Last September, the country received with shock the news of the death of one of the greatest intellectual minds of our time. He was among many precious souls who left this sphere at a time when there is a famine of truth. Some suspected foul play, but according to Chief Medical Director of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Prof. Bissallah Ekele, the death was due to complications from COVID-19. Mr. Mailafia was a financial expert, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and former presidential candidate of the ADC. More importantly, he was one of President Buhari’s fiercest critics. Beyond that, he was also a security analyst, and we can also call him a prophet in light of the current security uncertainties of the past few months; especially, given his revelations on August 10, 2020, during an interview on Nigeria Info, in which he is alarmed at Boko Haram’s plans to start a civil war in Nigeria by 2022.
During this interview, he went public with information he had gathered through his security network, detailing how Boko Haram planned a phased attack that would culminate in an urban invasion and the assassination of prominent Nigerians. His revelations came after meeting with repentant members of Boko Haram. He said: “Let me reveal a few things because some of us have our internal security networks, we have met with some of the high commanders of the bandits, who have repented and they told us that one of northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram. in Nigeria.
“Boko Haram and the bandits are one, they have a sophisticated network, during the lockdown their planes were going up and down with ammunition, logistics, money, and distributing it to different parts of the country.
“They are already in the southern rainforest, they are everywhere. They told us that when they finished these rural killings, they would move on to phase two.
“In phase two they will go to urban cities, moving from house to house, killing important people. “I can tell you that is their game plan and by 2022 they want to start a civil war in Nigeria.”
Security events in and around Abuja, as well as other major cities, have given credence to Mr. Mailafia’s predictions for 2020. In fact, since the escape from Kuje prison on June 5, he There has been an upsurge in attacks in and around the Abuja metropolis. Kidnapping cases in Abuja have become so frequent that some of those who looted funds to build mansions in Abuja are beginning to consider resettling in their home countries for security reasons.
Unfortunately, what is happening in and around Abuja goes beyond the kidnappings. This is clearly the acceleration of the second phase of Boko Haram’s civil war agenda, and its aim is to intimidate, dislocate and overwhelm whatever remains of our fragile security architecture.
Unfortunately, it pays off at every indication. Surprisingly, President Buhari’s ‘spin doctor’, Lai Muhammad, did not say anything about the recent carnage and bloodshed in the country or remind us of how vast tracts of land have been handed over to Boko Haram. under the administration of President Jonathan. Or how the Nigerian army technically won the war against Boko Haram; or how members of the opposition party are the main sponsors of acts of violence in the country.
The growing audacity of terrorist groups and their associates has become so palpable that they can openly threaten to kidnap a sitting president and governor. Honestly, I hope President Buhari has accepted the meaning of “making the country ungovernable”; and Governor Nasir El Rufai, his comments on the body bags. A few weeks ago, Boko Haram and their associates showed Nigerians and the world how helpless and helpless we have become as a nation when they released a video depicting the worst humiliation of our lives. In the video, members of Boko Haram, including an escapee from the June 5 escape from Kuje prison, whip the victims of the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train attack on March 7.
The war has started, to say otherwise is to live in denial like President Buhari and his cabal. They have abdicated primary responsibility to protect the lives and property of Nigerians for a better future. Incompetence and deadly inertia have led to the morphing and amalgamation of terrorists with varying interests turning the country into a killing field.
Apart from a few states, Nigeria is burning, Boko Haram, bandits, kidnappers and killer shepherds in the North; while kidnappers and killer shepherds ravage the South. Things got so far apart, but the center took sides. Two wars are taking place simultaneously in the country: the Fulanization War and the Islamization War – both are identical. It is clearly a war for ethnic domination wrapped in the toga of religion.
In the center, there are flagrant signs of Islamization; but in Zamfara state and most of the middle and southern belt states, Fulanization is underway. In a speech delivered after his recent holiday abroad, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State quashed the climate change coverage that has been the main lie of expansionist Fulani herders. According to him, he decided to travel to the United Kingdom and the United States of America to correct the wrong narratives that the crisis in Benue State was caused by climate change and there he was surprised to learn that the attacks were beyond what they had fueled. them with.
“Even during the rainy season, Fulani herders come to our communities, kill, mutilate, rape our women and even our men. These Fulani come from Niger, Senegal, Mauritania and other places. They only used this as a shield, their main reason for attacks was the occupation of our lands”.
He further accused President Buhari of negligence, he said: “Things are getting worse in Nigeria. You know, I said before I left, that very soon, with the way the bandits are operating without proactive measures from the federal government, they will soon enter the Aso Rock.
“You have seen events in the country; the escape from Kuje prison and the threat to kidnap the president, God forbid, but that’s what I saw a long time ago.
“These people in Afghanistan who are bandits and the Fulani are the ones who are causing havoc.” They are sponsored. I feel pain that this is happening in my generation. There is no government in Nigeria today. Those around the president are criminals.
“You left us to dig our graves, we need real change, not the rock bottom change you promised us in 2015. We are at war, and if we are not allowed to wear the weapons to defend our families, so our governor must heed the call of human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), to seek firearms licenses to arm their various security teams. And if the federal government refuses, they have to go to court; but in the meantime, they should use the huge security votes they garner each month wisely to buy drones and other security gear to protect their people.
By: Raphael Pepple