OPINION: In Maiduguri, Civilian JTF members now regard AK-47 rifles as “mere toys”, so Southern Kaduna youths should rise up to protect their communities
The people of Southern Kaduna should emulate Maiduguri youths by forming their own Community Police or Youth Vigilantes otherwise known as Civilian JTF to protect their communities.
There’s no denying the fact that Nigeria is under-policed and no matter how hard the police or military try in Southern Kaduna, these blood-sucking monsters will always try to beat them to it as we have seen in several instances in the fight against Boko Haram in the North-East.
I want to say it that as far as community policing is concerned all over the world, Maiduguri youths stand out and I am very proud of them, particularly those youths who volunteered as Civilian JTF, who today made Maiduguri city one of the safest cities in Nigeria.
Yes, there has been some pockets of attacks here and there by the Boko Haram terrorists in some remote areas of Borno State before the fall of Sambisa. Yesterday, PREMIUM TIMES even reported of the attacks on military formations at Rann, Kala-Balge. Of course, terrorists always like springing surprises. They terrorise to keep instilling fears. That’s their nature. That’s why they are called terrorists.
But Boko Haram terrorists knew that Maiduguri and other cities where there are strong presence of Civilian JTF is a No-Go Area for them, not even with their Anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers let alone AK -47, which is the commonly used rifle by the attackers in Southern Kaduna.
Southern Kaduna people should understand that the Civilian JTF members in Maiduguri now regard AK-47s as “mere toys.” That’s the reality we all have to accept now, following years of targeted assassinations and broad-day light killings in the streets of Maiduguri by gun-weilding Boko Haram members. But the whole story changed as soon as Civilian JTF came to limelight.
Many in Maiduguri today cannot remember the last time they heard those deafening Boko Haram gunshots “put on rapid fire”. It is because Boko Haram terrorists can no longer penetrate and freely use AK-47s anywhere near Maiduguri that they have now resorted to the use of suicide bombers.
The last time shots were heard, I think, it was from the military who were test-firing their equipment, which is even very rear these days as you hardly hear any gunshots.
The last time I observed, a soldier, probably high on substance, who thought he could intimidate Maiduguri youths by shooting sporadically into the air, got the shock of his life.
Within 5 minutes of his little madness, he was surrounded by over 500 youths armed with mere sticks and bludgeons, who thought he was a terrorist.
As he shot into the air, the advancing youth echoed “Kariya ne, Kariya ne” [Meaning, it’s a lie, it’s a lie]. The soldier was however saved by his superior from being lynched by the angry youths because he had disturbed their peaceful night. They warned him not to repeat such again. Anyway, that was during GEJ’s military!
But such is the city of Maiduguri today. Who are you to intimidate Maiduguri Youths with your AK-47? AK-47, our foot!
Southern Kaduna youths, as we enter the New Year, your New Year Resolution should be “K-47 my foot!” You should emulate the Maiduguri Civilian JTF by rising up to protect your communities.
It doesn’t matter who the perpetrators of such acts are; they could be Fulani herdsmen or Boko Haram terrorists or cultists living among you, rise up to confront them.
And, of course, the role of the Kaduna State Government in giving support to these youths cannot be overemphasised.
If eventually Southern Kaduna youths heed to this call and come together as one to confront these blood-sucking monsters, Governor Nasir el-Rufai should emulate his Borno State counterpart, Kashim Shettima, to give support in funding the activities of these youth vigilante group or Kaduna Civilian JTF.
This is because, Shettima’s support to the outfit, including provision of patrol vehicles and other security gadgets since its inception have helped sustained the operation and restore normalcy in most parts of Maiduguri the capital of Borno State, as the CJTF members work round the clock to wade off any form of attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists.
Christopher Godwin Akaba, a Facebook commentator and online-blogger writes from Abuja