ARE WE INTENTIONALLY OPENING A “CAN” OF WORM?
Last night on TvC Nigeria news, my heart was pounding and different thoughts went through my head in a lightening speed, just as one would have imagined experiencing while standing close to the platform at the trains station and watching a high-speed train whistling past. Every one Nigerian was wandering why the unnecessary killings going on in some states of the federal Republic of Nigeria, why is president Muhammadu Buhari silent despite the most outrageous and barbaric mowing down of innocent people, most of whom were reported to be women and children.
Some news outlets such have reported that at least seventy people were either machetted or slaughtered in a community by unknown Fulani herdsmen in Borno state last week alone. This unnecessary killings by various Fulani herdsmen in some (mostly Northern) states of Nigeria have been grossly condemned by all stakeholders, but at last the president has directed the Inspector general of Police to relocate to the state in order to personally oversee the deployment of police force ad to ensure the culprits are made to face justice.
I want to look at this matter from a different perspective for no other reason than to question the recent press release of some CAN’s (Christian associations of Nigeria) representatives when they apparently, were giving these massacres a religious connotation. The head of that delegation was blatantly calling all Christians to defend themselves and property with any means they deem fit. Such statements by religious leaders or body is highly insensitive and inflammable and it is actually very common rhetoric used by the CAN, yet they always blame the Muslims. But how can we blame them? for thinking the way they think, it is impossible to practice what you really don’t know. most of their members are not religious in their hearts and have ( apparently) no “jot” of faith in their practices. For the sake of this argument, let us assume what they are claiming is actually true, then I ask, is this the kind of statements one would expect to come out of a church leader or religious personality?, I believe the answer is absolute no, because Jesus Christ (like every other Prophet and messengers of God) never preach eye for an eye, but mercy. the reason is simply “wisdom” because even the so-called greatest military power of earth, has never really won a single war, but causes only destruction of lives and properties and natural disaster to those nations they fought wars with afterwards.
They simply could not understand or reason that their church businesses and tithes collection could only thrive in a peaceful atmosphere and not wars, there is no reason to politicize every social issues that happens in Nigeria by misleading or instilling fear in the hearts of our follow citizens through false claims that the Muslims want to “Islamize” Nigeria. A lady member of the house of representative, who (i believe was a Muslim) stood up to explain why the Fulani herdsmen may have killed people, she claim “sometimes, the Fulani man cherishes the life of his cows more than his own life”, what a stupid end shallow minded claim coming from the mouth of a federal legislator. Is that what she has learned in her own Qur’an?, definitely not because Allah(swt) says: “Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.” Surah Al-Ma’idah [5:32]. In a nutshell, no matter what kind of provocation might have happened here and there, no one have the right to kill another person or persons.
Therefore, It is absolutely wrong for anyone to call himself as believing Muslim and yet he is willingly ready to take another man’s life for any minor or major reason without any consideration, yet they will make wudoo and perform the next sallah? what a barbaric way of thinking and more so, it is apparent that some people either gives them “Kudos” or feel proud to say that the Fulani don’ take shit from anyone, this Idea is ungodly and foolish. This is not how we can co-exist peacefully, but the authorities need to sit up and prevent this from getting worst, because it is very worrisome to everyone in Nigeria.
I believe there are very good Christians in Nigeria who do not approve of those rhetoric by their national body, those who faithfully and truly practices the teachings of prophet Isa (peace be upon Him), where then is this unnatural hatred and animosity towards Muslims and Islam is coming from?. Nevertheless, I also blame our Muslim leaders and today’s Muslim youth for not being proactive in putting things straight by standing up, not in violence though! rather than criticizing each other, causing irreparable damages to our collective we image in the name of Islam, should be speaking up in our loudest voice in its defense, engaging the Christians in peaceful dialogue, working together to build bridges of understanding and peaceful co-existence in our communities and nation for the betterment of all and sundry.
We must all learn patience and cautions speaking in public as our unguarded utterances may create even more hostilities for those communities we are trying to protect. responsible and God-fearing leadership should be sought for whenever elections comes up, because if we choose those who are neither God-fearing nor have the interest of the masses at heart, the result can only be more agonies for everyone.