Insurgency: A Time To Act By Charles Dania
Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold, mere anarchy is loosened upon the land.
At a time like this in the life of our nation, when insecurity of lives talk less of property has become the order of the day. Terror is unleashed upon all; both old and young, Christian or Muslim, male or female, party members or non party members. We cannot even keep track of these happenings. Is it the April 14 Nyanya bomb blast or the abduction of over 200 young high school girls? Is it the fulani/herdsmen ongoing killings or the everyday killings in the North Eastern part of Nigeria? Yesterday May 1st was indeed another show of impunity by the terrorist. Same area where the first bomb blast occurred less than three weeks back. It is correct to say at this point, that every Nigerian irrespective of gender, age, socio-politico and religio-cultural affiliations is filled with terror and fear.
Different questions are being asked ; do we have leadership in our country? What happened to our armed forces? Who are these terrorist and their sponsors? Will these acts continue like this? Does it mean the world cannot help us? Are we now living in a state of nature? These and many more question germane to this issue remain unanswered.
I would however like to suggest that in the midst of these terror, Nigerians can seize the moment and act. We have nothing to loose if we act. A refusal to act will be disastrous. Let us take example from Tunisia and occupy Nigeria and demand responsible leadership. If they cannot give us responsible leadership then let them bow out. How many more lives have to be lost before we begin to demand for what is our right? Over 200 young girls remain unaccounted for. They committed no crime. They only were in school so they could become great country women in the future. The NIS scandal and the resulting deaths; till date nothing was done. Military men and women continue to die by the day trying to fight terror just because they are ill equipped. Unemployment is in a record high and it does not seem to get better. In the midst of all these we have an alleged ten billion naira jet scandal involving a minister. All these point to one direction; IMPUNITY. Public officials commit criminal offences with impunity. Maybe the Boko Haram terrorist have taken a clue from our public officials.
I do not want to sound pessimistic but I think we need to come together as a people to fight the various terrorists in public office first before we can fight Boko Haram. Let us demand accountability and responsible leadership from those who lead us. Nigeria is even blessed that it is just one terror group now. The rate at which we are heading, many more could be tempted to spring up in no distant time.
While we are encouraged to remain prayerful at this time, it is very important to know that faith without works is dead. During the subsidy situation in January of 2012, when Nigerians got on the streets and labour downed their tools, our leaders began running helter skelter. We need the same situation right now.
While I wholeheartedly support the fact that we all need to join hands together with government to fight terror, it is my subjective opinion that we need to know the government we are joining hands with. A government who celebrates a day after the deaths of over 70 persons and abduction of over 200 young girls or a government who is really committed to the fight against terror. A government who claims that there are members of the terrorists in government and refuse to make them known or a government who is ready to expose sponsors of terrorists. A government who cannot arm it’s military enough with modern weaponry to enable them flush out Boko Haram or a government who is ready to assemble it’s military arsenal to crush terror. I think if we are able to make a choice on what government we could join hands with in fighting terrorism, then Boko Haram shall be defeated in less than a month.
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