Nigeria – 34:15 is where we come in

Has President Jonathan done enough to rescue the Chibok girls or curb insurgency in the northeast? While many Nigerians live in denial, many people both home and abroad can see clearly that Nigeria  government is reluctant to do all that is necessary to stop Boko Haram.

Too busy with election campaign, incompetence, ignorance, indifference, waiting for others to rescue us?  –  reasons best known to President Jonathan and his followers.

34:15 is about Nigeria Boko Haram and how we are doing so far from the outsiders point of view,  accurate assertion?

 

 



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  1. We are not doing good at all. Nigerians are so easily distracted, you know? Before the World Cup there were chants of BringBackOurGirls on the streets, in the news…they even caused massive traffic gridlocks! That was pre-WP. Let me tell you what happened when the games began….Nothing. Nothing at all. Our cries were quickly replaced with chants and joyous screams for the winning nations. We were cheering the home team, and forgot the insecurity plaguing us. There’s even a picture of Mr President enjoying the games somewhere on the net.

    Do you know where we are now? We’ve gradually replaced those chants once more with odes to the fallen ones in this mindless war. 100days remembrance you say? How long has it been now? We’ll gradually become Americans who give memorials for the 9/11 attack.

    I don’t know where we are headed. I don’t know what the rest of the world sees. All I see are people dying everyday in one part of the nation, and others who should be fighting for them, all over the place playing at politics and getting themselves killed. It’s quite interesting when it isn’t depressing I must say.

    But like so many others out there, I pray all these ends soon.

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    • Thank you Uju for sharing. You are right that we are not doing good, at all. Both the citizens and the government.

      i think we are a light year away from the Americans if compared with 9/11 terrorist attack. I was on the other side in WA the morning of 9/11. The feelings on ground that day and for weeks that followed was as if the attack happened on Seattle Space Needle – everyone and anyone felt the loss of lives, people felt connected as if it was their family who got killed.

      We honestly don’t have the same sense of national identity as those guys, hence one of the reasons some folks are attacking Madam O. Ezekwesili of playing politics as she refused to reming us of the Chibok girls. Because as you have rightly said – we are distracted easily and by now, after a few months of outcry, BBOG should have been shelved among many countless of other issues.

      Because we are increasingly connected to the outside world, the world sees what is being put out there – a section of a nation being perpetually wiped out and the govt on the other hand going about normal everyday business as if nothing horrendous is happening.

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      • I don’t think distraction can really be used as an excuse, as you said before the distraction by the public is intentional, they really don’t care. That is the honest truth of the matter.

        If the rest of the world behaved towards Africa as Nigeria behaves to it’s citizens, the world would be a far more uglier place. Britain doesn’t profess to be the most ‘religious’ country in the world (the contrary is nearer the truth, most Brits aren’t particularly bothered about ‘religion’), but when problems strike other countries the people do respond. They may not belong to the same ethnic group, religion or race as the victims, but they do help. They could just as easily turn the other way, and ignore the suffering of others (like Nigerians are currently doing)

        This begs the question, do Nigerians really understand the role of religion? Or is it just for ‘show’? I do wonder. If a big wave (tsunami) were to strike Lagos state, no doubt the authorities couldn’t cope, and guess what they’d open their mouths and shout for help, and you know the world would respond. Yet people in Nigeria can’t bring themselves to stretch out a helping hand to help those in their own country. What is even more disheartening is those from the South East and South South zones, have suffered terribly in the past due to war, one would have thought they would be more empathetic, not at all it seems they have conveniently developed selective amnesia. Have any lessons be learned?

        We don’t want to help ourselves, but when we are in trouble we want the others to help us. How does that work? What kind of logic and decency is that? Nigerian logic it seems….

        It seems you are one of the few lone voices telling it “like it is”, in a sea of denial and apparent indifference that is washing over Nigeria.

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        • “do Nigerians really understand the role of religion? Or is it just for ‘show’?” – Very good question that we should all try to answer.

          From my point of view – No, most people do not understand the role of religion and yes, it is a big show. This is for especially the celebrity ‘ministers of God.’

          Not too surprising though because apart from the usual family events such as funeral, wedding etc, many community based events that unite people together were killed off in the 80s (in my area at least) most were seen as ungodly, here church becomes ‘the’ place that people run to for ALL i.e social, counselling, healing, diagnosis of all illness i.e mental health, infertility…the list is endless.

          This gives the church an edge, so if you are a talented public speaker, one of the most successful business is the church. And if we are ‘blessed’ with a president like GEJ – a bigger jet for the Redeemer!

          I don’t even get bothered by these celebrity ministers, good for them for finding a niche market, but I take exception to their double standard. For example, Redeemed Christian Church of God will cause hours of endless traffic in Lagos every last Friday of the month – he knew he will get away with it because he is pal to GEJ.
          The same church has tens if not hundreds of branches in the UK and they managed to adhere to local rules.

          Mountain of God Church minister sometimes last year insulted a woman and told her not to walk by the church path anymore because she wore trousers. The same church has lots of branches in the UK most of which were in shared accommodation like community centre, so tolerate people who dresses in so many different ways in the UK BUT NOT in his home country.

          The KICC guy with the funny haircut, would make you believe he wanted to drag all Nigerians/blacks in London to heaven, really? This same guy started his ministerial career at a church in my town, this is where I knew him. Can he not use his gift to call peace to the area? No, because that would not give him what he really wanted, instead he would make you believe he is from a different town.

          Enough said. See, all for show.

          Get us a smart leader today that will consolidate all the mushroom churches just as they did with the banks a few years ago, then fund community based events and encourage tolerance, and implement fair justice system – then you will see dramatic change that will undoubtedly benefit everyone.

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          • I have seen the guy from KICC, I remember the haircut and round face. I do keep my distance from these church types, who try to intimidate and make one feel inadequate to lure you into their church, to then demand 10% of one’s income (yes, they call it ‘tithe’), as it is written in the bible.

            What’s the big deal with women wearing trousers? Why doesn’t he simply mind his own business? I feel sorry for his wife, if he can tell a strange woman that, think of the ‘grief’ he will be giving his wife behind closed doors.

            Those churches you mentioned are mainly patronised by Nigerians, other Africans and Afro-Carribeans in short the blacks. The average white Briton, has no time for such things.

            You gave good examples, and a great solution. You made it sound so simple, I guess it is, ‘we just have it in our heads that it is difficult. But the reality is it is only as difficult as we make it’.

            When we neglect the suffering of others, without doubt we can not expect things “to be well with us”. This is what the ostriches should keep in mind.

            Thank you.

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            • See that is another important point – tithe.

              Nigerians will pay their 10% tithes religiously for no other reason than contributing to “heavenly home” and the church with all the wealth is exempt from taxes, can you believe that? They call it unfair as it is double taxation because the ‘sheep’ already have been taxed – unbelievable! Because of the this most of the private universities today in Nigeria are owned by celebrities ministers of God have university.

              Common knowledge that there is no effective tax system, the only people who paid are civil servants whose name are on record.

              Ha, of course all these churches are patronised by Nigerians and other Africans, can you imagine asking a Brit to shell out 10% of their disposable income after the govt has already taken 27% or so? Hell, no!

              I know, our solution need not be drastic, gently does it – because it is more like ‘gburu’ in Yoruba. When you pull a gburu, gburu will pull the bush. Gburu here is like an ivy bush that has grown with other weeds.

              Today, we have more churches than schools – this is a fact. Within one mile of my parents’ are at least 10 churches if not more and not all of the same denomination (given deluded folks chance to run back and forth for where the ‘true’ God is). From this ten, at least 2 will have night vigil on every given night – it is insane because the more we do this, the more the crime and the culprits aren’t aliens!

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              • Oh wow, you paint a picture of how this religion thing has gotten completely out of hand. Schools should trump churches anyday.

                When I told my work colleagues about ‘tithes’, they looked aghast. Saying that “it isn’t right, and they’d never pay that proportion of their income”. They were absolutely right, these days I don’t attend church.

                I understand the example with ‘gburu’. This is where you knowledge of local culture comes into play.

                What came to mind, was how lawless Nigeria has become. You’ve heard of Kony (the Ugandan guy who created the LRA – Lord’s Resistance Army). When I heard of his army causing destruction and mayhem in Northern Uganda & other parts of Africa, I thought this could never happen in Nigeria. Man, I was a complete fool to think that Nigeria was above Uganda in that regard. I was duped into thinking that Nigeria wouldn’t sink to such depths. We are no better than the shakiest African country, that is just the sad truth of the matter. This is what this whole Boko Haram thing has exposed, amongst other things.

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  2. I also agree with all that you said. The government is definitely not doing enough. And i also feel like Nigerian residents are a little blind to this. The Baga that happened only got to my ears via a friend who lives in Canada, i didn’t hear about it from my Nigerians.

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    • Right. Even when people heard on the news, we have been trained to not be bothered as it was dog eats dog issue. It is their wahala, we are safe in the south, being blinded is intentional.
      To get all Nigerians to be involved close all the religious centres in the land for one week, then attention will be shifted from ‘heaven’ to earth.

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