Friday, March 10, 2006

The Echoes of Civil War in Nigeria

Whom the devil wants to destroy, he makes the person ignorant of reason. And deaf to warnings.

The latest news on the horrifying and terrifying conflicts in Nigeria cannot be waved off in dismissal as another false alarm. Because, the dangers of another civil war erupting in Nigeria are clearly visible as a house on fire at noon.

The goriest riots over the controversial Danish Cartoons of Prophet Muhammad occurred in Northern and Eastern Nigeria and over 180 people were killed, including innocent mothers and their children. Then, the daring militants on the prowl in the creeks of the Niger Delta have been holding the nation hostage. Because, Nigeria is actually the real hostage of these invincible militants who have killed over 20 Nigerian soldiers and policemen among other casualties. The foreign hostages are just their bargaining chips.

Then, the agents of the kleptocratic ruling party are busy arresting and detaining those opposed to the Third Term bid of President Olusegun Obasanjo. What is going on now is the danse macabre of self-destruction.

Mohammed said his essay warned Obasanjo of the parallels between Nigeria and other African countries such as Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, where leaders' refusal to hand over power had led to civil war.

The fact that the Nigerian government cannot address the legitimate demands of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) shows the ineptitude of the leadership of the Nigerian government. And instead of addressing the emergencies in the country, the President is busy using all the tricks of his stock-in-trade as a crooked politician of dubious nature to perpetuate his reign of infamy and ignominy.

I am more concerned about the conflicts in our Niger Delta than the Third term bid of the President of Nigeria. As someone said, the Niger Delta is the keg of gunpowder on which Nigeria is sitting upon and can explode at anytime.

When I warned of what is happening now last year, the ignorant fools thought I was just joking and jiving on my blog. Both the government and the multinational oil companies ignored my warning. But, now they are in distress and desperate for emergency interventions from anywhere.

Ignorance kills.

I have updated this post.

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