BORNO State Deputy Governor, Zanna Umar Mustapha in a report in the Nation of December 28th, 2014 announced that Boko Haram now controls 20 out of 27 local governments in the large state.
Only Maiduguri the state capital, Jere, Konduga, Kaga, Bayo, Kwayakusar and Biu local governments are still in the hands of the Nigerian state. The rest majority of Borno is ruled by the most callous, deadly and insane terrorist group in the world.
In early 2013 Boko Haram likewise came out of the forest and occupied most local governments in Borno; then ENDS.ng as part of an intelligence think-tank, strategically recommended the state of emergency and drafting of troops up north which President Jonathan obliged to and this pushed Boko Haram back into Sambisa; but the callous government and their friends in Chad decided to end the victory against the terrorists and seized the pursuit, allowing them to regroup and come back out of Sambisa and again occupy most of Borno this 2014. The fake ceasefire again this October organized by Jonathan and Deby after Stephen Davies exposed those allegedly behind the terror, did the same, allowing the terrorists to regroup kill many innocents in Borno and occupy north of Adamawa.
It is distressing to note that the Borno state governor does not make public state of the terror announcements and press releases to the world every day about the state of his citizens under Boko Haram government. Perhaps he has been desensitized over time or he is simply insensitive to their plight. The world should not leave a territory with over 2 million citizens under Boko Haram government for a day, talk less several months. This is Haram!
Nigerians have largely given up on the current army led by the Goodluck Jonathan government, however waiting for the elections in 47 days and then for the handover in 4 months simply does not cut it and is a crime against conscience and our people. The people of the northeast under Boko Haram governors from Chad—as a recent report in Leadership of December 15th, 2014 revealed—being slaughtered and raped daily, deserve more from Nigerians than this senseless wait.
Where are the human right organizations? Where are the activists? Where is the media to keep the plight of these occupied brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers in the headlines every day? Can we imagine and dare to comprehend the irreversible damage and implications of being governed by Boko Haram? Are we thinking about the thousands to hundreds of thousands of our youth being blended with ritual processes into the Boko Haram cult who are being sacrificed in wars against the state of Nigeria in their thousands? Can we imagine how these hundreds of thousands of youth will either need to be killed or rehabilitated permanently if we ever liberate them and the northeast from the terrorists? Are we thinking of those dying if not by Boko Haram bullets, then by the famine in the devastated, occupied territories—those not being fed by the cows Boko Haram runs into Cameroon to loot for food? Every day that goes by is another day of irreversible harm to our people and ourselves as a nation.
In the news Cameroon is killing thousands of Boko Haram soldiers; Boko Haram is killing hundreds of youth in Bama and elsewhere in the occupied Bokoistan land. These are all the children from the occupied territories facing death from all sorts of causes and as this genocide continues what is the only thing we tell them and offer them? We cannot continue to wait; we must invoke our leaders to act now to liberate the northeast. We must support he Ibn Fadlallah warriors, the hunters, the Civilian-JTF; we ourselves must volunteer and as the Emir said, obtain whatever we can to liberate our parents and children. We must call on the world to sanction our leaders and arrest them wherever they travel to compel them to act and act now in keeping with their sworn obligations to provide security for the people. In the words of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as he said in Turkey in 2011: “without security there is no government.” If there is no government today as there definitely is no security, we must impeach or by any other legal means evacuate Aso rock of the fraudulent imposters and murderous pretenders occupying it… the clueless looters in power who have coveted that space for access to Nigeria’s funds.
There is no time to waste. Only the wicked are silent while there is oppression near them. If tomorrow we are occupied by and governed by Boko Haram or any other terrorist organization, the way we will want the people to tear pant and bra and shout is what we must do for the innocent people of Borno who are being recruited and turned into weapons of war against us. Ultimately our urgent actions are in our best interest. By tomorrow, by February 14th there may be legions in Borno, 200,000 strong that will be trained and equipped to cause devastation not only to Nigeria but the entire West Africa. ISIS became what it is today and a threat to Europe due to the stupidity and carelessness of America and the west that likewise overlooked the developing crises we yelled about from when it was just 1000 men strong.
Can you see common men and women amid the care and struggle of daily life? Can you see people in the jar of the noisy streets and amid the squalor where want hides? Can you see the wrong that produces inequality?
Can you see the wrong in the midst of abundance that tortures men with want or harries them with fear of want? Can you see the wrong that stunts you physically, degrades you intellectually, and distorts you morally?
How can you cope for so long with rulers who have been rejected longest time by God and by the times? For long and especially the last four years, you have succumbed to the variety of forms of manipulative communication at the disposal of your rulers. You have become more indulgent of politicians who spin the truth and tell you bare-faced lies.
Your government is working for the few rich. Your country has been transformed into an Orwellian dystopian society. Your rulers use fear to nourish their insatiable appetite for power, control, and money. Propaganda and corruption are being used to dumb you down.
Your police have become militarized. Your country has been turned into a police state in which your government exercises rigid and repressive control over your social, economic, and political life. You no longer have true representation in government. You lack safety and security and your freedom is threatened not by outside enemy but your own government.
You’re on your knees daily begging your elected government for water to drink, electricity to use, roads to travel on, jobs for the legion of your unemployed sons and daughters, and hospitals to treat the sick. Your pensioners are dying while fighting for their pensions to be paid. You’re satisfied with crumbs from the looters of your treasury.
How in the world do you tolerate a government well known for its crafted deception and free-floating relationship with truth? You seem to agree and enjoy distortion, insinuation, misleads, and blatant lies of your government even when your government lie about the definition of lie. Do you know what happened to the report of National Jamboree nicknamed National Conference? You have been indoctrinated to tailored disinformation of your government. Why are you easily intimidated by your government and at the same time defend the very people who oppress you? You have jettisoned your dignity and self-respect in accommodating a culture of lie.
Why have you allowed those you employed – your president, your governors, your legislators, and your local government chairmen, turn you into wretched beggars ever known in the history of your nation? Why have you granted – happily I might say – leisure and affluence to your oppressors without a protest or a fight? Though you are locked in a death grapple, nothing your rulers offer or are willing to offer mitigate your suffering.
Never challenged the insidious linking together of special privileges, the unjust outright private ownership of your natural or public resources, monopolies, that produce unfair domination and autocracy. Can’t agree on the definition of corruption and can’t discern lie at the heart of your troubles. Rather, you’re content with the clown civilization foisted on you.
A very powerful few are in possession of your God given resources – the land, the oil, and other riches in addition to other privileges. Yet, without objection you accept the arrangement as being sanctioned by God like Yorubas will say: “Amuwa Olorun ni.”
You have willingly become the wretched of the earth in the midst of plenty. You have relegated yourselves into object of compulsory charity. You are made to support the tyranny of your rulers by just shut up, accept, and acquiesce and go with the status quo. You are made to pay for their luxurious and reckless life and in exchange you become paupers denied the opportunity and dignity of earning your own decent living.
Despite your galling and destructive living conditions, you continually yield your sovereignty to the few elected tyrants you put in office. You are scared to death to challenge the great and unjust profiteering of your rulers.
They owe you three, six, nine months salaries while donating billions to Jonathan’s campaign. Where is the eruption of your raw rage?
You accept involuntary poverty, and other socio-economic plagues that prevent you from attaining your maximum potential. Degraded, squeezed, and pummeled, you have become the poster child for want and shame.
One wonders: why in a land so bountifully blessed with enough and more than enough for all, should there be such poverty and inequality? Such heaped wealth interlocked with such deep and debasing want? Why in the midst of such superabundance should strong men vainly look for work? Why should your women faint with hunger? Why should your children spend the morning of life wandering in the streets and scavenging the refuse pit for food?
Your rulers counted on your mental indolence. They exploited your apathy to the fullest. You freely and obediently conform to their abuses and political malpractices and other inhuman treatment you’re subjected to. You’re tricked, cajoled, ridiculed, battered, and smilingly surrender to the injustices that toppled ancient Rome.
By the way, where are your Chibok Girls?
For keeping up with the “darkness of error” and for being enchanted with many fallacies and all assorted abuses rained on you by your government to widen your suffering and smiling, and for accepting confusion and deception of a tyrannical ruling class elected by you – 170 million dumb Nigerians – you’re my people of the year 2014!
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. – Mark Twain