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What Citizens Must Do to Defeat Boko Haram

Nigerians need the Nehemiah model now to complement the ongoing actions of government to defeat Boko Haram insurgency.

The sovereignty of Nigeria is threatened and Nero cannot afford to play the fiddle whilst Rome burns.

The Nero here is not the Presidency or the Military. Before you point in their direction, there is a Nero in all of us.

The Nero of nonchalant attitude to the state of security of our immediate environment. Lack of concerns and empathy for our brethren in the North East who daily bear the hellish burden of displacement, destruction and death that rob them of their human rights and dignity because of Boko Haram.

It was Kano. It was Damaturu. It had been Nyanya, Maiduguri, Buni Yadi, Adamawa and other towns becoming too many to list now. Our Chibok girls are still in captivity and their parents and the nation can only wait.

When tomorrow comes, do you have intelligence information about Boko Haram next line of attack?

It is time to be our brothers’ keepers than ever before.

The words of Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), the prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps rings truer than ever for us Nigerians today:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The Nehemiah Model requires that we:

1. become our brothers’ keepers,

2. are vigilant,

3. stop politicising the insurgency,

4. are security conscious and report strange people, movement and objects etc to security agencies,

5. pray in repentance for divine intervention. In modern times, prayers brought down Berlin Walls referenced http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/24661333,

6. show empathy and compassion for our brethren in the troubled areas,

7. reach out in love to internally displaced Nigerians,

8. support the government and the military in our fight against the common enemy, Boko Haram,

9. wage psychological war against the insurgents by refusing to believe their media propaganda.

10. defend and be ready to stand up to defend our God-given space and not allow vagabonds and children of Cain push us out.

Nigeria is great. Boko Haram cannot destroy it. But we must watch and pray. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.  Eternal watchfulness is the price of freedom.

All confederacy against the nation cannot stand. It has failed in history.  It will fail in our time. We cannot fold our arms. We have to rise up now.

The Nehemiah model is in the Bible in the book of Nehemiah chapters 4 through to 6.

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