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My daily involvement within the virtual social activism, contact and connection
within the Northern folks of Nigeria simply qualifies me to speak about the
imbroglio and the recalcitrance of the Boko Haram militia in Nigeria. A spade
should be called a spade, so I will not mince word to call their activities sheer
militia. This means one thing to all Nigerians and that is that we are at WAR.
Unfortunately, the Nigeria government wants to play down the scenario
suggesting we are not at war and that they are on top of the situation, and what
is happening is normal within the scope of a diversified nation as Nigeria.
Nothing can further from the truth from FOOLS we have in government. This
argument is shallow, strange and grave, but should be expected from the crop
of unlearned political jobbers who knows not what the powers of government
entails and that the primary role of governance is to provide security for the
masses. How on earth are people bombed, killed and maimed and we are not
at war? How on earth are AK47 roaming our streets and we are not at war?
How come the government practitioners are members of a deadly militia and we
are not at war? One reason these guys in government are not concerned is that
they are the same people who gives Boko Haram millions of Naira to keep safe,
and for as long as that equation remains the ordinary citizens on the streeet
will be the ones to bear the brunt of that deadly Sahara militia.
Think about it, what political office holder has been gunned down or killed
except those who disagreed with the direct sponsors of the group? Why is
Boko Haram always saying they are avenging the death of their leader and they
never attacked any government house except Police Stations at a time when
there are no police officers there? The Northern structure of existence makes it
practically impossible to have strange infiltrators in their midst yet the Boko
Haram deadly force roam their streets and still they claim they the invisibility of
the group. It is very obvious that the present leadership structure of the
Northern hegemony is badly compromised. They are the backers of Boko
Haram, they set it up initially to cause an uproar that will make the central
government see to the plight of the sufferings masses in the north, so as to
provide them with same dialogue and amnesty with which they can also enjoy
the egregious largesse to the Niger Delta militia. Why shouldn’t they get to be
paid N60,000 – N80,000 monthly for doing nothing and also flown abroad to be
trained as Pilots and Engineers even when they do not have the basic
qualifications. Honestly I was one of the very few Nigerians who spoke publicly
against the Amnesty Programme of the Yar’adua administration. It was a
chicken-out strategy of government, and we all know the South-South State
governors sponsored them against the Federal government then. It is the same
thing we are seeing now with the North asking for the same “favor” by a more
deadly force. Here is the problem though!
Let us assume that the Federal government decides that the Monetary
Allocation Sharing Formulae with the states reflect the agitation of the North
through Sanusi O Sanusi, and Borno, Gombe, Kano states etc will have what
accrues to states like River State. It is pertinent to clearly state that none of
that money will reflect on the streets of those states. None! What you will see
is more billions of Naira and Dollars in the bank accounts of their governors and
associates. Don’t be fooled, the money that goes to the South-South oil
producing states are all in private pockets till date. Show me the development
that reflects that huge financial flow in that area, somebody? So it can be
constructively argued that the state/political sponsored Boko Haram is not
about the development of the Northern states but a comprehensive agenda by
politicians who are competing with themselves on who should be the richest.
Bornu Sherriff simply wants to be richer than Ibori! The implication of this can
easily be decipher with hindsight; there will be more Almajiris lining up to get
daily meals from the super rich idiots in that society. That is what these
politicians want. More slavery!
There is a further economic ramification to these conundrums. With the spate
of incessant bombings and destructions of the fabrics of the already poor
Northern economic base, it is consistent with wisdom to imply that Capital
flight from the North is inevitable. Almost all the rich people in the North are
moving their capital base to the West because of the relative peace. I don’t
blame the Westerners or Easterners for doing so when the rich Northern
elements have little or no investment base in the core north itself. With the
trend of events, it does not take a fortune-teller to predict that the poor states of
the North will further be impoverished with time. So the question then becomes
what exactly are we fighting for if not personal vendetta and nothing close to the
interest of the North.
A friend of mine from the West who resides in Kano has this to say “I pity the
land of Kano because even with the past religious riots with which it was
notorious for, there has NEVER been an atmosphere of complete hatred and
abandonment of the city by people from other tribes. Everyone I know with any
worthwhile business here from the West and East are simply looking for a way
out to sell or recuperate substantial part of their commerce and flee the land
forever. The atmosphere suggests that even if peace returns the people are just
burnt out for any possibility of coming back”. That makes me cry! My sentiment
is I have always refer to Kano as my state even though I am originally an
Ekitiman from Ekiti State, but Kano was good to me after my NYSC and
stayed back for some years. I made good leaving in Kano doing business and
made some contact there too. I believe I owe that land something but with the
goings on it will be sheer stupidity to think of investing or suggesting it to
friends. The North is on a down fall slope and it might take two generations to
bounce back. I then wonder why the educated population of the youth in the
North still feels like they owe the old generations of selfish greedy gaudy
leaders any servitude? Why do the young generations still believe the lies of
their fathers and leaders who are foes of their land? Why are the lies still fresh
even when the facts are glaring?
There is yet another economic angle to this phenomenon. In the last two years
of global economic strangulations, even nations that are known to give aids to
battered societies are broke too. The possibility of destroying the North of
Nigeria and then expecting that aids and assistance will come is very remote.
Every nation I know is tightening their economic mathematics so well as to be
competitive in the evolving new world economy. If we continue to encourage
capital flight from the North and our children who have means also run away
from the land because they do not want to lose what they have, where then lies
the hope of the North? Whether this trouble is in the East or West of the North
does not matter, everybody only knows one North!
Looking at economic events in the early 60s and 70s, the North also lost out in
the equation, while the West made great strides in education and industries
then. Money from Groundnut was used in building Textile Industries in the
North then, but where are those Textile factories today? Gone forever! Reading
newspapers and following Nigeria economic activities vis-à-vis what the State
Governments are doing to position their state for economic and human
development, it is also important to point the attention of the North to a new
development that will cause another round of regret in the next 50 or so years.
All I hear is economic partnerships with foreign investors in the states of Ondo,
Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Edo, Imo, Ogun. Foreign partnership in investment
cannot be overemphasized in the state of our economy now. I do not hear
anything going on in the North because it is so burdened with the Boko Haram
menace. Great schools are opening in the West and duplicated in the East but
not in the North because of obvious reasons. If the North cannot attract foreign
investors nor retain already existing capital investments then what is the hope
of not regretting the present crisis bitterly in the years to come. The North will
have itself to blame, and unfortunately, after all the present players of its
destiny would have died.
The rhetoric and verbiage that is popular with the present generation and the
youth from the Northern part is so challenging and frustrating. Two days ago I
read a Press Release by Northern Summit Group headed by one Garba Wala
(a young man I was told) and I almost cried. It was an apology letter of
solidarity with the Boko Haram sect, literally providing support and acceptance
and simply suggesting that it is a popular opinion in the North. Boko Haram’s
reasons for their deadly acts are reasonable to them. Again on the social
platform you hear people giving credence to why dialogue and amnesty should
be granted them.
Finally, what is most disappointing is the support they get from some Muslims
who think this is actually a divine war against the enemy of Allah or Prophet
Mohammed. You hear people argue that death is to the enemy of God. If God
is almighty why can’t He kill by himself without man shedding blood for Him?
That some people buy this religious sentiments and still claim to be Muslims is
deadly conflicting. These are demonic-possessed individuals who know
recidivist will support any evil done under the name of religion. The North is
destroying itself, and should NOT blame anybody for it in the nearest future.
Some of us have vested interest!
Olumide Goodness Adeyinka can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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