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ROLES OF CITIZENS IN CONFLICT

Violence resurfaces in Mubi and parts of Adamawa, Gombe and Borno States.

This, despite a ceasefire between the Nigeria Armed Forces and Boko Haram.

Questions arise concerning the identity of the group behind the latest acts of treason.

The obvious option is Boko Haram.

Is there any reason to trust Boko Haram will respect the ceasefire?

During the season of the penultimate Ramadhan, we were assured Boko Haram wanted peace.

Whether that claim was real or imaginary, Boko Haram affirmed that desire for peace by bombing several locations including an attack on Wamakko Police Division a walking distance from my home.

Events of that evening remain vivid in my memory.

If indeed Boko Haram are accountable for violations of the ceasefire, our military negotiators might have fallen for the deception.

Could a splinter insurgent group be behind the fresh attacks?

Perhaps, but the rift within the group ought to be manifest to counter-insurgency intelligence.

A third possibility is a group unrelated to Boko Haram.

If true, is it a new group and where did they obtain large cache of arms in a brief interval?

If the group has been in existence for a while, again why have intelligence agencies not detected their presence?

The State Security Service ~SSS rank tops in my book. They have foiled several planned acts of violence against the state.

The determination and patriotism of the Nigerian military to secure our homeland cannot be circumscribed.

Our security agencies are alert to their duty.

However, the long-term security battle we face will outlive Boko Haram if Nigerians for change do not modify or improve our attitudes.

That is particularly true for those of us in the North.

I am aware some Imams are trying to change the mentality here in Sokoto.

They need the support of other influential persons in the society.

Sadly, yet again, many of those in a position to lead their people forward prefer to blame the federal government.

Ordinary citizens also have a role to play. For a start, we ought to distance self from social intimidation and condemn such.

Aside from ethnicity, culture and environment, Islam is often quoted as a justification for intimidation.

Law enforcement officials are not left out. Again, ethnicity blinds and some will support own against the law.

Last week, I lodged a complaint at State Police Command against my neighbour over intimidation of me in the name of Islam.

The Commissioner, his deputy and several of his CIDs did a great job and upheld my rights to freedom of Religion.

I applaud the police as well as all of our armed forces.

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