by Yomi Kazeem
Unless you’re on a space mission with Nigeria’s version of NASA (we have one, right?), then the State of Emergency in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno is no news. So far, there have been air strikes, curfews, dead bodies, blood and more dead bodies.
One sticking point is how to ensure that NONE of the dead bodies are innocent civilians. God knows the civilians in those states have suffered enough. However, if – God forbid – civilians are foolishly killed by an over-eager army, what method of accountability is in place. My Nigerian instincts tell me there is none and that – boys and girls – is a damn shame.
Still on the #SoE, I hear some Northern elders are chattering about how the emergency rule is wrong and all what not. In a sense they may be right but if they let this malaise go so far under their watch then they should barely have a voice. Some of them have been alleged to be complicit in these sordid affairs, others have been accused of being directly involved and given the fact that their cities look like a scene from a 1970’s movie due to gross underdevelopment, they have not been able to control their citizens. Sorry sirs, if you won’t stop Boko Haram, stand aside and let the President do so.
However, in doing so, Mr President needs a clear plan of action. While the immediate focus and goal is restoring relative peace to the states, one hopes that eliminating the top echelon of the Boko Haram hierrachy is a goal as well. One also hopes that there is a PLAN in place, ready to be implemented, to revive the economies of the North which were grounded to a halt months ago.
Finally, on the bright side of #SoE, events which unfolded have drowned the manic voice of an obnoxious, over-bearing south-south fella who threatened war as though he was in command of the army. Good riddance to awful rubbish.
A parting shot: Mr President seems to be more important in Equatorial Guinea than he appears to be in the Nigeria social media space. Only a few days ago, 10 Nigerians were released due to the ‘respect Equatorial Guinea has for Nigeria and her President’. Talk about reaping the fruits of being giants of Africa.