After reading through Jon Gambrell's piece as published by the Associated Press titled: "Christians, Muslims Unite at Nigeria Protest" one could not help wondering at how low some people in the news media can go to promote falsehood. Could anyone with their eyes open fall into such a maggot-ridden pigsty for any filthy lucre or other such things? The writer claimed that in Kano, Nigeria 20,000 Christians stood guard over the Muslims while they prayed. This is a story that mocks the people's intelligence. At the conclusion of this obviously sponsored advertisement for the Muslim North and to show how poverty is prevalent in the Muslim North of Nigeria the writer told of how a thief in the crowd stole something and was chased and stoned by the crowd till he fell into a feces-filled ditch. Very interesting, but the writer forgot to tell his readers what the thief stole. And without being told we can easily guess what the thief stole. He stole the truth from the people and while trying to escape fell into the fetid ditch of his own distortion. Yes, no story could have been more apt in depicting any writer of falsehood. Such writers with seared conscience steal the truth from their readers and in the process of running away fall into their own dug ditches slushed with feces.
What we are seeing here is the case of hired crowds and reporters. The reporters are hired to feed their readers false information about the Nigerian situation and the crowds to shamelessly act out their badly rehashed parts in this theater of the absurd. For how long do they think they would be able to hoodwink the world? What are they going to do when Nigeria finally breaks up as it will soon? Deceit and lies do not stand the test of time, only truth does.
This brings to mind one of my mother's favorite sayings which is that more often than not, the reckless rascal always learns to become cautious, eventually but usually only after they had most times destroyed beyond repair, the better part of their lives (health). This saying is something like arriving with the "medicine after death", coming up with a cure after the sick has been pronounced dead. But why my mother's saying is even more appropriate here is that in the case of the later loss the dead may not have contributed to the cause of their death. While in this case under discussion the Muslim North and West of Nigeria had been reckless and had completely thrown caution and decorum to the wind while they impudently rampaged and devastated and ran roughshod over their "conquered" Biafran territory and demonized her people. Now it's too late. The Muslim North and West of Nigeria have crossed the Rubicon and burnt all the bridges. They have finally brought the Nigerian ship to its point of no return; The Nigeria ship is at the breakers yard now and it is of no use trying to put together the egg smashed into pieces in their unnecessary fit of Islamic religious bigotry and intolerance. Even conquered booties and territories could have been handled with some respect and dignity.
The article went on to repeat the purported sermon of the Islamic preacher whom it reported to be saying that Nigeria's problem is lack of trust and bad governance. While it totally forgot to add that it's the same mantra that all the Muslim North and West politicians have just started repeating. And it failed to tell the readers that there are no protests for the removal of oil subsidy and the so-called fuel price increases in the Southeast, the traditional home of the Igbo/Biafrans. What that is saying is that there is a deep unbridgeable divide of Nigeria's societies and no amount of distortions of truth can save the unworkable Nigerian union any longer.
At this juncture we all definitely accept the fact that all basis for trust has been lost in the so-called one-Nigerian society and what that means is that Nigeria is now ready to be broken into its separate blocs within which people, as a result of their cultural/religious affinities, can still find basis for trusting one another. The Muslim North and West of Nigeria have nothing in common with the Christian Southeast and Southsouth and so no trust exists between them. Let each part go their separate ways to pursue their separate and divergent goals and aspirations. That is the only reasonable thing to do. That is the truth and that is how to end the carnage; the Boko Haram scourge, the problem of one-Nigeria.
The Muslim North and West have continued to sing that there is a deep-seated lack of trust between the government and the governed and bad governance of the polity by the current leadership of Goodluck Jonathan, a Southern Christian who only got elected as Nigeria's President for less than one year now. The local champions like Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai continue to stretch the strain and shout it as loud as their voice can go. They preach the same even to stones when no one seems to be paying them any attention. They tell of how lack of trust and bad governance have just suddenly become the ugly twin currently bewitching Nigeria and showing themselves in poverty and illiteracy that are mostly visible in the Muslim North of Nigerian. And in the manner of someone who buried themselves their rotten arm continues to show. And they are not telling anybody about what happened in the past fifty years when the Muslim North and West held the power? At least to perfect this their naked dance in the open, they should have been emphasizing that during those 50 years there had been so much trust, good governance, prosperity and education in the Muslim North and West and elsewhere and that all those just changed only in the past one year.
As the Muslim North and West of Nigeria in their last desperate moves go around the world recruiting people to write and defend this fallacy one cannot help but smile at the sudden change. They are also campaigning that the United States and other Western countries should not let themselves be seen as siding with Nigeria's Southern Christian President against the Northern and Western Muslims of Nigeria. That may sound stupid if not denigrating and insulting; asking people not to identify with their traditional religious and cultural persuasion. But the preachers actually believe the sound of their voice.
The shoddiness in the report tells of the level of the desperation and the rush in telling the world of how hopeless Nigeria's situation has reached. Anyone trying to use blatant lies to deceive today's readers who have the capacity with just a few clicks away to get better informed on issues than any sloppy reporter is running a big risk with his or her reputation. I will always advice against that no matter the size of the inducement. At the end of the day it does not worth it.
If there was in actual fact a crowd of 20,000 (of course there couldn't have been more than 20 to 200) would it have been too difficult for any reporter that is worth his salt not to have seen that they were a hired crowd? Just before the article came out fatwa had just been declared on all Christians who lived in the North of Nigeria and most of them had left. And most of the Christians have been avoiding any flimsy gatherings even in their Churches for the risk of Boko Haram's suicide bomb attacks. So where could such a number of a crowd of 20,000 Christians been hired from. Just a few days before the oil subsidy situation Christians had been asked to leave the North of Nigeria in three days by the Boko Haram group or be killed, so how could anyone have been able to gather so many Christians in one place under that condition in Kano of all Nigerian northern cities?
It may be necessary to remind the readers at this point that this present political move by the Muslim North is nothing new; it is the same familiar pattern. In 1966 when the same Muslim North and West of Nigeria were murdering the Igbo and other Biafrans all over Nigeria, the reason that Yakubu Gowon, the then head of Nigeria gave for the killings was that "there was no longer any basis for us to continue as one country". And in pursuant of the country's still current program of cleansing Nigeria of the ethnic Christian Igbo/Biafrans murdered 3.1 million of them from 1966 to 1970. Just as in 1966, there is still no basis today for Nigeria to continue as one country.