Tuesday, May 20, 2014

When fanatical religion destroys a nation, we are all the losers! God help Nigeria.

 The vast majority of Nigerians are no different to the citizens of most other nations: They too just want to get on with life, to look after their families, to love, to enjoy life and to have the freedom to believe in whatever form of faith they choose. They wish to be free from persecution; that of the State and of the extremes within their midst.
Today we hear of yet another crime visited upon the people of Nigeria, once again from the criminal group that goes by the name---Boko Haram. Nigeria is in danger of being torn apart by a minority that wishes to take this nation back to the a time that History has long consigned to those epochs that we would rather forget. Perhaps we should not---because we need those lessons to inform us of what 'humans are capable of,' when they sink to such levels.
Boko Haram is an abomination; a mixture of hate, ignorance and exclusion of all that most people hold as truths. Now that Africa and the world, including the Islamic World, are raising their voices against this 'throwback,' perhaps there is a glimmer of hope. They cannot be trusted to negotiate a peace, because there is nothing in their belief structure that would contribute anything positive to the future of Nigeria. Nigeria cannot do this alone.