This is an old event of January 8th 2011. It was circulated via email. Here is a few lines from the message.
“On Saturday, the 8th of January 2011, a Luxury bus departed Maiduguri en route to Lagos. As the bus approached The City of Jos from Bauchi, the bus was stopped at roadblock. Gunmen entered the bus and ordered all Muslims off the bus. These gunmen proceeded to set the bus ablaze with all remaining passengers inside. Most of the victims in the bus were from the Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria, both The East and The West all heading south.”
I forwarded this message to a few close friends, I was terrified to say the least. Everyone felt the same horror that I felt and shared their thoughts.
One friend who is a university lecturer has this to say ” your last email had me investigating the content. It is not true to Nigeria. Things are happening here but not on the scale of the picture that you sent. That’s a relief to know. Maybe it is an attempt at making Nigeria look bad… The story about the killing in the bus is also doubted. It is not documented anywhere.
This morning when I woke to read words being thrown back and forth between Nigeria Director of Defence Information Gen. Chris Olukolade and Mrs Oby Ezekwesili on Fart Thoughts aka twitter, the whole argument reminded me of the terrible event of 2011 when Boko Haram attacks was getting off the ground, attacks were persistent in the northeast, however, for the most part Nigerians were in denial about it all.
Mrs Ezekwesili and her team have been very vocal against abduction of Chibok girls from start without a fail reminding Nigerians about the abducted girls almost daily, this action is unprecedented in Nigeria, we forget things, anything – easily, we are quick to move on hoping for miracles.
I am not entirely surprised General Chris Olukolade took to twitter earlier on today to attack the lady and expecting private discussions with Mrs Ezekwesili because after six months naturally we would have moved on to another agenda.
I will not even attempt to comment on Gen. Olukolade’s tweet given Mr Jantard Jonathan is there pretending all is well, now that election is around the corner, all that he cared for is to be re-elected to the same position he has failed woefully.
Was our government sympathy towards Charlie Hebdo victims genuine when thousands of our people were being slaughtered for the same offence, Baga being the latest?
Information dissemination is different now, thanks to social media, private citizens are passing information around to alert family and friends. It is up to Nigerians to use this opportunity to our advantage and for once acknowledge the event in the northeast could have been anywhere in the country. Hopefully, we can unitedly focus on Boko Haram rather than individual doing humanitarian work.