FEATURE ARTICLE

Temple Chima UbochiFriday, April 6, 2018
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Bonn, Germany

ANALOG NIGERIA IN A DIGITAL AGE (8)

Continued from Part 7

Sweep first before your own door, before you sweep the doorsteps of your neighbors (Swedish Proverb)

The fates are just, they give us but our own: Nemesis ripens what our hands have sown (john Greenleaf Whittier)

There's a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone (Sylvester Stallone)

Remember! What goes around comes around three times harder than before. Karma is a bitch and one day it will come for you (Crescans Master)

Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act nonvirtuously, suffering results (Sakyong Mipham)

If you're going to criticize someone else........admit your own mistakes first. Everyone makes mistakes. But be aware of your own before you point out someone else's (Ritu Ghatourey)

Still on Danjuma's call for people to defend themselves

anjuma had hate for the Igbos, but he forgot that Maya Angelou (1928-2014) wrote that "Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet." Danjuma took joy in killing Igbo persons - he supervised the killing of Igbos: He supervised the killing of General Aguiyi-Ironsi he was supposed to be guarding; Muritala Muhammed and Theophilus Danjuma oversaw the killing of over 300 Igbo Army officers and men from July 29 to August 1, 1966 (prior to the war); Danjuma took part in the Asaba massacre of the Igbos on October 7, 1967; he was the deputy to Col. Shuwa, the commander of the Ist Division during the civil war that entered Igbo land from the north - through Benue to Nsukka, and then to Enugu. Suffice it to say that Danjuma was a frontline commander, during the civil war, and his army helped in committing genocide against the Igbos.

According to wordpress.com: "A counter-coup 6 months later organized by Northern Majors: TY Danjuma, Murtala Mohammed, and others led to the murder of dozens of Igbo officers and other ranks including Gen Ironsi. These murders spilled over into several widespread pogroms against Igbo civilians particularly in Northern and central Nigeria leading to an estimated 30,000 death".

In all and all, Danjuma is so powerful that even though he did not rise to the rank of a Four-Star general and didn't rule Nigeria, he was more powerful than some former heads of state.

Danjuma is now crying that some people are killing his own people. In the late 1960s, for Danjuma, killing the Igbos was fostering national unity, but today, killing the Taraba State people, for Danjuma, is ethnic cleansing. Now, Danjuma tastes his own medicine; today, the "doctor" is the "patient".

What Danjuma said is the truth, but Nigerians are surprised that such words came from the General's mouth. Ordinary people like us have been saying and writing almost the same things Danjuma said, but none carried such a weight like Danjuma's. This is a man who was The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3rd Division after the war, during Gowon's era; he was Chief of Army Staff, during Muritala/Obasanjo's era, and Minister of defense, during Obasanjo's era of 1999-2003, writing off the organization he once led - the organization that made him who he is today.

That's a lesson for everybody. By telling Nigerians that the military is a failure, Danjuma has inadvertently called for the breakup of Nigeria, because, if the military can't fulfill its basic function, and if a nation cannot guarantee its citizens the security of lives and property, then, there's no basis for the continued existence of that country. What Danjuma said at the Taraba State University was just passing a vote of no confidence on president Buhari, and has, in turn, vindicated Ojukwu for fighting to save his people from the genocide unleashed against them.

My friend, Dr. Ben Onoh wrote: "In fact, Danjuma has today, with his statement, vindicated the Igbos who had no other alternative left for them then than to defend themselves, since the state and their security apparatus under his command could no more provide them that protection".

Danjuma insulted late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu in 2015, and today, he has seen what Ojukwu saw in 1967 that made him declare the independence of the Republic of Biafra to save his people from extermination. To remind you: Few days after conceding defeat, Goodluck Jonathan went to T. Y. Danjuma to thank him, thinking he supported him during the election, not knowing that Danjuma betrayed him. There, in his house, Danjuma said the President averted civil war in the country by timely conceding defeat and congratulating Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a move he said Ojukwu failed to make and thereby causing the country avoidable bloodshed. Danjuma added that if Ojukwu had conceded defeat quickly during the 1967-1970 civil war like President Goodluck Jonathan did after the 2015 presidential polls, Nigeria would have been saved one year of bloodshed.

Danjuma compared an ordinary election to a people's quest to emancipate themselves. Unbelievable!

I decided to paraphrase only two reactions from the Vanguard report in 2015:

Onyike, a one-time Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ebonyi State, said it was most unpatriotic of Danjuma to make such comments at this point in the country's political history. He rightly pointed out then that Nigeria's problem now is not from the Ndigbo but from Danjuma's North-Eastern zone occasioned by the Boko Haram and Hausa/Fulani herdsmen insurgency, insisting that the Danjuma's comments were mere diversionary tactics deployed to denigrate the integrity of Ojukwu.

Onyike said:

"In the first place, it was Danjuma that backed the spilling of the blood of the Igbo, with the killing of Aguiyi Ironsi in Ibadan in 1967 and we want to say that Danjuma belongs to the group of Army Officers who led the gruesome genocide and massacre of over three million Igbo during the Nigerian civil war. We want to say that the problem with General T. Y. Danjuma is mainly psychological because, at a time when some of them felt that they had become great statesmen and patriots for presiding over the attempted extermination of the Igbo, unfortunately for them, the Igbo people survived and have come to assert themselves and their identity in the Nigerian federation. Secondly, a twist emerged in the Nigerian scene where people like Danjuma and the minority group where he comes from in the north have been subjected to the same gruesome murders by militant elements of the same northern oligarchy which they serve, and to that extent, Danjuma cannot go to his village. So, let him go and resolve that problem first because when Ojukwu was making them understand the nature of the Nigerian federation and the dangers inherent in the politics that was emerging, Danjuma preferred to be a surrogate. So let him stop using the Igbos to hide his inadequacies."

Col Joe Achuzia said:

''I am happy that my friend Danjuma owned up that there were bloodshed and pogrom against the people of Biafra. I don't understand what he meant by Ojukwu conceding defeat. If the Federal Government had implemented the Aburi Accord, the bloodshed would have been avoided. Ojukwu believed in Aburi as the roadmap for peace at the time of the crisis but the Federal Government reneged on the agreement reached in Ghana. One does not concede defeat halfway into a battle. Doing that would have amounted to cowardice. I don't know where Danjuma got the idea of Ojukwu not accepting defeat from. He has little knowledge of the intricacies of the war. He didn't even know the terrain of the Enugu that he talked about. If the necessities of capitulating were there, why did the war last for three years? I fought the war for three years and I know that the necessities were not there. Sometimes people talk for talking sake. His reference to the fall of Enugu is laughable because the war was just starting then. Which military officer will surrender in that kind of situation even before firing a bullet? When some people make wrong comments on the civil war, I wonder what often inform their judgment. Ojukwu was a General and was right on all the decisions he took in the interest of the Igbo.''

We all, including Danjuma and the Assistant Secretary General, Yoruba Council of Elders, Alhaji Suleiman Salami, have been saying the same thing, that Nigerians should not leave their security completely in the hands of the military and other security agencies because they could fail to defend them in the time of danger. There's no doubt, just as Salami noted, that "Danjuma is very right. It will be disastrous for people to be attacked and they fold their arms, expecting the government to defend them. If the government is not forthcoming, the people concerned must find a way to defend themselves. The President has kept quiet for a long time on the herdsmen atrocities."

For a highly respected retired officer like Danjuma to disparage the military and ask people to defend themselves rather than depend on the military shows that he must have been frustrated by this government's inaction, as many have confirmed that the military has been aiding killer herdsmen in Taraba State and elsewhere. He must have taken his case to president Buhari, whom he knows very well without him stopping the killings (Muhammadu Buhari served under him in Port Harcourt between 1973 and 1974).

But based on his past, Danjuma is not the best to be crying about what he has been doing to others. Before Danjuma judges others, he should think of his own mistakes or atrocities. Let Danjuma pull the plank out of his own eye before trying to take the twig out of the Fulani's eye. Even though what Danjuma said was right, but he has done far worse to other and is supposed to take stock of his own actions first. Some might say that old age has made him wiser, but he is not yet remorseful. My point is that he should start criticizing when he has first of all refined his own life. Even though he does not like the "taste of his own medicine" now, but at his age, he should have known that "what goes around comes around". General Danjuma should have known that life is just like a boomerang; when one does bad things to others, karma will turn it back double to him or her.

The point I'm making is that we have to be careful how we treat people. What you do to others has a funny way of coming back on you. When Danjuma was supervising the killing of Igbos, did he envisage that his own people will be killed one day; did he think that a day will come when he can't go and sleep in his village due to fear?

To digress: All those who killed the Igbos, in one way or another, will get their payback. Yesterday, Danjuma was crying, today, Obasanjo is crying; and tomorrow, Gowon will be the next. The blood they spilled will not allow them to rest until they confess and ask for forgiveness.

It has been alleged that Yakubu Gowon caused this herdsmen problem Nigeria is now facing. That, in a bid to defeat the Igbos during the war, apart from hiring foreign mercenaries to fight alongside the Nigeria forces, Gowon also went to Niger Republic, Sudan, Mali, Chad and some other Fulani countries to seek their help because the war was lingering than he had expected (he thought that Igbos would be pushovers, but was surprised when Nigeria was on the verge of defeat). Those countries asked what will be there for them if they help Nigeria, and Gowon promised them grazing routes from the Niger Republic till the sea in Southern Nigeria. So, what the herdsmen are asking for, now, was what Gowon signed for them during the civil war. Also, remember that Gowon went to Cameroun and promised them the Bakassi Peninsula if Cameroon will allow Nigeria use their territorial waters to fight the Biafrans in order to reclaim Port Harcourt from them. Now, Bakassi has gone to Cameroon, and the indigenes of that area are suffering greatly for that blunder. I hope that Gowon will make out time to address these issues. His deafening silence is irksome.

On April 2, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo once again, while receiving members of the New Nigeria group at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, criticised the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, maintaining that the government has failed.

Obasanjo said:

"The first lesson I learnt in my military training is never reinforce failure; what we have now is failure. Never you reinforce failure, let failure be failure. The truth is this - when you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims and don't let anybody deceive you. Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government."

Obasanjo is now crying after he helped in foisting Buhari as the president. This is the beginning of his tears!

Danjuma has vindicated some of us who have taken it upon ourselves to write against ethnic cleansing while defending the defenseless in our society. Lt. General Danjuma should know that he caused his own headache, as Latin Proverbs say: "Let them fall into the snare which they have laid", and, "Every man's sin falls on his own head" ; Arabic Proverb says: "He who sows evil reaps remorse"; Scottish Proverb says: " He that slays shall be slain"; American Proverb says: "Harm set, harm get"; and the Bible says "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap".

To end this Part of the article: I must say that one thing I know for sure is that "all iron or steel will end up, one day, in a furnace". So, be careful what you do!

Modesty Vitus M. Ezenwa wrote this on Theophilus Danjuma:

"He is a god. He is untouchable. He is beyond any approaches and reproaches. He opened his mouth and floodgates of sentiments and bottled up feelings broke. Those who know Theophilus are recoiling.

He made Abdulsalam. He installed Obasanjo. He stood behind Yar'Adua. In return, he controls more than 15% of the nation's oil well. He is arguably the richest Nigerian military officer. He is the most brutal, deadly, heartless and horrible.

Danjuma has spoken. But he spoke late. He spoke as a victim. Now he is at the receiving end. The arrow is rebounding. He is tasting the spur he administered to the Igbo's many years ago.

Danjuma is losing his people. The war is taking toll on his kinsmen. Bodybags are arriving. A man without emotion is crying. He is crying out. A cry too late

The one Nigeria he built and sustained amidst opposition and disenchantment is consuming him. He butchered Aguiyi Ironsi in the street of Dodan Barracks. He led the assault that decimated Ngwo, Awgwu and Obollo Afor. He rode through the bellies of Biafran kids in Ihiala. He made thousands widows and fatherless. But the chicken is coming back to roast

I have no pity for those who supported the marauders. Those who empowered the monsters are held captive. Benue? Kogi??? Taraba? These must not cry or shout. They must maintain peace. They must coexist with their allies, friends and kinsmen from the Sahel.

Danjuma and Middlebelt leaders are waking up very late. Good morning to the good people of Nasarawa. Welcome to the Nigeria of your dream.

We in South East are admiring the love affair,"

To be continued!

TIT BITS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ1RYo1l5I8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56fFKoAaS48

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8m7BuHNh8Y

THE THANX IS ALL YOURS!!!

Continued from Part 7

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