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Only Northern Leaders, Elders Can Stop Boko Haram — Analysts

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Some respectable Nigerians have spoken up on the protracted Boko Haram menace which has sent thousands of Nigerians to their early grave and left several hundreds of thousands displaced.

One such person is a concerned citizen of Nigeria, Mr. Anayo Nwosu, a former bank director and currently a private entrepreneur, who spoke to Elombah.com.

According to Mr. Nwosu, the solution to Boko haram lies, not with the army but, with the elders and leaders of the northern enclaves.

Giving his reasons why Boko Haram is still with us and claiming innocent lives frequently, notwithstanding years of bombardments by the military and how their activities could be curbed, he said:

“Do you know that the solution to most human problems could be located within the locality of the afflicted area?

“God has given every tribal group their own madness and the effective local panaceas to those madness which are discernible to only the members of the concerned tribe.

“Only the relatives of Boko Haram can stop Boko Haram. They know what to tell their deviant relatives to stop the carnage.

“I guess that the famed defeat of the sect after 2015 elections was not by force of arm but a simple statement like “brothers, our relation is now in control of the Nigerian government. 

“All the security apparatuses are now in the hands of our brothers therefore, lay down your arms as your objective not to be governed by an infidel has been achieved”.

Expressing fears that the terror group’s activities shall resurge as is being noticed in the eventuality of President Muhammadu Buhari’s demise or resignation, he said:

“I sincerely pray that President Buhari comes back so soon as the continued “coordination” by Osinbajo could cause a relapse.

“A possible succession of President Buhari by Prof. Osinbajo would not help the fight against the defeated Boko Haram. 

“Nigeria as presently constituted would remain peaceful, especially in the north, only if the religiously charged militant youths are told and they agree that a Nigerian INFIDEL can rule them as a president.

“Pretend as they would, only Yoruba leaders can rein in OPC as the Igbo leaders can to IPOB and MASSOB. Same as the Niger Delta Militants.

“Elders of all tribes have hidden in their pockets, the red buttons or control switches of their local terror groups which they could make national to advance their interests.”

Another concerned citizen, a political analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Boko haram is principally a northern phenomenon.

He recalled how the northern leaders fueled the Boko haram crisis through their words, actions and silence.

He cited the example of the then former military ruler and chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change [CPC], Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari had then asked the federal government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

Buhari spoke on a Liberty Radio programme as Guest of the Week accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

He said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

He accused President Goodluck Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country.

He also castigated t Jonathan administration for slamming state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state and the proscribing of Boko haram as a terrorist group.

The analyst, therefore, argued that such statement emboldened the terrorists and made the government as hapless before them.

He concluded that for Boko Haram to be extinguished, those that supported them both actively and passively must eat back their words and make them realise that they are nothing but enemies of the people.

On the Chibok girls kidnap and eventual release, he expressed some doubts but reserved his comments.

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Some respectable Nigerians have spoken up on the protracted Boko Haram menace saying only elders and leaders of the northern enclaves can stop them

Only Northern Leaders, elders Can Stop Boko Haram — Citizens

Some respectable Nigerians have spoken up on the protracted Boko Haram menace which has sent thousands of Nigerians to their early grave and left several hundreds of thousands displaced.

One such person is a concerned citizen of Nigeria, Mr. Anayo Nwosu, a former bank director and currently a private entrepreneur, who spoke to Elombah.com.

According to Mr. Nwosu, the solution to Boko haram lies, not with the army but, with the elders and leaders of the northern enclaves.

Giving his reasons why Boko Haram is still with us and claiming innocent lives frequently, notwithstanding years of bombardments by the military and how their activities could be curbed, he said:

“Do you know that the solution to most human problems could be located within the locality of the afflicted area?

“God has given every tribal group their own madness and the effective local panaceas to those madness which are discernible to only the members of the concerned tribe.

“Only the relatives of Boko Haram can stop Boko Haram. They know what to tell their deviant relatives to stop the carnage.

“I guess that the famed defeat of the sect after 2015 elections was not by force of arm but a simple statement like “brothers, our relation is now in control of the Nigerian government. 

“All the security apparatuses are now in the hands of our brothers therefore, lay down your arms as your objective not to be governed by an infidel has been achieved”.

Expressing fears that the terror group’s activities shall resurge as is being noticed in the eventuality of President Muhammadu Buhari’s demise or resignation, he said:

“I sincerely pray that President Buhari comes back so soon as the continued “coordination” by Osinbajo could cause a relapse.

“A possible succession of President Buhari by Prof. Osinbajo would not help the fight against the defeated Boko Haram. 

“Nigeria as presently constituted would remain peaceful, especially in the north, only if the religiously charged militant youths are told and they agree that a Nigerian INFIDEL can rule them as a president.

“Pretend as they would, only Yoruba leaders can rein in OPC as the Igbo leaders can to IPOB and MASSOB. Same as the Niger Delta Militants.

“Elders of all tribes have hidden in their pockets, the red buttons or control switches of their local terror groups which they could make national to advance their interests.”

Another concerned citizen, a political analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Boko haram is principally a northern phenomenon.

He recalled how the northern leaders fueled the Boko haram crisis through their words, actions and silence.

He cited the example of the then former military ruler and chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change [CPC], Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari had then asked the federal government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

Buhari spoke on a Liberty Radio programme as Guest of the Week accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

He said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

He accused President Goodluck Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country.

He also castigated t Jonathan administration for slamming state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state and the proscribing of Boko haram as a terrorist group.

The analyst, therefore, argued that such statement emboldened the terrorists and made the government as hapless before them.

He concluded that for Boko Haram to be extinguished, those that supported them both actively and passively must eat back their words and make them realise that they are nothing but enemies of the people.

On the Chibok girls kidnap and eventual release, he harboured some negative sentiments but reserved his comments.

Another concerned citizen, Mr. Mohammed Lawal, currently studying Information and Media Studies, Bayero University, Kano [BUK], who lost relatives to Boko Haram kidnaps, was more philosophical in his approach.

He explained that “Boko Haram itself is inspired and motivated by the rise and spread of Global Terrorism which in turn enjoys Media attention to amplify their evil acts.

“In my Book (Terrorism and the Islamist Veil – the facts, the fallacies) I identified three causes of Terrorism generally. 

“The first one is Political – Western intervention into Islamic world which bred the ground for hatred and rebellion seeing every Westerner as an enemy.

“The Second is Intellectual – the rise of Wahabism – an ideology which was misconstrued against its original motive. 

“The third is Social, a situation where basic governmental social responsibility for the welfare of the people is neglected, this form of social hopelessness creates the desperation that fuels religious extremism.”

Then, to answer the question on what could be done to nip Boko Haram from the bud, he said:

“Boko Haram in Nigeria is most definitely caused by two of the three factors I mentioned above; the Intellectual factor and the Social factor. 

“Recruiters rely on the social hopelessness which of course is predominant in the North to brainwash potentials intellectually, convincing them that it’s the only way to salvation. 

“So to curtail this, first, let the government do its homework! 

“Fight poverty radically and uplift social status of the people – let’s start with the Almajiri’s. 

“Second, Scholars should be tasked through heads of relevant religious bodies to refrain from hate messages, the stick and carrot approach may work best here.

“Give incentives to those who adhere and promulgate laws to punish those who violate. 

“Anything short of these, Boko Haram will remain our companion for ages to come.”

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