to citizens.
In a popular broadcast on March 13, Justin spoke to citizens of Canada announcing measures to relieve the financial stress brought on by the pandemic on Canadians.
“We do not want any Canadian to have to worry about whether or not they’re going to be able to pay their rent, whether or not they’re going to be able to buy groceries, or care for their kids or elderly family members. We need to make sure that Canadians have the options and the ability to follow the best public health advice and keep themselves safe,” he said.
In the UK, Boris Johnson, prime minister, leads the struggle against coronavirus. He provides updates, alongside health experts, on the measures his government is taking to tackle the spread of the disease. And in the US, Donald Trump is not shying away from speaking to Americans on the virus.
As a matter of fact, President Muhammadu Buhari’s lapses are often easily dismissed by his supporters or by Nigerians who do not know better. Some of them say, ‘’ Why must the president speak when the minister of health and the NCDC DG are already doing that?” This is a contemptible rationalisation of incompetence. Are they suggesting the president lacks the capacitance to understand the issues?’’
Really, I surmise the president has been walled off the ‘’candid cameras’’ over the years by his handlers – not just now – because he lacks the intellectual propensity to understand and discuss incisive issues. The last presidential media chat he held was in 2015 and it was a woeful outing. Also, his non-choreographed media interviews have been abysmal to say the least.
The truth is the unfiltered Buhari is a vacuously gaffing one. On October 14, 2016, standing beside Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Buhari said his wife, Aisha, ‘’belonged in the kitchen and the other room’’, when he was asked to comment on the first lady’s criticism of his government.
On April 18, 2018, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, the president said the young citizens of the country he leads are lazy.
“More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” he said during a panel appearance with world leaders at the forum.
In a February 2016 interview with UK Telegraph, Buhari dropped another clanger. He said the young citizens of his country have a knack for criminality and should not be granted asylum in the UK.
With the Buhari experience, it is indubitable that Nigerians must place a high premium on education — not just certificate – in choosing their leaders. The cost of electing leaders who do not have the intellectual grit to understand and handle matters is far too high.
The senate has asked the president to speak to citizens on this threat, and Nigerians are also asking the president to speak to them. This is an abnormality. Citizens must not beg to hear from their president. But because it is Buhari involved here, we have to beg and even excuse the crass inefficiency and vacuity.
Perhaps, the president is still trying to get a hang of it. I think he has ‘’capable handlers’’ who can break it down to him in ABC.
Mr President, speak to your citizens. The words of a leader are more resounding and assuring than the blandishment of proxies.
PS: Let’s follow all health protocol as advised by the NCDC.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water.
• Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.
• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
• Avoid self-medication, report to the nearest health facility when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.
Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.
Sanusi: Once Upon An Emir, By Wole Olaoye
We are all potential Ex-es: ex-student, ex-director, ex-lecturer, ex-senator, ex-governor, ex-president, ex-oba, ex-emir…. The inimitable Zik famously reminded us when he had a spat with Ukpabi Asika that Ex was an inevitable prefix for any human being as was evidenced by the fact that a certain young man who would someday become an ex-Administrator, was the son of an ex-postmaster!
So, what’s so apocalyptic about Sanusi Lamido Sanusi joining the ranks of ex-potentates? Nothing? Everything! Don’t ever think that bell you are hearing is tolling for the former Emir of Kano. No. It could be signalling the beginning of a comprehensive demystification of traditional rulership by plebeians holding tenured political power. In centuries past, no plebeian messed with the traditional institution. The halo of nobility, the sheer vastness of a prince’s hereditary powers, rights and privileges, made the subject know his place.
Yesterday’s subjects are today’s political sovereign. They make no pretences to sophistication. They load a gun to kill a spider. When you dethrone a monarch and then deprive him of his liberty, forcefully banishing him to a place without electricity and potable water, you are playing god. If it was all a public relations Olympics, the calm dignity with which Sanusi handled the humiliation made people all over the world admire his chutzpa and hand him the gold medal. A
Life and its many puzzles! Why is it that for some men and women, “their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall”? What do you do about an ego that knows no satiation? As the Preacher in the Good Book timelessly says, “All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full… The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear content with hearing… there is nothing new under the sun”.
The Yoruba have a poem that says just that. “The horse struts and frets and then dies. Being a veteran walker is no immunity to getting lost. Nothing new under the sun. I’ve seen kings reduced to slaves; and servants who mounted the throne. Haven’t my eyes beheld both river and sea? Haven’t I seen a hunchback on spindly legs, and a midget climbing a ladder to add condiment to the soup pot? Tell me, has anyone ever started a building from the roof?
The new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, is a cousin of his predecessor. As royal intrigues go, when the dust is settled the sword will be sheathed and brother will embrace brother. That is the way of princes. Eventually, outsiders will realise that all they can ever be in palace politics is outsiders. Our very own Nobel prize winning Kongi was not amused by the scandalous extra-judicial detention of the former emir.
He put the emir’s travail down to his progressive stance: “Emir Sanusi was a one-man EFCC sanitisation squad in the banking system, taking on the powerful corrupters of that institution…. “Most important of all, and most pertinently for the nation, Sanusi was one of the early warning voices against religious extremism whose bitter fruits the nation is currently reaping….
The doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi. As for his current crowing Nemesis, a different kind of gates remain yawning to receive him when, as must, the days of governorship immunity finally come to an end.” Support for Sanusi is not limited to radical voices.
Veteran technocrat Alhaji Ahmed Joda penned a panegyric in support of the ex-emir: “The purpose of this letter to you is not to commiserate with you, because I know that you must have known the likely consequences of the principled position you have taken. The reality we must face in Northern Nigeria is that the evil forces of feudalism that have kept us in bondage for so long are still there and fighting. You have been the only voice that has been telling us this truth….”
It is easy to kick a man given a pin-fall by fate, or piss on the grave of a fallen warrior. Dead men don’t bite. Real friends show up when you are in life’s valley. Say what you will, I would rather have a friend like Nasir el Rufai when the chips are down. In the midst of all the turmoil, conspiracy theories have surfaced to the effect that the dethronement is but a political sleight-of-hand to propel Sanusi to Nigeria’s presidency in 2023. Caution! Let’s separate the issues. Political succession is totally different from fundamental human rights. Sanusi is not my next president.
My views on power rotation are well documented. The ex-emir will go down in history as a champion for the rights of the poorest of the poor. He advocated for a new Northern Nigeria where old backward practices such as the almajiri system and irresponsible parenting will be abandoned. His was the voice crying out in the desert, lift my people up from the cesspit of penury. The attempt to demonise him after dethronement through various allegations, including one on religious fundamentalism, is dead on arrival. The same fate will befall the vilification of El Rufai on account of his loyalty to Sanusi. Please quote me: Modern challenges can never be resolved with a resort to medieval solutions.
Christopher Hitchens’ Q&A may someday apply to the ex-Kings College boy who’s now an ex-king.
Sanusi Dethronement: The North Only Beheads The Bearers Of Truth
By Fredrick Nwabufo
Northern Nigeria is prostrate. It is the axis of uglies – banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, diseases, ignorance, and drug abuse. Alas! The region’s elite are aware of the problems, but look away because the disequilibrious status quo sustains them. What is petrifying, however, is that they maul and clobber at anyone who spits the truth in their faces.
I think, this is the mortal sin of Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano – beyond his politics with Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano.
The World Bank says 87 percent of Nigeria’s poor are in the north. And that while poverty is plummeting in the south, it is rocketing in the upper region.
“Poverty in the northern regions of the country has been increasing especially in the north-west zone. Almost half of all poor lived in the north-west and the north accounts for 87 percent of all poor in the country in 2016,’’ the Bretton Woods institution said in its report entitled ‘Advancing social protection in a dynamic Nigeria’ in February 2020.
In August, 2019, the federal government revealed that 1,460 people were killed by bandits in seven months. And that the north-west is the worst-hit by this bloody enterprise. The killings have steadied, expanding in proportion and execution in the region.
In his accustomed manner, Sanusi recently vocalised these depressing figures of retrogression in the north – as regards the World Bank report — earning himself praise from progressive Nigerians and reprimand from the usual suspects — those stuck in the cesspit of bigotry.
Also, the gadfly emir of Kano, whom I regard as the John the Baptist of the north for his vociferous condemnation of this status quo, is alone in his advocacy against irresponsible polygamy, Al-majiri and child marriage – practices the northern elite espouse. He is the face of a progressive north; the northerner of the new age.
As a matter of fact, on different occasions he had complained about the northern elite whom he said wanted to silence him for speaking the truth about the region.
‘’Our colleagues and compatriots among the elite do not like statistics. Numbers are disturbing. I recently gave a speech in which I said the north-east and north-west of Nigeria are the poorest parts of the country. This simple statement of fact has generated so much heat; the noise has yet to die down. The response to this speech has been a barrage of personal attacks and insults aimed at silencing any voices that dare shine the light on the society to which we are saying Bring Back our Girls,’’ he said at a lecture held to commemorate the Chibok girls abduction.
And I guess they can only take the throne away from him but cannot take away his royalty in the community of decent humans. Really, I believe the emir would rather give up his throne than be gagged by the shareholders of iniquity.
To say the least, Sanusi’s dethroning was not unexpected. Ganduje had always shown his hand in this plot. Really, the emir of Kano never hid his dislike for him. But what is there to like about a governor who was allegedly caught on camera stuffing wads of dollars into his babariga? In the build-up to the 2019 governorship election in the state, the emir was not shy in expressing his disapproval to Ganduje’s candidature.
So, Ganduje, who considers Sanusi a ‘’loud mouth’’, plotted a bitter revenge after he was re-elected. He had moved to remove the emir in 2018 but for the intervention of some ‘’higher powers’’. However, he whittle-down the power of the emir by creating new emirates from his domain. He was not done though. He rustled-up allegations, set up probe panels – all in the desperation to embarrass Sanusi.
But Sanusi was still talking.
Really, one of the most abrasive places to exist is in the circle of non-progressives. You talk different, think different or act different, they will feel threatened. Even when you try to clown around; the aboriginal clowns will still feel threatened because you do not look the part.
I think, Emir Sanusi is light-years away from the people he is dealing with in Kano government. He is needed more at the top echelon of government where he can contribute more meaningfully to the development of Nigeria.
Northern Nigeria is not ready for an emir like Sanusi. He is ahead of his time.
Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.
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