Nigerian Christians, in recent times, have become the most endangered species in the African continent since after the return of Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015 as the Nigerian president.
Ever since then, the Christians in Nigeria have been faced with severe persecution at the hands of the Fulani-Islamic Nigerian army of occupation and oppression who has unapologetically become a willing tool constantly used for the ongoing state-sponsored terrorism against civilian Christian population in Nigeria whom they ironically swore to protect.
Muhammadu Buhari who came from Daura, a Fulani tribe in northern Nigeria has been treating his kinsmen, the rampaging Fulani herdsmen terrorists, who has been unleashing mayhem on the Christian communities bearing sophisticated weapons, with kid gloves while their brethren in the Nigerian army was providing them with cover and logistics.
It is heart wrenching that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has been showing rather insensitive to the systematic killing of Christians, almost on daily basis, in Nigeria by either the Fulani herdsmen or the official killing the arm of the Nigerian army whom most of their senior officers are from the Fulani tribe of northern Nigeria.
Reports about human rights violation by the Nigerian army, police, Navy and Airforce against the Nigerian Christians has become a norm in Nigeria since the heads and/or commanders of these uniformed parastatals are from the Fulani-Islamic ethnic group who always receives the nod of the sitting President Buhari in their unabated atrocities. The Buhari administration always rubbishes such reports coming from Amnesty International and Transparency International in many occasions, including renting a crowd of hungry and ‘lazy’ Nigerian youths.
Worthy of note is the recent air raid carried out by the Nigerian Airforce in Nigeria whose inhabitants are predominantly Christians. The bombing took place over the weekend on June 16, 2018, in two towns in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue state leaving many civilian buildings totally destroyed with lots of human casualties.
It is quite unfortunate that the Nigerian Airforce and their colleagues in the army and navy have been unleashing terror on Christians of the Middle-Belt at any slightest or no provocation at all.
In early March of 2018, the Nigerian army aided their kinsmen the Fulani herdsmen in burning down houses deserted by the Christian farmers in the state who were fleeing from the onslaught of the killer herdsmen over an alleged death of a soldier who was said to have been mistaken for a herdsman.
Meanwhile, the incident of Saturday’s bombing was not farfetched from a similar incident that occurred on January 17, 2017 which witnessed the bombing of an internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) camp in another Christian town of Rann in Borno state when the same infamous Nigerian Airforce bombarded the IDP camp in a broad daylight, leaving many casualties and many others maimed in the process. Yet, up until this moment, the Islamic government of Buhari has not found it noteworthy of setting up an investigative panel to ascertain the cause of the disaster but only chose to believe the flimsy excuses given on the pages of newspaper by the chief of air staff that such air raid was a mistake which if any conscientious person or government should accept such an unreasonable excuse, he should come to the conclusion that such action was as a result of incompetence on the part of the Airforce personnel and their commander. In addition, and in order to ensure justice, the trigger-happy Fulani terrorists in army uniform should have undergone prosecution for causing mass murder but unfortunately, all these were swept under the carpet and forgotten simply because the victims are Christians who have become refugees in their own country.
The world leaders, the international community and of course, the US President Donald Trump should, as a matter of urgency, intervene in this matter in order to save the teeming population of Christians in Nigerian whose lives is in danger from extinction. The US government has to take a bold step to sanction the Nigerian state by cancelling the proposed selling of Tucano jets, or any other arms deal with Nigeria until they begin to respect and protect human rights from being grossly abused since any weapon sold to them will be invariably used by the Islamic terrorists in military uniform for the continued violation of human rights in the country.
Furthermore, as the latest nominee for the Nobel peace prize, Trump should as well prevail on the United Nations and the African Union to conduct a referendum which is seemingly the only best democratic option for a lasting peace to the Muslim-Christian crisis in Nigeria for the people to decide whether or not to continue staying in the union which has failed to work for over a century and still counting.