Friday, June 20, 2014
NO TO EXTENSION OF MILITARY RULE
17th May, 2014
NO TO EXTENSION OF EMERGENCY RULE
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) wishes to call Senate’s attention to the need to approach the issue with utmost caution. Three states of Nigeria: Adamawa, Borno and Yobe have been under emergency rule for a whole year. Nothing tangible has been achieved within the period. On the contrary, life has become extremely difficult for civilians in the area. Economic activities have dovetailed. Poverty has risen astronomically. For how long shall we continue to extend emergency rule? Even governors of the zone who had supported emergency rule ab initio are now kicking against it.
The argument that the president would have to be driven four hours by road to reach Chibok suffers from poverty of vision, shortage of initiative and lack of imagination. Is there no where to land an helicopter in Chibok town?
Is the girls’ college where the abduction took place a 2 X 2 affair? Couldn’t an helicopter land in the school compound? Couldn’t the Commander-in-Chief’s helicopter be escorted by a couple of jet bombers from the Nigerian Air Force? It is glaring that the presidency has failed to harness resources at its disposal this time around.
MURIC strongly suspects that there is a deliberate attempt to weaken the Nigerian Army thereby prolonging the insurgency in the North. This is designed not only for the purpose of debilitating the region economically but also to disenfranchise the area by keeping emergency rule perpetually in place. It is all about the 2015 general election. This is what MURIC calls political Boko Haram and it is designed to benefit the ruling party alone.
We therefore appeal to Senate to look critically into its crystal ball and forestall the plan by the ruling party to mortgage the zone under emergency for a pot of porridge. MURIC says ‘No to extension of emergency rule’. Senate should look beyond its nose.
What the zone needs is the presence of a disciplined and better-equipped military, jobs for millions of unemployed youths who have become easy prey for Boko Haram operatives and massive deployment of infrastructure that is capable of transforming the zone to a modern welfare society. But above all, the Commander-in-Chief must lead by example in future.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)