NORTHERNERS THE MAJOR PROBLEM NIGERIA IS FACING

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The Yoruba Council of Elders is right that Nigeria’s biggest security
problems are concentrated in the North and these problems are
draining the country’s resources. Are the Boko Haram terrorists
not Northerners, mainly from the Northeast? Is religious violence
not concentrated in the North? Are Muslim fanatics that attack
Churches and loot Igbo shops in the name peaceful protests not
Northerners? Are these mobs that extra-judicially lynch non-
Muslims for alleged blasphemy not Northerners? Do Yoruba
Muslims take the laws into their own hands by lynching others for
alleged blasphemy? Don’t the Southwest have Muslims? Why are
they not behaving violently in the name of religion? Why is
religious extremism and violence concentrated in the North? Are
the violent Fulani bandits not Northerners? If you argue that the
violent herdsmen are foreigners, then why are foreigners claiming
right to grazing land in Benue State by violent means, which led to
introduction of anti grazing laws? Are the notorious ethnic militias
that murder children and pregnant women not Northerners?
While the Niger Delta leaders have always played active roles in
the achievement of the peace by talking their youths out of
violence, why have the Borno Elders, the ACF, the Northern Elders
Forum and others failed to play any effective role in ending the
violence that engulfs the North? These Northern groups are more
active in terms of calling for the return of political power to the
North and retaining power than in ending the violence for which the
region become notorious.
In April 2013, when former President Jonathan offered amnesty to
the Boko Haram terrorists, what efforts did these Northern leaders
make to give the initiative a fillip? Virtually nothing. Instead, they
were accusing Jonathan of being behind Boko Haram to
“depopulate” the North for the so-called political advantage.
When the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua offered amnesty to
the Niger Delta militants, the leaders of oil producing region had
proved their relevance and influence by persuading their youths out
the violent agitations. Not only that, they also persuaded their boys
to lay down their arms and they did and peace returned to the
region. Instead of giving Jonathan’s amnesty offer for Boko
Haram a push, Northern leaders were living in denial about the
reality of the terror group being a Northern problem, despite the
fact that Kanuri boys dominate the membership of the gangs of
mass murderers. In fact, some even ridiculously believed that it
was a CAN agenda to destroy or eliminate Muslims, despite the
fact that Boko Haram suicide bombers were targeting Churches
almost every week or day. The so-called Borno Elders were busy
playing politics with the issue while the monster was getting
stronger and crueller.
The problem with us Northerners is that we don’t want to
acknowledge the reality of the problem on our hands. We always
look for excuses to comfort ourselves, from religious
fundamentalism, violent extremism and the menace of the
herdsmen. Instead taking a stand against these evil realities. If you
say herdsmen are not Nigerians, why should foreigners claim a
right to land in Benue State or anywhere else, and kill farmers that
resist their encroachment? There are Fulanis in Mali, Chad,
Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Niger Republic and other parts of Africa.
Why are not engaged in the massacre of the people in those
places? If they are obeying the law elsewhere, why are they
behaving with impunity in Nigeria?
We should not allow murderers to ruin our peace and peaceful
coexistence because of ethnic, cultural, and linguistic affinity.
Nobody will come from another place to solve these problems for
us. It is our baby, we must deal with it, it is time for action. It is
time Northerners spoke with one voice over these evils that have
blighted the progress of Northern Nigeria, a region that ranks
lowest on the ladder of the development index.

5 Comments

  1. D

    ok

  2. T

    Ok

  3. j

    Nigeria’s biggest security
    problems are concentrated in the North and these problems are
    draining the country’s resources

  4. E

    serious

  5. E

    Good

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