April 24, 2020

Fake activists and what they have done

By Ibrahim Kabiru Dallah

It is very easy to sight or sense a Nigerian adult whose childhood was disfigured permanently in formative years. Even as adults, they still flaunt an aura of self-importance very egoistically; but act like untamed forlorn urchins, whether in cities or villages of domiciliary.

The basic belief in such fellows is that muscular might or insensible vociferousness solves every problem around them in the world.  So, they hanker to fight in public to attract attention and loudly demean anyone suspected of antagonism or disgrace to a deserted dignity from birth. Devout your precious time to listen to anyone of them, but you will not find a plausible point to take home.

Usually, these delusive beings would claim knowledge of everything in the world, but barren of the idea that their daylight shadows trail them behind. Self-styled, Nigeria’s street/ emergency activists.

These activists know the tricks and they are exploiting it to the fullest for personal material capital. They have enough area boys who cheer and clap for them each time they visit the village or stage mock protests in cities, disguised as public interest or pro-masses cause. So, they parade a swollen head, steeped in pride at public arenas as activists.

Inwardly, they celebrate Nigeria’s fall or any calamity which befalls their country of birth. They are the Biblical Judas Iscariot of present times; betrayers of anything progressive about their country.

They are finding it unimaginable that the feast would end this soon under President Muhammadu Buhari and the helmsman of counter-insurgency operations, Gen. Buratai.

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Do they understand anything about international humanitarian laws, conventions or the principles of war?

Boko Haram has killed Nigerians for over a decade and the final onslaught by the military to end it is a welcome development.  Every Nigerian is interested in peace and security.  Nigerians are craving for peace and development of the country.

But Nigerians are tired of this war, war and war!  It has consumed enough of national resources both human and material.  The Nigerian military should end terrorism by whatever means.

Every good citizen should send a word of appreciation to Gen. Buratai through any means, urging him that Nigerian troops must finish the work of completely eradicating terrorism from the shores of Nigeria as quickly as possible. Gone are the days dubious Nigerians escape under such veneer unnoticed.

And it did not start yesterday in Nigeria. It was the revered Sun Tzu, who said; “When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.” Shekau is desperate to surrender to the might of Nigeria now! These are war experts expressing the philosophical intricacies of war which these self-styled and torn-coat street activists are disputing.

Dallah is Director of Communication and Publicity, Citizens Against Fake Activists and wrote from Lafia.