Saharareporters:The Cash-for-Arm Scandal And Security Of Nigeria's Muslims
17 October 2014
By A.S.M Jimoh
The cash-for-arms in the airplane owned by the
president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ayo
Oritsejafor, should not be allowed to be swept under
the carpet just like other issues before it.
This is because the man whose plane is at the center
of the questionable arms purchase is an avowed enemy
of Nigeria's Muslim.
Ayo Oritsejafor has previously made a public call for
the arrest of reverential muslim elder statesman, Gen.
Muhammadu Buhari, because he contested the Presidency
with GoodLuck Jonathan.
He has openly asked the Nigeria government, headed by
his spiritual son, GoodLuck Jonathan, to allow the
Christian community to bear arms. It appears when the
government was not audacious enough to openly
acquiesce to that request, they decided to bear the
arm through the back door.
The attempt by the government, headed by his spiritual
son, to defend this war-mongering pastor is at its
lowest. It does not only portray our country as being
led by imbeciles, it opens us to more insult to the
international community. This government defending
genocide and attempt to commit genocide by those close
to it is not anything new.
When in October 2010, the first-ever bomb explosion
happened in the northern part of the country for which
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta
(MEND) claimed responsibility, President Jonathan was
the first to rush to the media to absolve MEND and
added that he knew those who carried out the bomb
While the President has not provided one person of
those he knew who did it, MEND has insistently owned
up to the crime. Its leader, Henry Okah, now serving
jail term in South Africa for the same, had told the
world the President's men had asked him to rope in
some prominent northern Muslim figures.
Since then it has been a cycle of bomb blast up north.
Since the news of the shady arm purchase broke, which
the government initially denied, many questions have
been asked.Yet, the more one looks into the whole
issue the more questions come begging for answers.
How can a government which is not under any arm
embargo decide to purchase arms using questionable
means and shady characters. Oritsejafor is neither a
licensed airline operators, nor the Israeli
facilitator a licensed arm dealer.
How a plane 'donated' to God (sic) by unknown Church
member found itself in arm and cash trafficking has to
be unraveled. Is using God's plane to buy arms also a
pastoral work? It is even more unecclesiastical if the
arms are to be purchased using syndicate.
Moreover, the manner in which the money was being
transferred is a Pablo-Escobar style of moving money
for his drugs and arms trafficking trade. Pablo
Escobar was a notorious Colombian drug-gang leader who
nearly brought Colombia to its knees in the late 80s
through its narco business.
A plane supposedly purchasing arms for government has
no single government officials in it. The issue also
raises question on the increased number of private
plane owners under the Jonathan's administration, most
of them his confidant. Is this arm purchase for the
snipers mentioned in Obasanjo's letter?
Is this the other side of the Boko-Haram war? Is this
the manifestation of Dr. Davis' claim that Boko haram
is being funded from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)?
Is this the reason Emir Sanusi, a Muslim, was pushed
out of CBN so that any terror-related dollars can
easily be loaded into a private plane from the CBN?
This exercise is question upon questions!
Why Nigerians, and Muslims in particular, must not
allow this to sleep is that the President's men have
openly threatened to wipe out muslims and a particular
section of the country if Jonathan is not reelected
Even before this scandalous attempt to bring arms to
wipe out a section of the country, there have been
attempts to openly provoke the muslim community. One
such incidence was when the agent of the Nigeria
government extra-judicially murdered three
undergraduate sons of a known muslim clerics, Ibrahim
El-Zakzaky, in daylight.
The government has not even deemed it fit to pay him a
condolence visit, nor our Press makes the usual noise
if the reverse had been the case. This is because it
was a deliberate attempt at precipitating a crisis.
Had the child of a christian leader been killed under
a muslim President, we can't imagine both the physical
war, and that too in the Nigeria-christian dominated
However, just as usual, Nigeria's muslim leaders will
allow this to be swept under the carpet like others
before it, as most of them prefer the crumbs of bread
from government than the wellbeing of their flocks.
The search for the truth must start from within.
Muslims head the Nigeria Security Agency and Defense
Ministry in the person of Ibrahim Dasuki and Aliyu
They must account to us how such a huge cash for arms
was found in a private airplane belonging to a
sworn-enemy of the Muslim. Are they aware that such
cash is being ferried out supposedly to buy arms for
their agencies? If they had no knowledge of it all,
but decide to defend this scandalous government, I say
GoodLuck to the Muslim and the North.
A.S.M Jimoh (@anehi2008)(firstname.lastname@example.org)