|Stunned church members and security officers|
My heart bled and I shed tears repeatedly last Sunday as I watched the shattered remains of fellow Nigerians being exhumed from debris in Madalla. I was particularly pained because St Theresa Catholic Church, where the wicked, ungodly act took place is a church I know quite well, having worshipped there a couple of times during visits to siblings in Suleja. The hatred exemplified by the Christmas Day massacre is simply unimaginable.
|An injured worshipper being helped to safety|
Nelson told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was at the gate of the hotel when the men, who were carrying guns, started “manhandling” the security man and when he asked what was happening, they started shooting sporadically. “Our customers and everybody started running helter-skelter and the one with two gas cylinders in his hands threw them into our reception area. He threw one into the reception and threw the other one under the cars parked by our guests in the hotel. The one thrown into the reception exploded and damaged the building, so we just managed to escape through the back fence,'' he said.
|Another injured worshipper|
I am indeed bereft of words to describe how shocked and shamed I am as a Nigerian to see my homeland degenerate to such a theatre of absurdity and extreme lawlessness. Not even Afghanistan and Somalia with all their problems have seen the number of bombings and killings that Nigeria has seen in the last one year. Among the many gruesome deaths arising from the Christmas Day bombings, are two families that has had all their members but one wiped out.
|Innocent child sent to his early grave|
Even more disappointing are the words coming from some northern elites concerning Boko Haram. I was stunned to read a tweet attributed to Nasir el-Rufai, former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja that Boko Haram “are only taking vengeance against government for injustice committed against their leader and the Christmas massacre was only an unintended target which could have been anybody". It strikes a huge irony that a group that claimed to be waging war against sin, could itself be committing this horrendous sin against man and God. Boko Haram is EVIL and I expect el-Rufai to acknowledge that instead of making unwarranted excuse for their misdemeanour.
|A car destroyed by the explosion|
How long more will President Jonathan watch and ‘endure’ this evil from these nincompoops and rag-tag religious bigots who delight in killing fellow humans as though they are killing cows. I shudder to think that they even have more respect for their cows and goats than they do for human lives.
|A victim of the UN House bombing in Abuja|
Boko Haram must be fought the same way its global affiliate the al Qaeda is being fought. It must be stopped the same way Osama bin Laden has been stopped. I expect President Jonathan to understand that how willing he is to fight this war will go a long way in determining whether there will be Nigeria after his tenure. President Jonathan, I dare say you must not be last president of Nigeria. The time to begin the fight is now. A stitch in time, they say, saves nine.