Buhari, Boko Haram And The “Dog & Baboon” Idiom – Aminu Yusuf Roni
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’un! From Allah we are and to Him we shall return! It is very unfortunate that human lives are no longer worthy in Nigeria. The animalistic killings, of innocent people, by the Boko Haram islamist is amply clear, as to know if they are- really- representing a particular God’s faith. God is not and never a brute creator; He forbids violence and senseless killings. I sympathise with our brothers and sisters in Borno, Yobe, Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and Abuja, who were victims of this copious monstrosity of the dreaded, though cowardly, Boko Haram. It is severally, unfortunate that our security system is not a one to trust. One may wonder if all these attacks were perpetrated by, or with the aid of, some military personnel as carelessly claimed an anonymous soldier. “Where are all the checkpoints, where they are- before and even during the insurrection by the Boko Haram- very active 24/7 duping people of their hardly-laboured N20s?” one is forced to ask, ” How do the terrorists manage to sneak out into the towns, through all these so-called checkpoints, to carry out their attacks and go back to their enclave through the same routes?”.
What will puzzle one more are the several claims made by the citizens of these affected areas that, even if informed, the soldiers don’t come to their rescue; leaving them at the “mercy of the merciless”. They would tell them that they were not assigned to go there: out of duty!, as if they are not Nigerian soldiers or the citizens are not Nigerians. “You will only see them after they, the extremists, went away.” one resident of Gwoza narrated. But the trouble is also that if the residents pick weapons to defend themselves, the soldiers would purposely arrest them, and parade them as Boko Haram. It is very, very unfortunate. But all these allegations, of complicity, against the soldiers may and may not be true: conspiracy theorists are well around, doing their best to create tensions.
It will be a grievous mistake to call PDP a democratic party at or a progressive one. Immediately after the Abuja, Nyanya, bombing, PDP spokesperson Oliseh Metuh went further to accuse APC for creating and harbouring insecurity in Nigeria. He said APC is responsible for all the killings- God watches. He had just stressed out a cliché, a trite allegation that exists for long in the political arena of our country. Those from the South have been accusing General Muhammadu Buhari for supporting Boko Haram; that he is their leader. I honestly find this allegation hilarious. Could you support somebody who said they are after your life, as an individual, because they think you are an infidel? Not in the world we know.
Relating Buhari with Boko Haram just because he is in the opposition party, or because he is a northerner and a Muslim, is something very dangerous in a democratic Nigeria. They maintain and support their claim with something he once said in Hausa, which would later be, intentionally, mistranslated…Did Buhari really said “dog and baboon will be soaked in blood”? Well, sometimes, you have to excuse the ignorance of the ignoramuses who don’t know the meaning of a statement in its original language. And the media, too, share the blame for mistranslating the whole statement.
So what exactly did Buhari said? “… za’a yi kare jini biri jini.” he said. Let me focus on the mistranslated part. Kare means dog; that is fine. Jini means blood; fine. Biri means monkey/baboon; that is also fine. What was that statement? Is it an independent, sentence complied by Buhari? No. It is an idiomatic expression to mean, roughly, a ferocious encounter which the both sides would not benefit from. Ask those who know Hausa very well, not business’ type of Hausa that our brothers from the South are accustomed to. So, just because you hear the word “jini” or blood doesn’t mean that you should go around mistranslating it to some unapologetic ignoramuses, who are always willing to ingest such and disseminate it to achieve their, or their masters’, personal and political interest. The point one shall always keep in mind is that “Kare jini, biri jini” is an idiom, thus should be translated and interpreted as one.
What can one do with the English idiom ” Fight an uphill battle” ? does it mean to go for , or there will be a battle? what is the use of it? let’s be fair. If we want to shower vitriol on someone, it doesn’t mean we shall always deny justice to their statements. Truth is, Buhari had never claimed to instigate chaos and violence, even though his disgruntled cheerleaders maimed and killed people after he lost the 2011 election. Truth is clear from falsehood.
PS: To all those cornered by the Boko Haram attacks: May Allah grant the bereaved family the courage to bear the loss, and may the deceased rest in perfect peace. And may He, the Almighty, expose those behind the murders. Amen.
Aminu Yusuf Roni
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