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State of Emergency against Boko Haram

State of Emergency against Boko Haram

By most accounts, save a few disagreeable voices of implacable opposition foes, the May 14 State of Emergency imposed by President Goodluck Jonathan on Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States is as much a welcome development, as it is a political masterstroke. The country had been long-suffering in enduring the spiralling menace of Boko Haram in parts of the North. With thousands of human beings killed, schools razed, places of worship bombed, markets attacked, businesses destroyed, and a pall of insecurity draped over mostly the north-eastern flank of the country, it is difficult for even the most cynical to muster any plausible argument against the latest measures taken by the federal government to bring the insurgents to heel. There had been a limited state of emergency in some local governments in the not-too-distant past, coupled with equally limited security forces operation but that failed to produce the desired peace. As the Boko Haram elements shunned the calls of the Sultan for peace, ignored the pleas of northern elders for a ceasefire, and even when the government announced amnesty, the insurgents not only rejected the offer but were audacious enough to proclaim that they, a lawless set of faceless, destructive vagabonds, should be the ones to grant the government amnesty! Continue reading State of Emergency against Boko Haram

The Shame of Bayelsa

The Shame of Bayelsa

It was Thomas Carlyle in Heroes and Hero Worship 1, 1840 who said; the illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time is rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing Ocean – tide, on which we and the entire universe swim like exhalations.

Perhaps, deriving from the above, it is also true, that Bayelsa State was a creation of late Gen SaniAbacha on October 1, 1996. Short history: But to paraphrase the German poet and playwright, Hohann Wolfgang Von Goethe, ‘Bayelsa has time enough, if only it applies it well’.

The truth is that Bayelsa is yet to apply time well. However, the short history of Bayelsa and its snail pace of development is not the point this piece is devoted to. It is the lack of proper persons interested in the governance of the state that has raised my blood pressure. Continue reading The Shame of Bayelsa