When War Becomes Necessary: The Time In Nigeria BY Perry Brimah
As we celebrate a successful fulfillment of this foreign democratic process, we must keep our minds clear and our guards up. A war seems to have been averted, but which war and what kind of averting?
Is Jonathan a hero for handing over? Some say by so doing he helped us avoid a war.
Firstly, let’s get it clear: I have long said that no one will fight for Jonathan. I saw through Dokubo a long time ago. The minute he said, “that Fulani Buhari would have done better for us than Jonathan;” and that “I only support Jonathan because though I see his is a failure, he is from Otueke… monkey no fine but him mama like am,” I knew Dokubo will never kill a soul for Jonathan. It was all an act… a beautiful act to earn his bread.
Bayelsa people though disenfranchised with a low education rate; are some of the most honorable and noble people in Nigeria. I did my NYSC there and have worked with these great people in other capacities; of Nigerians no one disliked Jonathan more than Niger Delta boys, the Niger Delta militants. Simply Google search for “Booed in Bayelsa,” and you will be convinced when you watch how the youth of Bayelsa booed Jonathan loudly during his recent visit.
Let us be real with ourselves, Jonathan and his PDP party failed Nigerians at large. Don’t be misled by the massive rigging and the manipulated results of the March 28th presidential elections. The paltry 12 million votes they “won” out of 80 million eligible adults, was bought with $6 billion PDP looted Nigerian petrodollars and a massive military operated rigging machine, not love. It was a heavy investment in sowing seeds of hate, bigotry and strife; we all witness these massive projects from the pulpit by the PDP. We know how at $100 per vote, Jonathan and his PDP took advantage of the desolation they have invested in nurturing in us for decades; making the poor wear on the Quran and Bible to vote for Jonathan and PDP governors. Be ready for more of that PDP (People Desperate for Power) vote buying and rigging come April 11th by candidates like Agbaje and Ribadu. They have already started from reports in the dailies. Scrutinize their states and campaigns and you will see the mischievous Jonathan doctrinal ethno-fractionating messages and the rigging money and machinery at work.
Now that we are convinced that no one would have seriously killed for Jonathan, the second question we are confronted with is: what if they did? Perhaps this was fight we needed to have had. The Nigerian masses have held their peace and suffered too long; perhaps it is time we fight. What have we lost by not fighting? Do we know what Buhari traded to Jonathan that is our right, in the General Abdulsalami Amnesty deals? The Jonathan/PDP government over the past 16 years (and by extension through the Babangida/Abacha era of the same family) has looted unthinkable amounts of Nigeria’s wealth and land. There is very little left for us people to use. Buhari is in for it. Jonathan and the cabal under this PDP have cut up Nigeria and shared it among themselves. Cement, agricultural land, oil, car manufacturing; just anything you can think of is owned by Jonathan and co. Nigeria is finished!
If Buhari does not repossess these from them, there is no way we can exist a humanely existence. And we saw Buhari promise Jonathan that he (and his loot) is safe. Did we who put Buhari there authorize this? Did we really avoid the fight or we simply postponed the battle date? How will the Nigerian masses not finally fight to reclaim what is theirs from the cabal and the devils who work for the cabal?
We are hopeful with the Buhari/Osinbajo government but we must also be truthful to ourselves. We voted for the firm dictator Buhari but we do realize what we got is a western-democratic compromised politician Buhari, not that brutal one we loved; and one who has to work with the system with these hawks, these glutinous senators and political godfathers around him. What war did we avert? And did we need avert it?
The good book says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
The Chibok girls must be avenged. Late NSA Andrew Azazi must be avenged. The millions of dead, defeated and serially cheated Nigerians must yet be avenged.
Hold fast to your watches, because we do not yet know what time it is.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @EveryNigerian