The Nigerian people are now wise, they have understood that the government does not care about them. The government does things only to expand its powers or create more tax laws. A country of over 200 million people has suffered massacres a lot, and all those that have died will never be forgotten on the pages of history and the regimes will not be spared either. What will explain what a massacre is?
The killing of a considerable number, where little or no resistance can be made, with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to civilized norms, this means massacre. Yesterday it was the Shia’s, previously it was Odi, today it was Lekki, tomorrow it could be you. Stand against massacres now, the security forces should be able to fish out any bad egg guilty of a crime but not going on a killing spree.
It is so unfortunate that our security forces see us as a means of gaining wealth. The Security forces that were meant to protect us are now our oppressors. They only focus on implementing whatever the government tells them to implement forgetting the fact that they would be accountable to the people.
The Odi massacre should never be forgotten, it was an attack carried out on November 20, 1999, by the Nigerian military on the predominantly Ijaw town of Odi in Bayelsa state. The massacre happened during the regime of former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Before the massacre, twelve security forces were reportedly murdered. While the government claims only 43 lost their lives, the Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action, claims that nearly 2,500 civilians were eliminated.
As a government, you should have investigated what happened and bring the culprits to book, but never, Obasanjo ordered the destruction of Odi, history will never forget this tragedy.
On the 12th of December 2015, during the first tenure of Muhammadu buhari the president and Yemi Osinbanjo as his Vice President, in Zaria, the massacre happened. The Zaria massacred was a massacre carried out by the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna state, against Shia Muslims. At least 348 civilians were killed and others were injured. The army claimed that it had responded to an attempt to assassinate Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai by the Shia’s. This claim was rejected by Shia’s and several human rights organizations. Again the government should have captured guidance culprits.
An army that committed genocide before can do it again, on the 20th of October, 2020, during the EndSars protest, according to Amnesty International twelve protesters were allegedly killed by the Nigerian Armed Forces. This also happened during the buhari/Osinbanjo administration.
Genocide is never a new thing in Nigeria, we have witnessed it in the past and witnessing it now, with zero assurance that it won’t happen in the future, Nigeria has a very black record when it comes to valuing the lives of its citizens.
The Nigeria security forces must be able to say we are here to protect Nigerians and not just the president of the country or senators or people with high profile, every Nigerian must be protected without any favour. The security forces must know that protecting the lives of Nigerians is a duty and a responsibility which must be done because they are patriotic citizens and the guidance of security of the country and not just because they want to get peanut sums from the people. The Nigeria security forces must learn to say enough is enough whenever they are ordered to commit a massacre.