by Yomi Kazeem
Nigeria’s name is once again in the mud as two fellows, born and bred in Britain but of Nigerian descent, are in custody for the gruelling Woolwich murders. Describing the crime as despicable would be an insult to the word itself and one is glad that the two young men, who should not feel odd amongst animals in zoo following their crazy attack, have been apprehended.
You see, apprehension is key to understanding the crime of killing Lee Rigby. Had the Metropolitan Police shot the culprits in the head – and they could have – there would be no context to the crime. Beheading and hacking a soldier to death are not everyday occurrences in Britain but in order to ensure that it never happens again, the culprits need to talk. Was this a random attack? Are they members of an underground cell that may have slipped through the net? Was a soldier specifically targeted or was the goal to butcher the first person they saw? Questions, questions, questions and only these two sad fellows can answer. Anyone who saw the video of one of the culprits talking could hear the hate in his voice and that makes it more imperative than ever for Britain to eject people like hate preacher Abu Qatada from the country.
If anyone is wondering how vile Qatada is, here’s a fun-fact: some of Abu Qatada’s sermons were found in the room of one of the 9/11 bombers. Islam is a religion of peace, having people paint is as otherwise is dangerous as there is more than enough evidence to show that when these hate preachers talk, people listen. Channels for dissemination of hate sermons need to be shut down. Feeble minds can easily be swayed by such vile and so society needs to help them to help themselves.
Talking of help, the defence ministry and the President may say they have the Boko Haram situation under control but it appears the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi is having none of it. The Oba has asked for help from the United States as US Consul-General, Jeff Hawkins, paid the Oba a courtesy call.
“We appeal to America, as a strong ally of Nigeria, to rise and help. Time is ripe for America to help us.” A holy book says ‘ask and it shall be given’ yet seeing as President Barack Obama is overrun with issues of drone attacks, Guantanamo Bay and gun control, it is unlikely Oba Lamidi will get his wish.
If I had a wish though, it will be for the Ministry of Power, the President and all other concerned make up their minds on our megawatts generation. In 2010, the President’s forecast put Nigeria at achieving 10,000 megawatts by the end of this year. Officially, the story has changed.The date for 10,000 megawatts output has once again shifted like we all knew it would. Sometime in December 2014 is the new D-day to look forward and quite rightly too. After all, having uninterrupted power supply in Nigeria is akin to Christmas.
Nigerians may be sad about power supply but one man who will be happy despite all our collective problems is Valentine Okike. The former deputy speaker of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly got re-instated after being out of action for two months. What can I say Sir? Happy Valentine’s Day?