Last September, the country was shocked to learn of the death of one of the greatest intellectuals of our time. He was one of many precious souls who left this sphere at a time when there is a hunger for truth. Some suspected third-party negligence, but the death was due to COVID-19 complications, according to Abuja University Teaching Hospital Chief Medical Director Prof Bissallah Ekele. Mr. Mailafia was a financial expert, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and former ADC Presidential candidate. Above all, he was one of President Buhari’s harshest critics. In addition, he was also a security analyst, and given the current security uncertainties of the last few months, we can also call him a prophet; especially given his revelations on August 10, 2020 during an interview on Nigeria Info, in which he sounded the alarm about Boko Haram’s plans to start a civil war in Nigeria by 2022.
During that interview, he released the information he had gathered through his security network and detailed how Boko Haram planned a phased attack that would culminate in an urban invasion and the killing of prominent Nigerians. His revelations came after he met with some repentant Boko Haram members. He said: “Let me make some revelations because some of us have our internal security networks, we met with some of the top commanders of the bandits who repented and told us that one of the governors of the north was the commander of Boko Haram is in Nigeria.
“Boko Haram and bandits are one and the same, they have a sophisticated network, during the lockdown their planes moved up and down with ammunition, logistics, money and distributed them in different parts of the country.
“They’re already in the southern rainforest, they’re everywhere. They told us that once these rural killings were complete, they would move on to phase two.
“In phase two, they’re going to go into the urban cities, going from house to house and killing prominent people. “I can tell you this is their game plan and they want to start a civil war in Nigeria by 2022.”
The security events in and around Abuja and other major cities have lent credence to Mr Mailafia’s predictions for 2020. In fact, since the Kuje prison eruption on June 5, there has been a spike in attacks in and around the metropolitan city of Abuja. Instances of kidnappings in Abuja have become so common that some who have looted money to build villas in Abuja are beginning to consider relocating to their home state for security reasons.
Unfortunately, what is happening in and around Abuja goes beyond kidnapping. It is clearly accelerating the second phase of Boko Haram’s civil war program and its purpose is to intimidate, crowd out and overwhelm what remains of our fragile security architecture.
Unfortunately, it bears fruit on every indication. Surprisingly, President Buhari’s “spin doctor”, Lai Muhammad, has said nothing about the recent slaughter and bloodshed in the country or reminded us of how large tracts of land were ceded to Boko Haram during President Jonathan’s tenure. Or how the Nigerian Army technically won the war against Boko Haram; or how members of the opposition party are the main sponsors of acts of violence in the country.
The growing audacity of terrorist groups and their allies has become so palpable that they can openly threaten to kidnap an incumbent president and governor. Frankly, I hope that President Buhari has resigned himself to “making the country ungovernable”; and Governor Nasir El Rufai, his comments on body bags. A few weeks ago, Boko Haram and its allies showed Nigerians and the world how powerless and incapacitated we have become as a nation when they circulated a video depicting the worst humiliation of our lives. In the video, Boko Haram members, including an escapee from the June 5 prison break, whipped Kuje, victims of the ill-fated March 7 attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.
The war has begun, to put it another way, means living in denial like President Buhari and his cabal. They have relinquished primary responsibility for protecting the lives and property of Nigerians for a better future. Incompetence and deadly indolence have resulted in terrorists of diverse interests morphing and merging, turning the country into a battleground.
Apart from a few states, Nigeria, Boko Haram, bandits, kidnappers and killer herdsmen are burning in the north; while captors and murderous shepherds ravage the south. Things have fallen so far apart, but the middle has taken sides. Two wars are going on in the country at the same time: the war of Fulanization and the war of Islamization – both are the same. It is clearly a war for ethnic supremacy cloaked in the toga of religion.
The focus is on clear signs of Islamization; but Fulanization is underway in Zamfara State and most of the states in the Middle Belt and South. In a speech delivered after his recent vacation abroad, Benue State Gov. Samuel Ortom rolled back the climate change cover-up that has been the main lie of expansionist Fulani herdsmen. According to him, he decided to visit the United Kingdom and United States of America to correct the false narratives that climate change caused the crisis in Benue State, and there he was surprised to learn that the attacks went beyond that what they had fed them with.
“Even during the rainy season, the Fulani herdsmen come into our communities, kill, maim, rape our women, even our men. These Fulanis come from Niger, Senegal, Mauritania and other places. They just used that as a shield, their main reason for attacking was the occupation of our country.”
He also accused President Buhari of neglect, saying, “Things are getting worse and worse in Nigeria. You know I said that before I left, that very soon, with the way bandits operate, without proactive steps from the federal government, the bandits will soon enter Aso Rock.
“You have seen what is happening in the country; the Kuje prison break and the threat to kidnap the president, God forbid, but I saw that a long time ago.
“These people in Afghanistan who are bandits and Fulanish are the ones (making havoc). You are sponsored. It pains me that this is happening in my generation. Today there is no government in Nigeria. Those surrounding the President are criminals.
“You’ve got us digging our graves, we need real change, not the top-down change you promised us in 2015. We are at war, and if we cannot bear arms to defend our families, then our governors must heed human rights attorney Femi Falana’s (SAN) call to apply for gun licenses to arm their various security equipment. And if the federal government refuses, they should go to court; But in the meantime, they should use the huge security votes they collect each month judiciously to buy drones and other security hardware to protect their people.”
By: Raphael Pepple