The Armed Invasion Of Mubi


The fall of Mubi to the radical, extremist Islamist sect Boko Haram is a

set of indictments. Mubi was the second largest city in Adamawa State

until today, when much of the population was fleeing. They doubtless have

metamorphosed themselves to al-Qaeda affiliate in pursuit of territorial

ambition and as it is every machinery must be put in place to prevail on

the President to commit the national army to recapture the town from these

invading marauders.
While we may suggest this to the president but we must also remind the

authorities in Nigeria to look beyond Nigeria for a lasting solution to

the Boko Haram scourge. President George W. Bush saw red immediately after

the 9/11 attacks and resolved to pursue the terrorists beyond America's

territorial borders. No force on earth deterred him from doing this in

spite of the ranting from other world leaders , one would say he went, he

saw and he conquered and today we have a very safe and even safer United

States. I think this is worth taking our cue from if these band of

marauders and sponsors must be brought to their kneels.

By invading, occupying, weakening and looting Mubi , the militants have

doubtless not only destroyed the economy of that region but their invasion

have also provoked religious and ethnic divisions and this forebodes

nothing but devastation. I hasten to say that the difficulty our national

army is having with keeping the north east is better blamed on those who

swore to make the country ungovernable but if I dare say none of their

political ambitions is worth the blood of any Nigerian. Our nation's

changed circumstances are also an indictment of the irresponsible use to

which some money bags of northern extraction and elsewhere in the region

are putting their riches.
The fall of Mubi is also an indictment of the Nigerian army, which is well

equipped and some of its troops well trained , and which seems to have

just run away from Boko Haram, allowing some heavy weapons to fall into

their hands. Boko Haram and their secret sponsors dream of a sovereign

Islamic state. Many want to implement a fundamentalist vision of Islamic

law where there would be no place for non-Muslims. This must stop and they

must all be read the Riot Act no matter whose ox is gored.

Our comrade-in-politics who sit on the other side of the table do nothing

to resolve this devastating dispute and ameliorate this crises. What

Nigeria urgently stands in need of are constructive criticisms from these

afore-mentioned men who have resolved to make themselves enemies of this

administration not inciteful remarks to further heat up the polity. I'm

amazed at how natural it is to criticize, condemn and complain. As we

converse, it is expected that we spend most of our time complaining about

our present circumstances and the incompetence of the people around us. It

seems as if most of our social interactions consist of this ridiculous

ritual that accomplishes nothing. We don't leave these conversations

feeling better about ourselves, nor do they do anything to improve the

situation. This is what Nigerians and our men in the mainstream

opposition must know.
It is a thousand pities these men who aspire to lead again have resorted

to gospel of hate in stead of extending a helping hand. Solutions to

teething problems of this magnitude are not found the way such problems

were swiftly created via careless utterances and the like which these

men are good at. Such criticisms have often been taken abroad to incite

the international community against the authorities at home. This is not

only deceitful but also traitorous , actionable and punishable.

To criticize with malice afore-thought , wilfully and deliberately if

you ask me, does not yield any fruitful dividend. The only tangible thing

it does is to put one on the defensive doubtless to justify oneself. Does

it help in any way if one may ask again? No! It only hurts one's sense

of importance and arouses resentment and this must be refrained from if

they are ever to be taken seriously. Enough damage has been done by

provocative statements which serve as nothing but morale booster to

these tribe of armed terrorist gang who daily unleash terror on

defenceless Nigerians in that part of the country.

So all in all, the ”successful” armed invasion of Mubi is a

dramatically daring military operation . It has only established a

milestone in the history of warfare by demonstrating the seeming

incompetence of our comrade-in-arms. Our national army must be purged

of traitors and saboteurs and all those who are either by acts of

omission or commission in sympathy with the Islamist sect Boko Haram if

this war is to be won.
Iyoha John Darlington, aka Lington Donovan writes from Turin, Italy.

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