Just as the world marked the 70th International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesdaya, human rights activist, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, called on Nigerians to take a stand against the unending violence and insurgency in the North eastern part of the country.
On her Twitter page, Okei-Odumakin said it was important to put an end to carnage in the North East that appears to bring back memories of the mass execution of German Jews about 70 years ago.
She charged individuals to condemn what she described as “inhuman treatment, violence, terror killing, bombing and genocide” in tandem with the doctrine of the Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Having lost thousands of human lives to the murderous activities of the Boko Haram in the past years, Okei-Odumakin said Nigeria could no longer allow the killings to continue at such a huge price.
She frowned at the dreadful proportion the crisis has assumed in the past few months, saying, “Holocaust, never again!”
The human rights activist, whose advocacy has earned her international awards, posted a photograph of school children on her Twitter handle and noted, “It is 70 years since the Holocaust, and Nigerian school children have said no to genocide in the North East today at the United Nation.”
In her previous tweets, she had posted a photograph of kids who were scampering for biscuits in the gutter and urged politicians to make poverty eradication a key campaign issue for the forthcoming general elections.
Okei-Odumakin said the Federal Government could only address socials ills when it had successfully tackled poverty and given everybody a share of the country’s enormous resources.
Recalling some high points in the country’s history when credible individuals presented themselves for genuine service, she regretted that Nigerians only hailed those who showed the determination to change the status quo, such as the late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, but never supported them when they needed their votes.
Okei-Odumakin’s call has elicited fresh concern on different social media platforms. Many Nigerians have expressed doubt in the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces to restore peace in the volatile region.
But the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, General Chris Olukayode, on Monday, said the army was making serious headway in routing out the insurgents.
He posted photographs of slain individuals, tweeting, “We smote them, lest the uncircumcised rejoice.”
In a series of tweets last week, Olukayode had said, “The allegation of being ill-equipped is relative. You cannot rule out the value of AK47s in the fight against terrorism. Agreed the terrorists come with unconventional arms, an organised military knows it is accountable and this must reflect in the application of weapons.
“There must be caution to ensure minimum destruction of lives and property. All we are doing for now is improve our weaponry to have an enhanced firepower so as to contain the terrorists and their activities.
“A lot of what has been ordered for this operation have started arriving. They have been deployed. Things are certainly getting better and the effects will manifest shortly.”
The Defence Headquarters also claimed that its soldiers were ahead of the terrorists.
“More casualties inflicted on terrorists as troops battled fleeing ones and reinforcement at Konduga, on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
“Meanwhile, ground troops are in charge and Airforce patrol still ongoing,” it tweeted.
It also claimed the recovery of a substantial quantity of arms and ammunition from the insurgents, who many analysts suggested were better-armed than the soldiers.
“Substantial amounts of heavy weapons have been captured, as more terrorists died in the fight which lasted till early Monday morning,” the headquarters noted.
Yet, the terrorists seem to have continued to build on their capacity. A media group associated with the Boko Haram had published images, revealing a military training camp where they purportedly train child combatants.
The photographs, published by al-Urwa al-Wuthaqa, shows the children dressed in dark clothes with their heads covered. In one of the photographs, the children, comprising boys and girls, pose with weapons believed to be AK47 rifles.
Culled from: http://www.punchng.com/i-punch/say-no-to-genocide-okei-odumakin-tells-nigerians/