By Yemi Ogunsola
SHOULD a man’s trousers slip down his legs in the full glare of a busy street, the frantic attempt to redeem the situation almost always results in greater “calamity”: the elongation of his rear end (buttocks) while bending to reach the errant trousers! It can be quite embarrassing no matter how briefly or swiftly executed; the public often gets a glimpse of some most confidential commodities best left out of print.
However, the accompanying discomfiture notwithstanding, the redemptive move remains the hallmark of sanity. Refusal to do it is almost a fool-proof sign of insanity. Who but a soft-headed fellow will stand half-nude on a busy street and do nothing to save the situation.
With the killing machines which the Northern elite has bred and nurtured within its domain over time now out of control and ravaging the region, their pants are way down their knees. And the so-called elders of the region have refused to bend their knees to redeem their trousers. Rather, they prefer to stand, trousers down, talking back at sane advisers from other regions of the federation. One of their ranks, a common rogue of international repute, even imagines himself to be a statesman. Eleleya.
Now, their sins (age-old treachery) has caught up with them; and they stand naked on the streets.
But they are not ashamed.
What is wrong in an elder like Chief Edwin Clark expressing the opinion that Northern leaders were not speaking out against increasing violence in their own region? Or in specifically charging Ibrahim Babangida and Muhammadu Buhari to speak out? Clark had, after all, personally led efforts to dialogue with Niger Delta militants.
The response of these people was a mob attack and a barrage of insults.
The greatest calamities that have assailed Nigeria have come from these ranks. From the 1966 pogrom when Igbos in the North were slaughtered in their thousands to the May 1980 riots in Zaria, the December 18-20 religious riot of Zaria the same year which claimed over 4,100 lives, to the Maitasine wahala in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Borno in 1982, Maitasine wahala in February/March 1984 where over 500 were slaughtered, to Zango Kataf of 1992. The annulment of the June 12 presidential election won by a southerner by Ibrahim Babangida (Evil Genius) almost tore Nigeria apart.
And the still ongoing slaughter of men, women and children in “God’s” name by the Boko Haram lunatics.
The North has been a disaster to everybody in Nigeria – including itself. These so–called Northern elders, under whose supervision the masses of their people – especially – youths – have been misguided by religion and impoverished by profligacy have failed woefully both as parents and leaders.
In their “mob” attack on Chief Edwin Clark’s sensible advice, they have unanimously distanced themselves from the sect.
Arewa consultative Forum(ACF) spokesman, A.Z Sanni, insisted that “ it is unhelpful to associate Boko Haram with any region…”
Really? Such brazen inanity. With what region should it be associated?
Junaid Mohammed, on his part asks “where is proof” that Northern leaders are culpable over the Boko Haram insurgency. Was Kabir Sokoto not caught in the Borno Governor’s lodge? Did Zakari Biu, a Police commissioner not confess to aiding Sokoto’s escape? Has any of these criminals or the marauding Fulani herdsmen been sentenced anywhere? What step have any of these northern leaders taken to ensure the criminal elements among them are punished? Has the Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, not complained repeatedly that these northern killers are usually spirited away to Abuja or God-knows-where to escape trial in Plateau state?
What of Senator Ndume who is standing trial for aiding and abetting Boko Haram? Was an emir in Borno State not fingered in Kabir Sokoto’s escape?
Also reacting, Yerima Shetimma of the youth wing of ACF said “this madness must stop…nobody should accuse the North…” Oh oh! So Shetimma knows there is something called “madness”? But not northern elders tacitly aiding and abetting of mass killings of innocent Nigerians.
Kaita Mohammed, on his part claims “northern leaders want peace for this nation”
Haba! Lah ilah ilah LIE!
Do they imagine that Nigerians have forgotten the northern elders’ vow, through Alhaji Lawal Kaita, a northern leader in October 2010, to make Nigeria ungovernable if the president did not come from the North? And Ciroma, and his cohorts gave tacit support. Imagine the contempt in which they hold the rest of Nigeria to make such treasonable vow publicly.
In the 2012 Budget alone, over N900 billion has been earmarked for security due to the northern madness.
Dinosaurs were supposed to have died out millions of years ago. These northern Nigeria elders may be proof that Science is sorely mistaken.
Bend down and retrieve your trousers. Your bums are unsightly!
By Yemi Ogunsola