TO SALVAGE NIGERIA FROM ANARCHY – FEDERAL LEGISLATORS MUST RE-LOCATE FROM ABUJA TO THE GRASSROOTS!
Dastard, wicked and senseless killings of Nigerians of all ages escalated since the military incursion into the political terrain from January 15, 1966, when trigger-happy soldiers embarked on a kind of killing spree that had never been witnessed in the new sovereign state!
That aberration of the sacredness/sanctity of human lives between the group of soldiers (of the first and REPRISAL counter-coups), who perpetrated treasonable offences against their motherland with impunity, snowballed into the unfortunate "Biafra War", which lasted for 30 months (July, 1967-January,1970), during which more blood of murdered innocent Nigerians – especially, defenceless women and children flowed ceaselessly!
The soldiers also forcefully stayed in office for almost 30 years during which politicians, defiants and miscreants also amassed illegal weapons to both defend themselves and perpetrate chaos against law-abiding citizens – the ripple effects that the whole world is now witnessing!
According to statistics, Nigeria hosts over half of about 750 million small arms proliferated into West Africa! Between January and June, 2018, according to AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL latest report, about 1,800 defenceless Nigerians have been murdered in cold blood by killer-herdsmen in the Middle Belt Region of Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Nasarawa and in Plateau, where about 100 people were massacred on 23rd June, 2018! According to that report, the attacks which occurred in several villages in three local government areas, continued for about SEVEN hours without any form of defence of the victims by soldiers and policemen, whose primary responsibilities were to protect lives and properties.
The ongoing ugly scenario of blood-letting being experienced now in the country needs the Wisdom of Solomon and the effectual fervent prayers of righteous patriotic/law-abiding citizens who strongly believe that Nigeria, under the watch of the faithful and righteous government of President Muhammadu Buhari, who loves this nation more than any of his predecessors, would survive this painful challenge and come out victorious in no time!
Each time there was a report of herdsmen/farmers clash resulting in heavy human casualties, the President had always taken re-active security measures to ameliorate such situations through marching orders to his Service Chiefs to counter the marauders and ensure arrests in order to bring those culpable to book, but it seemed that the President has desperate detractors who wanted to have him out of the way at all costs in view of the seemingly-unending nature of the dastard crimes!
On several occasions he had instructed them to re-locate to troubled areas in the North East, Middle Belt, South-South etc, according to priorities without neglecting any part as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, but those APC/N-PDP Federal Legislators headed by Senator Saraki and Hon. Dogara, who should support him have turned out to be the enemies within!
In a 12-point resolution they heaped all the blames of insecurity on President Buhari and even threatened to impeach him from the cosy chambers of the National Assembly (NASS), in Abuja, if the killings being sponsored by desperate persons of their ilk remained unabated!
Can these rebellious politicians wash themselves clean of the atrocities being perpetrated against the TALAKAWAS of this nation; or is it because they are still walking free and that the long arm of the law is yet to catch up with them? They can enjoy their short-lived "freedom" for now but they should remember, as it is written: "No sinner shall go unpunished!"
DOES THE RECENT PLATEAU MASSACRE PORTRAY RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE?
In the early years of Boko Haram insurgency, the terrorists deliberately targeted the Christians through the bombing of Churches during worship periods, and the brutal killings of Xtian Clerics which were not limited to the North East, where they had launched a JIHAD, but extended their atrocities to the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT)!
Luckily for innocent and defenceless Nigerians, the Christians did not resort to reprisals in order not to precipate a Religious War, but cried unto the GOD of creation to defend them! Presently, terrorist have become indiscriminate and have been attacking mosques, churches, markets, motor parks, and schools, which are soft targets – mostly in the North East States!
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), leaders were accused by the Benue State Governor as the "masterminds" behind the killing of 84 people in the State on 1st January, 2018, because he went ahead to enact the Anti-Open Grazing Law, in spite of their opposition!
Macban vehemently denied the allegation but following the June 2018, massacre in Plateau State, Chairman of the Northern Body of the Association was quoted as saying that 300 cows of Fulani herdsmen were killed by the Berom, (predominantly Xtian natives) and the attacks on their villages in which about 300 innocent people were murdered in cold blood, was a reprisal!
The Central Body has dissociated MACBAN from the statement and described it as a personal view of the author, but Nigerians cannot easily forget that sometime ago, the incumbent Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, publicly stated that any person who killed a Fulani man’s cow must expect a reprisal, no matter how many years it took!
THE GOOD OLD DAYS AFTER INDEPENDENCE!
We strongly believe that we can still get back to those good old days before 1966, when Nigerians lived peacefully and when our diversity played out to be our greatest asset in spite of the myriads of premonitions by prophets of doom who lost out in elections! The nomadic Fulani pastoralists were very friendly settlers to their host communities even as they moved from north to south, east to west.
They had grazing routes and grazing reserves which have gradually fizzled out due to population explosion which should have metamorphosed into RANCHES through diplomacy by the military and previous 16 years of PDP administrations, without the shedding of human blood! BUT they were all busy sharing OIL MONEY and abandoned their basic constitutional duties of providing adequate SECURITY to all citizens irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliations!
NEITHER RELIGIOUS NOR ETHNIC CONFLICTS SHOULD PUT NIGERIA ASUNDER!
Homicides that are precipitated through pre-meditated murders, organised killings, assassinations, pogroms, ethnic cleansing are as old as the Mother Earth! In fact, the very FIRST murder that took place on planet Earth occurred within a family of four people when the elder of the two sons rose against his younger sibling and hacked him down in cold blood according to biblical sources!
The murder was pre-meditated, well-conceived and executed with calculated precision by Cain who lured Abel into the farm and clubbed him to death for no just cause; just like what obtains presently in Nigeria and world-wide! This is what the Preacher says: "…there is no new thing under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It had been already, which was before us. of old time." Of all human conflicts resulting in inter-tribal/ethnic squabbles since the beginning of creation, religious war had been the most-consuming, destructive, devastating, and of the greatest destabilising effects on national/inter-national economy, but these had been the trend from time immemorial! We MUST not allow it to gain root in our beloved nation because there is a thin line between religious and political violence!
IT IS THE TURN OF FEDERAL LEGISLATORS TO RE-LOCATE!
Because TALK IS VERY CHEAP, Nigerian Legislators have been the most talkative politicians in Nigeria who generate a lot of motions without meaningful/positive movements except when it comes to how to pad, re-write, re-invent, re-construct, cancel and insert new items in EVERY NIGERIAN BUDGET, from 1999-2018! But they have to get very busy from now on in order to justify that they are truly representatives of the downtrodden Nigerians now that the UNITED NATIONS (UN), IS WORRIED ABOUT THE HORRIBLE KILLINGS GOING ON IN NIGERIA AND FOR THE FACT THAT GLOBAL INDEX IN RESPECT OF POVERTY RATIO HAS REVEALED THAT ABOUT 50% OF THE 180 MILLION POPULATION ARE THE POOREST IN THE WORLD! THEY MUST ALSO DISMOUNT THEIR HIGH HORSES TO CONVINCE THE ELECTORATE THAT THEY ARE THE SERVANTS AND NOT THE LORDS OVER THE NIGERIAN POPULACE!
FIRST: THEY SHOULD WORK ON THE EXECUTIVE RECOMMENDATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE POLICE BY DISCUSSING IT, APPROVING IT AS A MATTER OF URGENCY, AND FORWARDING SAME TO THE PRESIDENT FOR ASSENT WITHIN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF JULY, 2018!
SECOND: THEY SHOULD THEN PROCEED ON A LONG RECESS OF AT LEAST TWO MONTHS, RE-LOCATE TO THEIR CONSTITUENCIES AND DISTRICTS OFFICES (IF THEY HAVE ANY), AS INDEGENES OF THEIR RESPECTIVE STATES TO GET INVOLVED IN THE TASK OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION: WORKING WITH ALL SECURITY AGENCIES AND THE STATE GOVERNORS – INCLUDING STATE LEGISLATORS – TO PROFFER PEACE RESOLUTIONS AND ALSO THE MODALITIES FOR THE QUICK ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE POLICE EXCLUSIVELY STAFFED BY THE INDEGENES WHO UNDERSTAND THEIR TERRAINS AND WOULD PERFORM BETTER THAN THE FEDERAL POLICE IN ORDER TO STOP THE ON-GOING KILLINGS OF INNOCENT NIGERIANS ONCE AND FOR ALL!
THIRD: THEY MUST VOLUNTARILY REFUND ALL ILLEGAL CONSTITUENCY ALLOWANCES COLLECTED SINCE THE YEAR 2015 UNDER THE PRETEXT OF PROVIDING NECESSARY AMENITIES AND INFRASTUCTURES FOR THE POOR MASSES TO THE TREASURY SINGLE ACCOUNT (TSA), FOR ONWARD TRANSMISSION TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE STATES FOR REAL INFRASTRUTURAL DEVELOPMENTS TO BE MONITORED BY THE GRASSROOT PEOPLE THEMSELVES!
On the part of the Federal Government, it should ensure that the killers are fished out and punished according to the LAW to serve as deterrent to would-be criminals and for peace to reign permanently in all previous volatile areas of the country. WHERE THERE IS A WILL- THERE IS A WAY!
I am, yours sincerely, Dr. David B.A. Olufon. 08130669886,098194390. 08080243066. g-mail- [email protected]