Pursuing Peace through the rule of law
BREAKING NEWS on the fight against terrorism in Nigeria comes in so frequently these days, one may just strike it big with a news station dedicated to just that, BREAKING NEWS!..This one is from the Federal High Court Abuja..”Notice is hereby given that by the Order of the Federal High Court Abuja, in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/ 368/2013 dated 24th May, 2013 as per the Schedule to this Notice, the Activities of ‘Jamaatu Ahlis-Sunna Liddaawati Wal Jihad and ‘Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan’ are declared to be terrorism and illegal and that the existence of Jamaatu Ahlis-Sunna Liddaawati Wal Jihad and ‘Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan’ are proscribed, pursuant to Section 2 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 20111(As Amended).”
Nigerians eagerly await the next salvo from social media critics as well as disgruntled elements of our society who will have a field day interpreting the above Section. One can only wonder what the likes of Buhari and naysayers may come up with next. Only recently he declared support for the amnesty initiative and turned around lately to say emergency rule was targeted against the North. Henceforth, will seditious utterances aimed at giving legitimacy to the murderous sect be considered a breach of this said section ? If so, Nigerian`s may soon well be served some interesting fallout including arrests of notable figures who may likely call Governments bluff and continue supporting the activities of these terrorist organizations with their comments.
Government on the other hand may have to explain why it has taken so long to come up with this much awaited trump card. However, taking the wider picture into perspective, only recently too have countries like the United States issued a bounty for the arrest of the sect leaders. Certainly, the death knell sounds for Boko Haram and its co-conspirators.
Events are certainly unfolding at pace in Nigeria, with the recent discovery of a cache of ammunitions and the fingering of a popular foreigner in the issue, and in less than a week, the sect is proscribed. Perhaps someone is getting things right after all. It is never too late to learn.
- President Jonathan approves order proscribing Boko Haram, Ansaru members (unilagolosho.wordpress.com)
- FG proscribes Boko Haram, okays 20-year imprisonment for supporters (newsheralddotme.wordpress.com)
- Jonathan clamps down on terrorist groups, proscribes Boko Haram, Ansaru (globalvillenews.com)