[MUST READ] “You kill The Wrong People”- Iyabo Obasanjo writes open letter to Boko Haram   Leave a comment


Senator Iyabo Obasanjo has accused those in President
Goodluck Jonathan’s inner circle of being a hindrance
to the resolution of the crisis posed by the Boko
Haram insurgency..

In an open letter to the Islamist sect, whose leadership
she credited with “more sense,” Senator Obasanjo,
however, faulted the insurgents for betraying the true
essence of revolutionaries in directing their venom
against the lower class.

Dr. Obasanjo in the 860-word letter particularly
cringed at the abduction of hundreds of school girls
from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno
State, saying their crave for sexual gratification is no
excuse for the abduction.
While noting her surprise that more armed groups have
not risen against the state given the social and living
conditions of the majority of the population, she
wrote:

“I am moved to write about the current state of affairs
in Nigeria. My first inclination was to write to the
President but since all letters to him seem to elicit only
open derision and even more stupidity from his inner
circle, I have decided to address my letter to a group
also currently causing Nigerians a lot of pain and
agony that may actually have more sense than the
country’s leadership.

Dear Boko Haram

“The fact that you have taken arms against the
Nigerian state is no surprise. The question should be
why haven’t more young people organised themselves
against the state?

“Even the fact that your motto, ‘Against Western
Education’ is in a way reasonable given the fact that
your leader, martyred by the Nigerian state had
university education and found no reasonable
employment but had to resort to thuggery for
politicians to survive, as the story goes.

“He, like millions of Nigerian young people and
college graduates, seeing a blighted future are doing
anything to survive.

“They have become opportunistic desperados, almost
sub‑human as the stepping on and trampling on each
other to death at the Immigration employment debacle
indicates.
‘Where you’re wrong’

“Where I think you have gotten it wrong are in two
areas, if you can pardon my giving you some
unsolicited advice.

“First, your victims are becoming more and more the
people you should be attracting to your side. Take the
Nyanya bus massacre.

“The people that live in Nyanya are usually the clerks,
messengers and other lowly office workers that live
out in relative slums compared to the rest of Abuja and
take public transportation to work to receive monthly
salaries they barely get by on.

“Consult any written work of successful
revolutionaries be it French, Russian, Cuban or even
the more recent uprooting of communism in Eastern
Europe, to succeed you need the people to be on your
side. Right now you are not achieving this.

“You are targeting the group you need most. This does
not make for a successful revolution but you are
making yourselves into nuisances to the people and in
the end while the state, including its military machine
may not be able to conquer you, your downfall will be
alienating these potential allies, i.e. the oppressed and
down-trodden.

“Secondly, the abduction of girls. It must be hard to
stay in the bush as all male revolutionaries fending for
yourselves with no sexual gratification.
Cuban example

“But again, reading up on past bush revolutionaries
like the Cuban, for example, indicates that they were
able to convince some women to go voluntarily with
them into the bush.

“Somehow, revolutionary zeal does not include sexual
abstinence and cooking and cleaning by yourselves.
“Reading must be hard for you since you hate
education but the past is a good guide to the future and
if you can’t read, you are done for in organizing or
succeeding in most endeavours as most things have
been done before and reading up on how it was done
can only serve as good guidance.

“The parents of the girls you abducted are just trying
to give their daughters a chance at having successful
lives. Without an education there is very little anyone
can achieve in this early 21st century.

“I know living in the bush; it must still seem like the
dark ages but the truth is that even with the lack of
jobs and opportunities for young people in Nigeria
currently, it is still better to be educated.

“An educated university graduate who was selling food
from a food cart ignited the Arab Spring which was
spread by use of the internet which is hard to use if you
are not educated.

“There are writings, videos and stuff you post on the
internet which I haven’t seen. But think of it, you can
only post and use the internet because some of you
have some education.

“But in the end you have no control over the
distribution of your advertising and recruiting
information because as you may know, the internet is
really part of the western system you despise.
Why you’re succeeding

“The truth is that you have succeeded because the
Nigerian state has failed to provide jobs and
opportunity for its young people who you can now
easily recruit. By disrupting education, you are adding
to the burden of the people.

“You may say, but how about our religious issue? Let
the truth be told, just as there are indigenous southern
Muslims, there are indigenous northern Christians
even from your epicentre in Borno State and just as
you are zealous for your religion, I don’t see them
giving up their religion either.

“The reasonable solution to this impasse would be for
you to advocate for everyone to be able to practice
their religion as they see fit with respect for each
other’s beliefs.

“Remember, a couple of centuries ago, all of our
ancestors below the Sahara were all animists
worshipping various ‘gods.’
“This ‘One God’ — us against them situation — is a
relatively recent one in our human history and you will
be advised to let the originators fight it out and let

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Posted May 2, 2014 by SIRNEYO in NEWS

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