An old Yoruba adage says “the death that will take you doesn’t call by your name”
For the past three years,Northern Nigeria has been undersiege both internal and external. The North’s economy has gone from manage to damage, her people are killed every day like flies that the number is too much that we have lost count. Cities like Maiduguri, Damaturu, Potiskum, Kano, and many others have been turned into a battlefield by Nigerian troops and the insurgents.
I spoke to some friends of mine Sani Usman Hardo in Damaturu and Aaron Amos in Maiduguri who both lamented on the long curfews and fears that ordinary citizens are faced with everyday. Businesses shut down, People leaving in fear and taking refuge only in their houses. Aaron who is a student of University of Maiduguri said “Every day
when I leave home for school and return back safe and sound, I give all the glory to God” and Sani said “As we speak, a bomb blasted some meters away from my house three hours ago, it is so sad. Allah ya kyauta”. The both conversations are examples of an almost everyday living in such places.
Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State recently said the security threat by the Boko Haram in the northern part of the country had stalled development in the region.
“I am not satisfied with the slow pace of development in the northern region…In terms of progress, I am not satisfied with the situation in the North now, because of insecurity slowing down economic activities to the extent that when you invite investors, they are afraid to invest their money for fear of losing their investments,” he said.
Aliyu, however, said the slow economic activities was not peculiar to the region alone but the country at large as the activities of the group had given the country a negative image abroad.
So many times I have shed tears, been depressed,thrown insults to our leaders and to us also the followers for our actions and inactions since when this drama began regardless of colours(differences).
The problem of the North, South, East or West should be the problem for all unlike how today when many are saying the North should solve their problems themselves. I dare say where is the Nigerian blood that flows in all of us? Where is the brotherliness? Where is love? I guess we have all lost it. My first allegiance lies with the Nigeria state before my region.
I therefore call on our brothers from other regions of the country to join hands with us in fighting these insurgency that we are facing now.
Like I said earlier the death that will take you, does not call you by your name as such, we such should all wake up to cleanse our nation of all this negative vices from Official Boko Haram, Boko harams, kidnapping, robbery and all the others before it consumes us all. Hate is no alternative to one love.