3rd October, 2012
MUBI MASSACRE: THE HEIGHT OF BESTIALITY
Unknown gunmen went berserk yesterday Tuesday 2nd October, 2012 at the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa State. About forty eight people were killed, many of them students. Both guns and knives were used as weapons in the melee. The attackers reportedly called their victims by name before killing them. Several others sustained varying degrees of injuries and are still undergoing treatment in different hospitals.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly deplores this barbaric attack. It is the height of bestiality. Whatever may have been the casus belli, the end does not justify the means. It is simply unthinkable that anyone would carry out an attack of this magnitude on an institution of higher learning.
Yet what is most worrisome is the ease with which the attackers carried out the killings before melting into thin air. It is a serious indictment on our security agencies. This massacre further amplifies the helplessness of our security network. Nigeria is no longer safe. People are living in fear. The details of the attack further compounds our fear as it becomes difficult to point an accusing finger at any group. Among the victims were Christians and Muslims as well as people of various ethnicities.
The Federal Government must look inwards to identify the pernicious policies which have caused this animalistic behavior. Something must be done to fill the empty stomachs of the hungry jamaheer (masses). Job opportunities must be provided for this angry army of unemployed graduates.
This violence is scaring away investors both locally and internationally. Aso Rock must put its house in order before inviting foreigners to come and invest in Nigeria otherwise the international community will continue to laugh at us. The violence is killing incentive and creativity in young Nigerians. Talents are being suffocated by conscienceless power. The Jonathan regime is fast losing its moral right to remain in power as it has failed to fulfill a vital part of the social contract it signed with Nigerians, namely, the provision of security of lives and properties.
While the ordinary Nigerian lives in fear, President Jonathan recently launched a special arm of presidential guards. This reveals the selfishness of the president. Jonathan is only thinking of himself. He believes everything is fine as long as he remains untouched. Aso Rock keeps digging in, thereby increasingly exposing the jamaheer to canibalisation, dehumanization and untold psychological trauma.
MURIC charges Mr. President to wake up from his illusions. We did not vote for him for the purpose of surrounding himself with armoured tanks. There is an urgent need to properly equip the security agencies so as to enable them to perform their primary duty of protecting Nigerians. Jobs must be provided to take the hungry but angry youths off the streets.
Professor Is-haq Akintola,
Lagos State University,
P.O. Box 10211,
LASU Post Office,
HO 102 101,
I remain oppressed untill the hungry are fed, the naked clothed,
the sick healed and the homeless sheltered