Buhari And His 'Treat Them In The Language They Understand' - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, June 3, 2021

Buhari And His 'Treat Them In The Language They Understand'


By Barr. Iloh Okechukwu

The cacophony of reactions attending the Nigerian president's tweets on how he, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, will deal with persons trying to tear down the country, is deafening. Many a Buhari's fan has removed their hair and chewed it, as the saying goes, among my people, that the president has been vilified. It appears that from the happenings in the South-East of Nigeria, that the president's remarks were directed to concerned persons in the region. Some persons are so angry with the way the president's remarks are twisted (to use their very own words), that they said that the president was justified in his being mute each time the country is bedraggled by disasters.

True, in recent times there have been untoward happenings in the South-East, killings of security personnel, burnings of government facilities here and there. As the Commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the country, should the president fold his arms and watch the carnage? The honest answer is no, the type written in capital letters.

As a person, me, Friday Okechukwu, nwa amuru na nma, true and noble son of Iloh, loves this country much more than Buhari and some of his lopsided-minded supporters. And heavens know that I'm saying the truth. Why is the president's remarks generating so much furore with some persons? The answer is that the remarks when placed in the context of Nigerian politics, is crooked. Ordinarily the president's remarks should have attracted a thunderous applause. Even fools, provided they are honest, know that Nigeria's narrative is not ordinary. Now, as a true Nigerian, who knows Nigerian history 'wella', situate the president's remarks within the actual Nigerian political calculus.

Buhari and his fastidious supporters pretend  to have forgotten his infamous remarks at the height of Boko Haram carnage, that an attack  on Boko haram, is an attack on the North! This remarks came at a time when the insurgents almost brought down the government of Jonathan. Even when General Ihejirika, the then Chief of Army Staff, moved into the theatre of war, and mowed down the insurgents, some Northerners shouted blue murder, vilified the General. Isn't this true? Did Buhari ever utter this statement? Honest and undiluted history knows and said he did! How many times has Buhari reminded Boko haram (and its variants of Fulani herdsmen, bandits, kidnappers, etc) that he deal with them 'in the language they understand?'

Fulani herdsmen is a terror group, according to the United Nations Organization, it is the fourth deadliest killer group in the world. Question: why is it that when the Fulani herdsmen kill, rape, mutilate the corpses of their hapless victims, Buhari wouldn't remember his thirty months sojourn in the Civil war? In Enugu, Tivland, Abakaliki, Osun state, Ibadan, Plateau, etc were FH (Fulani herdsmen) killed and still killing, what has said and done? 

There are villages in Tivland where FH has sacked the indigenous communities and took possession and occupied them. What did Buhari do? Why is Governor Ortom of Benue state shouting himself hoarse over the mindless killing of his people by Fulani herdsmen? It is because an attack on Fulani herdsmen is an attack on the North! Oh yes! During Buhari's first term in office, the world was stunned and numbed by the savagery the Fulani herdsmen made with their Tiv victims, as they, with knives, daggers and sickles cut their corpses into mincemeat. These savages had all these heinous crimes videotaped; the videos went aggressively viral. The then Inspector general of Police, sent by Buhari to stall the butchery, took a detour to a destination that caught his fancy. And Tivland's night of long knives continued until it practically spent itself out. Notwithstanding the outcry against the IGP, nothing happened to him.

What about banditry in the North? Gumi, the erudite scholar of Northern banditry! You remember the cliche 'not all bandits are criminals'? Gumi even went as far as telling a bewildered world that the bandits went beserk because security operatives pummelled them! Gumi's thesis on negotiating ransoms for bandits is topnotch. Gumi shuttles to and fro bandits and people whose persons are in the dens of bandits. In all these, Buhari has forgotten his exploits in the Civil war, has not called up Gumi for questioning and how to vanquish banditry. In the president's own state, Katsina, a high court judge, while sitting in open court, in broad daylight, was kidnapped. And Buhari forgets that he fought the Civil war.

What about Boko haram members that were given amnesty and allegedly sauntered into the military or even sent abroad for learning?

In the bid to quell Boko haram in the North, how many times have there been allegations that innocent people were rounded up and arrested, let alone killed as it is the case in the South-East?

Right now, there's heavy harassment, intimidation, extortion, wounding, and even killings of innocent people in the South-East by security operatives under the guise of hunting for IPOB. There are missing persons.

The world has seen how the president treated with disdain the Asaba resolution of the seventeen Southern governors against open grazing. Since 2015, Buhari's thematic preoccupation is how his kinsmen, the Fulanis, would occupy every inch of the green forest of Southern Nigeria. If not, what scheme has he not conceived, from ruga, etc?

Ordinarily, the president remarks should have been applauded if it had been said in good faith. He appeals to kidnappers in the North; and like an aggressive volcano, he spits out lava of fire elsewhere.

Candidly, let us examine Buhari's statements upon Aristotle's logic. In Aristotle's logic, a conclusion is based upon preceding statements, referred to as premises. Buhari's remarks can be broken into three parts, two premises and a conclusion. Let's go. Premise 1: Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil war. Premise 2: Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war. 
Conclusion (based on premises1and 2): those of us who went through the war WILL TREAT THEM (those who were too young or not born during the war) THE LANGUAGE THEY UNDERSTAND. Given this syllogistic dissection of these remarks, what is it that is not clear? Is it those who are being referred to as misbehaving? Or how they would be dealt with? The answer are quite explicit in the premises and the conclusion. Another important question, whenever there are commotion in other parts of the country, why are they not reminded of the Nigerian Civil war? Each time there is trouble in the South-East, we are reminded that "we will be dealt with in the way we were dealt with in the Nigerian Civil War. Buhari's remarks were misplaced and disheartening.

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