by Ayo Dada
Let the Federal Government of Nigeria call a Spade a Spade, and not a gardening Utensil!
The great struggles of the twentieth century between liberty and totalitarianism ended with a decisive victory for the forces of freedom—and a single sustainable model for national success: freedom, democracy, and free enterprise. In the twenty-first century, only nations that share a commitment to protecting basic human rights and guaranteeing political and economic freedom will be able to unleash the potential of their people and assure their future prosperity. People everywhere want to be able to speak freely; choose who will govern them; worship as they please; educate their children—male and female; own property; and enjoy the benefits of their labor. These values of freedom are right and true for every person, in every society—and the duty of protecting these values against their enemies is the common calling of freedom-loving people across the globe and across the ages.
…In a world that is safe, people will be able to make their own lives better. We will defend the peace by fighting terrorists and tyrants.
The gravest danger our Nation faces lies at the crossroads of radicalism…
…Nations that enjoy freedom must actively fight terror.
Freedom is the non-negotiable demand of human dignity; the birthright of every person—in every civilization. Throughout history, freedom has been threatened by war and terror; it has been challenged by the clashing wills of powerful states and the evil designs of tyrants; and it has been tested by widespread poverty and disease. Today, humanity holds in its hands the opportunity to further freedom’s triumph over all these foes. The United States welcomes our responsibility to lead in this great mission”.
George W. Bush
THE WHITE HOUSE,
September 17, 2002
AYO’S COMMENT: Why is the presidency handling Boko Haram terrorist and the terrorists called bandits with kid’s gloves? We know that in 2014 he said an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north. Does the president still hold this view?
TERRORISM: Department of Defense Dictionary of Military Terms defines terrorism as: The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological. This definition perfectly fits the actions of the so called bandits in northern Nigeria. The question then becomes, why is the president refusing to declare these criminal gangs/terrorists as terrorists?
Why is Gumi, a known bandits/terrorists apologist and the chief negotiator walking free and giving TV and radio interviews all over the country?
Why is the presidency chasing after Sunday Igboho whose rallies have been very peaceful and who is legitimately seeking for a new nation in the face of Fulani onslaught on his Yoruba people, and many other forms of Fulani oppression of his people? Why has he been declared wanted while Gumi and the governors that took pictures and sat with bandits/terrorists are still going by their daily business in peace, with security agencies gaurding them with tax payers money, money which the overwhelming majority of comes from the south?
What is the difference between the bandits/terrorists and Nnamdi Kanu? Kanu is seeking for the actualization of Biafra, a move to free his people from the bondage of the Fulani, even though his modus operandi is debatable, his grouse is sensible and legitimate. Also the terrorists tagged bandits freely terrorise women, children and the elderly, kidnapping at will for ransom that run into billions of naira with government officials defending their actions, while Kanu was hunted down and jailed. How can these dastardly acts be banditry and no correctly called terrorism?
BANDITRY is used to refer to acts of robbery and violence in areas where the rule of law has broken down. COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary. With respect to this definition, is the president saying that law and order has broken down in the north and in some parts of the south? If yes, what can and should he do about it? If no, why is he still refusing to call these thugs what they really are? Terrorists!
Again with respect to the definition above, shouldn’t the president have descended the force of the Nigerian Army on the so-called bandits to restore law and order instead of chasing the Igbohos of Nigeria who have done nothing wrong.
Why were four Nigerians wearing BUHARI MUST GO T Shirts be arrested at Paul Enenche’s church? What rationale can there be for this act in a supposedly free country? Is it now a crime to where inscribed T-Shirts or clothes?
Until General Buhari, can answer these questions and do the needful in ensuring that every Nigerian is treated the same way, with equity, justice and fairness, he will be seen as the leader of the pack of these groups, as a Fulani president and not the Nigerian president, he will be seen as sectional, as an unrepentant nepotist and therefore not worthy of being the president of a very diverse country like Nigeria.
Why is it that the northern governors can make laws for their region, like the banning of alcohol, the creation of hisbah police at the same time the southern governors are not at liberty to enact laws to protect their region from Fulani invaders?
Like President Bush said, freedom is the non-negotiable demand of human dignity; the birthright of every person—in every civilization. Throughout history, freedom has been threatened by war and terror; however, Southern Nigerians will not be cowed by the state sponsored terrorism of the DSS and other security agents of the government. Unless there is restructuring at the minimum, the agitation for self determination will only increase not withstanding blackmail from the government and the illegal arrest and terror from their private army, the Nigerian security aparatus…
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