NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2015 Volume 15.2 - Page 116

Why Genocide-for-Oil, and not Boko Haram is Buhari’s Priority By CHINWEIZU In his Inaugural speech on May 29, 2015, Buhari told the world: Then (just 3 weeks later, even before announcing his cabinet) — this!!! War against oil thieves: Buhari Orders Attacks in Akwa Ibom Creeks, Kills 350 29 May 2015 At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We can fix our problems. The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency, but we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents. This government will do all it can to rescue them alive. For now the Armed Forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko Haram. We shall improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human right violations by the Armed Forces. Boko Haram is not only the security issue bedeviling our country. The spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers clashes, cattle rustlings all help to add to the general air of insecurity in our land. The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place. I call on the leadership and people in these areas to cooperate with the State and Federal Government in the rehabilitation programmes which will be streamlined and made more effective. As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people. Muhammadu Buhari President Federal Republic of NIGERIA and Commander in-chief-of the Armed forces1 It has been confirmed that Nigeria Air Force, under the directives of the Buhari-led administration, raided Ikot Obiokut, a border community in Cross River state for reasons not yet clear to observers. An anonymous reporter confirmed that the raid by Hind helicopter gunships using incendiary bombs massacred over three hundred villagers and about twenty militants! Survivors of the attack One observer who wishes to remain anonymous said: “It seems the present Federal Government is avenging for the killed Boko Haram terrorists.”2 Is this massacre of Niger Deltans what Buhari meant by “[extending] my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people” in his inaugural speech?