SIR: In 1972 in Abeokuta, the diviner said: “Yes, going to the Catholic seminary is your lot”, but there was a cloud in his looks, so I asked him again, and he repeated, “Yes”. It turned out that the “Yes” meant 15 years of successful Catholic priesthood, while the cloudy looks meant that after that I would quit, and everything happened as prophesied by Ifa Orunmila (the Yoruba oracular divinity).
If Boko Haram is still sacking some villages and engaging the Nigerian Army, it means that the prophecy of Orunmila delivered in December 2011 has not been disproved that the insurgents shall not be defeated by force of arms, but dialogue and reconciliation. Count the losses, December 2011 till date, even since the current President, Muhammadu Buhari took over on May 29, 2015 (more than eight months ago); count the losses in human lives and property.
Boko Haram cannot reach Aso Rock (Nigeria’s seat of power), and is attacking innocent people, but only God knows what the future holds. Terrorists bombed unexpected targets in America and France. Nigeria’s rulers are dodging dialogue with Boko Haram by promising to defeat Boko Haram in six months (December 2011), then three months (May 2015), and then in four months (June 2015), and now, no definite timeline for defeating Boko Haram, meaning indefinite fire on Nigeria’s roof. They “degraded”; not “defeated Boko Haram”.
• Pius Abioje,
University of Ilorin.