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Thursday 8 August 2019

Nigeria: The Evil We Ignored

Princewill Akubumma |Biafra Writers

August 8, 2019

In the civilized world, insurgence or terror attack is given prompt attention. Not only do the relevant authorities quell the current incident, they strive as well to prevent future occurrences. This is because evil only persists if we keep silent.

In democratic settings, the people draw government’s attention to pressing issues via protest – the fastest way to do so. This is because it is expected of humans to take cognizance of other people’s predicament whenever calamity comes calling, knowing that if he does nothing, such calamity would one day get to him. Evil thrives in a society where good people refuse to act.

While most Nigerians were still dozing, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, saw the evil festering in Nigeria and took to the streets, protesting and seeking redress.

The senseless and now incessant killings in the country by Fulani herdsmen under the Buhari-led government started with peasant farmers. As the poor farmers were hacked to death in their farm lands, Nigerians didn't care. They believed it wouldn’t get to them.  With time though, the Fulani upped their game and began to attack traditional rulers. Still, most Nigerians – especially those in urban areas – didn’t care a hoot, believing only villagers are at risk.

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It soon extended to church members, the middle class, and just recently, the daughter of Afenifere chieftain got murdered by the herdsmen – confirming that even the elite is not exempt. Sadly, the Nigerian populace is yet to come to terms with the reality that only a revolution can stop such catastrophe, given the fact that the herders have the backing of the current government. They are still hoping that somehow the evil will stop on its own or that God will come down from heaven to put a stop to it.

Drunk with the opium of the masses – religion – they kept on with the liturgical illusion, “prayer for Nigeria in distress.” Many, even the clergy, called IPOB’s peaceful protests demonic, canvassing a forceful halt to it. They took sides with the corrupt government and sanctioned the illegal proscription of IPOB and its tagging as a terrorist organization.

Interestingly, the old saying, “what goes around comes around,” rises over time to remind humans that the evil we ignore today comes calling tomorrow.  The terrorist herdsmen are today abducting and killing even priests. The clergy is now staging protests – same thing they called demonic. If only they had known, they would have joined forces with IPOB earlier and put a stop to the festering evil. They ignored it, today they are suffering it.

The Biafra Times
Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
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