Niger state has of recent become the theatre of war and a safe haven for criminals. This is a state that had been acclaimed by many as the most peaceful and hospitable state in Nigeria but has become very popular for the negative reasons.
This feat is regrettably achieved by reoccurring insecurity bedevilling the state. We are on daily bases awakened by the news of attacks and kidnapping from different parts of the state. This has gotten to a stage where citizens are afraid to travel by road or even sleep in their various homes with their eyes closed. The sad reality is that government appears defeated and has apparently surrendered to these elements.
The government cannot and must not appear to be weak. They must up their game in finding a lasting solution to the menace. Government at all levels needs to take responsibility and be proactive rather than their usual reactions. They must realise that security of the armless citizens is their responsibility and they have sworn an oath to protect it.
The issue of banditry and kidnapping in Nigeria has become a difficult nut to crack; many questions begging for answers- citizens are asking why it has become difficult for the security to locate these criminals, but easy for the Sheik. They believe that government and the security agencies should have an answer to this question and many more questions. But, believe me, what the citizens care about right now is the SOLUTION.
Idris Mohammed Shabafu,
Minna [email protected]