On Nigeria’s worsening insecurity
The way the insecurity issue in Nigeria is going, there is a need to say the truth to people in power; the Federal Government did not handle the issue of bandits and kidnappers right in the past and their continuous pampering of these criminals has ensured that the problem continues to fester, making state governments to have little choice than to negotiate constantly with bandits and kidnappers.
This is pathetic and a sign that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led has failed in its responsibility. With the way and manner the APC government had handled the problem of insecurity in the past; Nigerians certainly don’t need a soothsayer to tell them that Nigeria has failed with the obvious collapse of Nigeria’s security architecture.
The killings, maiming and kidnapping of Nigerians are unprecedented in the history books. They have now become daily occurrences, in spite of the empty promises of our leaders. It is baffling and frustrating that no single bandit has been arrested and prosecuted. The insurgents and bandits now operate freely in the country as if we have no army. The bandits have captured most parts of the North-East, North-West and Middle-Belt of the country and are now in the South-West, South-East and South-South.
Virtually the whole country has been overwhelmed with insurgency that our leaders are now contemplating negotiating with the bandits. Our National Defence Minister even openly called on Nigerians to defend themselves, this clearly shows that our security agencies have failed. Even the bandits exhibited superior military weapons than our military.
Not only has our security architecture failed, our economy has also failed and our educational system is collapsing. Government should seek internal and foreign help before the situation gets out of hand.
The government must as a matter of urgency, enact laws that will impose death penalty or life jail on kidnappers, Boko Haram insurgents, armed herders, and other hardened criminals. There should be no amnesty for criminals; neither should the government negotiate with them anymore.
Chief Adesunbo Onitiri,
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