Boko Haram Cells in Southern Nigeria: The Conspiracy Theory

Proverbs 1:32 says, “For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.”

A whole lot of us take so many things for granted, this is a typical trademark of an average Nigerian. We believe all our problems will go away one day even when we do not do anything about them. We are used to waiting it out. It is really a pity that this strategy as employed for the Boko Haram insurgency is costing us so much in human and material resources. But the funny irony is that we are still waiting it out. How long would this continue, only God can tell. Ecclesiastes 4:5 says, “The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh.” 

Before the days of Boko Haram, we deluded ourselves that suicide bombing was only a thing we hear about from the Arab world. Even the attempt by Mutallab, “the underwear bomber” to blow-up a US-bound plan did nothing to jolt of to the harsh reality. The reality that years of deprivation and negligence of some groups of Nigerian by various government may mare their thinking and create deviants out of them. That the continuous widening of gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” may have far reaching implication. No, these did  not come to the minds of our leaders. They were so busy lining their coffers and that of their cohort with the proceeds of the sweats of many. Some even have the guts of flaunting all their ill-gotten wealth at faces of the deprived masses. What did they expect? Maybe an applause for thievery well executed, arrant nonsense. Boko Haram was just a keg of gunpowder waiting to be ignited.

The recent detonation of an IED in a church at Owerri and the arrest of 489 “mallams” in Abia State would soon be overlooked and taken for granted. But the conspiracy theory is that the dreaded insurgent group terrorizing the North-East of Nigeria may already have a viable cell in the southern states just waiting to be activated. Let me put it this way; how many “mallams” do we have as gatemen? How many do we have as “mai suya” around us? How many are mobile cobblers and sellers of different items? What if they are all Boko Haram members just waiting for order to strike? How would Lekki Phase 1 survive such an attack?

Proverbs 17:24 says, “Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.”

A word is not for the wise, it is the fool who needs it.



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