By Peregrino Brimah
Major General Olukolade speaks about ‘nation’ and ‘pride.’ The question is; ‘what nation?’ and ‘what pride?’ Having had a sizeable piece of Nigeria ruled by Boko Haram with former Nigerians as we sadly must refer to them, being subjected to new harsh laws and realities under a Boko Haram government in a Boko Haram nation; local governments like Gamboru-Ngala, Dikwa, Abadam, Marte, Bama, Madagali, Gulak and Gwoza that remain Boko Haram territory; what nation is Major General Olukolade talking about? And what pride can we possibly have? Will it be fair to regard us as a nation and one that has pride left if we had an ounce of empathy for the enslaved former Nigerians in these parts; the dead, the dying, the raped and forcefully conscripted? Can we ever possibly still talk of pride when our military has lost our men, women and territory to terrorists?
Respect is earned: Has Major General Olukolade considered the apologies due to Nigeria? When will the DHQ apologize for falsely claiming that they, Nigerian military had bravely rescued all but 8 of the abducted girls—mind you, the very military that failed to actually pursue the terrorists with their captives, but stood back as mere citizens followed the terrorists and our daughters deep into Sambisa? Does the Major General not think that if the Nigerian military apologized for its insensitive lies, perhaps the media will be more kind to them?
Does the General not believe that a taller apology is due from his department and his paymaster, President GoodluckEbele Jonathan for treacherously declaring a cessation of fire against Boko Haram; a move that deliberately allowed the terrorists annex much more of Nigeria including the entire northern half of Adamawa and kill thousands more of our dear Nigerian citizens. Is it fair to plead more kindness from the media when the DHQ is yet to formally declare the Cessation of fire a blunder and officially cancel this scam and officially announce to the world that the war and #VictoryForNigeria is back on in full force against the terrorists and Nigeria will no longer traded to stupidity?
Will the Major General rather prefer that the media turns a blind eye to these top level senseless and clueless tactics and decisions and refuses to harshly rebuke those responsible for them who yet idiotically refuse to apologize for such treasonable choices? What will be the use of such a media as fails to report on the disastrous plight of its people as their territory is sold to terrorists piece by piece and State by State?
Does major General Olukolade consider apologizing for the military under the leadership of General AzubuikeIhejirika and now under Air Chief Alex Badeh, transferring hardware to terrorists systematically and continuously without a single soldier ever having been court-martialed for this treachery through the entire four years of Ihejirika’s tenure? Does Olukolade see this as defensible or does he deny the direct transfer of armored tanks, APCs and cartons of ammunition and thousands of guns to Boko Haram, that were carted up north by his men for use against terror?
Will a discussion on pride, not be better approachable if the Major called for the military tribunal trying of all those who permitted and were paid billions of dollars to facilitate this deadly treasonable supply of arms and ammunition to terrorists, up to the top level of the military and Presidency; or does Major General Olukolade expect us to be reasonable with this and not to complain as a people and as a media?
And can the media be asked to deliver lenience on the Nigerian military that storms its stands and burns our dailies? I never saw mention of this in the Major General’s presentation. Was the Nigerian military demanding pride and confidence by that act of shameful tyranny? The massacre of Zakzaky’s three children and other procession members; and the burning of Lagos State buses also comes to mind. I do believe military men can err, but where is the apology from its spokesperson? The authentication criteria of the military leadership who control those given the supreme right to bear and use arms must be put through more rigorous certification process. Indeed our soldiers are great men, but the leadership of that department needs be checked. Corruption seems to have destroyed our last bastion of hope in Nigeria.
Dr. PeregrinoBrimah can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @EveryNigerian
Hussaina Musa Muti