Mali and Buhari: Physician, Heal Thyself

This week alone, bomb explosions killed 6 children in Yamamuru, Katsina state ;17 soldiers fighting “bandits” were also killed in the same state. 5 aid workers were executed ISIL-style in Borno state and Tolutope Aritile, female fighter pilot who died in a mysterious car accident in Kaduna, was buried in her home town. 
Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, didn’t visit any one of these places. He, instead, flew to Mali even while Aritile’s body was still to be lowered. 
Nigeria media and his spokesmen say that Mr Buhari was going to broker peace in Mali. 
This is coming on the heels of the Senate’s call for the president’s impeachment for,among other things, his inability to control or fire his grossly ineffectual heads of the military. 
Today, Nigeria has become one of the most violently dangerous nations in the world. Mali is safer. 
And thus, it becomes something of a supreme oxymoron that a president who is unable to secure his people would preach peace in a foreign land. 
By way of highlighting this hypocritical irony, below is a collage of gruesome deaths across Nigeria between parts of June through July .
June 13: Twenty soldiers and forty-one ISWA militants were killed during a clash in Monguno, Borno.

June 13: ISWA killed forty civilians in Nganzai, Borno. 

June 13: ISWA killed thirty-one civilians in Gubio, Borno.

 June 14: Communal violence led to ten deaths in Agatu, Benue.

June 14: Sectarian violence led to two deaths in Bokkos, Plateau.

June 14: Nigerian troops killed fourteen Boko Haram militants in Ngala, Borno.

June 14: Militia killed three and kidnapped six in Wukari, Taraba.

June 15: Bandits kidnapped ten and killed two in Shiroro, Niger state.

June 15: Nigerian troops killed “several” (estimated at ten) bandits in Faskari, Katsina.

June 15: Bandits kidnapped twenty-five in Maru, Zamfara.

June 16: Nigerian troops killed two herdsmen in Guma, Benue.

June 16: Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives killed seven police officers in Ughelli, Delta.

 June 17: Nigerian troops killed “several” (estimated at ten) Boko Haram militants in Bama, Borno.

June 17: Nigerian troops killed “some” (estimated at ten) Boko Haram militants in a separate incident in Bama, Borno.

June 19: Bandits killed seven in Batsari, Katsina.

June 19: Nigerian troops killed three kidnappers in Quan’an Pan, Plateau. 
June 20: Gunmen killed twenty-three in Maru, Zamfara.

June 20: Kidnappers killed four and one kidnapper was killed by police in Kwali, FCT.

June 20: Boko Haram killed six in Gubio, Borno.

 June 20: Communal violence led to six deaths in Guri, Jigawa.

June 21: Boko Haram killed five in Magumeri, Borno.

June 22: Bandits killed three and kidnapped one in Dandume, Katsina.

June 23: Nigerian troops killed “several” (estimated at ten) bandits in airstrikes in Birnin-Magaji/Kiyaw, Zamfara.

June 23: Communal violence led to two deaths in Konshisha, Benue.

June 24: Bandits killed four in Shiroro, Niger state.

June 25: Gunmen killed one police officer and five civilians in Danmusa, Katsina.

 June 25: Gunmen killed two in Barkin Ladi, Plateau.

June 25: Nigerian soldiers killed two gunmen in Guma, Benue.

June 25: Nigerian troops killed “scores” (estimated at forty) of Boko Haram militants in Ngala, Borno.

June 25: Bandits killed two in Koton Karfe, Kogi.

June 26: Kidnappers abducted nine people in Akoko South-East, Ondo.

June 26: Bandits killed twelve in Tsafe, Zamfara.

June 26: Bandits killed three in Danmusa, Katsina.

June 27: Ten Nigerian soldiers and twenty Boko Haram militants were killed in a clash in Damboa, Borno.

June 27: The Nigerian Air Force killed “some” (estimated at ten) Boko Haram militants in Ngala, Borno.

 June 28: Sectarian violence led to six deaths in Oju, Benue.

 June 29: Communal violence led to ten deaths in Misau, Bauchi.

June 29: Nigerian troops killed four bandits in Wukari and Donga LGAs in Taraba.

June 30: Kidnappers abducted four aid workers and one security worker in Borno (LGA unknown).

June 30: Communal violence led to two deaths and five abductions in Afikpo South, Ebonyi.

 July 1: Bandits kidnapped thirty and killed two vigilantes in Nasarawa, Nasarawa.

July 2: The Nigerian Air Force killed “scores” (estimated at forty) of Boko Haram militants in Gwoza, Borno.

July 2: Nigerian troops killed two robbers in Jos North, Plateau.

 July 2: Three Nigerian soldiers, two civilians, and seven Boko Haram militants were killed during an attack in Mobbar, Borno.

July 2: Bandits killed two in Batsari, Katsina.

 July 2: Communal violence led to four deaths in Donga, Taraba.

July 3: Nigerian troops killed “several” (estimated at ten) Boko Haram militants in Bama, Borno. 

Source: AOR. 
The catalogue above is far from exhaustive and doesn’t include the daily killings of farmers by Herdsmen which reports say are hushed by authorities. 
We would also say that the killings in July are just as gruesome as they are still on-going but will save the details for another article. 
As we write this, Nigerian media say that Mr Buhari has returned to Nigeria after the “Peace Meeting”.
Nothing, sadly, will change in Mali and it will only get worse in Nigeria 

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