Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai
If the Ejagham people of Cameroon decide to be killing other Cameroonians on lame and ridiculous reason that “Western Education is forbidden” and that every Cameroonian must pay allegiance to “Obasinjom”-the all powerful god of the Ejagham people and they are supported in this venture by the Ejaghams of Nigeria. What do you expect President Biya and the Cameroon military and policing establishments to do?
This is the question Muhammed Sanusi II, the all powerful Emir of Kano and his colleagues of the Jama’atu Nasri Islam, Nigeria’s top Islamic body have failed to provide the world with a simple answer. The Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi II noted in a rare public condemnation of the atrocities of Boko Haram that “We will never be intimidated into abandoning our religion which is the intention of the attackers”. Sanusi II was reacting to bombings and gun attacks at a Mosque in Kano. Muhammed Sanusi’s pronouncement was followed on Sunday by a declaration of Nigeria’s top Islamic body, the Jama’atu Nasri Islam-the umbrella group for the country’s Muslim community.
The Muslim leadership in the Federal Republic of Nigeria is now asking Muslims to embark on private, non state policing and defensive measures to protect themselves. They now say the Goodluck administration has failed to provide security. These pronouncements from the Emir of Kano and the Jama’atu Nasri gang are shameful, disgusting and disgraceful and betray some deliberate ignorance on the part of the Muslim leadership of Nigeria. To sure, it indicates that the Emir of Kano and his acolytes are extremely lacking in leadership finesse. And to be more accurate, they have been caught in the pangs of a monster they themselves created.
Boko Haram is not an invading army!! Boko Haram is not an army of occupation!! Boko Haram is the young men and women who constantly met at the gold palaces of men like Sanusi Muhammed II of Kano, the Sultan of Sokoto and the Emir of Borno and listened to diabolic harsh plots geared towards toppling the President Goodluck Jonathan administration. The top Islamic body of Nigeria in its Sunday communiqué further criticized as “ineffective” the state of emergency declared by the Goodluck administration. The Jama’atu Nasri wondered aloud “Why is it that any time the ineffective state of emergency is about to elapse, an extension is being sought, attacks are carried with sophistication?”
The answer is simple: Men like Aminu Tambuwal who saw President Goodluck as a person instead of as an institution are now beginning to see how difficult it is to topple an elected government. “Sisi” is facing a similar situation in Egypt for toppling Morsi and Egypt as a nation is slowly but surely being brought down to its knees all in bid to please some neo cons in the USA. It is not Christians who attacked a Mosque with bombs and guns in Kano. The Kano Mosque attacks were carried out by people who understand the importance of a Mosque to the Muslim faith. We of Cameroon Concord think the Emir of Kano is aware that the attackers have indeed intimidated his religion. We are also astonishingly shocked to see how helpless and powerless these Northern Nigeria leaders have become. When the late Sanni Abacha involved the Nigerian government in the affairs of the Sokoto Kingdom, Cameroonians felt the heat generated by a man called Dasuki right in the heart of Yaounde. How come that all these great Muslim Dynasties have become docile over a very simple poorly co-ordinated and poorly trained insurgence group known as Boko Haram? The North needs to think and rethink things
President Goodluck Jonathan has changed Nigerian politics forever and the Kaduna mafia should get this straight into their heads. Goodluck going or staying is not the issue here. The point we of Cameroon Concord are making is that “gone are those days when the North of Nigeria and Cameroon used the army to bully others to submission”. The progressive forces in the North of Nigeria should copy from those in Cameroon and join the government of President Goodluck and make Nigeria a strong and democratic country fully integrated into the African Union. A stitch in time saves nine.