By Isaac Ojo-Eleka
March 18, 2013 Bomb Attack in Kano: Boko Haram or Kwankwaso Haram? Friends and foes alike always jeer at me each time I say I am no more a Nigerian. There is no reason for any sane human to continue to identify with this country. Please don’t angrily hang up, manage to hear me out. Before March 18, there have been pock…ets of killings in Kano, mostly unreported, because of the high calibre/stature of the brains behind these killings. And the victims of these dastardly acts were always well-to-do Southerners Igbo and Yoruba. Their offence: They are ‘making it on our land’, with due respect to Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the CEO of Kano State. Remember, our executive governor had been having a running battle with Pharmaceutical dealers, based in this Sabon Gari area for some time now. In civilized climes, a sane governor would have made provision for an alternative place before asking a people to vacate a particular place. The traders are in court and the court has ruled that statusquo should remain for now, but ‘General Hitler’ Kwankwaso was not concerned or moved with or by any court order. Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, before March 18, personally led bulldozers to this pharmaceutical markets at about 1:30am, when everywhere was quiet, (nobody knows if he was personally driving one of the bulldozers). They would have levelled the drug stores before day break, but for the fact that the Hausas, who own 85% of these stores kept vigil there and told the governor-turned bulldozer driver, to his face, to level them with the stores. This was a rare show of unity and solidarity among these pharmaceutical dealers, to the chagrin of Kwankwaso and his team of bulldozer handlers. This was also a confirmation of the fact that Nigeria may work, when you remove this crop of elite and politicians. The governor now tried to cajole the Hausas among them, saying in a softer Hausa language, conspiratorially, that ‘Ey, guys, I am doing all these for you. Look around you, all these three/four-storey buildings are owned by these strangers, they drive all these posh cars and you are more or else running errands for them. This is why I want to send them away for you’. But these Hausa traders told the governor to pocket his gesture. ‘These people (Igbo & Yoruba), have always being our friends, we don’t need your unsolicited gesture to put us asunder’, the traders told this ‘killer’ governor in unison. It was the failure of the bulldozer mission that gave birth to the Monday, March 18 bomb option. I stand to be proved wrong. Anybody who has ever had the grace to read detective novels, watch such films and better still had a knowledge of criminology, would know that criminals are never perfect, they will always leave a loophole. In a civilized society, Kwankwaso should be under arrest by now. As I’m writing this, more secret elimination of Southerners in Kano are ongoing. In the words of Kwankwaso himself: ‘Before the devastating Monday attack on the park, there were attacks, even after then, we have also recorded some attacks’, that was part of his speech, while receiving the Federal Government delegation, that went to commiserate with him on the incident, which to him, was a mission accomplished. The only thing he failed to tell the FG delegation, was that the attacks before March 18 and after and even the March 18 carnage were all his handiwork. At that meeting, Rabiu Kwankwaso ‘frowned at the tribal sentiment attached to the incident by Abuja politicians’, insisting shamelessly that, ‘from the list of 25 victims, majority are indigenes. We were already collecting names of those who died and from what we see, they are composed of mostly natives and from this part of the country’ (the North). This implied that the over 150 people who truly died and were not in Kwankwaso’s ‘official’ list, committed suicide. Interestingly, up to this moment, there has been no claim of responsibility for this act, but the well-co-ordinated attack was likely to be blamed on Boko Haram. I am not based in Kano, but I’m very much on ground there. As I’m posting this, silent, unreported killings are ongoing in homes, churches and shops. I will continue to keep you abreast of the Kwankwaso Haram activities as I gather more reports. Stay blessed.
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