“The child that burns down his father’s house, will inherit ashes.” ~ African Proverb.
When Boko Haram began terrorising North East Nigeria in late 2010, I called them terrorists and asked the government to deal with them before they became a monster. We all know the Boko Haram story and how the small lizard grew into a huge fire-blowing dragon. Many in the North East condemned them but anyone foolish enough to support Boko Haram in its early days, swiftly came to regret that decision as the terrorists burnt/bombed and devastated the entire North East.
Now, the Niger Delta Avengers are terrorising Nigeria and the South South. They are blowing up oil wells and pipelines. They have vowed to destroy Nigeria economically. While many in the SS have condemned them, there are a small band of vocal cheerleaders egging them on. Maybe they too will learn to regret it once the effects of the devastation are fully seen.
Boko Haram are religious terrorists. Niger Delta Avengers are economic terrorists. They are all Nigerian terrorists, terrorising Nigeria. When a person or group lifts up arms against a government, when they begin planting and detonating bombs, they have made themselves violent terrorists. Any list of demands or reasons why they became terrorists, becomes moot. Deadly violence against the state negates any reason/explanation/self-justification.
Finally, let me be clear. The Nigerian Government and her armed forces have a responsibility to keep Nigeria safe and secure and protect her from all enemies – foreign and domestic.
Dem say small small word dey sufficient for wise man.
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