Temple Chima UbochiFriday, May 5, 2017
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Continued from Part 6

But I'll tell you the truth: The world needs more peacemaker instead of warmonger (Kristian Goldmund Aumann)

Their insatiable lust for power is only equaled by their incurable impotence in exercising it (Winston Churchill)

The danger is not Islam or Christianity or any other religion. It is the human heart—the capacity we all have for evil. All human institutions with a lust for power give their utopian visions divine sanction (Chris Hedges)

resident Buhari, despite his holier-than-thou pretense, has been a complete disaster, and it seemed that Philip Pullman (1946) was referring to him, when he wrote: “Corruption and envy and lust for power. Cruelty and coldness. A vicious probing curiousity. Poisonous, toxic malice. You have never from your earliest years shown a shred of compassion for sympathy or kindness without calculating how it would return to your advantage. You have tortured and killed without regret or hesitation; you have betrayed and intrigued and gloried in your treachery. You are a cess-pit of moral filth”.

In Part 4 of this serial, I wrote that President Trump, by his words, emboldened Syrian and North Korean leaders; while president Buhari, by his words and deeds, emboldened Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, Nnamdi Kanu and the agitations for the breakup of Nigeria. There, I stated that the mixed signals from Trump and his officials, even right from the campaign time, must have been one of the reasons Assad gassed his people. Trump's words during the campaign that the United States, under his leadership, would mind its own business and would not be a world policeman did the damage. That sent a wrong message to countries like Syria, North Korea etc, which might have miscalculated that the United States, under Trump, would do nothing, if they test its resolve. Imagine Trump saying, during the campaign, that he would like to meet the North Korean leader over a hamburger? And few days ago, despite sending an “armada” to the Korean peninsula, Trump said that he will be “honored” to meet the North Korean leader at the right place and time.

On Nnamdi Kanu

Just as Trump should have ignored the North Korean leader’s “provocations”; President Buhari should have also ignored Nnamdi Kanu. The arrest of Nnamdi Kalu, on Wednesday, 13th October, 2015, was a catastrophic blunder, as Buhari has given the young man a celebrity status unwittingly. On the other hand, Buhari would have saved his face by releasing Kanu earlier. Kanu’s arrest led to so many pro-Biafra rallies and demonstrations all over Igbo land; those rallies and demonstrations led to the killing and maiming of some pro-Biafra demonstrators; Nnamdi Kanu was turned into an instant hero; and the call for Biafran independence has been louder. The belated releasing of Nnamdi Kanu, through bail, should have been done earlier, as that would have saved so many lives lost and property destroyed. The point is that Buhari, through the incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu, has made the breakup of Nigeria inevitable. It awakened the secession spirit everywhere in Nigeria. Buhari should have avoided that trap. Nnamdi Kanu knows what he’s doing; he fooled Buhari, and he has almost gotten what he wants, because Buhari dignified him with that arrest.

President Buhari emboldened Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen, by what he said or did, some years ago.

Buhari asked his predecessor to stop killing Boko Haram members in 2013. According to Pointblanknews, on June 2, 2013: “Former Head of State and Chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed. Buhari who spoke on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week, accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members, while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment. While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency declared in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

In Buhari’s words: “You see in the case of the Niger Delta militants, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua sent an aeroplane to bring them, he sat down with them and discussed with them, they were cajoled, and they were given money and granted amnesty. They were trained in some skills and were given employment, but the ones in the north were being killed and their houses were being demolished. They are different issues, what brought this? It is injustice”.

President Buhari came into office and decided to scuttle the amnesty his predecessors granted to the Niger Delta militants. Those of them sent abroad to study became stranded, because, Buhari stopped paying for their studies. All these made many of them to take up arms again against the government (many went back in the “trenches”).

Today, is Buhari not fighting Boko Haram? Look at the damage he caused because of his insatiable appetite for power he doesn’t even know how to use for the good of Nigerians. The Boko Haram insurgency, according to AFP, has left at least 20,000 people dead, and made more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009, devastating the region and leaving millions dependent on humanitarian aid.

The point is that Buhari’s statements, as a presidential candidate; helped Boko Haram to metamorphose into a “monster” he has been unable to kill. What happened is that Boko Haram is running out of steam, because, Buhari, a northerner, is in power, but, it hasn’t been defeated or quieted, contrary to what the government wants us to believe. That’s always the problem; as my people say that “the problem is not giving the chimpanzee water to drink, but, who will retrieve the cup from it thereafter”. Buhari and some other northern elders used Boko Haram to make Nigeria ungovernable for Goodluck Jonathan, and now, they can’t control it any more. There’re always sporadic Boko Haram attacks, despite the fact that their “patron” is in power; and the latest is that the Nigerian law enforcement agency said, on Friday, May 5, 2017, that seven people died after two female members of the terrorist group detonated explosive devices in Konduga, Borno State.

The AFP also wrote that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a new video, published online on Thursday, May 4, rejecting claims he had been injured in an airstrike in remote northeast Nigeria. The jihadist chief was said to have been wounded and one of his deputies killed when two air force jets bombarded BH fighters at Balla village, on the edge of the Sambisa Forest in Borno state, a week before. But in a 14-minute video, the shadowy Boko Haram leader claimed ignorance of both the incident and the location, insisting he was not injured and that none of his key lieutenants was harmed either. Wearing his trademark camouflage jacket and cradling an assault rifle, Shekau said: "I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive, you have not killed any of my men. I didn't even know this incident you are talking about ever happened. What surprises me is your claim that I'm nursing wounds. Look at me well. Look at my sitting posture."

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, claims Boko Haram attacks have reduced because the insurgents do not view Buhari’s administration as an infidel government. What the former president meant is that Boko Haram might have reduced its attacks, because an ‘infidel’ is no longer the President. Jonathan’s remark is contained in “Against The Run of Play”, a book authored by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi. In Goodluck Jonathan’s words: “What is happening now, with regards to Boko Haram, was the same thing that happened to me regarding Niger Delta militants in 2007. I did my best and so did the military, though I can understand if there is greater commitment to the fight now than in the past. In my time, Boko Haram said they were fighting an infidel government. That naturally has to change since they cannot also call Buhari an infidel. There is a feeling of ‘our man is there now’ that you cannot discountenance. It was the same feeling with me with the Niger Delta militants at the initial stage in 2007.” Meanwhile, the former president also claimed that he lost the 2015 presidential elections, because of a conspiracy between the USA, Britain and France. Jonathan blamed his loss in the election on former United States president, Barack Obama, ex-British prime minister, David Cameron and French President, Francois Hollande, who he said aided President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory.

As I contributed somewhere, in Facebook: let America enjoy the change, brought about by the election of Trump, just as Nigeria has been enjoying the change of Buhari as president, brought to us by the American government under Obama. Karma's a bitch.

On the Fulani herdsmen

Since Buhari became the president, Fulani herdsmen have been on killing spree all over Nigeria without any of them paying a price for it. The killers see Buhari as their protector, and that didn’t start today. On October 13, 2000, according to Nairaland, General Muhammadu Buhari led lorry loads of Northerners, mostly Fulanis, to Governor Lam Adesina, in Ibadan, over the killing of Fulanis in Saki, Oyo State. Fulanis had clashed with Yoruba farmers in Saki, over grazing. At about 2 p.m., same day, Buhari arrived in a long convoy at the governor’s office in company of the former governor of Lagos State, General Buba Marwa, Alhaji Aliko Muhammed, Alhaji Abdulrazak and Alhaji Hassan. They all wore long faces. And in an angry tone, Buhari asked the shocked Governor Adesina why he has not done anything to stop the killing of his people, demanding that compensation must be given for the killings.

After the governor pointed out to Buhari how disappointed he was in him, as he should have been better than he was, because, as a former head of state, that he should have seen all Nigerians as his people, and that he should have warned his Fulani herdsmen not to destroy other people’s farms and means of livelihood; Buhari and his entourage left in shame, and didn’t even wait to take the refreshment presented to them.

Now Buhari has his hands full due to his own faults. There’s “war” in every part of Nigeria now, and the Voice of America, VOA, on April 19, reported that the Nigerian army on Wednesday, April 19, launched a month long operation to reduce violence in the center of the country, as ethnically charged fighting pressures a government already tackling Boko Haram in the northeast and militants in the oil-rich south. Hundreds are thought to have died in clashes that often carry religious overtones in deeply divided Nigeria, with Muslim herders facing off against Christian farmers in a country almost evenly split between the two faiths.

To be continued!






Continued from Part 6