By virtue of Sec 1 sub 2 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011, IPOB actions could be termed as acts of terrorism.
Ironically, the provision of the Constitution and the Armed Forces Act makes the python dance legal.
Before the law makes us look foolish, let us come together to discuss it and resolve this conflict through peaceful means.
It is high time we learned to live as one or seceded peacefully. The ridiculousness of our disunity was obvious when we went into an internal war barely 6 years into independence – a crisis we are yet to recover from. Most of us did not have the privilege of enjoying the early life and times of our Elder States Men when a country actually existed. Everything is messed up, unemployment is rising faster than a soaked garri, school system is in shambles, economy is weaker than the President, it is not 1984 but life is hard.
When a region decides to secede, the appropriate thing is to call for a referendum. Incessant fights and sporadic killings brings our education into question. Everybody wants peace but peace can never be attained by force. In the words of Albert Einstein, peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be kept by understanding.
As a Nation, we have faced the storms over and over, we have loved and killed one another, lived together yet destroyed the very entity than binds us, generated good internal revenues but used it in feeding a select few fat so they could be eternally dominant over the suffering masses. The establishment of the NYSC was meant to foster inter tribal unity but we are not even fully intra tribally united. The scheme has led to series of massacre of corps members. In every Nation, there are hard times, there are tribulations but that is not what should fall a nation, rather in times like this, in coming together, we can show the world the strength of our unity in overcoming as one. Enlightening is the words of Ronald Reagan, when he stated that peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
The law is not helping and lawyers are killing us daily. The oath lawyers take is like marriage oath and hippocratic oath of doctors – a mere formality. Those who are meant to defend us let out the first strike. The military is a joke. We acts like it is no one’s business but in times of war, no one is a minor and everybody is a victim. It was legendary Michael Jackson who taught us in his hit song “We are the world” that:
There comes a time when we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it’s time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all
We can’t go on pretending day by day
That someone somewhere will soon make a change
all a part of God’s great big family
And the truth, you know,
Love is all we need
It is my opinion that if we must stick together, the component units (states) must be independent of the centre and grow at it own pace. No longer should we rely on Aso Rock for all and sundry. The people should hold their Governor accountable for within them he came and back to them he will return. The police system should altered. Every state should have their police. Like in the US, when you police your city, a place in which you have your business and raise your family, you will be more willing to sacrifice your life. There should be huge reforms in the public sectors where there are more ghost workers than rats in the President’s office. We are schooled enough to know what is right.
For the record, terrorism as defined by the Terrorism Prevention Act admits Bokom Haram (obviously), Fulani herds men as terrorists and other acts that threatens the peace and existence of a people or nation or it structures among others is terrorism (see the Act for clarity). It can be really insulting to have a President who is silent in the face of adversity or define terrorism base on who committed an act rather than the act committed. While he has done his best which is grossly insufficient just like everyone before him, it is high time we saturated the government with intellectuals when next we head to the polls.
In conclusion, I will quote Senator Barack Obama (as he then was in 2006) in a speech he gave in the university of Nairobi titled “An Honest Government: A Hopeful Nation” – You would love to check it out. I quote him “In the end, if the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost. And this is why the struggle against corruption is one of the great struggles of our time”.