By Kola Animashaun
In war trivial causes produce momentous events – Gaius Julius Caesar (The Gallic War)
It does not matter by who, what is clear now is that the police, the Nigerian armed forces including the intelligence have failed. Otherwise, why would we surrender to the rule of the mob?
Our President has sort of agreed that we should now dialogue with those who have killed our fathers, our mothers and our children. It does not matter what they are- Muslims, Christians and idolaters.
From Yobe to Bauchi, Postikum to Kaduna. They even devastated Kano and many days ago, the people of Madalla were just burying their dead.
Just a few days ago MEND, (The Movement For Emancipation of the Niger Delta) dared the military: you can’t stop us; the group threatened to resume fresh attacks in the Niger Delta. Particularly on South African Investment. The MEND has a good case but would spoil it by wrong methods.
The Boko Haram was doing its own thing in Sapele. And you never know where they will strike next and the pretexts are as many as the reasons. Paul Jezhi, a former chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Kaduna has said “ Concerned Nigerians are putting pressure on Boko Haram to embrace dialogue as a way for peace, even President Goodluck Jonathan recently called on the sect to come out and embrace dialogue………
I have suggested that government should set up a high powered committee with people like Sultan of Sokoto, emirs and other groups to mediate in the crisis and report back to the government. We are concerned with the return of peace in the North and Nigeria at large”.
Shehu Sani of Civil Right Congress of Nigeria (CRC) thought the government was roughing up the Boko Haram the wrong way. He says when you have a situation of terror… there are two things you can do; one is to fight to a stand-still and defeat them. The second is to explore the option of dialogue.
According to him, the government has taken the first option. And it has been a lot of loss of lives- innocent lives. Sani says it is cheaper to engage the Boko Haram in dialogue.
Sani has stepped the Boko Haram to the stage of IRA and the Niger Delta is on the level of Boko Haram! He says we should dialogue with them.”
What would Jonathan do? To be or not to be. He is asking the European Union for help. He said: “As a government, we cannot celebrate criminals or turn them into heroes” he says his administration was committed to enforcing the rule of law to guarantee the safety of lives and property. Whatever way the President will solve this crisis, he has to do it, and quickly too. I will always submit to peaceful settlement but if that fails he should go for the other option.
When death came calling
Three Nigerians- eminent in their spheres- died together this last mid-week. Professor Sam Aluko, the economist and well known for contribution to debates. Aluko died on Tuesday Feb. 7 at a UK hospital.
Matthew Tawo Mbu died in the Royal Free hospital, London the same Monday, February 7 at 7 am. Sam was born 82 years ago and Mbu was also 82 years. Mbu had come to prominence long before Sam having been a prominent politician before he was 23 years. He became our first High Commissioner to the United Kingdom at 23.
He played in the league of politicians with the first republic big wigs including Maitama Sule and Shehu Shagari. He was very conspicuous in the first and second republic.
Sam Aluko was a hardy teacher. He taught in many schools including Principal of Zik’s College of Commerce, Sapele and Vice-principal of Lagos City College. He worked at Ife University. Aluko met Chief Awolowo in London in 1957 and they became firm friends. And he has become a fixture of Nigerian Economics life. He functioned as Adviser to Chief Adekunle Ajasin, General Sani Abacha, General Abdulsalam Abubakar and General Olusegun Obasanjo.
Like Aluko, L.K Jakande was also born in 1929. Both of them could be as old as Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Awo was born in 1909.
The third man Nigeria missed was Alhaji Abdullahi Sanusi Dantata. He was a famous Kano industrialist and chairman of Dantata and Sawoe. He also died at a ripe age and left according to Ahmed Bola Tinubu “his imprints in the sands of national time”. He was a hardworking and honourable private businessman. His construction company left positive marks all over the nation’s capital, Abuja.