Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 December 2012

Nigeria: Re - Bomb Blasts and Military Command Responsibility

opinion

Ah! Daily Trust, you tried; struggled to be objective in your editorial on the above, published yesterday. But how could you blame the Jama'atul Nasril Islam (JNI), when you clearly see that, as the Hausa would say, "biri ya yi kama da mutum"? A dangerous monkey at that. Why should JNI keep quiet or, as you wrote, go through "back-channel contacts" to draw the attention of the authorities to an insensitive, even if not a deliberate blatant indiscretion? Yes, "a rush to judgement" you called the JNI's action, in your struggle to be objective, but at the most charitable, you are unfair.

JNI is only drawing our attention to an anomaly in the present national inclement weather of social distrust and anomie. When you see those who would not hesitate to throw hard stones at you with angst and hateful fury, pushing you aside from (and taking control of) the access to the rocky hills where you could be part of the effort to prevent dubious characters from picking stones to hurl at you, do you sit and watch? Bravado or indecent complacency of a fatal kind? Blame not the cautious one. Blame the brazen one who rides roughshod on the fears of others.

No, your editorial has dropped a piece of the beauty of its soul some of us know Daily Trust to possess. For now, I'll say no more. All those finding fault with JNI are not grasping the reality of our situation. A dose of great candour and empathy, not dry objectivity is what Nigeria needs.

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