The Lagos Catholic School Terror Attack

The Lagos Catholic School Terror Attack

By Adeola Aderounmu

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One week ago, precisely on the 15th of March 2020, Lagos residents woke up to probably the most devasting bomb blast in the history of the state. The blast was heard in the larger parts of Lagos.

As at the time of writing this blog, the Lagos State Government is yet to provide official comments on the terror attack but no amount of cover-ups or sinister developments would be possible to hide the devastation that befell the residents of Abule-Ado along the Lagos-Badagry axis (opposite my beloved but expired Festac Town).

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The first sign that the government would be seeking a cover up was from the various reasons given by various newspaper and media outfits on the immediate cause of the bomb blast.

The terrorists (whoever they were) acted with precision planting the bombs on a gas-pipeline. Lives were destroyed property worth several millions were ravaged in the blast.

As a blogger my attention was mainly on the catholic school in the vicinity. Bethlehem Girls College was brought to total ruins. The principal Reverend Sister Henrietta Alokha died in the bomb attack. Reports stated that she rescued many students before the roof collapsed on her.

 

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Total casualties were put at a moderate 15 lives including some students. Based on the extent of the damaged and the widespread impact of the blast, it would be worthwhile to carry more investigation and to have a thorough, independent enquiries into these claims. But who dares?

As a background to this latest blast, it may interest my readers that l have personally been taking on the governors in Western Nigeria (through their handlers on the social media anyway) on matters relating to: 1) Fire 2) Tanker Driver Accidents/explosions 3) Safety of lives generally in Yorubaland.

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In Februray 2020, what appears like a listening ear from Mr. Sanwo-olu resulted in a response where the Lagos State government promised to handle further explosions or tanker accidents as sabotage. The government promised to investigate such.

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The Abule-ado / Catholic Girls school bomb blast is the first major test since the government made that pronouncement. Some of us will wait for as long as it takes to see how Sanwo-Olu and his gang in the LASG respond to this: investigations, arrest, prosecution and so on.

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One week after, nothing has happened. But wait we will. It probably takes time to find the perpetrators for that was not an accident! It was a planned terror attack on the sovereignty of Yorubaland.

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In my dealings with the governors of south west Nigeria, they are (hopefully) aware of my suggestions on the need to be proactive in securing Yorubaland. They know what they have to do, they only need the courage to do so. The Ooni of Ife I do hope is in the frame or loop and that together they know that they are the custodians of Yorubaland.

We can’t go on like this as a people. By all means, we must secure Yorubaland and make it safe for ourselves, for our children and for our children’s children.

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Nigeria faces an uncertain future. Nigeria is not working and the dream that it will work is equaled to an illusion of the mind. For those who lack a common sense of history, Yorubaland was better in the 1950s than it is today. Have you sat down to ask yourself why other countries and nations in the world improved and Nigeria including Yorubland suffered severe retrogression?

Anyway, without digressing too far, my heart goes out to the families (and in fact friends) who lost so much to the bomb blast. The blast came home and got me. It got to us because this is our home in Amuwo Odofin Local Government. That which we feared is now at our doorsteps!

May the souls of the departed find rest. May the living find the courage to carry on, against all odds.

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Again, This is War in Nigeria..!

Adeola Aderounmu

Many people are quick to dismiss a state of war in Nigeria. But those who have been killed and those who are related to the slained know that this is a state of war.

In a way, it is a form of war crime. Systematic elimination of a certain race or group is known as genocide. Christians have been targeted especially in Northern Nigeria. On the 6th of August 2012, armed men entered a church in Kogi State Nigeria with the aim of eliminating all the worshippers attending a bible study.

As far as I am concern, this is war crime. The worshippers have done nothing wrong in pursuance of their faith and they were unharmed.

It is now impossible to know exactly how many attacks have been carried out in Northern and Central Nigeria by Boko Haram and the imitators of Boko Haram.

It is easy and convenient to point accusing fingers at Boko Haram because of the declarations that Boko Haram has made in the past. It is convenient because the government of Goodluck Jonathan is simply put, totally useless in every way.

The attack in Kogi State is a wake-up call for Yorubas and occupiers of Western Nigeria. The war is now coming to your doorsteps. It’s seems Boko Haram has no boundary afterall.

I felt agitated this morning and I thought of how I will defend Yorubaland because it is a matter of duty to defend the land that we got from our ancestors. If this means going to war with Northern Nigeria or taking down Boko Haram, then it should be.

The events in Nigeria continue to reveal the stupidity of the nature of the Nigerian government. In a country where one man can steal 500 million dollars and walk free, what kind of moral obligations towards the citizenry do we expect from such occupiers and conquerors of Nigeria?

The present occupiers of Nigeria are either dumb or foolish not to know that the time is now to do something drastic in order to avert the coming war.

I sincerely support that the different regions making up Nigeria should be given their autonomy just the way it was before the 1966 coup and the eventual creation of non-viable states by Gowon and others.

I sincerely look forward to Western Nigerian declaring its own government and the re-instatement of integrity and accountability in our public services.

I am convinced that the people of Eastern Nigerian can lead themselves and work harder to achieve their dreams.

I also know that the Middle-belt and the South South will like to run their lives without listening to some fools or puppet in Abuja.

Independence and self-determination should be sought again by these regions and this step will sure help us to govern ourselves. Then we can start dealing with the problems of corruption, nepotism and ineptitude at that point.

For now, the political war with religious intonation been championed by Boko Haram needs to be crushed at all cost. It takes a good leader and not a useless ruler to achieve this goal.