FEATURE ARTICLE

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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THE BLOODY SATANIC MASQUERADES

nitially I thought that a masquerade appears from ant's hole to entertain the living and encourage them on their way to the world beyond. By then I took a masquerade for a ghost. My first shock as a little boy was when I saw the toes and the nose of a masquerade. They were exactly like those of human beings. I was greatly terrified. I asked myself: Is the difference between a human being and a masquerade only in the clothing?

As years went by, accidently I rammed into three masquerades sitting inside a room with their hosts. They unmasked their heads and hands, eating and drinking like human beings. In fact, I was shocked to the marrow when I saw them. Hence I concluded that a masquerade is a human being clothed entirely in deadly attire.

There are jovial and fearful masquerades. The jovial ones dance around just for entertainment. They carry neither sticks nor charms with them. The fearful ones beat people with sticks and carry charms to protect themselves and instill fear in people. The most fearful ones hold machetes. They cause havoc and endanger the lives of passers-by.

What an awful sight! What a bloody masquerade! I couldn't sleep well the other night. Can I call it a nightmare? I was lying down peacefully on my bed after a sumptuous meal and a blissful night prayer. The first gear of my slumber went smoothly. Then I changed to gear two and started experiencing a turbulent sleep and fearful dream. A bloody satanic masquerade was pursing me with an Ak-47 and a long sharp machete to kill me and cut of my head for preaching the Word of God and for condemning injustice prevalent in the current political dispensation of Nigeria.

For three consecutive times, I eluded being beheaded by the rampaging bloody satanic masquerade. But after some time, the masquerade surrounded me with his agents just to cut my life short and to silence the truth. Immediately, I screamed and shouted, "The Blood of Jesus!" Instantly the evil masquerade fell down while his agents disappeared like ghosts.

Next I decided to hide under the bed. After the bloody satanic masquerade has regained consciousness, he went on to set my house ablaze. The fire raged and consumed my entire house and all my belongings. Miraculously I escaped through a hole. As I was panting like a lizard that fell from a big tree, I opened my two eyes wide and realized that I was dreaming. I made the Sign of the Cross and thanked God that it was only a dream.

Imagine the imagination! Today, the dream has metamorphosed into reality. The bloody satanic masquerades are causing bloody havoc all over Nigeria, especially in the Middle Belt. The evil masquerades are now so many. Those behind the evil masquerades are the Fulani herdsmen, their agents and their sponsors. They are terrorists. They operate with Ak-47 and other sophisticated weapons. They destroy, maim and kill innocent Nigerians going about their normal daily businesses. Hundreds of Nigerians have been sent to the world beyond by these herdsmen masquerades. These bloody herdsmen seem to be invisible, beyond arrest and above the Law. They are sacred cows.

My last write-up has gone to press when the sad news of the gruesome murder of two Catholic priests and seventeen worshippers of St Ignatius Catholic Church Ukpor-Mbalom in Benue State broke out. The unfortunate incidence happened on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 during morning Mass. Indeed it was horrifying. The world has turned upside down. Satan masked himself in herdsmen's clothing. As a spirit he uses human agents allegedly Fulani herdsmen to carry out his malevolence. They have killed innocent Nigerians in cold blood. The most annoying thing is that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has refused to designate the satanic herdsmen as terrorists. Could it be that they are from the Presidency?

Despite the presence of the Operation Cat Race, these satanic masquerades are untouchable. They kill freely, maim, rape and burn houses without confrontation by the army, police and other security agents. Is there any conspiracy with the powers-that-be? So far, the Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Buhari, has not seriously gone against these marauding masquerades. By the way, who are the sponsors of the satanic masquerades? In a statement through the Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina, President Buhari said that the killing of priests and worshippers was a calculated attempt to initiate religious conflict and plunge communities into endless bloodletting. In addition, Buhari described the killing as "vile, evil and satanic." Action, they say, speaks louder than voice. What concrete action is President Buhari taking to confront the satanic killers? If they are not arrested and prosecuted, then he is playing with words. Words must be matched with actions. Sending of condolences to the affected people each time it happened, is viewed with consternation. Blood was flowing in Benue while the President was jubilating in Bauchi. A true leader would have abandoned the visit to Bauchi and rush down to Benue to go after the bloody herdsmen.

It is high time the bloody satanic masquerades are unmasked and brought to justice. The barbarism is enough. Nigeria is drifting to Anarchy. The rate of insecurity prevalent in this country now is giving everybody serious concern. How can the life of cows be more valuable than human life? Cattle business which is a private affair has assumed a national honour. Everybody is looking at President Buhari to take the bull by the horn. Many innocent lives have been lost in the hands of the Fulani herdsmen, who happen to be Buhari's kinsmen. If it were from other tribes, it would have been a different story by now. Nepotism has assumed a bloody dimension.

Many concerned individuals and groups are calling on the President to tackle outright the present insecurity in the country and protect the lives of Nigerians who voted him into power. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Buhari not to contest the 2019 Presidential election. If the first child did not walk, can the second child run? The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has vehemently told Buhari to forget his 2019 presidential ambition, since he is unable to protect the lives of Nigerians. The Christians are protesting nationwide against the senseless killings targeted mostly at them. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in the Communique condemning the killing of two Catholic priests and 15 parishioners in Mbalom Benue State inter alia stated: "We are sad. We are angry. We feel totally exposed and most vulnerable…. Since the President who appointed the Heads of the nation's Security Agencies has refused to call them to order, even in the face of the chaos and barbarity into which our country has been plunged, we are left with no choice but to conclude that they are acting a script that he approved of. If the President cannot keep our country safe, then he automatically loses the trust of the citizens. He should no longer continue to preside over the killing fields and mass graveyard that our country has become." Simply put, the Catholic Bishops are calling on President Buhari to rise up to his duty of protecting the lives of Nigerians or he should step down honourably.

Indeed everybody is fed up with President Buhari's bloody negligence and nepotism. Professor Soyinka has warned that these senseless killings may become genocide. The former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has frowned at the senseless killings. He advised leaders and concerned citizens of this country to rise and tackle the rampaging satanic bloody masquerades. The Senate and the House of Representatives in unison have summoned the President as a matter of urgency to come and explain to them what he is doing about the senseless killings taking place in Benue state and other states of the Federation. They have also passed a vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police, the Security Chiefs and on all Security Advisers to the President. Something must be done urgently to bring the anomaly to order. Divine solution is also on the way.


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