So Now, Who Will #BringBackOurGirls?, By Yusuf Mamman
“Democracy is a system of deciding who gets the blame” –don’t know who said it-
Earlier on I came across a news article describing how Nigerians protesting to #BringBackOurGirls, Thursday, were herded away from the president’s holy enclave by security personnel and fed a piece of his mind by his ‘able’ lieutenants and handlers. I would break briefly here to commend them for resisting the overpowering urge to arrest a couple of protesters just so they know who is in charge. According to a prepared speech read on behalf of the president, Mr. President requests (or directs) that henceforth, protesters should channel their protests to the appropriate quarters in this case Boko Haram, as is done in other climes like US, Iraq, Pakistan etc instead of blaming the government. Put another way, what the president is saying is “na me thief ya pikin?”
I am mortified. Please would someone wake this man up and intimate him on of his job description / specifications. He is not just the commander-in-chief of the ‘Nigerian treasury.’ Last time I checked, government is responsible for the security of its citizens except if the 2014 appropriation act makes a budgetry provision for each of us to acquire arms, police our neighbourhoods as well as our borders, set up courts or better still go the extra-judicial way through maybe jungle justice as well as recruit our very own retinue of thugs though heaven only knows where we will get those from. I am unaware of any such provision so simply stated, one of the cardinal roles of a responsible and responsive government is to guarantee the security of the life and property of it’s citizens. Our government has obviously failed to discharge this responsibility but it cannot even be bothered to pacify the people by just going through the motions of caring when we are daily harangued and brutalized, kidnapped, maimed and even killed, sometimes by its own agents and at other times by all sorts of rag tag groups who have been bred by the ineptitude and crass irresponsibility of the same ruling class. This is the reason we are protesting. Nigerians are demanding that this government should wake up and do something, or even have the decency to be seen to be doing something to #BringBackOurDaughters using all the resources available to it which I must say is considerable. We don’t need sermons and buck-passing; its either opposition or other regional ethno-religious antagonists of a fast approaching election year. We refuse to be swayed by the arguments that have continuously divided us over time. Arguments tinged with ethnic and religious hue –imagine someone (we cant say who) releasing a list of the kidnapped girls classifying them as Muslim or Christian. Pathetic. Nigerians have overlooked death traps called roads, overlooked poor medicare and unemployment, dwindling education and poor power supply, housing deficits and human rights abuses, overlooked so much corruption –pardon me I mean ‘stealing’, but I think it will be too much to ask that we overlook the loss of our innocent offspring who remain our only source of cheer as all else crumbles around us.
The president’s statement is akin to telling the grief-stricken parents to look towards the evil terrorists for a solution rather than the custodians of our sacred mandate. Truly I am sad that it has come to this point where the gulf between the rulers and the ruled is so wide that these sort of callous utterances can be made in the face of a hurting populace by the very same people from whom we should receive succor and draw courage.
While still smarting from this brazen affront on our collective sensibilities, I came across another article crediting a similar statement to one Mrs. Violet ‘somebody’ (I cant be bothered to register the name in my mind) who is a minister of state (whatever that is) for foreign affairs. Pray, is this not the same woman whom Nigerians, both uplifted and downtrodden wept along with when she lost her dear husband-a professor and former vice-chancellor, in a plane crash (was it DANA air? I am tired of keeping up with the details of avoidable national tragedies) not so long ago? It is so sad, that someone who has so recently experienced the loss of a loved one in such circumstances that reek of the failure of our establishments can so quickly forget the pain of such an experience and go about hurling such darts at the already bleeding hearts of a hapless populace, whose only crime is having the audacity to expect, no, DEMAND from our government that our children are returned to us as soon as possible, after all they’ve been six weeks gone now.
What happened to common empathy? Truly the milk of human kindness has frozen in the hearts of our rulers (not leaders), surrounded as they are by the spoils from the plunder of our commonwealth. Nigerians are not mocked, for there will be a day of reckoning. Be comforted dear country men and women; God is watching-or how did the first lady say it, “there is………”- Drat! I cannot even laugh at that now. My mood is far from humourous. I am simply disgusted.
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