FEATURE ARTICLE

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

olerance is not a sign of weakness. The bull says that it is for the sake of peace that it follows the man drawing him on a rope. It is only with endurance that the marriage between Patience and Troublemaker can work. But there is a limit to endurance. A certain quiet and humble woman married a trouble 'komoko'. He beat the woman from time to time without cogent reasons. Being a patient wife, she carried the cross with fortitude for many years. One night she and her four little children were doing all night prayer vigil in their home while the stubborn husband was sleeping in his room. The power of the prayer couldn't allow the man to sleep well. Satan and his agents were hovering around his bed while God and the Angels covered the wife and her children with heavenly glory at the Altar situated in their sitting room.

After some time during that night, the devil entered into the troublemaker and the so-called breadwinner of the house. He rose up like a warrior and rushed to the Altar where the prayer was taking place. He shouted at the top of his voice: "Foolish woman, stop disturbing my sleep with that nonsense you call prayer!" The wife ignored him and continued the charismatic prayer. Then the troublemaker husband rushed forward and scattered the Prayer Altar. The wife was so much infuriated. She shouted, "I cannot take this anymore! Enough is enough!!! She tied one of her wrappers round her waist. Then as if extra power came into her from nowhere, she gave the troublemaker husband an 'akpucative' blow on his face and carried him shoulder high, hitting him down on the tiled floor. Blood started oozing out from every part of his body. His face was swollen like baked bread in the oven. He was lying helpless and was crying like a stubborn baby.

Out of sympathy, with the aid of the children, the wife carried him to a nearby hospital in a common wheel-barrow. He spent three months in the hospital where doctors battled to repair his shattered body. However, he lost the entire front teeth and was talking like an old toothless masquerade. Before his discharge from the hospital, he signed an undertaking never to cause trouble again in his family and that he must pay the wife the sum of one million naira for embarrassing her for the past years. Where he fails to comply, then he would be auctioned for sale in the market. Since that day till today, as soon as he gets up from bed, he would rush to his wife and kneeling he greets, "Good morning Sir Madam."

On Tuesday, 22 May 2018, the remains of the two priests and seventeen worshipers murdered in cold blood in Benue state were committed to murder earth amidst sorrow and tears from bishops, priests, religious, laity, relatives and well-wishers. Simultaneously all over Nigeria, Catholic Christians staged peaceful and prayerful march against the killing of those innocent priests and parishioners and all other Christians and innocent Nigerians murdered in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna, Zamfara, Plateau, Kogi, Nasarawa, Enugu and in other states of the Federation. In unison all the protesters shouted, "Enough is enough!!!" There were various inscriptions on their placards such as "Buhari, stop this senseless killings! Enough is enough! Christians have lost confidence in your Government! Buhari, save us from these bloody Fulani herdsmen! Nigerians are suffering and dying!" As the peaceful march was going on nationwide, the Heavens opened. God appeared, surrounded by the holy Angels. God waving at his sad children said, "My distressed people of Nigeria, take heart! I have seen your plight. I shall do something very remarkable very soon. In fact, enough is enough." Indeed God never sleeps. Let us wait and see the mighty deeds of the Almighty God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth (Nigeria included).

Addressing Newsmen in Awka, the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, represented by the Diocesan Chancellor, Very Rev. Fr. Francis Chidume lamented, "It is unfortunate that since the killing of the priests and parishioners, the President is yet to make any statement, proving that the so-called Fulani herdsmen are acting on a written instruction." On his own part, John Cardinal Onaiyekan at the funeral of the Mbalom Martyrs said, "We are horrified looking at 17 corpses that we are burying today. These killings must stop. We do not need statistics. Killing people in a place of worship is the worse form of blasphemy. Oh Lord, have mercy on us!"

There was also a parallel peaceful protest in the animal kingdom on the same 22 May 2018. The brutes gathered in their thousands to protest the unjust killing of innocent persons and innocent animals in Nigeria. All animals were there except the cattle who are parading about destroying people's farms while their herders are freely shooting innocent people and villagers at odd hours of the night and the day. Unanimously, the animals have placed sanctions on the cattle. Henceforth, they have expelled all cows from the animal kingdom. The animals advised the human beings especially Nigerians, to stop eating cow meat till further notice. They also called for setting up of ranches for the rampaging cows. The animals wrote a touching letter to President Buhari titled: "Enough is enough! We, the animals, are also unhappy over the senseless killings in Nigeria."

Injustice is the cause of all problems in Nigeria. Hence the Igbos from the Eastern and Southern parts of the country assembled at Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, Anambra State, on Monday 21 May 2018, to discuss about the Restructuring of the Country because enough is enough. Since after the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, the Igbos have been marginalized unjustly. The Summit was called "Ekwueme Square Declaration 2018." Many eminent Igbos spoke on the occasion. The Ikemba of Ndi Igbo, late Chief General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, came all the way from Heaven to grace the grand and unique Igbo summit. The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, in his address stated that this is the best time for restructuring the country. It was resolved among other things that there should be Devolution of Powers to the States that make up the Nigeria Federation. The 1999 Constitution as amended should be discarded and a new Constitution put in place. New state ought to be created in the South-East geopolitical zone to be at par with the other geopolitical zones. A single term of 6 years is best for the President and Governors. Under the restructuring, there should be multiple Vice Presidents, each from the geopolitical zones. Thank God the Igbos spoke with one voice at the Awka summit.

Action, they say, speaks louder than voice. It is now time for action. The talking is enough. Nigeria needs to be restructured before the 2019 General Elections. Therefore, the Federal Government and the National Assembly should take the bull by the horn immediately. The country is so much divided and disordered now than before. There are injustice, anger, hunger, unemployment, nepotism, insecurity and instability in the country. We are gradually drifting to Anarchy. The 2014 Confab decisions must not be discarded entirely. Some salient points to keep Nigeria one and peaceful are contained in the Confab Document. The Federal Character must be respected in making national appointments. The present composure of the Service Chiefs, the Police, Custom, etc is lopsided. Nigeria belongs to all and not to a select few. If there is re-incarnation, I shall not be a Nigerian again. What of you?


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