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Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by chiefololade: 7:56am On Sep 16, 2017
Fellow Nigerians, let me confess my admiration for security forces generally. It is not just because of the cleanliness and crispiness of their uniform or the famed discipline that they imbue in their members. It is because I find their job too risky. I often wonder why any man or woman would voluntarily sign his or her death warrant. For me, they appear more like suicide bombers. As a toddler in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, I remember being told by older people that “soldiers are trained to kill” and we were told to avoid them. The myth flying around included that most of them were recruited without having much education. But as I grew up, I began to acquire a special fascination for them, especially the elite squads in the Navy and the Air Force. I would later interact with many soldiers at home and abroad. I love their uniforms, jackboots and in particular their menacing guns.

I still imagine till this day what it takes to be a killer. We were told soldiers were regularly injected with special drugs that makes it impossible for them to have the milk of human kindness in them. But with time, I saw and met many soft-hearted soldiers. I used to tease them about what we were told as kids. I must say I became one of their fans and good friends. I visited our soldiers in Sierra Leone and Liberia and gave them my humble support and they were very appreciative of my modest contribution and inspiration.

The reason for my preamble must be obvious to you all. I was seriously angry after seeing a video purportedly showing how our soldiers were brutalising fellow Nigerians and subjecting them to the worst indignities known to mankind. I’ve been praying that the videos were shot in outer space and not anywhere near Nigeria. But if what I saw very vividly actually took place on our planet and in this our dear beloved nation, then we’ve truly missed the road. I did not see any sign of weapons with these hapless victims of oppression and repression. At the very worst, even if as the military authorities claimed, that the soldiers were pelted with pebbles and stones, the treatment meted out to the personalities in the video is undeserved by any human being. How was the response from the military commensurate to that of the supposed hoodlums? Was it not an act of provocation in itself for soldiers to be engaging in drills in an area already soaked with tension?

Let me stretch the argument a bit further. Whose idea was it to draft the soldiers onto the streets to intimidate Nigerians in areas where there was no war? How can anyone send soldiers to threaten a people who already feel marginalised and are saying so very resoundingly? What is wrong with empowering members of the Nigeria Police Force and especially the anti-riot police squad to tackle cases of hooliganism and even terrorism. Soldiers are meant to come out in open battle only in extreme cases where there is total chaos and mayhem. President Muhammadu Buhari has wittingly or inadvertently walked into the trap cleverly set for him by the Biafra secessionists. Kanu and company have read the President well knowing his proclivity for no-nonsense and high-handedness.

If truth must be told, this is the height of intolerance on the part of the Nigerian State. I have not seen any Lawyer who believes in the legality of what our soldiers have done. Kanu may be reckless and irresponsible by promoting internecine wars and heating up our country unnecessarily but no one can deny him the right of expressing himself and agitating for his beliefs. What could have been done to him was very simple; send the police after him and get him rearrested for flouting his bail conditions. Some of his hard core loyalists and acolytes could be easily identified and kept out of circulation. For the past few months, Kanu has been raking and ranting but he has not fired a bullet. As a matter of fact, this government has unfortunately resurrected a man who was already on his way to Golgotha and at a time his bravado was becoming increasingly irritating to many of those who took him seriously initially. The staccato fashion of his argument was becoming boring and predictable. I really don’t know who misadvised our leaders into thinking they can fight all wars and win all. Believe me please, I know Nigeria a bit, it is a dangerous gamble.

I’m aware that our President is a retired Major General, a man well known for his taciturnity, who packs his punches and loves to take on known and imaginary enemies. But we supported him because we believed Baba had transfigured into a born again democrat. The Buhari we supported was not the man who ruled with draconian Decrees from 1983-85 and was forced out of power and his detractors rejoiced openly and widely. The same Nigerians who praised you for beating your child would soon turn around to castigate you and ask why you’re so wicked. That is the reality of Nigeria. This particular case is even more precarious. Some Northerners had issued threats to the Igbos to quit their territory or face monumental reprisals. A few of the respected people in the North cautioned them but they were rebuffed with insults in a most vicious manner. No security arm ever tried to even invite them for any chat not to talk of arrests. The then Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, did so well by engaging different sections of Nigeria in peaceful dialogue and we were happy that the ticking bomb was carefully detonated. Just imagine what would have happened if he invaded parts of the North or East with soldiers blazing with guns and bayonets. He would have been accused of all sorts, including ethnic cleansing.

Our President should be told in very clear terms that the world has changed drastically in the last three decades. No leader can order his troops out in the streets to kill and destroy wantonly. We should not over-stretch our luck. Nigeria cannot afford a second civil war. Our economy is already in shambles. We should prosecute how to return to economic recovery urgently and resist the temptation of wasting our scarce resources on persecuting our fellow citizens. The videos in circulation tend to portray us as barbarians who belong in the prehistoric age. We’ve suffered enough negativity and should not invite the wrath of the world upon ourselves. Believe it or not, Nigeria may find itself in the bad book of War Crimes Tribunal. It is not impossible, no matter how long it takes. Mass graves have been reported in some parts of Nigeria with concrete proofs. Nigerians have been detained indefinitely in near solitary confinements without trial. This are not the best examples to lay for our future. Many of those who should speak up against tyranny are too squeamish for obvious reasons. But it should not be so.

I’m not a supporter of Biafra. I don’t have to be. I love and prefer a bigger, stronger and more prosperous Nigeria. But there are reasons for many Nigerians to detest Nigeria, today. They feel they have been horribly marginalised and treated like second class citizens in their own country. Their perception is that they believe all or most of the following things. Their children no longer attend the good schools for which the Igbos have become well known. The goods, some of which they even make themselves in Aba, have become only available for the rich.

Infrastructure is sorely lacking for the most part. Where they exist, they are decaying and nobody is really attending to them. There are no new jobs and the few old jobs are being lost in droves. The state of healthcare is almost hopeless. Federal character has become a total charade. We can go on, ad infinitum, reeling out the litany of woes that our brothers and sisters in the South East believe is responsible for the unusually strident agitation that we are now witnessing. To be fair and charitable they do have cause to be aggrieved in many respects. Our government should address these issues instead of attacking those who disagree with them. One of the surest ways to do this is by education, information and public enlightenment to demonstrate that the position is not as bad as they feel. The social media is awash with facts and figures for and against the depth and seriousness of the so-called marginalisation of the South East. The next step would be to identify those issues which are of critical concern, proffer solutions to resolve them and then act on these solutions. The third and equally important duty of the government is to ensure an equitable distribution of resources and positions. Indeed, this is the major reason for the clamour for restructuring. Whilst we still operate in a system where government provides practically everything, it is only just that people must have a sense of belonging and participation. However, the best form of restructuring that Nigeria needs now is not merely to decentralise power but to cede power completely to the private sector whilst government contributes its quota by providing the enabling environment for the much needed industrialisation and technological advancement that will take us out of our present doldrums..
In the name of God, the omnipotent and merciful, everyone should beg our Federal Government to end this self-immolating war of attrition. We have nothing to gain. In fact, we have more to lose.

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/09/16/our-dear-army-please-cool-temper/

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by sexykessy68(m): 8:02am On Sep 16, 2017
finally FTC ��

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by sarrki(m): 8:05am On Sep 16, 2017
Bob dee Capital NO

Tell the Igbos (terrorist) that one

Nigerian Army is a constituted Authority

Nigeria is bigger than any individual or group

God bless federal republic of Nigeria

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by kings09(m): 8:09am On Sep 16, 2017
Fulani herdsmen were never declared terrorists....

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by seunmsg(m): 8:11am On Sep 16, 2017
Dele Momodu is just trying to be politically correct here. There is absolutely nothing wrong in the ongoing operation Python dance. Ipob is a terrorist organisation and they deserve the same treatment as boko haram. We all hailed Jonathan when he declared military action in the north east, we should hail Buhari for doing the same thing.

No responsible government will look away while a small group is trying desperately to undermine the sovereignty of the country. Any group that attacks the police and military of a country is definitely an enemy of the country and must be so treated.

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by Cityfirstborn(m): 8:11am On Sep 16, 2017
Buhari will definitely pay for his for his atrocities

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by madridguy(m): 8:20am On Sep 16, 2017
OGA DELE MOMODU TRYING TO SCORE SOME CHEAP POLITICAL GOALS.

NONSENSE.

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by madridguy(m): 8:20am On Sep 16, 2017
As usual grin grin Coward

Cityfirstborn:
Buhari will definitely pay for his for his atrocities

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by Nobody: 8:22am On Sep 16, 2017
Brb
Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by sarrki(m): 8:23am On Sep 16, 2017
seunmsg:
Dele Momodu is just trying to be politically correct here. There is absolutely nothing wrong in the ongoing operation Python dance. Ipob is a terrorist organisation and they deserve the same treatment as boko haram. We all hailed Jonathan when he declared military action in the north east, we should hail Buhari for doing the same thing.

No responsible government will look away while a small group is trying desperately to undermine the sovereignty of the country. Any group that attacks the police and military of a country is definitely an enemy of the country and must be so treated.


@ the emboldened thumbs up

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by letusbepieces: 8:38am On Sep 16, 2017
seunmsg:
Dele Momodu is just trying to be politically correct here. There is absolutely nothing wrong in the ongoing operation Python dance. Ipob is a terrorist organisation and they deserve the same treatment as boko haram. We all hailed Jonathan when he declared military action in the north east, we should hail Buhari for doing the same thing.

No responsible government will look away while a small group is trying desperately to undermine the sovereignty of the country. Any group that attacks the police and military of a country is definitely an enemy of the country and must be so treated.

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN KILLING SMALL BOYZ AND YOUNG MEN.

I TRUILY HOPE THE WORLD SEES IT THAT WAY.

PLS, TELL ME WAT BUHARI ACCOMPLISHED IN ABIA?

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by jumper524(m): 8:52am On Sep 16, 2017
all these reporters claiming Buhari should have ignored ipob. would be the same people criticizing him if ipob had taken weapons and become a total economic nuisance. Buhari was cleaver enough to cut them to size before they grow wings..

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by micktoxin(m): 8:53am On Sep 16, 2017
My biggest worry above all for Nigerians is that the executive branch seems pretty weak to stand up to the President. Presidents generally are power hungry and they will always overreach their executive power, which is why you need other branch of power to be able to stand up to president.

Second and most important worry has to be Nigerians (nairaland) attitudes to this abuse of power. Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserves neither and it would always backfire in the long run. Where will it end?

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by ExAngel007(f): 8:53am On Sep 16, 2017
grin
Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by oshe11: 8:54am On Sep 16, 2017
A fight against BOKOHARAM is one against the North- Buhari

A fight against Igbos is WAR against TERRORISM- Southeast Govs

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by hakeem4(m): 8:54am On Sep 16, 2017
Did they cool down when they were attacking the Nigerian army ?

Did they cool down when they were making hate speech against Yoruba and hausa?


Why should the Nigerian army cool down with a terrorist organisation?

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by Lexusgs430: 8:54am On Sep 16, 2017
No cooling of temper or temperature. The Army is simply performing part of its duties.....

I would personally like to see how many pythons would dance......

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by Guyman02: 8:54am On Sep 16, 2017
This morning Hausas have opened shops in Aba and Umuahia, which shows that they are not anticipating any form of attack from the Igbos or IPOB contrary to what Yoruba media has been peddling in order to cause a rift and reprisal attacks on the Igbos resident in the North.
They even claimed that 3 Northerners were killed by IPOB without any evidence and it turned out to be fake news.

Igbos know that their problem is from the Yoruba controlled media which has been used to demonize them right from the civil war days, to the extent that the coup planned by Nzeogwu and Major Ademulegun as second in command was labelled an Igbo coup even though no Igbo citizens were consulted before the carried out the coup.

Nnamdi Kanu got all the publicity that made him popular from Nigeria western media, they cover his every move and give it wide publicity and still pretend hat they hate him, I hope Nigerians will start seeing through this South West scheme.
It was the western media that labelled the Niger Delta agitators as 'militants' which gave the Army the propaganda they needed to start a killing spree of youths in the Niger Delta asking for a fair share in their God given resources because most of the workers in the middle level are Yorubas while the Northerners own the oil blocks

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by policy12: 8:55am On Sep 16, 2017
Now let me read in between the line..
Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by SalomonKane: 8:55am On Sep 16, 2017
sarrki:
Bob dee Capital NO

Tell the Igbos (terrorist) that one

Nigerian Army is a constituted Authority

Nigeria is bigger than any individual or group

God bless federal republic of Nigeria
No doubt. Nigeria is even bigger than the likes of you who pay lip service to the government.

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by ipghost: 8:55am On Sep 16, 2017
micktoxin:
Nice article

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by Moreoffaith(m): 8:55am On Sep 16, 2017
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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by policy12: 8:56am On Sep 16, 2017
Guyman02:
,

Stop posting things like this comment if u av..

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by Nobody: 8:56am On Sep 16, 2017
Abeg where is Kani and BNG self
Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by Cholls(m): 8:56am On Sep 16, 2017
My brother abeg go and sit down!

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by deepwater(f): 8:57am On Sep 16, 2017
It will touch everyone, every region
One by one

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by Nobody: 8:57am On Sep 16, 2017
Please FG






Kindly declare BADOO GROUP

A TERRORIST GROUP OO




You can quell the agitation now but can't quell the Biafran Spirit!!!

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by BudeYahooCom: 8:58am On Sep 16, 2017
A support against IPOB is a support for Fulani herdsmen.

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Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by brownlord: 8:58am On Sep 16, 2017
You are close to Tinubu, tell him to call Aso rock
Re: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu by manikspears: 8:58am On Sep 16, 2017
Egbon dele abeg free the soldiers talk to the terrorist.

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