What happened in Kaduna this week a day after the bombing of three churches, with the attendant lose of 100 lives including women and children, was the last straw. A Christian revenge mob squad converged and went on a murderous spree of violence, revenge was the only thing on their mind. What follows was the unrelenting destruction of mosques, slaughtering of anyone resembling a Muslim Hausa/Fulani on sight for three days. The carnage was so inhuman and spontaneous, it was clear that the aggrieved Christian youths can’t take it any longer, that is the coordinated destruction of their worship centers, plus the daily lose of their Christian brethrens, they had to defend themselves since it became obvious that the government of Jonathan and their leaders have failed them. They where no longer prepared to listen to the plea of government and their leaders not to retaliate, since the government is helpless and cannot protect them. They just can stand ideally by and be slaughtered; they had to protect themselves by all means necessary.
We have been turning the other cheek; they chorused, now we have no other cheek to turn. Where was our leaders, who are calling for calm when this murderous savage Muslims with the backing of their dubious leaders in government were killing us. We can no longer wait and watch them kill all of us, we must give them a dose of their own medicine was the general opinion.
This was exactly what we the African analyst feared will happen, if the government does nothing to stop the senseless slaughter of Christians in the north. Is this the beginning of the end for Nigeria as a nation? The north is now like a ghost territory, the shading of innocent in large scale is now the order of the day. Kaduna for now is the action spot, knowing the north’s insatiable taste for revenge, it will surely spread to the other volatile areas in the north. Christians there are clearly in danger of being wiped out, it might even assume a more dangerous dimension that is ETHNIC with the follow up revenge mission in rather peaceful southern states.
It is becoming obvious by the day that the Nigerian president, president Jonathan is no longer in control of the situation. He must as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency in all northern states now as a precautionary measure to forestall the impending massacre of Christians in the north.
We cannot continue to insist on one Nigeria since we cannot stay together without killing each other. Let us do the right thing and dissolve peacefully this obvious unworkable union of incompatible peoples.
NOTE: coming soon, the Senate President David Mark’s indictment of the over pampered northern leaders.
NYSC how relevant is it now!