Every reasonable and discerning person in Nigeria knows that the country is sinking, sinking deeply down the ocean of regret. Banditry, terrorism and tribalism have now become our subject matter and thus a threat to our corporate existence. As it is now, Nigeria is not normal. There is uproar in the North, East, South and West. Indeed, it’s a tough time for the nation.
Without much narrative, I’m just concerned about the rate insecurity is spreading in Nigeria, the spate is shocking. Boko Haram seems to have resurfaced now in Geidam, reports have it that the town has been taken over by the enemies. Mainok in Borno is not safe again. It’s heart touching that residents of the affected areas have left all their hard earned properties behind and chased out.
Vulnerable women and children, especially the girls are not spared. It’s sad to imagine what these innocent lives are facing. They cannot identify their offences that meted out the huge adversity on them. Geidam that bellies governors is now under Boko Haram control. Where are you Mr. Governor? The outcry is worrisome. They said you were not there for them.
From Boko Haram’s Maiduguri, Borno state, now this unholy act of them maiming and raiding villages have gone beyond the North-east. From April 24-26, 2021, 11 policemen and Customs officers were killed in Rivers state, 11 civilians were also killed in Geidam, Yobe state, 30 soldiers with one commander were killed in Mainok, Borno state. One DPO and eight officers were killed in Sakaba, Kebbi state and five more soldiers in Rivers state. This is pathetic. Are these criminals really taking over this country? Or is it that they’re more powerful and untraceable?
“For three weeks now there is no person living in Kuchi town and there is no food for the fleeing villagers. The armed men have entered very deep into the area and have overran several villages. They have occupied Kuchi where they now sleep as their homes”, a local recounted. he added. All these happening in a country led by retired general, Muhammadu Buhari.
Gunmen here and there, Boko Haram here and there, bandits here and there. Boko Haram terrorists now closer to Abuja, says Niger governor. Bandits kill two more students of Kaduna private university. These are the heartbreaking news always. Where are our leaders, where is your conscience, where is your heartfelt sadness over these terrifying acts.
Please, remember your primary responsibilities and do well to save our societies and fellow human beings, put a halt to this mess. Now, it’s not time for politics, to me and other Nigerians, 2023 is far ahead, forget politics and finish off these bandits. Remember the students whose futures were cut short. The same bandits we failed to address killed them. Please do the needful and save our country from this mess.
Where are our old comrades, our own activists past and present leaders, monarchs and religious leaders? Put heads together and contribute your own part for Nigeria to live in peace.
Our leaders should know we are not safe, nothing is normal, blood is being spilled every day, people are being kidnapped daily, women are exposed, children are becoming vulnerable. Nothing is going on fine in Nigeria; security mistakenly bombing each other in place of Boko Haram. May God come to our rescue.
Usman Abdullahi Koli,
Mass Communication Department,
Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic,