Once again, not less than seventy (70) innocent Nigerians going about their daily activities, peacefully, were brutally murdered via suicide bomb blast at the Nyanya motor park, Abuja, on Monday, 14th of April, 2014.
On Monday, March 18th 2013, a similar incidence occured in Kano capital, where about sixty (60) law-abiding Nigerians lost their lives to suicide bombing.
In 2014 alone, there has been series of attacks and killings of innocent Nigerians by violent extremist group, “Boko Haram”, that has left hundreds dead, including women, children and security operatives.
The question is, how much more can the country contain? At what point do we, as a nation, come to terms that the present security infrastructure and strategies are not yielding the expected results? At what point can we all agree that the current security structure is ineffective at fighting terrorism?
When do we start holding the government accountable for the unnecessary deaths of innocent Nigerians and it’s failure to protect the lives and properties of law-abiding citizens?
As humans, we all have equal rights to life, and it is an inalienable right of every individual to protect that life. The government took up this responsibility, but so far in Nigeria, they are yet to live up to that responsibility. This is a dangerous situation, as people may be left with no other option but to take up this responsibility themselves, which can potentially lead to a break-down of law and order, and by extension, the government.
For Boko Haram to successfully carry out it’s operations, it requires lots of resources: financial, logistics, and more. In one of the videos released by the Boko Haram sect, it clearly showed them driving in a convoy of vans, and fortified with deadly ammunition. One is forced to wonder how that could brazenly be displayed in an environment supposedly under state of emergency, and fortified military presence.
With regards to the terror situation in Nigeria, many questions are still begging for answers. The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, once said that “Boko Haram” members have infiltrated his government. The statement implies that he knows who the Boko Haram sympathizers are, at least those in his government, as he claimed. Unfortunately so far, Nigerians are yet to see any high-profile arrest from his government, or outside of it for that matter. Understandably, fighting terrorism is not an easy challenge, but to whom much is given, much is also expected.
Irrespective of the increased budget on security and supposed increased security presence, our borders miraculously still remain porous for terrorists to infiltrate. The sponsors of this sect still remain a mystery, even as security operatives are yet to track down the sources of the materials used for making these lethal weapons.
Surprisingly, even a pronouncement by the government of the death of Boko Haram leader, Shekau, turned out to be false. While the president continues to condemn the activities of the sect, and assures Nigerians that this is a temporary situation, how much of it can be believed, going by his earlier assurances? Most importantly, at what point can the government be held accountable for failure to protect lives of innocent and law-abiding Nigerians?
It is very important that we all, as Nigerians, realize that the victims of the Nyanya Bomb Blast, could have been any one of us. It is time we start holding the government accountable for the life of every Nigerian lost in avoidable circumstances. As citizens, we also have a duty to the state, by reporting suspicious individuals or circumstances to the law enforcement agencies. By being more proactive with regards to security issues and ensuring that government is held accountable for laxity and ineptitude, the war against terror in Nigeria stands better chances of being won sooner, than later.
May the souls of the dead rest in perfect peace.
Written by Frank Ogu