Chris Okotie On Boko Haram: “Nigeria Has Been Kidnapped, Let’s Reject Israel’s Help”

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May 14, 2014 – “Chris Okotie On Boko Haram: “Nigeria Has Been Kidnapped, Let’s Reject Israel’s Help To Avoid War”

In modern times, apart from Adolf Hitler’s Holocaust which killed an estimated six million Jews; the more recent ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and the Rwandan versions, no other massacre of the innocent surpasses the Boko Haram killings in brutality. These guys have kidnapped a part of this nation. We need a new strategy to rescue it. Thank God, First World leaders with experience and proven competence in counter-insurgency have responded to President Goodluck Jonathan’s call for assistance.

What makes Boko Haram’s case puzzling is that the group targets its own people, and especially weak demographic groups like women and children that are normally spared, along with civilian populations, in conventional warfare. Although, terrorists hardly respect this convention, even groups like Al-Qaeda do not attack their own people, expect where they establish a case of betrayal by fifth columnists within their ranks.

The unbelievable cruelty of the Boko Haram insurgents as evidenced by the recent abduction of more than 200 girls in a school hostel in Chibok, Bornu State ordinarily would have shocked the sponsors of the Islamists, if they have human hearts in their chests. Nothing suggests that they do, otherwise, they’d have called the fighters they unleashed on this nation to order.

At the time of writing the United States, Britain, France and China had pledged support for Nigeria’s efforts to help track Boko Harm and rescue these defenseless girls. This has given hope to Nigerians that, at last, a greater, more realistic action is in the offing.
It may be too late for the falcons to hear the falconer. If you ride the back of the tiger to power, it would devour you if it has nothing more to eat. That is the case of Boko Haram. Those who use the hoodlums to rig themselves to power abandoned them when they finally left power.

Then, the thugs, abandoned to their own devices were hijacked by politicians of diverse tendencies, and pseudo-Islamic militants, who use the renal youths to pursue dubious objectives. As disparate criminal elements infiltrated the group, it became amorphous, leaderless and difficult to control.
The killing of the original leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf allegedly in police custody provoked the initial reprisal attacks against the police. Gradually, other targets were being hit. As the sect made headlines it attracted jihadist partners from neighbouring countries like Chad, Niger, Sudan and Mali. Arms from the failing state of Libya after the death of Col. Maummar Ghadaffi fell into the hands of these mercenaries, who have strengthened Boko Haram, to the extent that members of the terror group are now strong enough to frustrate our army.

That is why arms and ammunitions captured by Nigerian security forces from Boko Haram fighters appear to be more sophisticated than those our soldiers use against them. We must understand the forces we are dealing with before we could defeat them.

It is doubtful if the terrorists have a well structured command and control system like Al-Shabab of Somalia or Al-Qaeda – in the – Islamic Maghreb, which almost over-ran the Malian government, before they were stopped by an African intervention force led by French troops.
If we must destroy Boko Haram, we need foreign help in the shape of highly sophisticated intelligence which the aforementioned Western powers who have experience in combating global terrorism have started offering. Some of their personnel are already here; but the President must act with greater decisiveness on this terror war. We need help from anywhere we can get it except Israel. Israel is out of it to avoid Islamisizing the terror war because of the former’s long drawn conflict with the Arab nations, with whom our predominantly northern brothers share a common faith.

Therefore, we must carefully select our foreign partners in the war against Boko Haram to avoid introducing international rivalries into it. President Goodluck Jonathan should summon the political will. With foreign help we could fish out the sponsors of the terrorists, and pre-empt the attacks before they are launched. The kidnapping of those young girls at Chibok has set a world record; it is a monumental disgrace, it strikes at the soul of our nation.

As it were, Nigeria has been kidnapped. At no time in our checkered history did we live like this, in perpetual fear of being attacked by criminal elements who are now on the prowl across the nation. For the first time, armed groups are laying siege on our military installations; invading army barracks and police formations, leaving heavy casualties in their trail. They appear capable of engaging our last line of defense as hit and run urban gorillas.

Now, after the failure of every trick in our books, we obviously have no answer to Boko Haram. We thought the terrorists have been dislodged permanently from Abuja and restricted to just the three North Eastern States of Bornu, Yobe and Adamawa, until the two recent Nyanya bombings. Chibok, which capped this brazen assault is a terrifying reality. How a group could abduct more than 200 girls from their school in an operation that required huge logistics, without being detected in an area where a State of Emergency is in force, is amazing. Nobody knows where they’d strike next, except the terrorists themselves.

This recurrent circle of condemnation after a strike and visits by the President or top government functionaries to bombed sites has continued for too long. While this may be a painful imperative for our leaders, what is lacking is a strategy to seriously decapitate the terrorists to such a point that their strike capability is completely destroyed. Effective intelligence could stop the terrorists in their tracks, while a swift, well organized counter-insurgency operation could annihilate them completely.
So far, we have not succeeded in containing the terrorists because, either our security forces are ill-equipped, incapable for some reasons, or are over-stretched to police the vast area they are supposed to cover. The Chibok tragedy and the frequent attacks on soft targets like motor parks, worship centres, markets and academic institutions ought to be prevented by the military authorities, because we all know that is the stock-in-trade of Boko Haram. Nobody should claim ignorance of the history of these attacks on such targets.

Boko Haram is a special problem in our country, and we require a special arrangement to move ahead of their logistics to nip them in the bud. Aside international assistance as earlier mentioned, localized knowledge of the terrains is an important factor. We have enough Para-military forces, which could be deployed to compliment efforts by our armed services, to provide adequate security coverage for our nation. There’s nothing wrong if we incorporate our ethnic militias and vigilante groups in this security arrangement because the nation is at war. And anyone, except the terrorists, could be a victim. When a nation is kidnapped, no effort should be spared to rescue it. So that’s why I join the rest of the world in saying: Bring Back Our Girls Now!

Rev. Okotie, a Presidential Aspirant, wrote from Lagos.

18 thoughts on “Chris Okotie On Boko Haram: “Nigeria Has Been Kidnapped, Let’s Reject Israel’s Help”

  1. I don’t agree with Okotie on Israel’s involvement
    I think they are better at handling terrorism than any country of the world even America respects them

  2. @Otunba: yes isreal is the best amongs the world America can’t face them they will kill America all

  3. mad man chris or what do you call your name
    you think eveybody are fools ,only because you manipulate your followers with
    sweet toungh you think you can just say anything to everyboldy
    pls you better keep this your mouth shout ,if you dont know what to say
    idiot

  4. after enough marijuana taking, people will come out of their bunk to talk nonsence. chris my brother go and drink soda water to cool your brain. you have no idea of what you are talking.

  5. I also don’t agree with Okotie. Israel is well equiped with dealing with terrorists. If Okotie wants to be president of Nigeria then he should have an open mind and not be inward looking. Nigeria needs a smart President, who knows who to call in time of crisis. you cannot cut your nose to spite your face as the saying goes. We need a smart President not Okotie

  6. jerry curly pastor,marry every yr, and to say something about Israel, we can change u with them to go and speak with Shekau pls,if not close ur mouth,or buy another private jet and open new businsse of travelling not house of God.

  7. WHEN A STATE IS HIT WITH PROBLEM, LIKE UNEMPLOYMENT,SECURITY,CORRUPTION OR EVEN NATURAL DISASTERS ,Let them pray and seek help from anybody that understands the problem,And I will say IT SHALL BE WELL,GOD IS IN CONTROL.

    BUT WHEN THE STATE PROBLEM IS TOTAL CONFUSION FROM EVERY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM,I can only say God let your will be done.from who backs up the group,where they camp,to who among us is their informant or member.

    What is really going on in Nigeria and why? I support the foreign help,but for how long ? “CONFUSION” leads to destruction that’s why this group of people that are being led by a man who cann’t express himself for all to understand is FUCKING DANGLING THE GIANT OF AFRICA LIKE A PUPPET,We have professors that teach those that manufacture cars and save life still a compound illiterate OPERATING FROM D FOREST/A SEMI-ANIMAL NOW HOLD THE STAFF OF NIGERIA !!!
    Naijagist.com,if you like don’t post my comment because of all the fucks I put down,that’s d way I felt since I woke up thinking about d bloody bastards,dirty evil low lives fools causing panic in Nigeria that even a 1 year old baby is aware of.
    FUCK UR PRESIDENT,FUCK HIS ADVISERS,FUCK FFK OR WHAT HE CALLS HIMSELF,FUCK ALL THOSE BLOODY FOOLS CALLED CHIEF JUDGE INCLUDING YOU MRS OKOYA,IF A GARBAGE IS IN CHARGE AND IN FULL CONTROL OF GIANT AFRICA THEN FUCK ALL OF YOU KNOWN NAMES AND NOISE MAKERS.THERE’S END TO ENDURANCE, This fools called leaders don’t really get it at all because they have NEVER BEEN TO ANY WAR TO SEE AND KNOW HOW UGLY WAR IS, For goodness sake set those girls free,start from that point foolsssssssssss.For how long will d poor perish 4 d rich 2 enjoy,THIS IS 2014 NOT 1804, DROP YOUR ROTTEN CHEAP 3RD WORLD PRIDE & ASK FOR HELP FROM ANY BODY.WHAT D HELL IS WRONG WITH D BRAIN DEAD LEADERS,get ur ass off dat sit & SAVE THOSE PEOPLE WHOSE BLOOD FLOWS ON DAILY BASES BCOS THEY ARE FUCKING POOR AND NOT LIVING IN GATED COMMUNITY WITH DECORATED ROBBERS CALLED SECURITY AGENTS.
    GOODLUCK ! (RED) DIANA OKOYA HAVE THIS TO SAY TO YOU OR ANY BODY THAT KNOWS YOU. U ARE D WORST PRESIDENT I HAVE EVER HEARD OF BECAUSE OF UR SOFT OR GENTLE NATURE.IS NEVER A SHAME TO ASK FOR HELP WHEN THE FIRE IS STILL IN YOUR BACKYARD WHAT MATTERS IS “WE WERE ABLE TO CLOSE D CASE WITHOUT MUCH LOST OF LIVES”
    Kidnappers dealt with you,boko haram fool challenged you,open and close letters flies in & out of ASO ROCK,All i ever heard is suspensions,sacking when the person in question is already loaded even for his tenth generation.
    CONFUSION. That’s why people were still guessing those girls might not be kidnap because everybody is fucked up with confusion,that some have to bank on foreign countries for news on Nigeria even when you live and work there.HABA ! What prevented you from setting that their hide out on fire before they ran ahead of you and took those girls as prisoners ? let me be raw with anybody that cares to know why am boiling right now: in raw words,those faces of those girls u see are been fucked everyday by those beasts,fuck as in messing up their vagina with their cursed penis,dirty smelling modafuckers !not just one person All even d person that killed a loved one not taking of the disease being spread.They are humans with blood and heart crying in silent for the treatment been given to them.FUCK YOU ALL BLOODY FOOLS.I CURSE ANY THING YOU LAY YOUR HANDS ON.AND FOR YOU PASTOR/PRESIDENT,YOU BETTER HIDE YOUR FACE IN SHAME BEFORE GOD PAYS YOU A VISIT OR YOU CALL ON THOSE HIGH FOOLS WITH YOUR NAME.THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS THAT WHEN IS NOT MYSELF OR FAMILY IT CAN WAIT FOR ANOTHER DAY OR I WILL USE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A NAME FOR MYSELF IN THE PUBLIC EYE .FUCK U.

  8. Israel is the best country when it comes to combating terrorist so please just keep your words or thoughts to yourself.

  9. Those who comment on issues concerning men of God should please refrain from using abusive words. Pastor Chris Okotie is entitle to his opinion besides he said something reasonable, if u find it difficult to understand his english that’s not enough to insult him, we can bare our mind without sounding abusive.

    • O NELS,You hardly comment but when you do,I do look forward to picking somethings from your comment. For the respect I have for you,PLEASE SWEETIE,LEAVE THIS PAGE RIGHT NOW,OKAY ? DON’T OPEN THIS PAGE ABOUT CHRIS AGAIN OKAY ?,YOUR HEART IS TOO PURE FOR THIS TOPIC AND THE RIGHT WORDS TO USE ON (ANOINTED MEN OF PULPIT/ PRESIDENTIAL SEAT).BLESS YOUR SOUL,LOVE YOU O NELS AND LOOKING FORWARD TO LEARN FROM YOU AGAIN.
      I know i’m against correcting people’s view on public issues so please forgive me O Nels but don’t come back.

  10. U guys are just saying trash……..u cnt look ahead of what could happen if isreal get involved….it may lead to religion crisis….lets americans do it,Are they not the one dat end up osama binladin?

    • could it be that samson is the only reasonable fellow here. i shake my head to pity the reality that majority of naijagists readers are either ***** or ****. you also just kept saying trash just because its coming from C Okotie. We should look ahead. Israel are well known for their military prowess against terrorism but their shortcomings borders on the fact that they target the islamic nation which will subsequently affect our muslim brothers here in Naija. and what we are seeing about the boko haram attacks is not in anyway related to religious crisis but politicality dysfunctionality that has gone out of control. We love our muslim brothers, We love our Naija. Foreign Help we need but from Isreal no thanks

  11. Chris, i disagree with u on this . there are matter we dont expect u & tunde bakare to discuss ,(this one inclusive ) this is not a campaing site

  12. First, the Pastor Chris made a suggestion, as He didn’t directly order our government to rebuff Israel’s help. He was trying to opine the fact that though Israel is good in all ramifications, but, their involvement could worsen the situation, judging from their continuous antagonist life with the ARAB-Islamic structure.
    Secondly, as a Nigerian, I think that He has the right to say something; of course every NIGERIAN has been saying something. His view was made public because of social and national status. So, I see no wrong in His public opinion.
    Thirdly, the many Nigerians have something in common that I think is worse than the BOKO HARAM nightmare. That is the ability to assimilate and proportionally disseminate a perfect knowledge. That is to say, the average Nigerian living in Nigeria doesn’t know how to relate socially or modestly with his/her immediate environment.
    And, that is the reason for the comments above. Though, all the anti social words that you have used against the Pastor Chris Okotie seem logically correct, but I don’t think yet that His action has constituted a terror bullet in the souls of NIGERIA like that of your BOKO HARAM and of your many Politicians.
    I will advise you all therefore to VOTE for BOKO HARAM instead of voting as you said “a jerry curls, marrying every year MAN.

  13. As participants and contributors in this forum, most especially on a topic that touches the very fabric of our hearts in particular and the world at large, I take it that every contributor/commentator has the interest of the Chibok girls as most paramount given the state of the nation, hence I believe we are all trying to make meaningful contribution on the unfolding events that permeates the nation.

    I could not help but see so many sub-derogatory comments which came to bare as an offshoot from the write-up by Pastor Chris Okotie, may I point out in all fairness that we are not here to pick and dig into Pastor Chris’s morality nor his person, I believe we are all contributing our quota, be it in form of ideal gossip or meaningful advice or passing comments on the state of affairs pertaining to the Chibok girls, at list to raise personal awareness however misguided they may be…. hence ideal gossip…

    having said that, I must say that glancing/reading the caption ‘ Nigeria has been kidnapped lets reject Israel’s help’ one cannot help but become biased immediately, but Pastor Chris made a very valid, solid and Real argument based on what the rest of the world is seeing unfolding in the middle east by the day with Israel in the middle… Pastor Christ did not, has not and will not take it away from Israel nor her capability, not even in one word nor a sentence, he barely made his deep thinking come to light which makes a world of sense, Israel is Gods own country, and has attracted hate from around it, this might simply spill over into Nigeria should they get involved in the rescue operation, that is by no means putting Israel down or saying they are inept, rather just a reasonable line of thought to avoid a likely or unlikely scenario should push come to shove.

  14. Here we go with IGNORANT fools sprouting nonsense from their pea sized, over inflated egotistical brain. Really I think the perm in his hair is suffocating his brain cells, who is this moron to sit there and comment, it is not like one of his kids were kidnapped, if they were I bet you Jerri curled fool would be begging IRAN to help if they offered help.

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