…this move by law enforcement agencies has birthed a disagreement among citizens. As we disagree over how and when to respond to constituted authority while expressing our views, it is fitting to mention that the quirky decision to arrest the son of a massacred community in mourning may sooner or later create more tension and clamour among the people.


The recent attack by alleged herdsmen on my people, the Mbula community of Gwampa in Adamawa State has left the entire Mbula Kingdom aghast.

Once again, some folks who believe they hold the monopoly on violence and bullying in Nigeria have struck with precision and left their regular trademark: slaughter, death, destructions, tears and sorrow.

The peace-loving Mbula people, who are mostly given to their local trade and art, did not expect an incursion from any ethnic group, mostly because they have constantly lived in peace with tribes around them.

When I saw the videos and pictures of the evil done to defenceless citizens in their own community, images from a poem that I read in University titled “Massacre, October ’66” by Wole Soyinka returned to me.

for one thing, the Mbula district chiefly consists of fishermen and farmers, and is highly influenced by Christianity, which inspires the doctrine of loving your neighbour as yourself. The people encourage peace, hard work and abhor ergophobia.

So then, why the masquerade of genocide, which has been dancing at liberty across regions in Nigeria, suddenly shifted its concentration to a village hidden around rivers and mountains in Southern Adamawa is something I am yet to assimilate.

While it holds true that government is constitutionally empowered to enforce law and order in the land, we the Mbula people respectfully demand that Mr. Stanley Mijah be released immediately.


To avoid a backlash from the angry Mbula community known for heroically defending their turf and never backing down in fights or war of any kind or size, concerned Mbula sons and daughters, led by Mr. Mijah Stanley and well supported by concerned citizens of Adamawa, decided to express their freedom of speech in a peaceful rally to express their concern on the lethargic security response and inadequate protection of lives in that part of the state.

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As a response, the security agencies invited and detained Mr. Stanley Mijah. As at the present moment, he is still in custody.

At this point, one is forced to wonder to what extent prevailing constitutional provisions and security practices foster government’s commitment to the common good of the poor masses and vulnerable communities.

But then, this move by law enforcement agencies has birthed a disagreement among citizens. As we disagree over how and when to respond to constituted authority while expressing our views, it is fitting to mention that the quirky decision to arrest the son of a massacred community in mourning may sooner or later create more tension and clamour among the people.

While it holds true that government is constitutionally empowered to enforce law and order in the land, we the Mbula people respectfully demand that Mr. Stanley Mijah be released immediately.

The cost of depriving citizens of their constitutional rights to freedom of speech outweigh the benefits of brashly wielding and abusing authorities created to serve and protect the masses at all levels. This is the case in every state or country that truly understands respect for the rule of law and adequate law enforcement.

While we may disagree over the application of the principle of rights and freedom of speech in this circumstance, we need to simultaneously share a strong commitment to restoring peace and harmony in our warring communities.


With this in mind, it is central that injustice and abuse of power by security operatives should surely be frowned upon by all.
By the way, many underhanded foot soldiers and keyboard warriors have since taken advantage of the current situation to spread differing and disturbing narratives on the situation with impish intent.

I like to swiftly remind members of such groups that problems such as herdsmen and farmers’ strife requires intelligent solutions that mostly involve courting and encouraging peace, open-mindedness and harmony amongst communities torn by conflict. In other words, the evenhanded discharge of justice should be promoted over abuse of power and propaganda.

I also like to remind my beloved people of Adamawa that indigenes of a State do not preserve or exercise their freedom by killing fellow citizens, through the hiring of mercenaries or carrying out the act themselves. Tolerance is a responsibility that all members of communities should have toward one another.

While we may disagree over the application of the principle of rights and freedom of speech in this circumstance, we need to simultaneously share a strong commitment to restoring peace and harmony in our warring communities.

Generally speaking, it is important to keep reminding ourselves that tolerance is central to the peaceful coexistence of our people.

David Dimas, a pastor, author, blogger, inspirational speaker and IT consultant, writes from Laurel, Maryland, U.S.A. Email: ddimas01@yahoo.com; Twitter: @dimas4real.