ON THE CANCELLED TRIP TO OGONILAND: MY TAKE

 This morning, when the news on the cancelation of the President's trip to Ogoniland broke, I became furious and disheartened because of the controversy it will generate and the new wave of 'wailing' that will trail the botched trip. I was particularly worried by the impression that Nigerians will have about the President who not long ago canceled a similar visit to Lagos State. And although the Presidency is yet to issue a statement on this one as at the time of writing this post, I hope that they come up with a satisfactory excuse and not
the usual 'watery' statements.

In any case, whether the trip was canceled because of the alleged 'sponsored protest' by Thugnor Nyesome Wike or the 'threat to the life of the President' by the Niger Delta Avengers, I still hope that Buhari disregards both shenanigans and step his foot on Ogoniland to assert his authority as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and damn the consequences. Why did I say this?

If Buhari visits Ogoniland today and an attempt is made on his life, two things are bound to happen and both leads to only one end. One is to take him out using snipers or whatever and then what? The army will wipe the entire Southeast and South South off the surface of the earth. The army, Air force, Navy and all other security forces will be given a 'shoot at sight order' to keep shelling the entire region until nothing moves again, yes, nothing. The other is to make an attempt on his life and he escapes the assassination plot; either ways, the security agents will still kill everyone and everything. So, who wins?

No matter how it plays out, the northerners will immediately commence ethnicCleansing against the Millions of southerners in the North and the Southerners will also annihilate the Few northerners in the South and a full scale war that is worse than the Biafra cum bokoHaram war will begin. Every ethnic group will take up arm against the other and continue to kill one another till the whole country is littered with corpses. Then the international community will wade into the crisis in the name of quelling the fight and take our oil and lands away from us. Then another round of Colonialization will begin in full gear and the few ones that are lucky to be alive will become slaves to the West. Biafra is lost and One Nigeria is also lost. So, who wins?

Then 60 years from now, one of the few lucky survivors of the war will author a book with the title: 'There was a country' or 'Buhari's visit to Ogoniland: The beginning of the end of Nigeria'; or something like that. Again, who wins?

But after a deep thought, I told myself that Buhari was right to cancel his visit and take the Shame that comes with it. He has clearly demonstrated a rare statesmanship that is worthy of emulation. The Buhari that I know is not worried about his life; he fought in the Biafra war 49 years ago. He is a war General who has seen death on several occasions. He is only concerned about the millions of life that will be wasted because of him as well as the aftermath effect of such bloody situation on the over 170million lives of fellow Nigerians.

Thank you baba for saving our lives. You have just earned yourself the title of 'The father of a new Nigeria! Shame on you Wailer!

God bless President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR!

Sirnucy Lafiagi

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