A group, a section, a fragment of the society has declared war on the people of Nigeria. They have almost taken over a State, with utter disdain they hold our young girls hostage, and without recourse to our dignity as a nation threaten to sell them in an open market as slaves. Yet, I see us and our government suspended between knowing what to do and doing nothing and being clueless and acting non-strategically. The group cannot be more equipped than our military--I beg never to have this negated. I hear sometimes that we cannot go across the borders in pursuit of these insurgents. There, I ask, what happened to inter-national relations between Nigeria, the giant of Africa and other neighboring countries of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger? Or are they in support of this woe that has betide this great nation? It is no News how this group has gone around perpetrating crimes in the North East of Nigeria, conquering and taking over communities; carting away spoils of war--women and children inclusive. These blood thirsty Terrorists have been seen parading the streets of Maidugiri, brandishing their arsenal and making mockery of our nationhood. Yet, we give excuses. They have defied all the laws of humanity and dignity of life, and detonated bombs in markets, motor parks, churches, public relaxation places and where else do we want to see ablaze next? Thousands have been sent away brutally; charred in a most horrific sudden end to their existences. Upon their ill fate, that of their families who are left to languish in anguish and for us; the citizens of Nigeria, who cannot define our fate, I write.
Sometimes, we forget history or most times we decide to thwart it for our own selfish interests. Need I remind Nigerians, that military over throw of democratically elected civilian rule in the past was in some cases predicated on the inability of the latter to maintain the primary role of government (Section 14, Subsection 2(b) of the Nigerian Constitution- “The Security and Welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of Government”. We should therefore, not be bemused, if we resurrect a recurrence of what we have archived in the annals of history to make or mar us.
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