[Opinion] Violence Needs To Stop In Nigeria By Omololu Omotosho

I believe in the progress of Nigeria. The world woke up to the news of more than 200 schoolgirls that were kidnapped from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014.

The response of the Federal Government of Nigeria, with the constitutional duty to provide basic security for Nigerians and Nigeria was slightly missing. This dereliction of duty by the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan as suggested by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not begin with the April 14, 2014 abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, that has now evolved to a sustainable movement, #BringBackOurGirls.

It partly started before the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, when then leader of Boko Haram, Yusuf, was summarily executed by official security forces under the administration of Late former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Boko Haram became stronger overtime, with President Goodluck Jonathan as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces showing weakness in terms of stopping the financial backers of Boko Haram.

More than 10,000 Nigerians have reportedly been killed by Boko Haram. Humanity deserves to make sure these unsung heroes that died because of the lack of capacity of Nigeria to protect itself did not die in vain.

They deserve to be honored – the honor should be no lesser than a peaceful Nigeria and a Nigeria that properly manages its enormous oil funds.

It should not take steps like a global coalition to show a beam light on the negative aspects of Nigeria that I feel is already overly expressed in the international and local media, for the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to be fully awaken towards its responsibility to secure Nigeria and manage Nigeria’s funds effectively.

Now that we have the attention of President Goodluck Jonathan, I, Omololu Omotosho, speak on behalf of multitude of kind-hearted Nigerians and human beings to demand that President Goodluck Jonathan punish Nigerians that break the laws of Nigeria and reward those that respect the laws of Nigeria, improve education on civic duties in Nigeria and encourage arts among Nigerians, provide opportunities for Nigeria’s young people to effectively harness their entrepreneurial spirit, encourage former leaders of Nigeria, elders in Nigeria, Nigerian statesmen, Nigerian business owners, and current leaders in diverse sectors of the Nigerian society to groom the future leaders of Nigeria, and work assiduously to provide constant electricity for Nigerians.

I understand these demands are easier to communicate in a write-up by a young man sitting on a comfortable couch with a laptop in U.S.A, where patriots built after more than 200 years of work. But I will end my article with these words by my dear mother, “work is only hard before you start it, once you start working, it feels easier.” Nigerians, let us get to work. The international community can only effectively support us when we demonstrate we are ready to help salvage Nigeria.

Omololu Omotosho is an ex-fellow with Organizing for Action and the founder of Nigerians Saving Nigerians.