A Lagos based Businessman, Mr Vincent Uba has frowned at the reactions of Nigerians to the recent attacks by suspected herdsmen in Benue and some other parts of the country.
In a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday, Uba, a former President of Catholic Brothers’ Forum, said that it was unfortunate that many Nigerians including respected ones were using the crisis to advance selfish gains.
The Businessman said that rather than blame President Buhari, it was a time for Nigerians to rally around him and proffer solutions to the security challenges.
“It beats my imagination that different group of persons, different category of persons of both tribal and religious inclination apportion blames Buhari rather than somberly pray for the country and the president and offer him genuine advice.
The former President of CBF insisted that the fact that the alleged perpetrators were of the same ethnicity with the president does not in any way implicate the President.
In developed and civilized countries like US and UK where brutal shootings and killings regularly occur, the president is not linked to such acts rather they unite and rally round him to find a common solution to the problem.
Read the full text of his speech below:
I write as a law abiding and peace loving citizen of a sovereign and united Nigeria. I frown and raise alarm when I see factors or actions capable of causing breach of peace and disintegration of our dear country. These Benue killings are one of the most disgusting scenes of carnage ever witnessed in the history of the nation.
I wonder whether those who perpetrate these heinous acts against humanity are sane human beings. It is very gruesome and awful to see fellow humans, fellow Nigerians butchered like wild animals. There is no sane person that will not rise in condemnation of these brutal and senseless killings. The whole world have through their leaders lent their voices against this “man’s inhumanity to man”.
When killings assume the proportion as that of Benue and other States, no right thinking and sane Nigerian will feel comfortable with the situations and the head of State of such country will be under tremendous tension and pressure. He will not know any peace, more so when he is an elder statesman. That is the unfortunate scenario that our President, Mohammadu Buhari finds himself.
In most countries of the world where there are patriots and statesmen, crises of this nature tend to unite the country to fight a common cause of nipping in the bud such crises. Fellow country men and women unite themselves around the president to not only condemn the acts, but also to find a common solution to the problem. Unfortunately that is not the case in Nigeria and that makes it more unfortunate for Buhari.
It is very worrisome and sad that some people in Nigeria see this kind of crises as a veritable avenue to advance their selfish motives. Rather than unite to rally round Buhari to find solution to the crises, they see the crises as an opportunity to further their political, religious and tribal sentiments.
It beats my imagination that different group of persons, different category of persons of both tribal and religious inclination apportion blames rather than somberly pray for the country and the president and offer him genuine advice. I am so surprised that some past leaders who should have known better in this period of crises and so consult with the president to address these crises, now play to the gallery, pointing accusing fingers & writing open letters, even leaders who under their watch in the past have witnessed similar and worst situations like these.
Nigerians alike who easily forget, are quick to condemn and point accusing fingers as well, as if crises of this nature is peculiar to Nigeria. In developed and civilized countries like US and UK where brutal shootings and killings regularly occur, the president is not linked to such acts rather they unite and rally round him to find a common solution to the problem.
Does the mere fact that the alleged perpetrators of this crime against mankind are Fulani Herdsmen, thereby implicate the president simply because he is a Fulani? Now social media is again agog with news that the herdsmen’s activities are one of the ways the president is by proxy aiming to Islamize Nigeria.
Some people in their desperate motives and agenda fabricate lies and use same to appeal to the sentiment of others. They fabricate and post propaganda that are just tissues of lies which in a way are as dangerous as the Benue killings. They use these Benue crises to pitch Christians against Muslims, and in some cases pitch tribes against other tribes. People become patisan rather than use objective reasoning to help address the crises.
A source of worry is the fact that some pastors mount the rostrum to vilify the person of the president when such pastors are supposed to know that the pulpit is not a place from which to dish out insults but a sacred place from which solemn counsel and prayers are supposed to be said for people.
These pastors rather resort to shouting and noise making using the pulpit, ignoring the injunction of the Bible on the need to pray for those in authority. Refer to: Romans 13 verse 1-8, I Timothy 2 verses 1-2, I Peter 2 verse 17, Proverbs 21. It is in the light of this that I very much praise the approach of the Catholic Bishops conference who went and consulted with the president, pointing out the ills that plague the country and offering him candid pieces of advice on the affairs of the nation, including the killings in Benue and elsewhere and equally assuring him of their prayers. That is what is expected of good and genuine religious leaders.
Some elected legislators are not left out in this blame game and some use the Benue killings to take their own pound of flesh against the president – I watched a Senator to my dismay shouting at the top of his voice as if he wanted to bring down the roof of the legislative building. This in my view constituted noise making and in effect totally unproductive.
A president that has been acknowledged and praised by not only sincere Nigerians but also by world leaders to have fought Boko Haram to a standstill and for his vigorous fight against corruption cannot be associated with this evil against man and God. This elderly statesman who once publicly shed tears for this country cannot and should not be associated with actions that claim innocent lives.
President Mohammadu Buhari, who inherited a battered economy and a treasury being plundered and looted for over twenty years that ultimately resulted in recession is now building an economy that will not easily collapse (see what our national reserves is now about 42 Billion US Dollar).
How can one insinuate that this president can be involved in the terrorist acts of those murderous herdsmen? Let me say this without making any bones, President Mohammadu Buhari is on the mission of rebuilding this country and among other things has recorded unprecedented improvement in power generation and distribution (I made mention of this in my last write up and was called all sorts of names thereafter by those who when they see the truth, fail to acknowledge it). He would most definitely not make a mess of the good he has so far done by associating with these killings allegedly being perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen.
When I hear about this ‘colonization’ thing and about the fact that the Fulani herdsmen carry sophisticated weapons, I ask, whether herdsmen are different from the ones I used to see in my village right from the time I was a child, moving with their cattle across my village and other villages and criss-crossing the country without molesting anyone and without being molested? I never saw them colonizing or Islamizing any one.
They move in peace and we also accommodate them without complaining. My submission is that anyone carrying sophisticated weapons masquerading as herdsmen and killing people are terrorists and must be treated as such and dealt with.
One of the virtues of our president is great restraint. He is not hasty in taking action because haste sometimes makes waste. He always carefully takes his time to weigh issues.
Yes, I acknowledge the fact that our president as a human being has made some mistakes in the course of his governing the State but I make bold to say that he is on course, he has the mandate of God to be there and carry out a mission and until that mission is complete, no amount of negative propaganda and clamour for him not to context in 2019 will work.
Recall the time he was sick and how some people were wishing that he never recovered, but what happened thereafter? Our president not only returned to the country but also bounced back in good health and now looks fresher and healthier – that was an act of God.
Let all people of goodwill, let every Nigerian of every tribe and religion, pastors, other religious leaders, pray for the president and the country, suggest ways to address whatever crises we face, rally round the president and his team to manage the affairs of this country.
We should stop playing to the gallery. Let’s stop all these negative propaganda spread around especially in the social media; those who have made it their stock in trade to insult the president should stop these unethical behaviour. We should stop pitching Christians against Muslims and stop pitching tribes against the other. All for the love and unity of the country.