Tales The Nation Told Me By Reuben Abati

” Omo, we live in risky times.

” I concur with you absolutely. It has never ever been this bad in peace times”

” You think Nigeria is at peace? For me, the country is at war already.

” She stated …”

” She stated we must hope to arrive first as a country prior to we can begin to discuss elections in 2023.”

” Hmm.

” I hope so. I pray so too. I ensure you this nation is at war. War. War can go by any other name but it is still war. Symmetric war. Asymmetric war. You know what Yorubas call it? Ogun abele. Rogbodiyan. Ruke rudo. Airoju airaye. Ogun gbon misi Omi o to”

” That is civil war.”

” Okay. Whatever. Equate it as you want. What I know is that what is going on in the country today is even worse than the civil war of 1967 -1970 During that duration, the war was concentrated in one part of the nation. The Nigerian soldiers that battled to safeguard the country knew the area of the rebels. International diplomacy was included. In the end, peace reigned, even if 51 years later on the war against Igbos is yet to end.”



” You can state that again. However do you understand what my big fear is, following your line of believed? Can you see that the South East is becoming another theatre of war?”

” Yes. I can see that.”

” The federal government of Nigeria appears to be making the exact same mistake in the North East about 12 years earlier and it got a monster called Boko Haram in return.”

” I can see that”

” History is about to repeat itself, this time in the South East. The reprisal attacks by his fans has now turned the battle into an endless war, that has spread from the North East to the Middle Belt, to the North West, the South West and the South East.

” I hear they have even called the Imo State Federal Government Home after him. Obviously, IPOB now runs an alternative government in the South East. Naming a Government Home that they do not control after one of their leaders.”

” IPOB is a proscribed organisation however it remains very active and untouchable.

” That is what our country has ended up being. Sad. A nation of ethnic militias. The Hausa Fulani have their ranchers. The Yorubas have their Amotekun and the Oduduwa Nation gang. The Igbos have IPOB and ESN. The South is in the meantime, the only tranquil part of the country. However when those ones begin and add their difficulty to it, that will be the undoing of Nigeria due to the fact that the South is where the nation’s food basket is.”

” The nation’s food basket is in the North.”

” You don’t get the point. Oil is Nigeria’s significant profits earner. If militants in the South sign up with the madness, no one will have the ability to prospect for oil in the South South, not even in the deep overseas. Nigeria will have no income. The oil majors will close down and escape. Mayhem will follow. There will be no Christmas trees.”

” But to return to the earlier point about another Boko Haram front emerging in the South East. I noticed that considering that the murder of Ikonso which the Nigerian Army and Police celebrated, the East has actually not known peace. There have been attacks on police headquarters. Attacks on offices of the Electoral Commission. Abduction of trainees and innocent people. Even a prison was attacked in Owerri and the inmates were released. It looks like there will be no fast end to this. At a point, we were informed the Guv of Imo State had to run away to Abuja.”

” Oh, yes. I really heard from reputable sources that many state Governors no longer remain in their states”.

” But something informs me Igbo militants will not like to turn the East into a theatre of war and get their own individuals eliminated.”

” You don’t understand what you are talking about.

” Are you saying IPOB lags the trouble in the South East then? What I hear is that it is the workmanship of unknown shooters”

” Yeah. Unknown shooters. Similar to unknown soldiers. Unidentified cops. Unknown civil servants. In a country of ghosts. You are complimentary to think the fiction they feed you with. Delight in the illusion.”

” So what do you believe can be done to nip the situation in the bud.”

” What are you nipping in the bud?

Now I pity the President and I am so sorry for myself.

” Omo, wake up! This matter has actually gone beyond President Buhari.”

” How?

” Ër bergi. Last Friday, he even appealed to local leaders to advise their youths not to work against Nigeria.

” Oh, God. The Nigerian circumstance has actually never ever been so scary as it is today. The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces can not become a motivational speaker when the individuals are dying daily. He needs to leave inspirational talking to Fela Durotoye and Pastor Paul Enenche. He ought to not spoil their market.”

” What else do you want him to do?

” Well, of course, the United States will blink at the concept and that is beyond Secretary Blinken.

” But the United States European Command is also in Germany. Why take the African Command there?”

” Bros, America will choose what remains in its benefit. No country does Daddy Christmas diplomacy. The only country I know that does Father Christmas International Diplomacy is Nigeria. To deal with the obstacle of insecurity, Nigeria should help itself, even while foraging for external help. The government of Nigeria has a responsibility to safeguard individuals. It is the very minimum that any federal government can do.”

” My view is that the time has actually come then for President Buhari to set up a War Cabinet.”

” What is that?”

” Simple. I am not stating he needs to change his Ministers. I know a few of them are your good friends and you will not like to miss out on the muna you get from them.”

” These ones? Before you ask sef, dem go inform you say nothing dey.

” Na today? However my point truly is that the President must set up a National Defence Council that will fulfill on a daily basis, do a regular audit of the security situation in the nation, and advise government appropriately.”

” You just want to develop another problem. Prior to you understand it Femi Falana and co will state the Defence Council is unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void and for that reason of no result whatsoever. And they will threaten to go to court. They will state it is a duplication of the functions of the National Security Council.”

” No. I don’t think so. The strategy for security is various from the strategy for war. And a National Defence Council is not unlawful. It is not unlawful. It is in the Constitution. Examine Area 153 of the 1999 Constitution. Check the Third Schedule of the same Constitution.”

” What does the Constitution state? Tell me about it.”

” Tell you what? This is the problem with you Nigerians. You all have Holy Books, the Bible and the Koran which you carry about 24 hours. You have the Bible at home. You have it in the car. You have it in the office. When you return home in the evening, you read the Holy Book, pray with it, and keep it under your pillow to secure you from witches, wizards and town individuals. A lot of you even tackle with talismans: a small copy of the Koran, the rosary, and anointing oil. However the Constitution of Nigeria, the very same file that chose Nigerian leaders use to cheat and abuse you, a document that spells out your rights, you don’t have it, you do not read it, you don’t know your own rights and yet you grumble. My pal, go and purchase a copy of the Constitution.”

” I am not an attorney. Why should I check out the Constitution?”

” You check out the Bible. Are you a Pastor? You read the Koran. Are you an alfa or Sheik? The exact same way every Holy Book is readily available to everybody: Bible or Koran, it is the same method all of us can know the laws that govern us.”

Do not let us deceive ourselves, please, there is no distinction in between the National Security Council and a National Defence Council.

” I concur. However my other point is that this moment calls for national unity. All of us have a function to play.”

” In concept yes, however have you heard that the Federal government wishes to reduce the expense of governance which the starting point is to cut the incomes of civil servants?”

” What madness is that?”

” The declaration was credited to the Minister of Finance and Budget Planning, Zainab Ahmed.”

” Come, do they now include little marijuana to Shisha?”

” I can’t respond to that concern. I am not in a position to understand what combination the Minister of Financing takes and whether she even takes Shisha.”

” We are thinking of how to accomplish peace and stability and some people want to cut incomes? What do they want to cut? The very same minimum wage that numerous states have refused to pay? The very same minimum wage that can not purchase a bag of rice? A Kongo of rice is now N1,000 If government cuts incomes, they must anticipate that other things may be cut too, together with such a foolish decision.”

” Like what?”

” Like the heads of stupid people. Na so revolution dey start! What happened to Oronsaye Report? Why not cut all the leaky pails in federal government? Cut the cost of governance. In the midst of this COVID-19, headline inflation is now 18%, food inflation is 23%, unemployment is 33.3%. It will be the height of madness to cut people’s salaries. Abi I dey fad?”

” Come to think of it, yes. I hear the Federal Government has actually now imposed new constraints.

” My truthful opinion, I believe the intervention does not go far enough. They should inform us more about what they know that we do not know. Specifically now that we are hear armed burglars are now attacking the Governmental Rental property and Pastors are telling the Parish to have an escape Plan B. Armed burglars put on go into Aso Rock oh!”

” Like seriously? No. No. No. Bros, you make it seem like Nigeria is completed. I am finished with you. May 11 is the 40 th anniversary of the death of that outright genius, Bob Marley. Can you listen to one of his evergreen songs and calm down? Great remedy for this madness.

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