For over a decade now, there has been a scourge of killings under different banners; Militants, Boko Haram, Herdsmen, Bandits etc. In turns, these groups have waged a severe war against Nigerian people, killing tens of hundreds for nothing. As at today, wave of insecurity is still ravaging the Northeast and Northwest and spreading like wildfire to other parts of the country.
Our security operatives appear defeated in the whole war and simple task of protecting lives and properties of Nigerian people. The government has failed woefully and admittedly too. A simple promise made during electioneering to protect lives and properties is now difficult to fulfill.
Nigeria as a nation has lost great sons and daughters to the activities of terror groups. Both the high and mighty have fallen by their bullets and swords and the leadership of the country appear clueless, helpless and hapless. Often times, echoes of bulk passing, assurances and reassurances that the killings will stop, always dominate the Nigerian media space and yet no solution.
According to BBC news, about 35,000 Nigerians have been killed, more than 2 million rendered homeless, and hundreds have been abducted since 2009 owing to insurgency.
In October this year, Boko Haram militants killed 22 farmers working on irrigation fields in two separate attacks in Borno. Sometime in June, about 81 people died to insurgency.
Just fortnight ago, Nigerians woke to the sad news of the gruesome murder of 43 farmers working on rice fields at Zabarmari in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State. The massacre was carried out by no other, than the dreaded Boko Haram sect. Their reason this time, was that the farmers arrested one of its members and handed him over to the military and a whole community paid dearly for their innocence.
Who could ever believe that these same people that have held the nation to the jugular were almost annihilated in 2015 prior to the general election.
We recall with nostalgia that elections were held in Borno – Boko Haram’s stronghold, Yobe, Adamawa and other areas hitherto dominated by the insurgents. Needless to inform that six months before that election, the dreaded sect were almost chased out of Nigeria.
That these terror groups renewed their activities in full force and fiercer than ever, goes a long way to explain the failure of the APC-led federal government or its complicity. It then goes without saying that President Muhammadu Buhari failed to sustain the efforts of his predecessor who would have ended the story of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and all whatnots if he had remained beyond 2015 going by the successes recorded at the twilight of his administration.
It is therefore, our opinion that the APC-led federal government should return to the drawing board and know where the rain began to beat them with a view to nipping in the bud, the best stratagem to end insurgency in the country. If it can only take less than 24hrs for US soldiers to rescue an American citizen held captive in the terrorists’ enclave in Northeast Nigeria, Buhari should as a matter of fact begin consultations with the government of God’s Own Country and any other country willing to help to bring insurgency to a halt. This moment calls for deep introspection especially now that over 200 school children have again been kidnapped in the President’s home state, Katsina and their whereabouts still unknown.
All hands must be on deck in this fight to protect lives of ordinary citizens of this pariah nation irrespective of tribe and religion to save us from further embarrassment caused by the porous security apparatus in the country.
A stitch in time, they say, saves nine.