Let me start with a caveat. I am not a security analyst, public commentator, politician or a journalist. I am but a typical villager, who resides in a remote Nigerian rural area. I am a concerned Nigerian who always shows interest in the way things are going and, if the need arises, like in the present circumstances, will raise his voice and show his concern. Recent events and happenings in the country should be a source of concern to all right-thinking Nigerians, especially at this time that we claim to be practicing democracy. This is more so due to the fact that the issue of insecurity that is taking place and gaining ground in most parts of Nigeria is supposed to be everybody’s concern, and which should not be left to the authorities and the law enforcement agencies alone. It is an incontestable fact that where there is no security there will never be any meaningful development.
This country is passing through one of the most difficult times in its history of nationhood, perhaps more than even during the bitter civil war that nearly cost the country its existence. The security situation in the country is threatening its existence and we seem to be helpless in our quest for finding a lasting solution to the problem. As a villager, a concerned one for that matter, I want to share my views and perception as to what is the real situation and, at the end, suggest possible ways of nipping the problem in the bud. This is my innocent perception and personal view regarding the Boko Haram phenomenon, which I believe many other villagers of equal standing and status share. However, I stand to be corrected and am ready to drop my village-man’s perception and views if, for instance, a superior argument is brought forward.
Let me start by emphasizing the view that in intelligence-gathering, every bit and piece of information is important as it can be a clue that could lead to discovery of facts as well as unraveling the hidden truth. More so, it is said that all intelligent criminals do not leave easily-identifiable traces when committing their heinous crimes. In other words, a small, seemingly unimportant clue may lead to amazing discoveries that could move mountains. An Arab poet says “great infernos are caused by a spark…” It is in line with this that every piece of information that we get or view that we have or even news that we read or heard should be taken seriously, thoroughly analyzed and understood. We ignore or neglect it only at our own peril.
I have serious doubts about the official and media view of the Boko Haram: That they are Nigerians; that they are made up of poor, uneducated, unintelligent bush people; that they are inspired to take arms by their religious understanding without foreign sponsors and collaborators; that their group is just an Islamic sect that detest anything Western; that they kill at will and plant bombs; that they improvise explosives and locally-made bombs; blah blah blah. For me, I doubt if there is any sect in Nigeria that will fight in the way they are said to be fighting. In fact, I deny their existence at all. Any reasonable person knows the fact that Nigerians are friendly people, patient, easy-going, full of hope, hardworking, peace-loving and God-fearing. In my view, a typical Nigerian citizen, knowingly and consciously, cannot harm or kill his people. My dear countrymen, I do not subscribe to the view that a typical northerner would create a bomb and transport same from Maiduguri to Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano or any other place without being detected by our ubiquitous police.
My view is that there must be some underground tricks being played. A high level protection is being given to some invisible people who may be on the payroll of some powerful forces or even foreign spy agencies to perpetrate these nefarious acts. Countryman, do you believe a bush man who detests modernity and who clings to an enclave in a semi-desert town could have the capability to develop a bomb let alone plant it? And this is happening in a city where there is more than an army brigade, hundreds of mobile police personnel (MOPOL) and other security agents? I believe that there is a grand conspiracy at work and that a hidden agenda is being vigorously pursued. But what is Boko Haram and who are its members and sponsors? And what is the motive behind this so-called insurgency? I have my village-man’s answers again. As far as I know, there is no religion or faith-based movement that could abhor progress and advancement based on knowledge and research.
Boko Haram, in my view, is a creation of a well established international spy agency of an arrogant country seeking to bring into fruition a well-known prediction. If you, my fellow country man, will recall there is a statement from an arrogant foreign country that Nigeria will disintegrate in or before the year 2015. And we all know that this arrogant country and its international allies can go to any length to ensure that their prediction comes true. They are notorious for promoting and sponsoring insurgency world-wide, toppling governments, assassinating perceived opponents, advocating regime change and even capturing a sitting president! They have unilaterally waged wars whenever their interest is threatened and vetoed UN resolutions where their interest is at stake, and yet arm rebellion and fund insurgency wherever they feel.
How could an ordinary citizen of Nigeria have joined the convoy of the Inspector General of Police in broad day light, without being monitored, from the city centre to the police headquarters and detonated a bomb? I believe there must be some cover-up and collaborators from the Force itself! It may interest you to know that a recent newspaper publication quoted an unnamed police source saying that up to this moment from the Maiduguri blasts, Force Headquarters bombing, Suleja and Zuba blasts no single arrest has been made, not to talk of prosecuting any offender. Kai, urban people you are fools to have believed these outright lies! There are some questions that are begging for answers, which we all need to think about. First, we heard that the so-called Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, who was killed by the police in the most gruesome manner, was once arraigned before a court of law and subsequently released on bail. That available court papers show that the surety’s name is a prominent northerner who is an AGIP. That previous court papers also show another senior retired army general, a non-Muslim for that matter, as the one who facilitated his release. Who were these sureties and what was their relationship with that Malam? Why did they bail him out and for what benefit to them? What was the bond that existed between the sect’s leader and his sureties, being non-Muslims? I want to be educated on who ordered the execution of the group’s leader, and why, etc.
I want to make it clear to all of us that what consumes Borno will definitely consume Nigeria and what threatens the peace of the Kanuri and Hausa-Fulani will certainly pose the same threat to other tribes. By God, what will destabilise Northern Nigeria will undoubtedly ensure the destabilisation of Nigeria as a whole. We need to tell ourselves the naked truth that should Nigeria disintegrate as the arrogant nations want, no state, LGA, tribe or ethnic group will be spared and escape the tragedy and despair. Let all of us know and be sure that if we talk about destabilisation of the North and eventually Nigeria, it translates to the destabilisation of about 160 million people, most of who live in abject poverty and complete penury. How do you think we will survive the refugee problem and conflict management? Wallahi, the earlier we restore peace and order to every part of Nigeria the better.
I will end my submission by calling upon our religious and traditional leaders, to as a matter of urgency, initiate the process of observing prayers in all mosques, churches and other places of worship. God is always with us and I am sure He will shame the arrogant nations who want no peace on Earth. It stands to reason that what destroys peace in the North will certainly destroy the whole country. What affects the Hausa-Fulani will certainly affect Birom, Bajju, Efik, Idoma, Yoruba, Ibo, Nupe, Ijaw, Ijebu and the other tribes! Look at many examples in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Burundi, Libya, Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, etc. A word, they say, is enough for the wise. As a villager, I will not rest my case until the problem is rested. It was Thomas Jefferson, former President of the United States, who once said: “the man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers”.
Jauro Bose Hammadu wrote from Wuro Kesa, Akko local government, Gombe State. ( email@example.com)