I interrupt the ‘How To’ series to say one thing. I am angry. Very angry. So if you want to laugh or have started your day happy stop right here. If your wife has given birth to that bouncing or jumping baby or if you are celebrating your husband’s finding God and quitting drink and womanizing, find something else to read. Now.

I am angry. My dear Kaduna is on fire again. This time, it isn’t a cartoon, or blasphemy, or elections. It was Christian boys going crazy over the bombing of churches. I refuse to use the word that newspapers are using. Reprisals. The word is simply too noble to describe the stupidity of the action. A reprisal requires some sort of target, some thought. Killing a man who is as afraid of bombs as you are isn’t reprisal. Killing your neighbor or the guy you buy meat from isn’t reprisal. That is just plain cowardly. It is like a man who beats his wife because his boss shouted at him at work. It is like a child who kicks his dog because his mother made him wash his own socks.

I also refuse to say, like some do, that the boys who started killing innocent passersby are not Christian. That Christianity is a religion of peace that does not condone violence. The fact is, if a man who professes Christianity kills in the name of protecting Christianity, it is a Christian who attacked. Simple. Just like I think if a man professes Islam and attacks a Church in the name of his religion you cannot try to separate him from his religion.

So now, violence has been deregulated. The Christians do it. The Muslims do it.

Instead of holding inter-religious dialogue after crises like the one in Kaduna, I have a better idea. Come to Abuja at night. Do a documentary of all the posh-club-going, expensive-alcohol-drinking, fancy-sport-car riding stupendously rich residents of Abuja. Show the stupid poverty stricken people of Kaduna how every act of money-induced decadence usually involves both Muslims and Christians. Show them how stolen money is shared equally between Muslims and Christians. Show them how, between a rich and corrupt John and a rich and corrupt Alkasim, you cannot find religion. Only schemes to get more money and power. Show them and let them bury their heads in shame because while they burn and kill, people are getting rich, having sex, eating and drinking. Show them how over bottles of expensive wine, Muslims and Christians blaspheme each other’s religions and hi-five about it. I tell you, this is better than any religious reconciliation.

I am angry. Not because I really need to go to Kaduna and get my microwave but can’t. Not because I am worried for my parents. I am angry because we are blind. Blind to the fact that we are helping to fulfill the prediction about our 2015 breakup. Do we need another prophet to tell us that our real problem is not Boko Haram but our government? Do we need a magic practicing priest to tell us that a President who tells us pointedly that first the guys blowing us up are running the country with him, and next that we are in God’s hands, needs serious help? Should we not be teaming up with those who are comrades-in-poverty to ask serious questions about legislators who, through legal allowances and salaries are among the richest in the world, but still find it necessary to supplement that income with bribes?

Away from the Presidency, should we not be asking our Governors questions? Should my people, the ones who have risen up in defense of their religion and churches not ask why the Southern part of Kaduna City where mostly Christians live is about the worst place to live in Kaduna? The militant boys in Gonin-Gora who are always ready to block the Kaduna-Abuja expressway and slaughter unsuspecting Muslim passengers and motorists when they feel aggrieved, should they not ask why there are no roads in the area, even though their Governor is a ‘Christian’? Should they not ask why parts of that community have not had electricity for months, some parts even for over a year? Should they not be demanding water?

I am angry. That in 2015, these same boys will rise up to demand the re-election of their brother and son, who has not improved their lives in any way. That they cannot see that there is really no difference between a Christian Governor and a Muslim one especially if they are PDP Governors; that there is no difference between a Muslim President and a Christian one.

I am on the phone to my parents several times a day. They too, who live around some of the boys who started the killings after the bombs, are afraid of reprisals by Muslims. Everyone is afraid.

If Nigeria fails it will not be strange. It will be a failure by design. Orchestrated by our successive governments with the complicity of all of us, Muslims, Christians, Traditional worshippers and Atheists.




  1. @john , you clearly seem to be ignorant about the issues u raised . Before u can talk about malaria talk about the mosquito : the cause and effect if u like. Society is dynamic , and u and the like find that hard to accept . U are used to hearing muslims attackin christians on the slightest excuse such as the few u mentioned i e over cartoon in a foreign land, miss world, blasphemy etc and expect the same respond that of turning the other cheek . Well my friend things have change. U ignored what happen along express up to zaria road but dwell only on gonin gora . U are blind to the killings taking place in churches every sunday cos it has not affected u or come to ur turn . U said there is no B H . I would rather u say u dont understand them and that is the true reason why u are angry . Ask ur self who is not innocent ? The once killed in the church service or the once killed on the road ? U dont have to write if u are incapable of a balanced judgement , ur silence will be more helpful at times like this .

  2. Samson Bemu…

    You seems to have problem of understanding. The point is that your Christian brothers went on rampage after Boko Haram attacked and started killing innocent Muslims who knew nothing about the bombings. Unsuspecting Muslims were slaughtered and Muslim Children were thrown into fire by your wicked brothers. This is the issue and if you supports this, its a pity.

    The Shari’ah crisis happened because Christians were angry of the introduction of Shari’ah. They started attacking Muslims first, and 80% of those killed were Muslims at the end. The same thing with the Miss World crisis.

    Your people are not saints and some are evil, wicked and heartless, just like those who bombed your church and even more.

  3. Samson Bemu.lyk my brother said,it seems u hv a vry low IQ to undstnd jst a simple note,Mr john only explain more of wat u n any oda person knws dat d problm isnt muslim or christain bt d rulers who alws instigate haterate to gain dia own selfsh interest…if d christain in Goni gora,sabon tasha n romi wll continue dis dia MADNESS den prepare ur mind n b ready to face dsame Madnss frm us in d town n lets wait n see who laff last…u r jst bin economical abt d truth…kaduna s my home n i wll not sitback n watch some villagers make it an unsafe place..d ealiar u get dis into u low tinkin skul d beta for u n ur wicked brodas..

  4. I am begining to think that its only alright if d muslims kill christians. It is ok for innocent pple to go to church on christmas day only to be killed. It is alright for mothers to go to church on sunday and watch their babies killed and burnt right in front of them. Everyone is talking now because the christains in kaduna stood up to say enough of this sunday sunday killings of innocent pple. The muslims that were killed are not more innocent than d christians. please let’s watch the things we say.

    • You don’t seems to get the point like some others. What we are saying is that there is no time killing of innocent people is ok. Innocent Christians were killed, that does not mean Christians should start killing innocent Muslims. If you want to retaliate, you can only retaliate against those who killed you. If you start killing innocent people, you’re not different from those who killed your people.

      What is wrong is wrong. Boko Haram killed innocent Christians in retaliation for an earlier killing of Muslims by Christians. They were wrong.

      Christian youth killed innocent Muslims because Boko Haram bombed their churches. It is still wrong.

  5. ‘ELnathan John,’
    sounds very well a Christian name, but an aetheist you are.

    I call u an aetheist off the theme of ur essay, but of its exonorative content of u, from the kingdom race.

    Bala Jibril, making impression with ur rather lazily balanced clause, of the ‘low IQ’ ideology. Have u ever volunteered to trail and expose any of this sect’s member?
    Or has any other muslim who is not a BH done that?
    Or u think these BH are spirits or jinns
    If the boko harams who bomb churches do read the quran and claim to be muslims, bt the rest muslims don’t seem to go down with their ideology, yet they keep hiding their identities due to blood bound relations;
    then, why not let those people who lost friends, families, loved ones and relatives in those blasts, to ease their grieves in which ever way they want?
    Why condemn their actions?

    Ok, ‘vengence is mine’
    says the Lord, very true;
    if yet these people feel vengence is best for them, why not let them be?

    To me, i didn’t see reprisals from Christians, i saw reprisals from a group of people venging the loss of their loved ones, relatives, friends and families.
    …just like the boko harams, irrespective of whoever gets victimise too.

  6. “I also refuse to say, like some do, that the boys who started killing innocent passers-by are not Christian. That Christianity is a religion of peace that does not condone violence. The FACT is, if a man who professes Christianity kills in the name of protecting Christianity, it is a Christian who attacked. Simple. Just like I THINK if a man professes Islam and attacks a Church in the name of his religion you cannot try to separate him from his religion.”

    I’m afraid its not that ‘simple’ dear. The phrases THE FACT IS/I THINK in closely following statements in the quote above immediately spells out an imbalance and highlights a mischievous undertone in your otherwise ‘very angry’ presentation. In order to reason properly, even though angry, one must look at the real facts. Writers are responsible for and will give account of their words irrespective of their motives or emotions.

    Whilst a good per cent of Muslims are peace loving, it is not the Muslims that are faulted but the religion, the belief system, which specifies an attitude of hatred and acts of violence against non-adherents. If Christianity does not, in anyway allow violence, as a means of protecting itself (and it does not), then one who attacks innocents cannot be said to PROFESS Christianity. So in the instance of violence against innocents, one religion promotes and in fact demands it, whilst the other does not. Now this is a fact, the strong political aspect of Boko Haram notwithstanding. Your premise for the whole article therefore, whilst emotionally tenable is actually flawed- classic fallacy.

    Many peace loving Muslims do not have deep knowledge of the tenets of their religion or just choose to ignore it, but when push comes to shove and a choice must be made, loyalty to the Islamic god and those that interpret his will requires adoption of extreme measures against ‘infidels’.

    A bank manager or politician who launders public funds is a thief irrespective of religion. No religion to my knowledge supports theft. That is also the case when a man physically abuses his wife in a drunken state. These are not religious-driven. Certain other crimes against humanity are: violence among others, is particular to Islam, the religion specifies it, just as it was in the Old Testament for the ancient Israelite nation.

    Therefore not all atrocities of human behaviour are attributable to religion and in these, one must separate the man from what he claims to profess whatever it may be’, while in certain others, to ignore the particular religion and lump it all together (probably under some ‘Nigerian god’, which though descriptive of religious hypocrisy, i urge you Sir ElNathan not to be ignorant of the fine line between satire and blasphemy)is to refuse to recognize the key problem.

    Christians do not wake up in the morning to attack others because of Christianity. Anyone pushed to the wall may react inappropriately, and there are Muslims who take advantage of a weak security system to perpetrate evil, but there are several who owe their conviction for bloodshed to several words in the Qur’an and teachings in the mosques.

    Finally the American military expedition in the Middle East following the 9/11 attacks was mostly in the wrong, but it was definitely not Christianity-motivated. It was not done for Jesus Christ, or in His Name. The same cannot be said for ‘bin Laden or his suicide bombers, as the acts of these and people like them and their last cries before they forever perished are said in the name of the Muslim god.


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