Chibok 100 Days; if Buhari, Bauchi Had Died…By Abdull-Azeez Ahmed Kadir
Sociologists assert that criminals are always a step ahead of law enforcement agents in strategies. But responsible and patriotic security agents are always proactive and not reactive to stem the tide.
But not so much in Nigeria. Our security agents are very reactive, albeit in a slow and timid way. This always give the criminals the leeway to carry out their acts and vanish into thin air. That is why millions could be spent on close circut cameras (cctvs) ina place like Abuja and crimes go undetected.
Wednesday 24th July, 2014 marked the 100 days since the over 100 Chibok Girls were abducted and taken away in a convoy of vehicles in a state under a state of emergency where armed soldiers like water are every where but with little or none useful.
Never mind that the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh has said, almost more than two months ago that they knew where the girls were. Just Last week, the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) Ita Ekpeyong repeated the same mantra and some want us to give him a standing ovation.
Also, never mind that it took a teenager; 17 year old Pakistanis female education activist, Malala Yusufzai to convince our President to meet with the agonising parents of the abducted girls, almost 100 days after. Never also mind that many in the Presidency never believed that the girls were abducted in the first place.
But you can mind the fact that our President is fast becoming a prisoner of those who advise him and are hell bent on doing anything to ensure they continue feeding fat on our commonwealth beyond 2015. So, they feed him veiled information and as gullible, vulnerable and susceptible as our Oga at the top is, he swallows it hook, line and sinker only to be embarrased later. Yet, we have learn no lesson to make a headway.
So, it is hundred days plus, our girls are still in captivity with only-God-knows-what they are going through. Some parents died out of share agony, but our President feast at any given opportunity as if life is more than normal in his fiefdom.
Few days back, Sheik Dahiru Usman Bauchi was a guest of the President where they observed Iftar together. Few days back, General Muhammadu Buhari refused to be a guest of the President at the Council of State meeting where the Chibok girls abduction topped discussion.
Both the Sheik and the General have been the most critical of the current insurgents and always lay the blame where they rightly think it belongs. They have been very outspoken and always condemn the activities of Boko Haram.
On Thursday 24th July, 2014, the duo were targets of suicide bombers but escaped by whiskers. Why the duo would be the targets of Boko Haram is still very unclear considering the fact that they have been named as possible intercessors between the group and the government in the past. The group had repeatedly expressed their respect and confidence in the duo among others. Would they make a u-turn to eliminate them? Or are there those who do not want an end to this insurgency?
The duo of the Sheik and the General are religious and political idol to many Nigerians and beyond. For anyone who was in Kaduna and witnessed that wary and gory thursday, the escape of the duo was a miracle. A miracle for Nigeria and Nigerians and not for the duo. If the two were killed as planned, the aftermath is better imagined.
But the strategic swift decision to impose curfew by the state government on the town immediately saved the day.
To illustrate this, at the Alkali road scene of the blast, when Sheik Bauchi was made to stand atop a car for many to see that he was unhurt, the people form human shield around him despite the knowledge that after an initial
blast, another could go off within same place and time.
Same happened at the Kawo scene involving General Buhari. If Buhari had not alighted from his vehicle for many to see and calmed the bulging crowd, the reaction that would have followed the rumoured news of his condition would have left very unsavoury phenomenon.
But despite the heroic acts of the Sheik and the General to calm frayed nerves and thousands of their followers and admirers, many parts of the state was tense with people already thinking of the worst. At the Asikolaye, Nnamdi Azikiwe by-pass resident of the Sheik, knife could cut through the tense situation there with the ever busy road becoming a risk zone.
The mass following the two enjoy is fearful. Their followers and admirers could go to any lenght to “avenge” their death. But the question is on who? Who wanted the duo dead? Why? And for what reason, what did they stand to gain?
If that had happened, the reactions that would have followed across the nation would have been disastrous and containing it would also have been enormously up-hill task with dare consequences. This is why the authorities need to change tactics and ensure this phenomenon is brought under control to tame the tide before it consumes the nation.
Less we forget, Kaduna State has fairly well manage consequences of such blast. The residents are highly sensitive and enlightened about this plague that often take the lead in the fight against suspects and perpetrators. This has led to arrest, killing of prime suspects in the past with the aid of security agents through assisted intelligence by the various communities.
In Rigasa, a densely populated Muslim majority community in Igabi Local Government Area, at the last count, nine Police personnel were murdered in cold bold in addition to a polytechnic lecturer, traditional rulers, youths among others; all Muslims. But the community rose, took their fate in their hands and rid the community of the insurgent.
This was until the 2012 attacks on two Churches in Zaria and one in Kaduna. The reprisal that followed left too many dead; majority of the victims were poor, innocent, hard working Nigerians who knew next to nothing about the attacks cutting across all faiths, ethnic and socio-political divides.
Across the North, brilliant and promising young officers are being cut down in their prime in a way that not even the civil war witnessed. Traditional rulers and religious leaders who speak out against this scourge have life snuffed out of them. Prominent and retired senior security officers have suffered same faith. And daily, women and children suffer worst fate with no relieve in sight.
For anyone who knows Kaduna; a miniature Nigeria and the window to all parts of the country, same and even worst would have befallen the state and smoldered the whole nation if Buhari and Bauchi had died in the twin blasts.
This we can ill afford now and the authorities need to rise to the occasion. Time without numbers, some powers that be and those who should know better have said they know the brains behind the insurgents, yet they play the ostrich. Except they are gaining from the daily spilling of innocent bloods, the time to act is now before we all loose it.
Nigeria is greater than any individual, group or their ambition. The time to place it above all is here for the sake of all.
Abdull-Azeez Ahmed Kadir
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