THREAT TO SECURITY


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Recently, virtually every national daily has as its  headline the unwonted killings of innocent Nigerians. Hardly will a day pass by that I will not hear on the radio station or watch on the television that some people have fallen to the sword of one blood thirsty group. Through acts of bombings, slashing of the throats of innocent souls and sniping, the Boko Haram guerrilla sect seems to be at the moment the greatest threat to Nigeria’s security. From the bombing of the police force headquarters and the United Nations building in Abuja, to the massive gory invasion of churches, mosques and other vulnerable centres, this unholy, blind and vision less alliance has rendered some North-Eastern parts of Nigeria securely insecured.
            The Federal Government last year declared a state of emergency in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states, and by the ratification of the senate, he has extended it to another six months and yet it seems as if their tide of operation and sophistication is growing everyday in leaps and bounds. Just late last year, this diabolic sect invaded the Federal Government college of Agriculture, Yobe killing many students who were lost in their sleep. Few days before the centenary celebration, they unceremoniously laid siege on the Federal Government College, Yobe killing over 50 pupils. And at about 6:30pm on the 1st of March, a twin bomb exploded in Borno state killing over 40 persons. And all the presidency keeps saying to Nigerians is ‘we are on top of the situation’, ‘we will bring the perpetrators to book’, ‘we will compensate the bereaved’, ‘we send our heartfelt condolences…’ to mention but a few. When El-shabab attacked the West gate mall in Kenya, the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta ordered that the Kenyan flag be flown at half mast and three days of national mourning be observed. But nothing tangible and visible that portrays the Nigerian spirit except the usual one minute of silence has been seen to be done to those victims of the Boko Haram onslaught.
            The Federal Government has ordered that the chief of Army staff be moved over to Borno State in a bid to curtail the excesses of this sect. He has also ordered that the Northern borders between Nigeria and Cameron, Chad and the Niger republic be blocked. But that has not in the short-run stopped the Boko Haram sect from invading at will. We know that the members of the Boko Haram sect have no true identity and that the security of this country lies on the general responsibility of Nigerians. But one cannot be security conscious only when he or she cannot see visibly the security apparatus put in place by the federal government. When some of the members of the Boko Haram sect where set to assail the Federal Government college in Yobe state on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, it was said that the security sentinels strategically positioned to cordon off the premises, took to their heels because of the calibre of weapons they saw, and now more than 50,000 persons have fled Borno state for their dear lives. So while people are been clutched and clawed to death in the North-eastern parts of Nigeria, others in political positions are left carousing, reveling, promising and laughing out their senses in the Southern and Western parts and other parts not affected of Nigeria. The families of the late legal icon; Chief Gani Fawehinmi and the late afro beat singer; Fela Anikulapo Kuti did not just reject the centenary awards out of sheer jealousy rather the feelings that what they fought for and against still prevails in the country.
              I understand that robots are rarely used in this country. Why can’t that industry be developed and its products used as security network and personnel. The creation of state police has been one of the hue and cry of some people. But the fears that in the time of disputes between the federal and state government, an order made by one and the neglect of it by the other in dire situations may plunge the country into her long list of unresolved problems.
            When the ring leader of Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden bombed the World Trade centre in the US on the 11th of September, 2001, the American Government wasted no time in bringing justice with action by putting him to the sword. Abubakar Shekarau has been detected to be the ring leader of Boko Haram, instead of the media to keep peddling false information about his death, the armed forces should as a matter of urgently change strategy in bringing justice with action so that when the shepherd is put to the sword, the sheep will be bound to scatter.
                                                                                                GOD DIRECT OUR LEADERS
                                                                                                Davidson .I. Obabueki
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