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Ethnic cleansing in the Buhari’s Nigerian Armed Forces

Ethnic cleansing in the Buhari’s Nigerian Armed Forces

By Steven Kefas

There is an ongoing systematic ethnic cleansing going in the Buhari Nigerian Armed Forces.

Military plane crashes and death of military officers and men under very controversial circumstances in Nigeria seem to have assumed a very disturbing dimension in the last few months.

These occurrences begun shortly after a popular Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi was seen in a video telling terrorists, the government and the media prefer to call bandits, operating in the Northern region of Nigeria that Christian soldiers were responsible for killing bandits.

“What I want you people to understand is, soldiers that are involved in most of the criminalities are not Muslims. You know, soldiers have Muslims and none Muslims. The non-Muslims are the ones causing confusion just to ignite a crisis,” Gumi had said.

Gumi’s position came under severe attack and received backlash from Nigerians including the army who dismissed his claims and warned him to desist from such divisive utterances

Between the month of February and August 2021, there have been numerous air accidents including terrorists induced ones and other attacks on Military formation in Nigeria where almost if not all casualties so far except that of the former Chief of Army staff Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru and his Associates are all either from Southern Nigeria or Northern Minority tribes.

This is not to mention the First Nigerian Female Combat Helicopter pilot, Tolulope Oluwatoyin Sarah Arotile who met fate under a very controversial circumstances on the 14th of July, 2020 in the Kaduna Airforce base. The gallant pilot officer was said to have returned from a military operations against terrorists in Northern Nigeria when some so called ex school mates of hers “mistakenly” hit her with their car right inside the Airforce base where speed limits ought to be minimal.

On February 21st, 2021, few days after Gumi’s divisive video hit the social media, a Nigerian Airforce Jet en-route Minna for a military operation crashed in Abuja killing all passengers and crew. The following were crew and passengers of the plane;

  1. Haruna Gadzama, a flight lieutenant (Captain)
  2. Henry Piyo, flight lieutenant (Co-Pilot)
    3.Micheal Okpara, a flying officer (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist
  3. Bassey Etim, a warrant officer (ATOS Specialist).
  4. Olasunkanmi Olawunmi, a flight sergeant, (ATOS Specialist),
  5. Ugochukwu Oluka, a sergeant (ATOS Specialist)
  6. Adewale Johnson, an aircraftman (Onboard Technician).

One month later on the 2nd of April, 2021 news about a misisng Airforce Alpha jet on military operations in Maiduguri filled the media space. The Airforce authorities confirmed the misisng jet but denied that the Boko Haram terrorists gunned down the jet. The following officers were killed;

  1. Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa (Pilot)
  2. Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele (Co-pilot)

A month later, on the 21st of May, 2021 the then Chief of Army staff Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru and his close Associates were killed in a plane crash involving a Nigerian Airforce plane in Kaduna.
All 4 crew members were Southerners;

  1. Flt. Lt. T.O. Asaniyi
  2. Flt. Lt. A.A. Olufade
  3. Sgt. Adesina
  4. ACM Oyedepo

On 19th of July 2021, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo a pilot of a Nigerian Airforce Fighter jet was shot down midair by terrorist elements operating between Kaduna and Zamfara states.
The gallant pilot ejected the jet and narrowly escaped being killed by the terrorists who chased him for several hours in the forest.

The height of it all was on the 24th of August 2021, when terrorists operating in Kaduna launched an attack on the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) and killed two officers. The terrorists also kidnapped a senior officer during the attack The officers killed and Kidnapped were named as;

1.Lieutenant Commander Wulah

  1. Flight Lieutenant Okoronkwo
  2. Major Datong (Kidnapped).

Could all the above be said to be mere coincidences or are deliberately instigated?

Time alone shall tell.

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