OPINION: Governmental Suicide: (FG to compensate Boko Haram) – by Lanre Basamta @basamta

Published:7 Nov, 2012

OPINION: Governmental Suicide: (FG to compensate Boko Haram) – by Lanre Basamta @basamta

 

So the Federal government is thinking of compensating Boko Haram?

So, the Government of President Jonathan is seriously considering the possibility of paying off the families of 24 Haramites killed in 2009

The plan as proposed is to pay compensation-known as Diyya in Islam, of 48million naira to the victims of the 24 families

To crown this madness, the government has even agreed in principle to be release some benign members of this terrorist sect

The government would release women and children that are thought to be innocent, but still illegally detained

 

**********************

This is supposed to sound good-but I promise you it reeks of near dementia

Shall I pick them one after the other please?

***********************

 

Now what is with our Government and compensation?

Why is it that the cumulative brains in our government houses and offices can’t seem to find creative and lasting solution to pressing social problems?

Why is it that in their petty little minds, money alone solves all riddles?

**********************

 

Ok, some specifics!

Why is the government agreeing to pay 48million naira to families of the slain Boko Haram members?

Who valued their lives at two million naira each?

Who determined the lucky 24 to benefit from this government largess (or incompetence?)

What is this dumbstruck compensation communicating to the nation and world at large?

Who always dream up such governmental suicide as a policy action?

 

**********************

Plus

***********************

 

Who determines the countless numbers of people that have been killed by these terrorist?

Who compensates them, when and how much?

How can a government adjudge evil and punish it, when it yet panders to it?

How can the government compensate some, while it detains the other?

 

************************

Now tell me, if the 2012 budget appropriates 88billion for Niger Delta militants,

Why shouldn’t Boko Haram demand for theirs?

Why shouldn’t they cause much terror, and yet retain the sanity and confidence to harangue government for compensations

Are the Delta militants more Nigerians than the Haramites?

Or were they more victimized than every other militarized group within this nation?

 

***********************

Now to the detainees and the possibility of releasing some of them

Is it a case of verbal diarrhea or just plain old incompetence?

And why should the government unlawfully detain people while they are assumed innocent?

Why does our government play God and act with such impunity by detaining women and children without trial?

Why not as is globally done with terrorist, where hard-cold evidence is tendered before special panels or courts and the suspect tried in the fairest manner possible?

Why have we chosen to make monsters of many when their innocent children and wives are kept in dehumanizing conditions in the jails?

 

************************

To crown this policy tragedy of unimaginable proportions,

What manner of government gets threatened by bandits?

What kind of leaders gets tutored and pilloried by a minuscule segment of his followers?

What type of government will pay killers and predators as an appeasement from hunting?

 

*************************

I thought all legitimate governments do not negotiate with terrorist,

And even when necessity demands such, it is usually done discretely and managed publicly with beautiful propaganda

Then why is Nigeria always the good example of bad situations?

Why did we not just stop at amnesty but imbedded militant rehabilitation into our national budget?

Why should the Boko Haram be able to unilaterally cease fire without consequence for their deeds, and also specify the terms and venue for a dialogue?

Why should the budget for Niger Delta militants ALONE (88Billion) be far more than the allocations for many critical sectors like Agriculture and Rural development (81.41Billion)

Where is the development going to come from, the promised transformation, the Fresh Air?

 

************************

Well, here is hoping someone is reading this!

Here is hoping The Abatis, Okupe and the Omokiri are actually earning their salaries and not just collecting it without efforts

Here is hoping Mr. Oronto Douglas is not a ghost worker, but resuming work and ably functioning as Special Adviser on Research and Strategy

Here is hoping the president himself will put his PHD in whatever to proper use

That he would see the flaws of monetary rewards to terrorists, that he would demand and desire a better plan to curb the excesses of the Haramites and most importantly he would ensure the criminalization of murder as stipulated by the law and where necessary pardon and integrate the repented few with such needless fuss

Here is hoping this madness would cease and some semblance of logic and sanity will take over

 

 

Lanre Basamta

basamta@yahoo.com

www.facebook.com/basamta

Follow @basamta on twitter

 

 

 

Related Posts

Recent Posts

Meet 35 Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Owns Nigeria’s 2nd Largest Rice Farm

Nigerians consume more than 5 million metric tons of rice every year, with a significant portion of its consumption needs sourced from imports. Rotimi Williams, an ambitious 35 year-old Nigerian entrepreneur and rice farmer, is on a quest to change that. Williams, a former Journalist, is the owner of Kereksuk Rice Farm, the 2nd largest commercial rice farm in Nigeria by land size. His farm, which is situated in Nasarawa state in northern Nigeria, currently sits...

UN Releases $13m For Life-saving Assistance To 250,000 People In North-east

The United Nations on Monday released 13 million dollars from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving assistance to 250,000 people in the North-east area of Nigeria. Mr Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, issued the release. According to the UN, the destruction of crops and looting of livestock have left many people unable to support their families. “No fewer than 50,000 people need seeds and tools for the...

FG Pays N1.6bn To YouWin Awardees

The Federal Government has paid N1.6 billion to 638 awardees of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin) programme, a statement from the Ministry of Finance has said. The statement by Mr Na’inna Dambatta, the Director of Information in the ministry, which was issued on Tuesday in Abuja, said the amount was paid in June. It recalled that under the programme which took off in 2011, a total of 18, 000 young entrepreneurs were...

Your Claim To Take Over Anambra In 2017 Laughable, APGA Tells APC

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has described as laughable, a claim by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it would take over  Anambra State by 2017. It also raised the alarm over alleged threat by APC to use its federal might to cause a revolution that would put other political parties on the run during the 2017 gubernatorial election in the state. Describing the alleged threat as “treasonable felony,” the Anambra State Secretary of APGA, Sir Tony Ifeanya...

254 Teachers Drag Wike To Court Over Unpaid Salaries

No fewer than 254 workers, whose salaries have been stopped since February 2016, have dragged the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Bayelsa State. The workers, who are teachers of primary and demonstration schools of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, and Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori, have prayed the court to compel the government to pay their salaries.

Dasuki Authorized Payment Of $40m To Jonathan’s Cousin’s Company– Witness

A prosecution witness, Ibrahim Mahir, has testified that retired Col. Sambo Dasuki authorised the payment of 40 million dollars in favour of One Plus Holdings. Mahir made this known when he testified in the case of Azibaola Roberts, cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday. He said that Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), instructed him to prepare a payment mandate of 40 million dollars in...

EFCC Arraigns Ex-Ministers, Fani-Kayode, Nenadi-Usman For Allegedly Laundering N4.9 billion

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday arraigned a former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, accusing him and three others of laundering N4.9 billion. A planned arraignment of Mr. Fani-Kayode was stalled last Tuesday by the absence of the trial judge. Judge Sule Hassan’s absence was said to be due to an “official function”. Mr. Fani-Kayode, who served as director of media and publicity during the campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan, is facing...

Man Arraigned For Sexual Abuse On 3 Daughters

For allegedly raping his three daughters, a 48-year-old man, Micheal Ogbar, on Tuesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, refused to hear his plea and remanded him in kirikiri prisons. Elias said the court had no jurisdiction over the case and therefore transferred the matter to Apapa Magistrates’ Court. The accused, who lives at Oke-Ogba St., Badagry, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of defilement and...

Terrorists Now Disguise As Vigilantes And Hunters- DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ, has alerted members of the public that the Boko Haram terrorists in the North Eastern part of the country now disguise as vigilantes popularly known as the Civilian JTF and hunters to carry out their activities. The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, stated on Monday that following the coordinated military offensive against the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest, the fleeing felons now disguise as vigilantes or...

Argentina Begs Messi Not To Quit

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona and the country’s President Mauricio Macri urged Lionel Messi on Monday not to leave the national team despite his vow to quit after a humiliating defeat. The Barcelona superstar left the field in tears after missing a spot-kick in the Copa America Centenario final shootout against Chile on Sunday. He promptly told reporters he was quitting, throwing Argentine football into turmoil ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Made In China Plane Makes First Commercial Flight

China’s homegrown regional jet made its first commercial flight Tuesday, operator Chengdu Airlines said, after years of delays raised questions about the country’s ambitious plans for domestically-produced planes. Chengdu Airlines flew the ARJ21 from its eponymous home base, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, to the commercial hub Shanghai carrying 70 passengers. More than half were paying customers who were aware they were flying in a new plane, an airline spokesman told AFP.

Farouk Lawan’s Statements Are Afterthoughts- Witness

A prosecution witness, David Igbodo, has told an FCT High Court sitting in Lugbe that statements made by former Chairman of House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on fuel subsidy, Farouk Lawan, are fallacies and afterthoughts. Igbodo, who is a Commissioner of Police, Legal Section, told the court that the claims by Lawan that the Chairman of Zenon Oil, Femi Otedola, called him over 30 times and texted him and threatened to ruin his future political...

Nigeria To Export Refined Petroleum In 2019– Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum and Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday in Beijing, China gave assurance that the country will export refined petroleum in the next three years. He gave the assurance in an exclusive interview with Daily Sun after he addressed the business community and investors in the oil and gas sector in the city. Kachikwu is in Beijing for the NNPC Roadshow for Investors in Nigeria’s oil...

PDP Crisis: Makarfi Urges Sheriff To Embrace Dialogue

The national caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised a factional chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, to tow the path of dialogue over Edo governorship election. The chairman of the committee, Ahmed Makarfi, gave the advice on Monday in Abuja when he received the report of the PDP Edo governorship primaries. “Once again, I call upon the former chairman of PDP, my colleague and friend Sheriff and those associating with...

Dickson, Bayelsa Doctors Meet To Avert Strike

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has met with officials of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in the state to avert impending strike by medical practitioners over backlog of five month salary arrears. The NMA in Bayelsa had on June 6 issued a 21-day strike notice which lapsed on Monday. The strike notice, dated June 6, was for the three affiliates of NMA in the state. Dr Israel Jeremaih, the state Chairman of NMA, confirmed...

Stepmother Remanded For Cutting Off Baby’s Penis

A 22-year-old woman, Bara’atu Rabiu, has been remanded in the Minna Medium Security Prison for allegedly cutting off the penis of her rival’s one-month-old baby, Buhari. She was arraigned on Monday on one count of attempted homicide before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Minna. Reporters learnt that Bara’atu allegedly cut off the victim’s penis at their home in Kuta town, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State. It was learnt that...

I Remain Abia Governor, Says Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has assured the people of his state that he remains their governor and shall appeal the Federal High Court ruling, which yesterday set aside his election citing his non-qualification to contest the 2015 governorship election for tax evasion as reason for his sack. Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, who delivered the judgment, also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return...

Man Abandons Son For Bag Of Rice In Kano

A middle-aged man, identified as Mallam Yusuf Bala, on Sunday at Singer Market, Fagge Local Government Area of Kano State forfeited his five-year-old son for a bag of rice. According to an eyewitness account, Bala approached the rice dealer, Alhaji Suleiman Bagudu, to buy a bag of rice, which he carried home but left his son, with a promise to rush home to bring the money for the foodstuff. This, he...

Charges Against Us Are ‘Trumped Up’- Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has described the charges of criminal conspiracy and the forgery of the Senate Standing Rules document brought against him and his deputy,  Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as ‘trumped up.’ “It is farcical to allege that a criminal act occurred during Senate procedural actions and the mere suggestion demonstrates a desperate overreach by the office of the Attorney General,” Saraki said in a statement on Monday after appearing before a Federal High Court...

Suicide Bombers Killed By Own Bombs In Maiduguri

At about midnight on Sunday when Muslim faithfuls were performing the vigil prayers associated with the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, two deafening blasts echoed all over Maiduguri as two suicide bombers on a mission to attack innocent persons got killed by the explosives they wore on their bodies. It did not occur to many that the blast was from an improvised bomb until much later on Monday when their corpses were...

Brexit: Britain Leaving EU, Must Not Turn Our Back On Europe– Cameron

EU leaders attempted to rescue the European project and Prime Minister David Cameron sought to calm fears over Britain’s vote to leave the bloc as the country lost its prized top-category credit rating. Britain has been pitched into uncertainty by Thursday’s referendum result, with Cameron announcing his resignation, the economy facing a string of shocks and Scotland making a fresh threat to break away. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew to Brussels and...