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Boko Haram Deserves a GCFR By Isaiah Torh
It will interest you to know that this MAN, yes MAN in capital letters, has held the nation of Nigeria by her jugular and will not let go until it is appeased with the highest honor of the land.
Many might not agree with me – certainly they are entitled to their opinion – but these incontrovertible facts speak for themselves.
First, the MAN is making all Nigerians to be more security conscious – much more than all the armed robbers and kidnappers put together have been able to do. Today, the fear of this MAN is the beginning of wisdom.
Second, the MAN has dealt the most telling blow to the bonds and tethers that have held Nigerians together, particularly since the 30 –month civil war which ended in 1970 – much more than all other ethnic and religious strives, OIC palaver, MASSOB insurgency, OPC takeover and the Niger Delta Militancy.
This MAN has also succeeded in giving a once peaceful loving people and religion the unmerited image of blood thirsty vermins.
This MAN has also succeeded in making Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora to become suspicion of every bearded young man as a potential killer.
The Man has also, commendably it must be admitted, brought a much needed awareness to our lazy fat – cat priests and mullahs that from the place of worship they can be dispatched to heaven, paradise or hell as the case may be – much more than centuries of sermons have done in the past.
This MAN has also sent many to the other side of existence right from the entrance of their churches and mosques – much more than any other previous troubles in Nigeria.
You can’t deny the reality that this MAN has provided the much needed wake up call to the men in Khaki to once again firmly grip their albeit ancient weapons of destruction and at least put on a mien of pretended seriousness. A drive around Abuja and major cities in the North is a great testament to this new military zeal.
This MAN has shown to all discerning Nigerians that the struggle for power in Nigeria is the story of Ali Baba and the Forty thieves.
This MAN has also enabled Nigerians to see through the weakness of their religious leaders and that they, like us, mere mortals that they are, are also afraid of death despite the pious sermons of faith and power that they preach.
This MAN has also shown us that our senior security goons are smiling to banks while the junior ones are heading to beer parlors and brothels to enjoy their loot.
This MAN has also taught Nigerians, to their dismay and utter inconvenience, that roads can be condone off or closed just because some egoistic top shot lives or works close by. The rest of us can stay at home or find other road to use.
This MAN has exposed the fact that in Nigerian Intelligence Gathering was never a course offered in any of our security training institutions.
This MAN has also proved that more than in any other time in the history of Nigeria, deceit in leadership, both privately and publicly, is what our leaders have offered the people of this great country.
Above all, this MAN has had the most telling impact on Nigeria’s economy – much more that all the Dangotes, Otedolas and Adenugas put together. So what cheek that government, in the list of national honours just released, has ignored Nigeria’s man of the moment.
For who else deserves that highest honour in the land if not this MAN, Boko Haram?
I can go on and on but for time and space let the above citation suffice for now so that after the conferment the rest can be told in a more cordial atmosphere of wine for the elders and water for the boys.
Until then can Boko Haram kindly step forward to receive the people’s award with a pot of blood in his hands.