Following the incessant killings by Boko Haram , I asked Nigerian writers home and abroad for their reactions and here they are. Eloquent, moving and they are unequivocal about their demand for an end to the horror.
First published in Sunday Trust
“I think it is past time every Nigerian of conscience begins to speak out about what is going on not only in the North East but also in Plateau and Kaduna States. We are witnessing an unprecedented spate of violence perpetrated by a sick and lunatic group, all in the name of religion. There is another motive for this, but it is certainly not religion. No religion will sanction the killing of innocent children in their beds.
So far the government has failed to realize the magnitude of this threat to the future of the country as a whole. It has been…
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We have already been regaled with reports provided by the Wikileaks which identified the US embassy in Nigeria as a forward operating base for wide and far reaching acts of subversion against Nigeria which include but not limited to eavesdropping on Nigerian government communication, financial espionage on leading Nigerians, support and funding of subversive groups and insurgents, sponsoring of divisive propaganda among the disparate groups of Nigeria and the use of visa blackmail to induce and coerce high ranking Nigerians into acting in favour of US interests.
But beyond what we know from the Wikileaks report, what many Nigerians do not know is that US embassy’s subversive activities in Nigeria fits into the long term US government’s well camouflaged policy of containment against Nigeria the ultimate goal of which is to eliminate Nigeria as a potential strategic rival to the US in the African continent.
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President Goodluck Jonathan has fallen ill and he is being treated in a London hospital. According to Reno Omokri, special Adviser to the president on new media on his Twitter page @renoomokri, ‘The purpose of the President’s visit was an official trip while there he became indisposed necessitating the precautionary treatment’.
Quick recovery Mr. President.
# How can you have 8 tribal marks on both cheeks and multiple stretch marks, yet you still want a tattoo? Haba you no dey fear God???
# Nowadays, Not all marriages start with “Will You Marry Me?” Some start with “I am Pregnant” True or false???
# You really shouldn’t depend on compliments to know your physical attributes. Are you blind? Abi if you worwor like me, you no go know???
# Kill an American citizen and 1 million policemen will be deployed to search for you but kill 1 million Nigerians, you will be invited for amnesty…
# Don’t try to follow the Zebra crossings in Nigeria. To Nigerian Drivers, it is just a Tom-Tom Advert…
# If you’ve stick to MTN for 3-4 years without getting another line, you can withstand ANYTHING life throws at you!
# Trust me How can you say You and your girlfriend have been going out for 6years… Abeg where una dey go? Una never reach there???
# some girls will raise their yam legs up when their mum is sweeping, but go to their boyfriend’s house and be forming environmental sanitation..
# Why won’t some girls have spiritual husbands when they Sleep naked? So you think those evil
spirits don’t like girls too abi???
Now you are 52 –
Yesterday is past.
We recall 1960;
1967-1970 still tell stories –
Of course, no victor no vanquished.
The sun sets at dawn,
Children down with kwashiorkor.
Khaki boys from barracks have gotten a koboko –
A change in this Obodo,
Many Olodos eating cocoa.
Now you are 52 –
The present is here.
1999 is historic;
Apples killed the Serpent –
A journey into democracy.
Twenty naira suddenly become an identity card
Arrest the thieves and leave the chief.
Bombs are ahead –
Pastors have sewn odeshi belts.
Now you are 52 –
What comes tomorrow?
You are a giant;
Your dreams are unique,
But on the brink.
You can not break up!
meet the poet: Uchechukwu Ekwurekwu Obiakor