EDITORIAL: The Government Should Halt The Gradual Collapse Of Nigeria Now

Boko Haram

Clearly, Nigeria is today facing her greatest existential threat since the end of the Civil War. Watching Abubakar Shekau’s taunting propaganda video of the latest addition to his ‘Islamic Caliphate’, Mubi, it is pertinent for any rational mind to ask the question: will there still be a Nigeria by 2015?

The escalation in the daily carnage committed by the Islamist group, Boko Haram, and its recent string of successes in ‘conquering’ large towns in the North East, prompts the question on whether Nigeria as an entity still exists, and whether Nigerians have fully grasped the magnitude of the recent turn of the insurgency.

Today, Nigeria is confronted with the reality that within its borders, Boko Haram has carved out its warped version of an ‘Islamic Caliphate’, controlling almost thirty towns and counting. These include the two second-largest cities in Borno and Adamawa States, Bama and Mubi. Their territorial expansion started with a handful of villages the group terrorised continuously, eventually sacked and occupied. From a few villages, they got emboldened and moved on to bigger towns. With lightning speed, Gwoza with a population of over 250,000 residents, Damboa and bigger towns fell within a matter of days in August this year.

Boko Haram is now expanding rapidly in Adamawa. Having conquered Mubi – although local vigilantes are putting up a spirited fight-it will not come as a surprise if they make an attempt for the seats of government in Yola, Maiduguri, or in Damaturu – Shekau has promised this much in his videos. After all, according to witness accounts, they now occupy Emir’s palaces in these ‘conquered’ towns. Eye witnesses have also narrated slaughterings, mass abductions, looting and arson by the insurgents. Schools have been closed down, banks robbed and rotting corpses of fleeing residents typically litter the streets of these towns. This is the first time Nigeria has lost territory to a rebel group since the Civil War of 1967-70. It is certainly the first time it has bled these many victims, refugees and internally displaced persons since the war ended more than four decades ago.

How did a small insurgency with a few hundred fighters evolve into this protracted and existential threat to Nigeria? How is a band of ragtag militants continuously giving the Nigerian Army a good beating? The rise of the Boko Haram movement has been well-documented in research reports. However, its escalation to this level where huge swathes of the country are currently living under different laws, where the lives of many Nigerians are now at the mercy of lawless rebels is the outcome of the failure of decision-making, a failure in the protection of the territorial integrity of Nigeria and a failure to the innocent victims.

Since 2012 when Boko Haram’s attacks became more daring, more brazen and deadlier, the Federal Government has maintained that it is scoring fantastical decisive victories. Any contradicting viewpoint is ferociously labelled as unpatriotic by President Jonathan’s inner circle, or attributed to propaganda by the opposition to discredit the administration. The high point of this was the Chibok girls’ abduction in April this year and the initial careless and callous response by the government. Many residents of Borno and security analysts have argued that a quick response by the government would have ensured the girls’ rescue, given that their location in the Sambisa forest was well-known.

Even the international community has not been spared from the government’s belligerent finger-pointing. Just a few days ago, the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Adebowale Adefuye, attributed Boko Haram’s recent gains to America’s refusal to sell weapons to the Nigerian Army.

Other stakeholders, including the local political leaders and the media, share in the blame. Electioneering is still active in the North East, particularly in Adamawa State while many of the region’s wealthy sons and daughters, in a state of denial, have simply moved their families to Abuja, Kaduna and other safer cities around the country until normalcy returns. Among Nigerians in other parts of the country, there is understandable weariness from the endless bloodletting, immoral aloofness from the country’s realities and, in some cases, a godless lack of empathy for victims in the North East.

At such critical times, it is expected that the different tiers of government, the major political parties and other stakeholders would put aside their differences, to work together decisively in combatting this imminent threat to the country’s survival. This does not seem to be happening. The politicians are all gearing up for the 2015 elections, throwing everything at it—including, it seems, their humanity. President Jonathan doesn’t bother to personally address the nation anymore. Local politicians are too preoccupied as well, believing that somehow this ‘nuisance’ will go away. The toxicity and desperation of Nigeria’s politics have hardened the hearts of the country’s decision-makers and authority figures at all levels of governance in the world’s most religious country.

The depressing reality is that everyone seems too preoccupied with trivia to stem the impending tide of anarchy. Boko Haram understands and dexterously exploits the divisions and weaknesses of society to its advantage. A lethal cocktail of sectarian politics, needless politicisation of a national security issue, aloofness of the public, and the delusion of policy makers prevents Nigerians from coming together to crush these militants. Shekau and his ilk on the other hand gleefully revel in their victories, menacingly brag about their plans and quickly improve on their tactics and strategy in line with precedents set by the Islamic State

The time for doing the right thing is now. There are more than enough recommendations on what needs to be done in the public domain and in policy circles, and we need not outline what is obvious. Premium Times is convinced that with political will and decisiveness, the Nigerian Armed Forces are more than capable of chasing the insurgents out of these towns and crippling their capacities.

However, this decisiveness can only come from a unanimous acknowledgement by all and sundry of the insurgency as a national security threat to the country’s existence. Otherwise, there just might be no Nigeria to conduct elections in.


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  • Kitunde

    As columnist, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju aptly captured the consequence, of our failed goverment response to insurgency,’if they kill Nigeria-they will not live to tell the story’. It seems, that is their game plan, to kill Nigeria-Yes, as i am wont to say, when the skies fall, it will be on all of us, no one will escape not even those hiding in the creeks.
    How can a goverment watch thousands of its citizens die daily and they are busy dancing all over the country? Shame on them…

  • Adoki

    “There are more than enough recommendations on what needs to be done in the public domain and in policy circles, and we need not outline what is obvious.”
    Premium Times, we should not be tired of stating “the obvious” no matter how many times we may have repeated it in the past. And in stating it, we must avoid prescribing solutions that make us look as ‘clueless’ as we say the ones in government are. One, our government must create the kind of conditions that make it possible for Nigerians to have equitable access to the resources that God has given us as a people. We must also create the conditions that give every Nigerian the opportunity and capability to aspire to any kind of legitimate existence that each desire. A situation where only a few cart away the resources that belong to the many and do not hesitate to taunt the severely deprived majority with what they have stolen from them only breeds anger and extreme frustration.
    A hungry man would remain an angryman whether he chooses to express his frustration in violent insurgency in one part of the country or militancy and kidnapping in other parts of the country.
    As for our military, we must begin the process of building a proper security force for Nigeria to replace the pathetic outfit we now call the Nigerian Army. These ones simply became lazy and complacent the moment defenseless civilians became the primary target of their fire power; the same people they were recruited to defend and protect; while the pot-bellied generals simply found greater incentive in the material pleasures of a very indulgent life. When confronted with a real fighting force (ragtag or otherwise), the rank and file and their pot-bellied commanders could only react the only way that all cowards and their hedonists masters do – become experts in endless ‘tactical maneuvres’.

  • The Revolutionary

    NIGERIA IN THE STORM OF MUSLIMS’ REVOLUTION

    Nigeria was all along rotten for a revolution before Boko Haram sprang.
    Boko Haram is an Islamic Revolution which occurred because the
    educated Nigerians failed to defeat and reverse a heinous civilization
    of thefts in Nigeria but rather aligned with it so as to feed off it.

    That heinous civilization of thefts in Nigeria makes nonsense of the
    meaning of government, since there is nobody to report thefts to anymore,
    if those stealing are the government officials themselves.
    In all of history Nigeria’s type of heinous civilization of thefts
    was always brought down in a hail of bullets.

    • The Revolutionary

      ………NIGERIA IN THE STORM OF MUSLIMS’ REVOLUTION

      A revolution was all along inevitable in Nigeria. So let’s be careful here.
      This highly educated editorial is un-impeachable on point of logic.
      But it should not mislead us to see the editorial as saying everything.

      Gruesome as Boko Haram has been, Boko Haram represents just
      one effect of Nigeria’s innermost crises of thefts –
      it is not the only or exclusive crisis in Nigeria.

      In Nigeria today, private wealth is built on an unholy trinity of thefts, crimes and bribes.
      That heinous civilzation must not stand or be assisted to survive. All stolen assets must
      be seized and recovered by force. No one must be permitted to retain or inherit stolen assets.
      That is the real revolution that’ll come next in Nigeria –
      on the back of Boko Haram’s Islamic revolution.

      • Roberto

        Yea, yea! Nigeria’s un-civilization of thefts, bribes and crimes, must be destroyed as civic duty.

        • Chief Thomas

          @ Roberto:

          Nigerians will be treated as the scum of the earth for years to come.
          They shall be pulled out for dog search at foreign airports –
          sniffed and frisked to their panties, until Nigerians can think
          and rise to recover their humanity.

          Nigerians do not show they belong to humanity by aiding or overlooking life-ruining effects
          of corrupt thefts, including the $600 billion the World Bank said was stolen
          from Nigeria and lodged in private accounts abroad by Nigeria’s government
          officials and their criminal partners.

          The day Nigerians thrust their thieves into bonfires under their own public laws,
          the international community will take note that true human beings have evolved
          in Nigeria with a resolve to fulfil the laws they enacted for their country.
          But for so long as thieves and other criminals are free and given chieftaincy titles,
          Nigerians shall continually be treated as the scum of the earth.

        • Weydem

          NIGERIA’S UN-RESOLVED CRISES OF THEFTS

          • Interrogate Raji Fashola on $3.7 billion Lagos debt after
          frittering away $18b Lagos revenue.

          • Interrogate Bola Tinubu for Alpha Beta Ltd fee of ₦6 billion per month from
          Lagos state government

          • Interrogate Bola Tinubu for 35 billion Naira he got this
          year as fee on Lekki tolled expresway.

          • Prosecute Brigadier Buba Marwa for money laundering on
          existing criminal indictment.

          • Prosecute the cases of 28 corrupt ex-Governors elected in
          1999 and indicted for thefts.

          • Investigate General Olusegun Obasanjo’s oil bloc
          acquisitions between 2005 and 2007.

          • Investigate Mohammed Adoke for conspiracy on the theft of
          1 billion dollars via OPL 245.

          • Investigate the first purchasers of the Associated Airlines
          aircraft which crashed in Lagos.

          • Reopen the PTDF money-laundering case against Alhaji
          Abubakar Atiku.

          • Prosecute Otunba Mike Adenuga for money laundering PTDF
          funds in 2005.

          • Historian

            “When Mr. Goodluck Jonathan said he did not ‘give a damn’ about declaring his assets,
            some people pretended not to understand the implications. The truth is that a man who
            does not give a damn about leading by character or accountability cannot inspire success
            or productivity. As a result, Jonathan leads a system where his key people are free to pursue
            their own conquests; a system where merit does not count and evil is not punished”.

            …..Sonala Olumhense

            (April 20th, 2014)

        • Weydem

          Nigeria’s Crisis of Thefts……..

          •Prosecute Nigeria’s heads of state indicted for receiving Halliburton bribes.
          •Prosecute Sanusi Lamido Sanusi for un-accounted ₦650billion at Nigeria’s Central Bank.
          • Uncover the hidden owner of 10% of Glo Ltd shares and arrest him or her for prosecution.
          • Reanimate the billion-dollars theft case against ex-Governor Peter Odili of Rivers State.
          • Investigate Orji Uzor Kalu’s acquisition and transfer of Slok Airlines.
          • Prosecute Sanusi Lamido Sanusi of Central Bank of Nigeria for ₦2.7trillion oil
          subsidy theft.
          • Prosecute Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the same ₦2.7trillion oil subsidy theft.
          • Arrest ex Minister Dan Etete for stealing one billion dollars on oil bloc OPL 245.
          • Investigate all monopoly franchises granted Aliko Dangote for corruption.

          • Weydem

            (2) Nigeria’s Crisis of Thefts……..

            • Interrogate Raji Fashola on $3.7 billion Lagos debt after frittering away $18b Lagos revenue.
            • Interrogate Bola Tinubu for Alpha Beta Ltd fee of ₦6 billion per month from Lagos state government
            • Interrogate Bola Tinubu for 35 billion Naira he got this year as fee on Lekki tolled expresway.
            • Prosecute Brigadier Buba Marwa for money laundering on existing criminal indictment.
            • Prosecute the cases of 28 corrupt ex-Governors elected in 1999 and indicted for thefts.
            • Investigate General Olusegun Obasanjo’s oil bloc acquisitions between 2005 and 2007.
            • Investigate Mohammed Adoke for conspiracy on the theft of 1 billion dollars via OPL 245.
            • Investigate the first purchasers of the Associated Airlines aircraft which crashed in Lagos.
            • Reopen the PTDF money-laundering case against Alhaji Abubakar Atiku.
            • Prosecute Otunba Mike Adenuga for money laundering PTDF funds in 2005.

          • Public Records

            “Nigeria is a land where thieves are celebrated even in religious gatherings.
            Today, our collective social existence is gloomier than what it was in 2012.
            In its April 13, 2013 edition, The Economist magazine of London compared Nigeria
            to a heavyweight boxer who has gone too many rounds,
            but sometimes seems punch-drunk”.

            “One minute it acts like a champion by virtue of the size of its girth and the smile
            on its face, the next it could be flat on its back, groaning in anguish”.

            “On the whole, the country is tottering along, acclaimed as much for its massive
            potential as for its actual achievements. It is still a sick man all the same’,
            The Economist lamented.”

            …….………..The Punch

            (October 1, 2013)

          • Demola Daniel

            “The only way to stop us from stealing is to stone us. The Nigerian followers
            are as guilty as the Nigerian leaders. The Nigerian institutions are all compromised
            and there is no alternative to them as it is.

            “Nigerians appear not to be against stealing and corruption but only against how
            long you stay stealing and being corrupt. Don’t ever expect those in public
            office to fight corruption on these facts.”

            ….…..Governor Rotimi Amaechi
            (Rivers state)

            (June 30th, 2014)

          • Dr. Kay

            Mr man I am surprised that even as your Dumbo remains in power and has the control of EFCC at his disposal , you saw it fit not to take your allegations to him as a loyal pdpigs member so that Fashola and Tinubu’s arse can be nailed abi beko my dear friend? I think all the ruse and fictitious figures you displaying will be shot down in a split second, this forum is for debate , Yabis, sharing of information , education and also politicking . We are not SSS here , neither are we EFCC. So stop wasting your breath by posting nonentity here , it’s like going to Jankara market to go buy an Ventilation machine, the fact that it is a market does not mean you can buy everything there, wise up mr man , wake up from your slumber ,abeg.

          • Bamidele Ayeni

            Dr. Kay,

            You are so right O! Everybody on this forum must support stealing the treasury. Ha, ha, ha!

          • Sword of Damocles

            where is “bedroom eyes” in your equation? tainted is the word for your selective list. prosecute all of them, including the current president & his wife,IBB, abdusalam, a host of Northern ret Generals that own oil block, OBJ, Sen Markafi for opening his mouth to declare without forensic audit, no monies were unremitted to NNPC. Look the list would pass 1000 if carefully composed to MISS NO ONE. The leadership must be compelled to come to the masses and “explain” their salaries & whatnot with Nigeria’s condition. O Boy this thing we they dis ruling elites did to Naija na serious matter o, but we must avoid JUNGLE JUSTICE at all cost(I cant believe i am saying this, but i love my country MORE than i DESPISE these betrayers/looters)

        • Chief Thomas

          @ Roberto:

          Nigerians will be treated as the scum of the earth for years to come.
          They shall be pulled out for dog search at foreign airports –
          sniffed and frisked to their panties, until Nigerians can think
          and rise to recover their humanity.

          Nigerians do not show they belong to humanity by aiding or overlooking life-ruining effects
          of corrupt thefts, including the $600 billion the World Bank said was stolen
          from Nigeria and lodged in private accounts abroad by Nigeria’s government
          officials and their criminal partners.

          The day Nigerians thrust their thieves into bonfires under their own public laws,
          the international community will take note that true human beings have evolved
          in Nigeria with a resolve to fulfil the laws they enacted for their country.
          But for so long as thieves and other criminals are free and given chieftaincy titles,
          Nigerians shall continually be treated as the scum of the earth.

          • Ali

            “What is wrong with us having a revolution here in Nigeria? Unless, of course, you belong to those who are stealing government money or you have something to hide. Then of course you should be afraid of revolution, because after the revolution, there is what we call revolutionary justice.”

            “The revolutionaries will get you and shoot you. There are many people whom if we shoot,

            Nigeria will become a better place. In fact, if the revolutionaries can shoot dead just 500 corrupt people, Nigeria will be a better place, and, God will forgive the revolutionaries.”

            ….…….Dr. Junaid Mohammed

        • Figaro

          Theft has created a crass elite structure in Nigeria having no sensible member
          a Nigerian youth can look up to as innovative and morally upright role model
          amongst the treasury thieves prancing around in criminal garb as politicians.

          • By popular demand

            WHERE IS LAGOS STATE’S $40 BILLION?

            Lagos state government has earned $40 billion in revenues between 1999 and now.
            The money – less salary and running expenses – was partly shared between Bola Tinubu,
            and Raji Fashola under corporate guise in the worst scam ever in modern Yoruba history.

            Lagos state last year floated a loan bond of about 80 billion Naira and got
            public investors to subscribe for repayment with interest but once the
            bond was fully subscribed, Raji Fashola took 40% of that money – about
            35 billion Naira or so – and handed it over in cash to Bola Tinubu, via a
            bogus corporate front.

            This patently corrupt deal was ostensibly to buy back Lagos state ‘concession rights’ on the Lekki
            tolled Expressway, according to Raji Fashola. But what the corrupt and clever by half Raji Fashola
            did not say is that the land at issue belongs to Lagos state and was never
            sold to Bola Tinubu’s company in the first place. Or did Bola Tinubu’s
            company invest 35 billion Naira developing the road.

          • By popular demand

            [2]………WHERE IS LAGOS STATE’S $40 BILLION?

            In other words, by sheer fraud, Raji Fashola paid Bola Tinubu 25 years profit upfront,
            without any further work. A lien was then imposed on Lagos state allocation
            of federal revenue for the next three [3] years to pay for this 80 billion Naira debt,
            by all Lagos residents. This transaction must count as the worst fraud ever in Yoruba history since Nigeria became independent on October 1, 1960.

            In fact, On May 21st, 2014, the Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Ayodeji Gbeleyi,
            confirmed that Lagos state debts, as at May 2014, stood at N435 billion – including N275 billion
            in bonds – equivalent to 2.7 billion United States dollars. Now, discounting monthly interest rates
            on the commercial portion of this debt, the gross Lagos state government debt is now equal
            to all of the expected federal revenue allocation to Lagos in the next two and half years,
            currently standing at $3.7 billion, without equivalent benefits on the ground;
            to show for it – dollar for dollar.

          • Ikeji

            @ By Popular Demand

            Yepa! That means Lagos owes a trillion Naira at current exchange rate!

            This is a scandal – this is horror. One trillion Naira debt is pure financial crime.
            Raji Fashola must be a financial treasoner to do this to Lagosians and refusing
            to disclose income-expenditure accounts whilst stuffing the mouths of
            human and civil rights’ activists with bribes to keep quiet. Whereas, Raji Fashola
            has destroyed Lagos state with his incompetence, recklessness,
            unaccountability and (probable) thefts.

            A trillion Naira debt by any state government is simply un-repayable.
            That means bankruptcy. Or otherwise it means stagnancy and
            deterioration because all future revenues of Lagos state must be handed over to
            banks to avoid compound interest that could balloon the loan with 500 billion
            Naira plus in interest, if not fully paid in record time. What a mess!

          • Prophet Mohammed Mach

            “Nothing is working; the worst corruption is in Nigeria. There has never been corruption as
            worse as this. The name of Nigeria is now corruption. The poor will overtake the rich. You’ve not seen anything yet. You’ve not seen the real Boko Haram. A worse Boko Haram is about to happen. We are sitting on a keg of gunpowder. Something worse than Boko Haram is about to happen.
            We are looking at total darkness in the nation. There’s going to be a revolution.”

            ……Primate Olabayo

            (June 30, 2013)

          • Aminu

            Remove this your pseudo name else be ready of the consequences that will befall on you

          • Chief Ariyibi

            LAGOS IS NOW THE 3RD WORST CITY IN THE WORLD

            “The January 2014 global study of cities in the
            world done by the British Economist Intelligence Unit
            has ranked Lagos, Nigeria, as the 3rd worst
            liveable city in the world. Lagos has degraded further
            from its awful status in 2012 as the 4th worst city.”

            On a scale of 100 Lagos now has the third poorest
            score of 39.0 of all cities in the world assessed.
            The study titled ‘livability’ assessed particular
            characteristics of each city, such as its crime levels,
            the threat of conflict, the quality of medical care,
            the levels of censorship, the city temperature,
            the quality of its schools and its transport links.”

            ………Reported by British Telegraph

            (January 2014)

          • Mary Laja-Payne (England)

            “Any social system that does not provide for the needs of its citizens is flawed.

            Any social system that endemically fails to cater for the needs of its citizens,

            which creates rates of youth employment reaching 40%, which fails to reintegrate

            unemployed workers is not only flawed, but can only be described as a failure.”

            “A system which provides a start in life in which the skills learnt in the education system

            are useless, in which the job seeker feels demoralized and defeated before (s)he has even started…..is by no means workable. In fact, it is downright manipulative, exploratory and evil.

            …Timothy Bancroft- Hinchey

            [October 3rd, 2014]

          • Ishani

            Stealing is next to treason in the hierarchy of offences
            against one’s own country. Nigerians who foresee imminent bloody
            revolution are closer to the truth than those who expect these thefts will be
            overlooked by the 50 million plus un-employed Nigerians hard done by. It is now
            impossible for any politician or a criminal business partner of a Nigerian
            politician to go scot-free with his stolen portion of the multi-billion dollar
            loot occurring between 1999 and now. Nigerians are angry and bent on vengeance.

          • Sword of Damocles

            Ishani you are my brother/sister. Tis High Treason PURE & SIMPLE! Them know, them just think sey no one go call them on it. Understand this , these people DARED to step on the neck of Nigeria(their own country. What they did when they RAPED Nigeria, simply MUST NOT STAND, or it will an ageless STAIN on the sacred honor of our Fatherland. Ordinary I would want vengeance, but it important that when these betrayers are dealth with, it must be the Rule of Law that ensnares them , Equal Justice under the Law. No jungle justice, no lawlessness like them , why?because we love & respect our Fatherland. Why? Because to punish them under the Rule of Law will accrue to the greatness of our Country

  • malam

    Nigeria has been programmed to be so. Unfortunately we have a president that has no brain and he has only one ball under there. A simple approch could mend all the domestic hickups but he is always sitting in his butts making flimsy excuses.

    • Words on Marble

      “Any social system that does not provide for the needs of its citizens is flawed.
      Any social system that endemically fails to cater for the needs of its citizens,
      which creates rates of youth employment reaching 40%, which fails to reintegrate
      unemployed workers is not only flawed, but can only be described as a failure.”

      “A system which provides a start in life in which the skills learnt in the education system
      are useless, in which the job seeker feels demoralized and defeated before
      (s)he has even started…..is by no means workable. In fact, it is
      downright manipulative, exploratory and evil.”

      …Timothy Bancroft- Hinchey

      [October 3rd, 2014]

  • Robert Johnson

    We are ruled by groups of mediocres, who care less about collapse, maybe they don’t know or cannot understand seasons, because they are out of touch with the people whose affairs they preside over. Unfortunately we are in their economic and political prison cell and strangely enough some of us have sold our future for a pot of porridge eating from the pots of those who either wanted us dead or enslaved for ever. Revolution is not a word an average Nigerian understand, because we are timid, and love suffering.

  • Sidi Aliyu

    “Sharia should be introduced in full across Nigeria. I will continue to show openly
    and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria.
    God willing, we will NOT stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.”

    “It is a legal responsibility which God has given us, within the context of one Nigeria,
    to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia; wholeheartedly. What remains for Muslims
    in Nigeria is for them to re-double their efforts and educate Muslims on the need to promote
    the full implementation of Sharia law.”

    …….General Muhammadu Buhari

    (August 27, 2001)

  • S. Aliyu

    “Sharia should be introduced in full across Nigeria. I will continue to show openly
    and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria.
    God willing, we will NOT stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.”

    “It is a legal responsibility which God has given us, within the context of one Nigeria,
    to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia; wholeheartedly. What remains for Muslims
    in Nigeria is for them to re-double their efforts and educate Muslims on the need to promote
    the full implementation of Sharia law.”

    …….General Muhammadu Buhari

    (August 27, 2001)

    • Phil Esichei

      Editor Premium Times,

      Genocide is an international crime. No government has a right to amnesty
      genocide. Public policy should be based on that knowledge of law.

      The questions now are:

      • Are those targeted for genocide still bound in ‘national unity’ with those who intend to kill them?

      • And, in the case of Yoruba Christians – buffeted by Muslim-led governments internally; are they
      entitled to self-defence by force of arms under international law?

      Fulani-led Boko Haram speaks clearly. No weasel words. No ambiguity. It is
      out and out a Muslim militia gang committed to genocide. It has announced it
      will kill all Nigerian Christians. That means 99% of Igbo people and a good
      half of the Yoruba are targeted for mass murder by the Fulani-led Boko Haram.

      • Al Feez

        “Nothing has changed from the old Fulani marauders led by Uthman Dan Fodio.
        To try to see this latest Jihad by Boko Haram as an isolated event means one is
        either blind to reality; or lacks a sense of history. AlQur’an urges its followers to
        ‘overpower’ the unbelievers. By so doing, they are promised Islam’s

        imaginary paradise. In what way are the Christian “infidels” to be overpowered,

        except by violence?”

        “Christians in the South of Nigeria would have themselves to blame if they are lulled to sleep
        over the mere “wish” expressed by liberally minded Muslims from mostly the South-west who
        ignore the call for “Jihad” in their holy book and instead try to misinterpret their holy book to
        manufacture evidence for a violent-free Islam. Southern Christians, by not preparing deterrence,
        you will have yourselves to blame if this Religious War escalates!”

        • Encore

          Any little child in any other part of Nigeria knows there’s an on-going Islamic Jihad in Nigeria. The only group of people who do NOT know this simple fact are Yoruba Christians in the South-West
          having the highest number of professors, doctorates and university graduates,

          but who rather throng, en masse, behind an Islamic party, APC.

          How my people perish for lack of knowledge!

      • News Day

        Newsbreak: Christian Pastors beaheaded

        An eye-witness who escaped on foot from Mubi to Yola – a distance
        of over 100 kilometres, has told local newspapers in Nigeria that
        all Pastors captured by Muslim militias who invaded the predominantly
        Christian town (Mubi) were beheaded.

        Several other Christians who resisted forcible conversion to Islam
        were also beheaded with axes by Muslim Jihadists. Other news-reports
        say similar genocide occurred in the north-eastern Nigerian towns of
        Michika and Hong. Worse in Mubi, foreign journalists now confirm that
        no church is left standing today.

        They were all blasted by improvised explosives detonated by the Muslim Jihadists.
        With Christianity now virtually wiped out in all the territories seized and occupied
        by Muslim Jihadists – roughly equivalent to one-twelfth of Nigeria,
        the future of Nigeria is silhouetted as sharply as the imminent gruesome
        beheading of all other Christian Pastors in Nigeria.

    • Al Feez

      @ S. Aliyu:

      Nothing has changed from the old Fulani marauders led by Uthman Dan Fodio.
      To try to see this latest Jihad by Boko Haram as an isolated event means one is
      either blind to reality; or lacks a sense of history. AlQur’an urges its followers to
      ‘overpower’ the unbelievers. By so doing, they are promised Islam’s
      imaginary paradise. In what way are the Christian “infidels” to be overpowered,
      except by violence?

      Christians in the South of Nigeria would have themselves to blame if they are lulled to sleep
      over the mere “wish” expressed by liberally minded Muslims from mostly the South-west who
      ignore the call for “Jihad” in their holy book and instead try to misinterpret their holy
      book to manufacture evidence for a violent-free Islam. Southern Christians,
      by not preparing deterrence, you will have yourselves to blame,
      if this Religious War escalates!”

  • Olusegun Olawonyi

    I like the idea of the editorial by Premium Times. My only problem is the one-sidedness of the editorial. Everybody plays politics with virtually everything – including our national security. While the government should be held accountable for appearing weak and inept, the opposition politicians should share the blame as well. Me think the opposition, rather than stand with the government by mounting sufficient public outcry against Boko Haram – they appear to be fanning the ambers of national terror. In the hope that the current government would fall, and they the opposition would then become the inevitable choice of all Nigerians. This is my read of what is going on. And if I am correct, then this is very uncomfortable and most unfortunate. National terror is an ill wind that blows no one any good.

    Back to the editorial: I would have expected that some blame be also placed on the opposition politicians as much as it is placed on the federal government. Anything less than that is a one-sided opinion and adds to the confusion, instead of helping to provide a solution to the problem.

    • Newsday

      Newsbreak: Christian Pastors beaheaded

      An eye-witness who escaped on foot from Mubi to Yola – a distance
      of over 100 kilometres, has told local newspapers in Nigeria that
      all Pastors captured by Muslim militias who invaded the predominantly
      Christian town (Mubi) were beheaded.

      Several other Christians who resisted forcible conversion to Islam
      were also beheaded with axes by Muslim Jihadists. Other news-reports
      say similar genocide occurred in the north-eastern Nigerian towns of
      Michika and Hong. Worse in Mubi, foreign journalists now confirm that
      no church is left standing today.

      They were all blasted by improvised explosives detonated by the Muslim Jihadists.
      With Christianity now virtually wiped out in all the territories seized and occupied
      by Muslim Jihadists – roughly equivalent to one-twelfth of Nigeria,
      the future of Nigeria is silhouetted as sharply as the imminent gruesome
      beheading of all other Christian Pastors in Nigeria.

      • Pastor Jones

        @ Newsday,

        But since Christians don’t show common sense by self-defence,
        is it asking too much to demand that President Jonathan build
        a large crematorium in each state capital in the south of Nigeria?

        That is the effective way to rapidly cope with thousands of corpses
        of Christians to expect in consequence. The existing mortuaries can’t
        accommodate the avalanche.

        Secondly, is it asking too much that Pastors start taking away valuables
        from the altar (Redeemed Camp and of the Mountain of Fire) since
        those two places can’t exist as churches in an Islamic State of Nigeria.
        Items like the crucifix at the tabernacle should be hidden away in the bushes.

        Or else they be destroyed along with the altar when the Islamic militias arrive –
        to convert those two spacious grounds into a new Central Mosque of Yorubaland.
        These common sense, practical steps don’t need the Holy Spirit, in my view.

        • Al Jihad

          “Believers [of Islam] take neither Jews nor Christians for friends or helpers” – Q 5:51.
          I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads
          and strike off every fingertip of them” (Koran 8:12), And fight with them until there is
          no more fitna (unbelief) that religion should be only for Allah” [Koran 8:39].”

          “Fight those who believe not in Allah; nor in the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden
          which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger [Mohammed], nor acknowledge
          the religion of Truth (Islam) – even if they are of the People of the Book (i.e Christians) –
          until they pay the Jizya, with willing submission and feel themselves subdued. [Koran 9:29].”

          …………………………………

          • Under Islamic law, Jizya or jizyah (Arabic: جزية‎ ǧizyah]; is a per capita tax
          levied on a section of an Islamic state’s non-Muslim subjects who meet certain
          criteria. The tax is and was to be levied on (all) able-bodied adult males
          of military age, but with specific exemptions.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Nigeria holds an unenviable 4th in the 2014 global terrorism index. Nigeria is the world’s 4th most dangerous country courtesy of those who hijacked Jihadi ideology and violence of terrorists as a political weapon of choice in their bid to snatch the keys of Aso rock.
    Those who deployed Sharia and radicalised northerners bear the full responsibility for the degeneration into Islamic terrorism. Let’s not live a lie,let’s dump blame in the right places else Nigeria as it is today will cease to exist in no time !!

    • Encore

      Any little child in any other part of Nigeria knows there’s an on-going Islamic Jihad in Nigeria.
      The only group of people who do NOT know this simple fact are Yoruba Christians in South-West
      having the highest number of professors, doctorates and university graduates –
      but who ignorantly throng, en masse, behind an Islamic party, APC.
      How my people perish for lack of knowledge!

      • concerned9ja

        Thank you so much for your insult. We huddled behind APC when we discovered that your brother was a total moron. Thank God, we had leaders like Awo who sent us to school. That made us to be different and know that Nigeria never had such a clueless leader as worse as the glorified fisherman, Jonathan

      • Otitokoro

        O se (meaning thank you) “Pastor” Reno Wendel Omokri alias Encore replying “Pastor” Reno Wendel Omokri alias Tawanda Incommunicado-but the amusing thing in your post is that I see that you-PDP and Goodluck Jonathan and his 2015 campaigners – are still clutching to the disease you-PDP and Goodluck Jonathan 2015 campaigners- created in your-PDP and Goodluck Jonathan 2015 campaigners- diseased minds that disease is your evil creation of “Yoruba Christian/Muslim”-too bad for you. You are ignorant of the original Yoruba culture prior to colonialism and slavery which brought Christianity to Nigeria and Yoruba culture prior to Islam. Let it be known to you that the depth, rigor, vibrancy, clarity, coherence and relevance (to the lives of the Yoruba people) of Yoruba culture makes the Yoruba mind holds onto to his/her culture as Christians and as muslims. Sorry oooo PDP people and Goodluck Jonathan campaigners, we do not care what you think about deep position. It is the same culture that makes the Yorubas accept both theoretically and practically the possibility of the co-existence of things which your own diseased minds-(in PDP and Goodluck Jonathan campaign office) construct as being antagonistic. Anyway since you love this disease so much-Christian/Muslim dichotomy, please take it to your own part of Nigeria and implement the dichotomy there. We Yorubas have spoken. We have given you -PDP and Goodluck Jonathan 2015 campaign office enough signals that our culture is too deep for us to allow one inch of that dubious and diseased dichotomy (Christian/Muslim) in our Yoruba territory and Yoruba land-from the Lagos Coast to Kogi towards the North-okay? Think deep-the issues have been made clear enough to you. Abandon the disease or take it to your own part of Nigeria-Se o gbo “Pastor” Reno Omokri? meaning You hear “Pastor” Reno Omokri?

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    The government will tackle this issues after the 2015 elections.

  • Allayes

    Good observations, Premium Times. But I am afraid all these will fall on deaf ears. The only time we shall see any concrete action anytime soon is when the BH rag tag army advances on Abuja. Any other territory in Nigeria does not seem to matter to these people. I will say it once again: any Nigerian State that shares a border with another country is no longer safe, e.g. Ogun or Kwara. Our neighbours have clearly seen now that they can roll over us easily and nothing will happen. Everyone talks about Nigeria imploding from within, without giving a thought to the possibility that we can be overrun from without.

    It is a huge shame that other countries respected Nigeria more under military dictatorship than now. It is a devastating blow below the belt for those of us who thought that democracy will usher in more respect, development, prosperity and general well-being for the average Nigerian than hitherto. Instead of budgeting all those trillions fighting BH and not seeing the fruits of that valuable money, we would have done well to just allow BH to take over these territories in the first instance and spent all that money on the other parts of the nation.

    It is very clear that our so-called leaders do not have an answer to the BH threat, and I do not see that changing over the next 4 years. It might be wise for the rest of Nigerians to start thinking now about the few choices they’ll have to make when BH comes calling to their town/city. The way things are going now, it is just a matter of time.

  • Dele Omowale

    Thank you O, General Obasanjo, for imposing Goodluck Jonathan.
    We will not forget your mis-judgment for bringing Nigeria to this mess!

  • _Proudly Niger Deltan

    “…There’s no better time than now to commence the debate about Nigeria’s continued corporate existence. And if
    Nigeria must remain one, then all of us hoarded into the space called Nigeria must decide on what terms. It is silly to persist in proclaiming the creed that Nigeria is not open to negotiation. The reality is that even ethnic identity—which has always seemed far more organic and stable than the idea of nation—is deeply contested and contentious…” — Prof Okey Ndibe

  • Warri Boy

    This is a completely useless and senseless parochially jaundiced and nauseatingly irritating editorial. Nowhere is there a mention of the threats of violence and blood letting by Buhari, ango abdullahi, Senator ndume, El-Rufai etc as a direct and remote cause and/or catalyst for terrorist attacks…are you people blind to these transparent facts? If you think you can be biased and get peace then you lie, because truth you trample on today will rise someday.

    • Ziko

      Mr Warri Boy,
      Before you blindly defend the government and condemn this editorial in the process, have you asked yourself who the President of this country is? Certainly not Buhari and the other names you just mentioned. A commander-in-chief who knows his responsibilities does not point accusing fingers or play the blame game when has obviously failed in carrying out his sworn duties. A president that cannot PROTECT cannot PROVIDE and definitely not fit to rule.

    • Encore

      Newsbreak: Christian Pastors beaheaded

      An eye-witness who escaped on foot from Mubi to Yola – a distance
      of over 100 kilometres, has told local newspapers in Nigeria that
      all Pastors captured by Muslim militias who invaded the predominantly
      Christian town (Mubi) were beheaded.

      Several other Christians who resisted forcible conversion to Islam
      were also beheaded with axes by Muslim Jihadists. Other news-reports
      say similar genocide occurred in the north-eastern Nigerian towns of
      Michika and Hong. Worse in Mubi, foreign journalists now confirm that
      no church is left standing today.

      They were all blasted by improvised explosives detonated by the Muslim Jihadists.
      With Christianity now virtually wiped out in all the territories seized and occupied
      by Muslim Jihadists – roughly equivalent to one-twelfth of Nigeria,
      the future of Nigeria is silhouetted as sharply as the imminent gruesome
      beheading of all other Christian Pastors in Nigeria.

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  • Romberg

    A little bit of stuff everywhere, like the voice of a butchered witch. Poorly written.

    • Emmanuel A.J

      SOB, why not write your own?

  • Kickboxer

    This lady is a disgrace. Where are the Chibok girls? It is now ideology? And you are now quoting Dr. Iweala? With such a low IQ no wonder she works well with Ota baboon…..msssh

  • James Bond

    Good write up.

  • Olusola Solarin

    Dr. Ezekwesili. What should we do?

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Dr. Ezekwesili,

    I agree with your write up. However, your write up misses a few critical points. First of all, Nigeria is not a market based system and as a result market based solutions as you have suggested may not always work. You have to align the solution to the system. Secondly, the Nigerian economy is essentially fueled in part by corruption and not entirely by true productive economic activities. Rent-seeking can be found as fixtures in every node of the Nigeria economic structure. Thus, if corruption is removed by even some percentage, the weakness in the Nigerian economy becomes apparent and evident because part of Nigeria’s GDP is a function of the flow of corrupt funds throughout the system. Fighting corruption should indeed cause the economy to slow in the short term, though it would be the responsibility of the current administration to take advantage of the short-term situation to device a more sustainable long term economic agenda. So, if your solution to Nigeria’s economic malaise is either long term or short term, corruption has to be factored into that equation. Allowing corruption to continue as it is will achieve short term economic gains while sacrificing long term economic health. Fighting corruption today will sacrifice short term economic health for long term economic gains. So, the trade-off needs to be clearly recognized. Third, the Nigerian political system is significantly misaligned with its economic system. Thus, fixing Nigeria’s economic problems requires addressing the political structure in Nigeria. They are inseparable. The problems you have noted about the Buhari administration are not entirely functions of Buhari administration’s ideologies but functions of a misaligned system. While your candor, advise, and expertise is much appreciated, these critical issues I have noted also need to be taken into consideration in that effort. They cannot be ignored if a true market based system is truly what you and other Nigerians desire for the Nigerian economic and political system.