Boko Haram, Obiageli, Zulum And Other Sides of Borno
Thousands of Southerners had fled the terror ravaging Northeastern part of Nigeria since the killings began about 10 years ago.
But there are millions of Nigerians, mostly Kanuris who are from Borno State that have no other place to go. It is their land, they must stay to defend it from insurgence even if they must die.
Their land is soaked with the blood of the innocents. Their farmlands have since turned to the hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists.
Their children cannot go to school anymore. And for those who want western education, the terrorists invade their schools, abduct some and kill many.
Nigerians in this part of the country have not known peace for more than 10 years.
No Southerner will pray for his children to travel to Borno when those who are there are returning home.
As a matter of fact, parents always pray and do all within their capacity to ensure that their children are not posted to Borno for National Youths Service Corps.
But here is a woman from Abia State, Mrs. Mazi Obiageli who had defied all songs of fear to remain in Borno where she teaches.
Obiageli must have been a diligent teacher. Fate caught up with her last week when the Governor of the State, Professor Babagana Zulum visited her school.
Obiageli was already in school as earlier as 6:30 am to teach without the premonition that fortune and promotion would smile at her.
Zulum was so impressed that he gave N100, 000 cash to the teacher and also promoted her to the position of Assistant Head Teacher with immediate effect.
Obiageli and Zulum story was special and celebrated because it subdued the Boko Haram kind of story.
Of course, Boko Haram terrorists will not be happy with the new turn of events in Borno, Zulum’s gesture has shown that truly the crisis in the Northeast is not about religion but crime against humanity by agents of the devil.
Zulum embraced education and became a professor, reaching the pinnacle of his academic career before becoming a governor.
He brought in civilization, education, and tolerance for other people’s faiths in the way he had expressed love to Obiageli.
On Monday, the news of Obiageli went viral again that concerned Borno residents had contributed N1 million to her as a token of appreciation for her selfless service.
Zulum on the other hands once said that if it would take his life to stop terrorism in Borno, he would do so.
He does not need to go to Sambisa Forest to fight Boko Haram, it takes a showing of love to those who think they are not loved.
It takes a great sense of accommodation for those who think they are not wanted.
It takes a financial gesture as shown by Zulum to Obiageli that all Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic nationalities can live and work peacefully in any part of the country.