BY EBELE ORAKPO
Why are we playing politics with this abduc-tion issue?” asked Dave, a commuter in the Mile-2-bound vehicle.
“How do you mean?” asked Julie. Said Dave: “The army seems reluctant to fight this battle. Are they telling us that the accursed Boko Haram guys are better than them?”
Replied Steve: “No! The point is that these Boko guys are ready to die while our soldiers are not. They still value their lives although they swore to protect us with their lives. They complain of inadequate funding so why won’t government channel the security votes given to governors to the army? The governors are not securing anything as far as I am concerned. They just use it to enrich themselves and their cronies without being asked to account for it. I hear the least they get as security vote is N500 million a month! Is that fair? That should go to the security agencies.”
“The President is just too slow. Obj would have crushed them long ago,” said John.
“Na lie! This is not Odi oo. Terrorism is an entirely different kettle of fish. It took US and others years to subdue Al-Qaeda. What did Obj do when Sharia violence broke out? Nothing, he hoped it will fizzle out,” said Dave.
“My grouse with GEJ is that he still carries on as if nothing is happening. He is not giving us information on what government is doing about the abducted girls,” complained Ade.
“What do you want him to do, fight the animals himself? Not giving information is an African thing; so I get really riled up when people compare us with the West. Here, a mother will tell her young girl that any day a man sees her nakedness, she will be pregnant and the girl will take it literally whereas in the western world, a mother will say it as it is. Anyway, the army has been given the nod to go all out against the enemies. I only hope the poor girls won’t be hurt in the process because they would want to use them as human shields. I just pray for divine intervention,” Steve stated.
“Oh pleeease, do not call them animals, that is an insult to the animal kingdom. Animals are more compassionate than these demons in human skin,” said Ade, adding: “I’m not expecting him to go and fight them but he should show some concern. Most times he looks so relaxed as if all is well.”
“Let’s stop tearing ourselves apart. The politicians know what is going on. The senator representing Chibok area was once fingered as one of the sponsors of Boko Haram. But today, guess what? He is still sitting pretty in the hallowed chambers. So what are we talking about?” asked John visibly angry.
Said Steve: “So is it the President that is going to remove him? Come on, be real! The onus is on his people to recall him because they sent him there.“
“If my memory serves me right, he was arrested and interrogated and then let off the hook when no evidence was found against him,” said Julie.
“The people are not helping matters too. These devil incarnates live in their midst and they know them but fail to give information to security agencies probably out of fear or camaraderie,” noted Julie.
“The President said they need the cooperation of the parents of the girls to locate them. What nonsense! Is that how a leader should talk?” queried Abdul.
Replied Mercy: “Pray, what is wrong with what he said? Security is the duty of everyone and should not be left for security agencies alone. That is the problem we have here. These security guys are not spirits; they are human like us so they need the cooperation of everyone to make their job easier. So long as we continue to hide vital information that could assist them in the discharge of their duties, so long will we continue to grope in darkness. Remember Bama? The insurgents lived among them in the community, they knew them very well but refused to report to the authorities. So when their madness came to a head (they pulled down Nigerian flag and hoisted their own), the soldiers went to dislodge them and in the process, some civilians were killed and then the human rights groups and some northern elite suddenly found their voices, alleging extrajudicial killings.”
“It’s even possible that nobody is missing as Mrs Jonathan said,” noted Julie.
“Is that possible?
“O yes. In Nigerian politics, anything is possible and we are so, so gullible,” replied Mercy.