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Given the witty bitty world we live in, you may choose to challenge the next statement in this article, which is “terrorism, a side hustle for the government.”

Terrorism has been a cash-out system for the government over the years. How do you explain a country that has one of the best soldiers in the world being defeated every time there is a clash with the infamous terrorist group, Boko Haram? The government has used terrorism to make profit over the years, putting in so much money into security and ammunitions that end up nowhere on the battlefield. A nonchalant and answerable-to-none administration is what we practice in Nigeria.

Book Haram: the Islamite State in West Africa or Islamism State’s West Africa Province, formerly known as Jama at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad and commonly known as Boko Haram, is a Jihadist terrorist organization based in the north-eastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. The Boko Haram led by Abubakar Shekau, who for so many years terrorized the Nigerian people and also bragged about how powerful they are, is also Abu Musab al-Barnawi. They battled Nigeria in some known wars such as the Boko Haram Insurgency, 2015 West African Offensive, alongside the kidnap of the Chibok girls which till date has recorded the highest kidnap crime in Nigeria, putting Nigerians in a gothic mindset for years now.

When Boko Haram was first formed, their actions were non-violent. Their main goal was to “purify Islam in Northern Nigeria”. The dark clouds raged and fell upon Nigerians when in April of 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 276 girls who were attending schools in the north-eastern region of Chibok, Nigeria. The incidence drew international attention to the students’ plight and the extremist terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the kidnappings.

Ever wondered why the government was so quick to wanting to fund the Boko Haram amnesty in 2013? Amnesty shouldn’t be an exit window for criminals. We are talking about a terrorist group which killed over 5000 people in cold blood in 2013 and 2014 respectively. It’s of no doubt that the government was only interested in the financial embezzlement of the funds in the country and as a side hustle, terrorism was the key. A government planned to grant amnesty to murderers presumed from facts to not be Nigerians, so where will you take the resources from to reintegrate them?

Oh, don’t also forget. In April 2013, there was a plan by the terrorist group to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge. It never happened. You can call it a miracle or divine intervention, but that was pure table tennis, where you make a dummy to smash but it never comes because the other player is just as good enough to raise his game. That move wasn’t going to be beneficial to the kingpins of the country, hence the rebuttal.

It’s all games played by the government, more like a betting site where they stake. It has become a side hustle for them where they gamble, a game played to make money for years and built on a solid governmental bed for the terrorists to lay on, dream and wake up without getting caught. It’s a dangerous game which has innocent lives at stake, day by day.

A witty bitty world.

O.J Oloruntobi Esq.

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