[ ] Re: Boko Haraam and Tam­buwal

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Each of my ar­ti­cles in the last three weeks gen­er­ated loads of re­sponses. I have al­ways cher­ished the idea of pub­lish­ing pe­ri­od­i­cally the read­ers’ re­sponses to my ar­ti­cles be­cause apart from telling me how read­ers de­con­struct my mod­est ef­forts, they also give me an in­sight into the binoc­u­lars through which my read­ers fil­ter re­al­ity. Some re­sponses will bring new in­sights to an ar­gu­ment or ex­pand the scope of the dis­course. I ap­pre­ci­ate all those feed­backs, in­clud­ing those from my un­re­pen­tant crit­ics.

Af­ter my piece on ‘APC will be mak­ing a mis­take on Mus­lim-Mus­lim ticket’ (3 April 2014), in which I re­ceived over 70 text re­sponses and sev­eral emails as well as re­ac­tions on Daily Trust’s web­site, I planned to pub­lish some of those re­ac­tions the fol­low­ing week. How­ever a heated dis­cus­sion with one of the read­ers over the phone and his chal­lenge to me to name what would be a win­ning ticket for APC - a chal­lenge I ini­tially de­clined - led to the piece, ‘Tam­buwal will be PDP’s nightmare sce­nario’ (10 April 2014). The ar­ti­cle on Tam­buwal gen­er­ated as much in­ter­est and read­ers’ re­ac­tion as the one on Buhari. I again planned to pub­lish some of the re­ac­tions the fol­low­ing week but then came the hor­rific Nyanya sui­cide bomb­ing and all the anger and emo­tions it trig­gered in most Nige­ri­ans.

This week I am de­vot­ing the page to pub­lish a se­lec­tion of the re­ac­tions in my last two ar­ti­cles – those I feel are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives mir­rored in those re­ac­tions. I would have liked to in­clude one or two of re­ac­tions to my ar­ti­cle on ‘APC will be mak­ing a mis­take with Mus­lim-Mus­lim ticket’ but space does not per­mit so. The re­ac­tions have been edited for gram­mar and brevity. not limited by sec­u­lar faith/con­sid­er­a­tions will widen the hori­zons to build the MEN­TAL­ITY of hu­man and vir­tu­ous val­ues for hu­mane and no­bler REA­SON­ING and MU­TUAL COM­PAS­SION. This is the road to gen­uine PEACE which I see as a Coin with 2 faces of TRUTH & JUS­TICE.

It is only un­for­tu­nate nonethe­less that GEJ who is sup­posed to be in-charge as the Pres­i­dent of all Na­tion­al­i­ties & Groups/Camps has con­ducted him­self so far as a mem­ber, col­lab­o­ra­tor, or fa­cil­i­ta­tor of the South­ern party of the un­help­ful con­jec­tures as il­lus­trated in Adibe’s ar­ti­cle. His in­con­sis­tent/vague ap­proaches and disin­gen­u­ous body lan­guages as well as pub­lic ef­fu­sions of his aides/foot-soldiers ap­pear only com­men­su­rate as best ex­am­ple of a Foot­ball Ref­eree that seeks pro­fes­sional in­tegrity/rel­e­vance and ca­reer longevity by be­com­ing Club man­age­ment mem­ber of One of the con­tend­ing Foot­ball teams. GEJ once in­sisted MEND could never have been re­spon­si­ble for the ea­gle square bomb­ing. But the MEND point-man who is cur­rently serv­ing jail­terms in South Africa for TER­ROR af­fair had ex­posed Cab­i­net-GEJ’s com­plic­ity in a “BLAMEIT-ON-THE-NORTH” agenda!

Things, I be­lieve, would not have gone worse this far if GEJ’s had not deemed/ap­proached TER­ROR fight as FIGHT AGAINST PO­LIT­I­CAL Op­po­si­tions. This is also not to sug­gest that his RI­VAL po­lit­i­cal party oper­a­tors have been any wiser or more ma­ture in styles and re­sponse.

Plato who is pu­ta­tively or ar­guably the his­toric global pa­tri­arch of Phi­los­o­phy lived sev­eral thou­sands of years be­fore the birth of Muham­mad and Je­sus; he yet stressed so much on the need for VALUE project and pro­tec­tions while cau­tion­ing against care­free CUL­TURE OF LOOSE LIB­ER­TIES, & LI­CEN­TIOUS­NESS that may soon turn our moder­nity into a Jun­gle of Beasts. A for­eign Lead­er­ship Con­sul­tant not long ago con­trib­uted “THE NEED TO PRI­OR­I­TIZE ON CHAR­AC­TER TRAIN­ING IN OUR ED­U­CA­TION” to the last Ed­u­ca­tion Sum­mit. He sub­mit­ted in con­clu­sion that Nigeria will con­tinue to breed EN­E­MIES of its Econ­omy un­less our Ed­u­ca­tion helps our Char­ac­ter mold­ing.

May God help us to re­solve and work to­gether ac­cord­ingly so that dig­nity of Man is re­stored and his blood re­turns never to be de­filed again any­where and by no one.

Ab­dul Rah­man Yusuf, La­gos’ (com­ment on Daily Trust’s web­site). ‘Dear Adibe, I al­ways read your col­umn on Daily Trust and com­ment on Boko Haram is­sue, but what struck me was that most of you do not re­ally come up with sug­ges­tions on how to end the men­ace. Dur­ing the Septem­ber 11 at­tack on Amer­i­can both Democrats, Repub­li­cans, jour­nal­ists and se­cu­rity chiefs came

Sto aide of their cit­i­zens. The is­sue was not turned into pol­i­tics. How­ever back home, the federal gov­ern­ments claims they know those be­hind Boko Haram, yet they could not come up with names, to­mor­row they set up amnesty com­mit­tee with­out any re­sult. APC will come up with their own that the pres­i­dent is weak and that he should lift the state of emer­gency. But if the Pres­i­dent does that, do you think the Gov­er­nors will be in the State House? Boko Haram will sim­ply take over the states.

CAN will say some­thing to­day, the ULAMA will say an­other thing. Please our con­cern is peace in our re­gion. Please save this na­tion, GOD bless NIGERIA.’

Ab­du­lazeez Sani, by email email: azeezsanni@ ya­hoo.com

‘The in­se­cu­rity predica­ment is symp­to­matic of the fact that cor­rup­tion has so de­graded this na­tion to the ex­tent of for­get­ting the sanc­tity of life. All the con­spir­acy the­o­ries – from cred­i­ble to the pre­pos­ter­ous, from fifth colum­nists to the Amer­i­can-Bri­tish nexus, Je­suit power bro­kers or even the govern­ment-backed, will not be to­tally swal­lowed and ring hol­low against the back­drop of re­cent Nige­rian propen­sity to vi­o­lence. But other events like the Cen­tral African re­li­gious vi­o­lence, epi­demics in West Africa, South Sudan vi­o­lence etc makes one won­der if there is an anti- African con­spir­acy.’

John La­gos by text mes­sage (08160328540)

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