Rather than leap for joy at the declaration that Abubakar Shekau, leader of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram is dead, Nigerians are flabbergasted and taken aback by how suddenly the military and other security operatives seems to be getting everything right.
Like a scene from the ’24’ series, the good guys are closing-in on the bad guys and the world is saved from a global disaster but only that the Boko Haram saga was a plot all along.
It looks like a script that was written to help President Goodluck Jonathan get reelection into office. You ask why? Boko Haram insurgents are the only terrorists in the world that would surrender on a daily basis to a once-weakened, ill-equipped, poorly funded military when the country is only months away from election.
Globally terrorists groups like al-Qaeda, Shebab or Islamic State do not sheath their sword because election is around the corner neither do they surrender on a daily basis.
Don’t get me wrong, we all want terrorism to cease in Nigeria but the writing on the wall shows that we probably had an artificial terrorist group in place and reports linking friends of the president to the funding of Boko Haram confirms this. They sacrificed thousands of our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters for what? Re-election? Sure looks like it.
If that is not true, why is Modu Sheriff eating, drinking and charting the future of Nigeria in Chad with President Jonathan? The former Borno state governor’s affiliation and association with the dreaded terrorists is quite pronounced and very glaring, yet the government sees no reason why he should be prosecuted.
Azubuike Ihejerika’s role as the conduit pipe for siphoning funds and arms to the sect has also been reported. Australian negotiator, Stephen Davis, is the latest person to link the former army chief to terrorist funding. However, the spokesperson of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar says it would be ‘wicked’ of anyone to link him to terrorism. What kind of government is this?
Jonathan cannot deny his own role in the activities of Boko Haram because his friends, with whom he shares a common interest, fund them. That aside, over three months ago, shortly after the Chibok Girls were abducted Jonathan had a meeting with Nigerian editors and when asked about the girls, he dismissed the question with no remorse on his face. He said they would be found in words but his actions clearly said otherwise.
Now, our military. How do we explain the new-found vigour and intelligence of our military, if it is not one on a script because this is the same military that has loaded Nigerians with so much lies? You will recall, when the Chibok Girls were kidnapped, our military came out the next day to brazenly lie that they have been recovered. That was one of the hundred of lies.
Then, they lied that Boko Haram did not take over Gwoza; same was said of Bama and same was said of Damboa and the 25 other towns/villages they controlled. Our military also said the sect had not hoisted its flag but that again turned out to be a lie.
Another lie they sold was that our soldiers never ran to Cameroun but that lie was quelled by the Camerounian military, then our lying military then said it was a ‘tactical retreat’. Another lie was that the military had the requisite arms and ammunitions used to fight the insurgents only for our soldiers and their wives to revolt in Maiduguri.
Miraculously, the release of the Chibok Girls will happen within days and the president will move to the next scene of his reelection bid. The next scene on the script is that, President Goodluck Jonathan will come out as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s (Endorsed) candidate who was cajoled to contest and feed us more lies.
He will come out in a colourful and luring ceremony organised by TAN and sponsored by the missing $20 billion to declare that he has defeated the terrorist sect, Boko Haram. We expect him to claim that he will do more if given four more years but we know it was his plan all along.
The jigsaw is falling into place but this time the icing on the cake will melt because they have goofed. Their attempt to con Nigerians into getting them re-elected in 2015 has hit the rocks. We cannot all be fools at the same time, can we?