Nigerian insecurity: Buhari rise up!
Sir: Boko Haram, which was founded in 2002 by the late Mohammed Yusuf assumed a militant and deadly approach in 2009 after his untimely death in the hands of the security agencies. Borno, Yobe and Adamawa became theatres of war overnight as bombs were freely detonated with alarming alacrity. Abuja, the political capital wasn’t also spared as the United Nations building and Thisday were bombed with Boko Haram claiming responsibility for it.
Goodluck Jonathan seemed so overwhelmed by the near-daily bombings that he said with his arms akimbo that Boko Haram had infiltrated his government. In 2015, the then All Progressives Congress Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari promised to make the insurgency history. Tragically, he has failed to rise to the occasion as the insurgents have grown bolder and increased their territorial foothold in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in 2015?
As if the activity of Boko Haram is not enough, bandits who kidnap for ransom and in some cases kill their victims after the ransoms must have been paid have sprung up all over the country. Nowhere is safe as they unleash terror everywhere most especially in educational institutions where their sinister activities have constituted a gargantuan rape on the quest for knowledge by the students.
Five students of Greenfield University located in Kaduna were killed with sixteen more still in captivity and the bandits have given an ultimatum for the provision of the whooping sum of a hundred million naira after fifty-five million had been earlier paid which they claimed was used to feed the beleaguered students. Many more students especially in the northern part of the nation have gone through gory times and it’s so bad now that schools have been shut down in Abuja. This is an assault on learning and it is disturbing that in a country where there are about twelve million out of school children, learning has now become a surreptitious crime no thanks to the bandits who have now discovered their new oil in hostage-taking.
Buhari has shown disdain for the press by refusing to address his emotionally battered countrymen leaving his communication solely to his aides – Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina who often stoke the embers of anger in the blood-soaked land through their ‘unguarded’ statements.
Buhari on the other hand has been quiet and aloof to the plight of his countrymen – millions of whom are now internally displaced in their so-called motherland with no end in sight to their misery. What happened to his military prowess that was the major selling point in the 2015 campaign? How can he sit back and watch Boko Haram Insurgents and bandits slaughter his countrymen with reckless abandon and do nothing about it?
• Tony Ademiluyi is the Co-founder of The Vent Republic Media
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