What happened to the powerful weapons in circulation after the war

War is horrible so is devastating news of losing innocent lives, but in reality victims of war sometimes go beyond those that have left us during the course of protecting the masses. Where there is no foresight, then the good guys, the courageous ones who survived the war soon became terror for the lack of better things to do.

Terrifying to think about the way Boko Haram is spreading and the way my government failed to see the bigger picture of it. One would think we have learnt a thing or two from the Somali child soldiers stories.

Actually, we don’t have to go that far to learn of the aftermath horror of war – we have our very own examples at home, on a smaller scale, I must add.

Many courageous people died in both Modakeke and Ife crisis but the other sad reality was the aftermath of the war – when courageous people with powerful weapons turned to each other.

During the 1997 – 2000 crisis, tens if not hundreds of youths mostly under forty were hired by the Ifes, this is no surprise because there were plenty of money that could have been better spent on education and infrastructure but guns and bullets took priority.

Some of these guys were in police uniforms so initially Modakekes trusted them as they were mistaken to be from the state/federal government to maintain peace in the area.

Well, that trust was tossed after Mr Tanimowo, the old man in his 80s and the first principal of Modakeke High School was killed at his Iraye area house. The old man returned to his house because he had trusted police officers in the area for his safety – Oh, well.

Tens of other guys hired by the Ife’s had proper guns, automatic ones, the ones you can only get your hands on if you were in the police or the army.

More guns in circulation in a society where the gap between haves and have-nots is at the opposite ends equals disaster.

For fathers, uncles, brothers or husbands that had habits of hanging in motor parks especially in our big cities that would jump into opportunities of being paid for causing street troubles that went missing around this time – I am not in any sense elated to say this but the following might provide a bit of closure.

These guys had no idea where they were, they were given  as little as ₦3000 (17 USD ) and automatic guns and of course plenty of hard drugs and mountain of food but what they failed to ask was the map to enlighten of the borders, which literally was a thin stream, easy to miss even for the locals.

They wandered right to the middle of the town a mile or so in the land of the people they were supposed to attack, asking the very same people ‘where are we?’ They lived just enough to tell their stories, where they came from and contract details – very sad.

They became the victims of a lawless society where future of tomorrow were being wasted for next to nothing.

Their weapons lead to further horror for months after the war ended. Another gangs formed – the untouchables. This time not to grab farmlands.

Ajitebi from Akarabata nicknamed Double was a victim of this. He fought wholeheartedly to protect Urban Day area and Akarabata, survived the war but lost its life from the aftermath. Sunday Igboho was a good guy too a very dependable son, still alive but not in town.

I wish my president could read, maybe he would take Boko Haram issue more seriously than with kids gloves



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17 replies

  1. I don’t like guns and such. But sad as it is, crude as I may sound; in this cruel world of selective justice, there is nothing like the confidence having a weapon gives one.

    My family lost everything but our original credentials after the 2000 “Sharia Crisis” in Kaduna. My wife’s ingenuity helped. She collected a small box filled with our credentials, some money, jewelries & a few clothing and hid it away inside a dirty pig’s house. I retrieved it three days later, after the hostilities had subsided. Our beautiful house, cars even pets were burnt down completely as we ran for our lives. Thousands were killed & millions displaced. We were helplessly unarmed & relied on the authorities who stood aside & watched. That hasn’t happened again & there has been more riots in Kaduna since then than ever before.
    Why you ask? What is different now? Well our habitual attackers & tormentors now know better & we are now ‘born again’ Texans. Enough said.

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    • Oh my God! Yas, I am so sorry to hear that. Well, Nigeria!

      I never knew you went through that, I heard all about the wahala… my cousins came back south during that time and never returned.

      See, that is how Nigeria has turned us all to robots that when one region is in trouble, you only heard it as side talk in the other…

      Thank God for your wife sensibility, credentials are the last thing other people worry about however, in Nigeria it’s a whole other story – epic frustrating stories about replacing certificates!

      Thank you for sharing your stories.

      Having said that your case is different though, the guys here got hold of guns because they could never have been able to pay for if not for the crisis, so after the crisis they use the only tool they had to extort and terrorised.

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      • My sister, you haven’t heard half of it (our ordeal). But that is for another day. I get what you are talking about. We are really lucky in our parts of the city (Kaduna) that most of the weapons are with decent folks. But it is a very different story in the parts we had been driven from. It is chaos & mayhem. Armed robbery is the most lucrative trade for the youth there & people are shot almost daily. Now because of the resulting division in living sections, they can’t relocate to our parts & are stuck in their parts dodging bullets.

        It is so worrisome, I worry about what happens to all the armed local men giving Boko Haram a run for their money in the north-east in the glaring failure of our compromised military. What will happen to all the guns with them when the insurgency ends (and it will end).

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  2. A massacre of 2000 by Boko Haram reported. A sad day for Nigeria. My thoughts go out to the families.

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    • Thank you for the kindness.

      Sadder is the attitude of my people that only discourage the already useless govt from taking any responsibility. Nigeria is a big country and Boko Haram attacks mainly in the north east this means that many parts of the country only hear the news as if it was from a foreign land.

      Fair to say many folks feel it but not enough to put pressure on the government to do enough to stop this madness. I just know no one is safe now.

      Again thank you for being humane.

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  3. Land mines, shell casings, supplies, tanks, guns, planes, vehicles, ships. Left on the battle fields. Once the sale goes through and the money is in the bank, they don’t care what is done with the goods. As they say guns don’t kill, people do.
    Boko Haram are unrighteous. God or Allah does not have anything to do with killing or the oppression of others.
    Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond is a good book, have you read it? I think I might read it again.

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    • Thank you, no I haven’t read ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ but will have a look. Boko Haram I think perhaps have more than religious motivations, they are been fed, using social media and all and yet can’t be brought to justice – very worrying.

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      • Boko Haram shun Western teachings. They are violent. They kidnap. They are mobile. Extremely armed and dangerous. They prey on people’s fear. Apart from that I know nothing. They are very worrying.
        Peace.

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        • You are right about this, even as a Nigerian I am at a loss regarding BH, they are indeed extremely dangerous but Nigeria govt has initially hesitated to fight back, and up to date every news by the government is disputed as being fabricated – and right so because BH continue to carry out attacks.

          Thank you for your concerns

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          • Perhaps it is a lack of well dispersed funding for the military that makes it hard to fight back against the BH. Do the military pay regular salaries,have enough equipment, ammunition, resources, food, communications, transportation to defeat BH? I think not.
            Hollywood brought attention to the school girl kidnappings but the world has gone quiet again.

            I think today yesterday’s news of Paris it has knocked the stuffing out of me. I cannot fathom the need to kill another person. I cannot understand why a child cannot learn in a classroom without fear.
            Children here complain that they have to go to school. The luxury of freedom is lost on those who take it for granted.
            Peace.

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