To solve the Boko Haram issue, “The Hat and the turbans” have to work together. Right now, they are not.
The Hat refers to the President and the turbans refer to the Sultan and Emirs.
“The turbans turn a blind eye”
There is a great deal of intelligence available to the “turbans.” They are not doing as much as they could. We should also bear in mind the military pedigree of the North’s current traditional rulership.
“Fearing turban’s wrath, the Hat wields not his sword”
The President is not putting enough pressure on The Sultan and Emirs; no one respects the Governors in the North.
“The two ears silent to the terror of their feet”
The Sultan and Emirs have not expressed as much outrage as they should; “two ears” refer to the distinctive two-eared turbans of northern princes and “their feet” refers to their subjects. And by the way, silence is not a dearth or lack of speech; a lack of action is the worst kind of silence.
“Await the day your old walls fall on the anger of your subjects”
“Old walls” refer to these traditional rulers (but also applies to the President and other politicians). When leaders dress a wound that requires surgery, they only prepare the wounded person (our dear country) for greater pain.
Happy Good Friday and Jumat Mubarak!
The Hat and the turbans (A tribute) (Published 15 APR 2014)(Author: Rafiq Raji)
Innocents lost to the battle of the Hat and the turbans
Where is the outrage?
Silence their store until own is lost
Morning’s hope extinguished on the altar of power
The turbans turn a blind eye
Where is the Hat’s agitation?
Rock’s comfort fears return to the Creek
Were they ghosts?
Did they travel the land unnoticed?
The two ears silent to the terror of their feet
Heartless, ruthless, and shameless!
Await the day your old walls fall on the anger of your subjects
Fearing turbans’ wrath, the Hat wields not his sword
Dear Innocents, please haunt the souls of the silent
Plague their dreams with horrors coming
Until they fulfil oaths sworn