Temie Giwa: The drones are coming – are you ready? (YNaija FrontPage)

by Temie Giwa

When sophisticated robots fight wars, the collateral of such wars are often normal people; young fathers and little girls who wake to the rage of a people far away from them and their lives are squandered in a war they never asked for and one that gets them nothing but loss and more loss.

Why should you worry about Boko Haram’s carnage in the North? Why does it matter if four thousand Nigerians have been killed in three years when most people who are lucky can flee to create new lives in other relatively safer parts of the country?  What about those of us who have made our lives in these safer parts? Does this concern us? Why should you care about Boko Haram?

The case that Boko Haram has increased her reach from the North of Nigeria to neighboring regions and countries has been made. There is ample evidence in international security circles that the group has forged a strong bond with Al Qaeda in the Maghreb and other international terrorism brands. It is reported that these international terror brands often provide Boko Haram with funding, training and perhaps courage. Recently, the general in charge of the struggle to deliver Northern Mali from the hands of that country’s strain of Al Qaeda related rebels stated that Boko Haram itself is highly integrated in terrorism in the north of Mali.

In Nigeria, the Boko Haram brand is also rapidly spreading. It is now able to carry out massive bombings in more than 900 miles radius in the North. This spread in terror has reached Sokoto state whose border provides ample chance that AQIM could better infiltrate and provide Boko Haram with all the weapons and trainings it needs to continue spreading horror in the North. The new Boko Haram strategy of kidnappings and public executions is far too similar to Al Oaeda’s signature act of terrorism that one can conclude that Al Qaeda is now in Nigeria. This war in the North is no longer about the Northern lower class warring against their richer overlords who have put them down for ages. It has moved away from freedom fighting now. This group is now an international terrorism faction using Nigeria has her new playing ground. This is not a personal war; it is an international one that calls on us to pay attention and act.

The world fights her wars differently now. The times of soldiers fighting against soldiers in a specified space, when countries could be held to the standard of a war that is just has passed. Enemy soldiers are porous and the consequences of these are dire. Citizens of a country who are unfortunate enough to share their country with deranged individuals who are keen on causing mayhem on an international stage are now a part of a war they never asked for. America and her partners now send drones into living rooms in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Middle East to deliver her justice often without the consent of the Pakistani government and definitely not that of the Pakistani people. When sophisticated robots fight wars, the collateral of such wars are often normal people; young fathers and little girls who wake to the rage of a people far away from them and their lives are squandered in a war they never asked for and one that gets them nothing but loss and more loss.

Can this happen in Nigeria? Could America decide that she has an enemy in Al Qaeda in the Maghreb? Will that bring the drones to Nigeria? Could these drones find their way into your living room while you get ready for work in the morning? Could these drones kill you and your family?

If America should agree with this petitioner, what becomes of Nigeria? Are these questions being asked in Aso Rock? Is your government prepared? Are you?

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