I woke up today to hear what looks like the climax of a lingering religious war in the Northern part of Nigeria, for days now police and terrorist( I hate to use that word) have been torturing the people in the area especially christains, well the news took a new twist today when BBC reports thus:
“Nigerian government officials said Mohammed Yusuf, 39, was shot while trying to escape. His capture by police had been announced just hours earlier. His group is blamed for days of unrest that has left hundreds of people dead. The Boko Haram group wants to overthrow the Nigerian government and impose a strict version of Islamic law. Mr Yusuf was held and later shot in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.
A BBC reporter in the city was among journalists shown two films, one apparently showing Mr Yusuf making a confession; the other showing what appeared to be his body, riddled with bullets.”Mohammed Yusuf was killed by security forces in a shootout while trying to escape,” the regional police assistant inspector-general, Moses Anegbode, told Nigerian television.
A spokesman for the state governor was also quoted as saying that Mr Yusuf had been trying to escape. Troops had stormed Boko Haram’s stronghold on Wednesday night, killing many of the militants and forcing others to flee. Mr Yusuf was arrested earlier on Thursday, after reportedly being found hiding in a goat pen at his parents-in-law’s house.
Staff at Human Rights Watch said there should be an immediate investigation into the case. “The extrajudicial killing of Mr Yusuf in police custody is a shocking example of the brazen contempt by the Nigerian police for the rule of law,” said Human Rights Watch’s Eric Guttschuss. Another Human Rights Watch researcher, Corinne Dufka, told AP news agency: “The Nigerian authorities must act immediately to investigate and hold to account all those responsible for this unlawful killing and any others associated with the recent violence in northern Nigeria.” The violence began on Sunday night in Bauchi state, before spreading to other towns and cities in the northeast of the West African nation.
Crowds of militants tried to storm government buildings and the city’s police headquarters, but dozens of them were shot dead by security forces. Several days of gun battles between militants and Nigerian security forces ensued, culminating in the assault on the militant’s stronghold. It is thought more than 300 people have died in the violence – some estimates say 600, although there has been no official confirmation. The Red Cross said about 3,500 people had fled the fighting and were being housed in their camp. Witnesses and human rights groups have accused the military of excessive violence in quelling the militants, but the army says it used a minimal amount of force.
Police say Mr Yusuf was a preacher from Yobe state, who had four wives and 12 children.They described him as a inspirational character. His sect, Boko Haram, is against Western education. It believes Nigeria’s government is being corrupted by Western ideas and wants to see Islamic law imposed across Nigeria.
Sharia law is in place across northern Nigeria, but there is no history of al-Qaeda-linked violence.The country’s 150 million people are split almost equally between Muslims in the north and Christians in the south Nigeria”
This write up was coined from BBC online and this exactly explains where Nigeria is today, nothing seems to be working, most of the ministries are in shambles, AASU has been on strike now for over a month and there seems not to be head ways to resolve this issue, rather the minister had so much time to celebrate his birthday in style and splendor, spending lavishly. The president is feeling unconcerned about the issue too, this shows that they place little or no interest on education, how then would we make an impact in the world when we can’t train our youths.
Energy sector has been a torture to the economy as Nigeria seems to be working under 600 megawatts of electricity; this is a shame as rumors of companies moving out of Nigeria because of power issues and low productivity. How can we produce when companies are spending so much on alternative power, they result to downsizing.
This is a cry out to our leaders to help savage Nigeria from dearth, most neighboring have realized the need to move forward and make new decisions to develop their economy.
This post is directed to those in authority: wake up from your sleep and save our dear Nigeria.
Save us now.