When we say or mention that the Nigerian government does not care about the wellbeing - physical or mental - of their citizens, it sometimes seems like an overreaction. But then you hear some news, and you realise that the government is actually clueless.
The Borno State Government says it will convert the house of the former leader of Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf, to a museum, without care for the beliefs and concerns of innocent victims and survivors of terrorism and their relatives across Borno State, and Nigeria.
The State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Dr Mohammed Bulama, disclosed this at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture's 9th National Council for Culture, Tourism and National Orientation held in Dutse, Jigawa. Dr. Bulama said the museum would help to archive all things related to the Boko Haram insurgency:
"The place is called Maarcas; we want to build a museum there where all the things that had happened relating to the insurgency will be archived. We want to document and archive all that had happened so that our future generation will be able to have first-hand information."
I'll settle for the future generation actually meeting the country intact.
Because first of all, WHAT? Yusuf, sect leader and founder of the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram was only killed in 2009, and many more have risen to take his place. And Boko Haram has not been defeated yet, no matter what the government would have us believe. Let's forget just how awful the havoc wreaked by the terrorist group has been, for a second. Who the hell commemorates a happening right in to an event right in the middle of the event??
No other terrorists have museums, Bin Laden, Hitler, none! Why? Because there will be and can be no resolution or reconciliation – in the full and proper meaning of those terms – of the crimes that these people committed. Monuments and museums are usually put up when the victims can get closure.
There are two sides to building a museum commemorating an event or moment: preserving history and a lesson learned and pure, unadulterated stupidity. This isn't history yet, and we clearly have learnt nothing, so this firmly falls on the side of foolishness. Again.