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?






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



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