ABUJA, Nigeria – The spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation in 2019, Segun Sowunmi, has reacted to the gruesome killing of about 43 rice farmers in Borno State recently.
Sowunmi, in a statement on Tuesday, suspected that the killings could be some covert external conspiracy against Nigeria, being Africa’s most populous country.
According to him, it is hard to accept that Nigerians are the ones killing themselves on this scale, saying “this is not who we are.”
“I must confess that it has crossed my mind a few times if this is not some covert external conspiracy against Africa’s most populous country. It is hard to accept that Nigerians are the ones killing themselves on this scale. No, this is not who we are; there is no reasonable justification for this,” he said.
Sowunmi, who seemed not pleased with the reaction of the international community to the spate of killings and insurgency in Nigeria said: “Could it be said that the international world order has failed for at least the people of my country? How and what must we do to put an end to this? Lord have mercy on this nation. It is hard waking up daily to news of mindless killings of our people. I do not believe that given the unfortunate situation we have found ourselves, that world leaders cannot do more to say enough is enough firmly.
“If the leaders of the world could go into Iraq, Libya, and so many other locations with combined special forces under an international mandate from the United Nations; indeed if #NigerianLivesMatter, what are they waiting for?
“It is not enough for international news outlets’ headlines to scream about the insurgency in Nigeria. Our shared humanity and the doctrine of state responsibility within the United Nations protocols ought to tell them that Nigeria on its own, cannot deal with this menace.”
Sowunmi opined that whatever the case is, a globalised world cannot look on, “while this barbarity is taking place in full world view.”
He maintained that humanity has more than enough resources to deal with the killings once and for all.
“As for those in charge of the country today, I have no words for you all, except to say when reform is overdue, there is no bigger assignment than to make those reforms happen. We cannot continue like this,” Sowunmi asserted.