Cheta Nwanze: When the Boko Haram bombs finally hit home

by Cheta Nwanze

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So sad for Nigeria. I wish we can all just unite and be our brother’s keeper. These guys are just few, they can’t be terrorizing us all in the name of whatever they are fighting for which is baseless as far as I am concerned.

“To educate a man, is to educate an individual. To educate a woman, is to educate, and liberate a nation.” – Malcolm X

I’ll have to admit that this daily diet of not-so-palatable news was not the idea one had when this morning tonic started two years ago now. But the land we live in has forced that on us, and to be honest, some of the, frankly, rubbish, going on, are not the kind of things we, as a people can afford to ignore. For those of us in Abuja, the rubbish that has been happening 900 odd kilometres away in Maiduguri and environs hit home on Monday with the Nyanya bomb blast. For those of you in Lagos, a further 700 km away, do not think that things are rosy and dandy. The truth is that when more than a hundred young Nigerian maidens are kidnapped, very possibly to go and serve as comfort women, and the state thinks it is better to make accusations at an opposition babariga for whatever perceived slight, then, you begin to feel really apprehensive about our future.

Meanwhile two boys were kidnapped yesterday. They happen to be the kids of Kogi state’s gavel. I pray for their safe return. To Lagosians, I want to stress that Lokoja is 210 kilometres south of Abuja.

Bits and bobs

  • Some people believe that the problems of the manufacturers at Aba started with the issues of power that we currently experience. Some others know better. It all started when Nigerians branded those products as Igbo-made, and refused to patronise them.
  • For those of you who have been queuing for petrol like good Nigerians, worry no more. The petrol subsidy has gone out the window with immediate effect.
  • Someone mentioned the word “bomb” in our hallowed chambers yesterday, cue, pandemonium.

Right of Reply

Afolabi Salaam wrote,

So sad for Nigeria. I wish we can all just unite and be our brother’s keeper. These guys are just few, they can’t be terrorizing us all in the name of whatever they are fighting for which is baseless as far as I am concerned. I will want us all to fish them out, confiscate whatever they have to take care of the families of those they have attacked, and take them all up on a mountain on a sunny day, strip them and sun bath them on the rocks for days. That will teach them a lesson.

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