Buhari, Boko Haram and the dialogue option

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A grab taken from a video posted on YouTube on June 2, 2015 by Boko Haram shows an alleged Boko Haram member delivering a speech at an undisclosed location. Boko Haram rejected claims from Nigeria's military that it has been routed by a four-nation offensive in a video released online on June 2, which does not show the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau. The unidentified speaker, his face obscured by a headscarf, instead called Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, who have been battling the Islamists, "the lying coalition partners". "Most of our territory is still under our control," said the speaker in the 10-minute message which was posted on the video-sharing site YouTube. The video bears the logo "Islamic State in West Africa" and follows the Nigerian militants' pledge of allegiance in an audio message in March to the IS group, that has overrun large parts of Syria and Iraq. The message is the first video released by Boko Haram since February, when Shekau was shown in high definition footage and vowed to disrupt Nigeria's elections. AFP PHOTO
A grab taken from a video posted on YouTube on June 2, 2015 by Boko Haram shows an alleged Boko Haram member delivering a speech at an undisclosed location. Boko Haram rejected claims from Nigeria’s military that it has been routed by a four-nation offensive in a video released online on June 2, which does not show the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau. The unidentified speaker, his face obscured by a headscarf, instead called Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, who have been battling the Islamists, “the lying coalition partners”. “Most of our territory is still under our control,” said the speaker in the 10-minute message which was posted on the video-sharing site YouTube. The video bears the logo “Islamic State in West Africa” and follows the Nigerian militants’ pledge of allegiance in an audio message in March to the IS group, that has overrun large parts of Syria and Iraq. The message is the first video released by Boko Haram since February, when Shekau was shown in high definition footage and vowed to disrupt Nigeria’s elections. AFP PHOTO

By Nelson Ekujumi (cppmandate@gmail.com)

 

Just yesterday, one watched delightedly and proudly, President Muhammadu Buhari repeat for the umpteenth time on CNN that he is open to negotiations with boko haram and as expected, some people have drawn out the dagger.

 

Please take note that Mr. President warned that we should be careful about this so called negotiations with boko haram because according to him, there are spurious and criminal groups parading themselves as boko haram, but that if he is convinced about the identity of the real boko haram, he will discuss because his main goal is the safety of the chibok school girls who should be rescued, reunited with their families and rehabilitated, as well as put a stop to all the mindless waste of lives and properties.

 

In ones considered opinion, no matter what anybody says, one is 100% with Mr. President on this, because a responsible government must do whatever is necessary and appropriate to ensure safety of lives and properties in line with its constitutional responsibility and this, one can see from the body language of Mr. President, is uppermost in his mind and thought.

 

Also, one is aware that despite the admonitions by patriots and well thinking Nigerians and groups for the expired Goodluck Jonathan administration at its inception to dialogue with boko haram which she turned deaf ears to and even resorted to name calling, blackmail and campaign of calumny, etc but which she attempted to clandestinely do, but it backfired due to dishonesty and lack of focus and trust, e.g. Lemu panel, etc..

 

However, one has some few questions for those who have drawn out the daggers against President Muhammadu Buhari for this responsible line of reason, of being open to dialogue with the genuine boko haram to end this bloodbath in our land.

 

1. Where were they when former president Goodluck Jonathan administration negotiated with fake boko haram and told us that the girls will be released last year only for the spate of bombings and killings to increase and the truth later came out that the government was scammed because the DSS as represented by Marilyn Ogar paraded some people as the scammers and till today, we have not heard of their prosecution for defrauding the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? What President Goodluck Jonathan administration did, was that not negotiations?

 

2. If they are the parents of the abducted girls and indigenes of the villages that have been overrun by the bandits with killing of people, abductions and destruction of livestock’s and means of livelihood, will they advise the government not to negotiate as an option to secure life and properties?

 

3, Can we rationalize any sane parent who in all honesty, when armed robbers are pointing guns at the head of his/her children for him to surrender himself/herself and what is on him, who will dare the armed robbers to go ahead and shoot?

 

4. For the education of those in need, are we not tired, psychologically traumatized enough by this needless bloodletting?

 

The truth of the matter is that, only a foolish man who is not capable of handling the sword, will go after the cause of the death of his father, so says a Yoruba proverb and what President Muhammadu Buhari is contemplating is not only in hearkening to his constitutional responsibility but also in line with his position as a responsible father of not only his family but also of the nation.

 

Again, one can recollect that Albert Einstein propounded that, you don’t solve a problem with the same mindset that created it and like we use to say, an eye for an eye will make both eyes blind. A government has a responsibility to ensure the safety of life and properties and whatever it does to keep to this duty should be applauded because if it fails in this line of duty, it will have failed and nobody will applaud it’s excuses.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has a responsibility to ensure the safety of lives and properties of Nigerians and whatever can be done to ensure this and restore the damaged reputation of Nigeria as a land ravaged by mindless bloodletting by terrorists should be done and implemented.

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