In the light of the security challenges our country is facing, and the recent barbaric acts orchestrated by the criminal and condemnable abduction of 200 innocent Nigerian girls by the “Devil’s Advocates” popularly known as Boko-Haram last month, the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) is calling on all Nigerians, most especially the political leaders irrespective of political affiliation; to be united in the fight against this incessant attack on our collective existence as a country and to desist henceforth from the endless blame game which has characterized the search for our girls so far.
Notably, the campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls” has put Nigeria on the spotlight, drawing attention of world leaders to the menace and threat of Boko-Haram to a peaceful world. This goes to show how united we can be when confronted by challenges of the nature we see today. However, we note with pain that the blame game by both the government and opposition may hamper the goodwill of the Western nations that have joined hands in rescuing our girls and may be detrimental to the genuine quest to bring back the girls to their families. The success recorded by the French army against the islamists in Mali derives from the Unity of Malians in support of the fight against terrorism; similarly, the unity demonstrated by Western countries in the fight against extreme elements are all good practices Nigeria can learn from.
The diaspora Nigerians stand to gain enormously from a more secure society and we affirm the need for people to be held accountable for their negligence of duty that led to the kidnapping of the girls and by extension to insecurity in our beloved country. Nevertheless, we believe that the focus on blaming the government and the current administration instead of coming together to fight against the madness of Boko-Haram is tantamount to victory to Shekau and his co-travelers. If we must win the war against terror, Nigerians must borrow a leaf from other countries like the United States of America where information provided to the security operatives by the citizens form a core part of intelligence gathering. This is a fundamental element for a successful campaign against terrorism. It is high time Nigerians also wake up and join the government in the fight against Boko-Haram While the handling of the kidnap saga has been less than satisfactory, we are aware that the government is making effort to stop the senseless killing by Boko-Haram, in particular to rescue the girls from the Sambisa forest. We are aware that the government has foiled series of suicide bombing attempts, make thousands of arrests and intercept large amounts of weapon. We are also aware that the government has limited capacity and knowledge in dealing with insurgency; hence we applaud the decision of government to accept support from the international community. We invite the government to take full responsibility of the security of lives and properties of its citizens and to keep the citizens informed of the efforts and progress made in bringing peace back to Nigeria.
Finally, the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe would like to emphasize that Islam, Christianity and African traditional religions and indeed all Nigerian religions preach and believe in peace. This organisation, Boko Haram must be exposed for what it is; a barbaric, criminal, and satanic organisation. We decry the incessant killing of Nigerian citizens all over the country and the kidnapping of our girls and share the pains of their parents and community.
We call on all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliation, religion, ethnicity, and region to join hands to defeat terror in all its forms and enjoin all to stop the Blame Game that will get us nowhere.