Ex-economics students association of university of maiduguri (esa unimaid)

Boko Haram Attacks: Open Letter To North East
Christian And Muslim Youths, By Inibehe Effiong
Dear Christian and Muslim youths in the North
East of Nigeria,
Let me begin by saying clearly that I share in your
pains and agonies. I understand the untold and
excruciating sufferings that you are experiencing in
these harrowing season of ferocious and heartless
attacks against you, your properties and loved
ones. Even the most beastly and heartless human
being should sympathise with you.
However, I am very displeased with the way and
manner you are responding to the unabated
bombings, slaughtering and killings that is being
perpetuated against you by the Boko Haram sect.
You seem not to appreciate the urgency of now
and the historical significance of what is going on
in our/your land. This is what precipitates my letter
in the hope that you will retrace your steps and
change for the better.
It is utterly foolish for you to be insulting, abusing
and attacking each other on social media when you
have a very deadly common enemy (Boko Haram)
to fight. How can you be dissipating your energies
and resources accusing one another of sponsoring
Boko Haram when the same Boko Haram is killing
both Christians and Muslims, and targeting both
Mosques and Churches? Isn't that illogical,
shameful and self-destructive?
What we expect from you now is to close ranks,
come together, and form a formidable alliance and
resistance army against the monstrous Boko
Haramites. Do not get me wrong, I know you are
unarmed "bloody civilians". But I also know that no
guns, bombs or other weapons of war can conquer
a united people.
Have you thought about those unarmed protesters
in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Ukraine who despite
the threat of being gunned down by military tanks,
continued to march forward until they brought
down dictatorial regimes? Presently in Syria, Iraq,
Pakistan and other nations afflicted by violent
sectarianism and terrorism, there are youths like
you that have risen strongly in defence of their
So what stops you from doing the same?
I am very aware that you have an established
command of leadership. Therefore, I expect the
Emirs of Kano, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and other
affected states to urgently enter into dialogue with
the Chairmen of the Christian Association of
Nigeria in those states and work out practical
modalities for self defence against Boko Haram.
I expect the Muslim youths to form a protective
barricade in Churches during the Christian Sunday
services and Christian youths to do the same in the
Mosques during Fridays' Muslim Jumat prayers. It
is possible. We did it during the Occupy Nigeria
Movement; we can do it again.
Mere talks without actions will not solve the
problem. You must develop security consciousness
and strategies that will enable you to identify the
members of Boko Haram. If these senseless
criminals actually live with you and you grew up
with them, then it is incumbent on you to bring
them out. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
This is a war against all Nigerians; Christians and
Muslims alike. It is now about humanity.
Sadly, I have also observed that politicians from
the two leading political parties, the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives
Congress (APC) have exploited the ongoing crisis
and have divided your ranks. Again, it is
foolishness for you to allow them set you against
one another.
You need to realise that if Boko Haram kills you in
their next attack, the way they have killed
countless others, you will not live to see 2015 and
both the PDP and APC will continue to be in
existence without you. It is time for you to relegate
political partisanship and save the future of your
unborn generations.
For other Nigerians who by their actions are
frustrating the unity of purpose of the Christian
and Muslim youths in the North East, posterity will
judge you. It is very naive to think that because
the bombs are not falling at your door-post,
therefore it is not your concern whether the North
East is reduced to arches. We know where and
how this attacks started, but who can tell where or
how it will end?. Let us advert our minds to the
fact that Injury to one is injury to all.
Do we still have a government in Nigeria? When
will the President and Commander-in-Chief of the
armed forces of this country rise up to his
constitutional duty? When will he desist from
staying idle while those he took oath to protect are
being roasted like worthless animals by a demonic
and senseless group? When will this appalling
blood bath end?
North East Muslim and Christian youths, history
will not forgive you if you do not rise up today and
say enough is enough. Will you come together now
and fight Boko Haram or will you remain
antagonistic to one another?
The choice is yours.