Nassarawa Killings and the State of Security in Nigeria

The state of insecurity in Nigeria is giving every well meaning citizen of this country a serious cause for concern except of course the few who are allegedly benefiting from the chaos

You might be wondering how people will be benefiting from the loss of lives and properties running into billions of naira? I don't have the answer to that question yet. But an Igbo adage says that "na obodo adighi mma bu uru ndi nze" which loosely translates to "the elders benefit from chaos in the society ".

That's quite understandable considering the nature of the traditional Igbo society which is governed by a council of chiefs, "nze and ozos". Whose responsibility is maintaining peace in the community. And when a troubles arises, they settle it. And these settlements involves series of meetings where fowls, goats, yams are usually distributed.

Our democracy today is quite different from the traditional Igbo society. So, it's incomprehensible how some people will be benefiting from the appalling insecurity situation in the country which is getting worse by the day. Only time will tell.

For a decade, Nigeria has been moving for one security crisis to another with new trends emerging. Each more deadly and devastating than the last one. First, was vandalism, then the Niger delta militants, then kidnap and hostage taking, before Boko Haram terrorism brought brought out it's ugly head. A new thread emerged yet again; ambush and mass killings of policemen which debuted last week in nassarawa state in the northern part of the country.

The nassarawa killing leaves a sour taste in the mouth. A deliberate killing of men in uniform who swore an oath to protect the citizens of this country by the very people they are trying protect.

One can argue that the Nigerian police have not been protecting any pin in this country. Yeah, their best have never been enough. But still,none of those men deserved to die the way they did.

This gives our lukewarm government and security chiefs another situation to contend with. First of all making sure that nassarawa killings is a one off occurrence and not a sustained trend like oil theft, kidnapping, Niger delta militancy and Boko Haram.

The problem with security in Nigeria is that security crisis are never solved completely. There's always a ghost of the crisis lurking around waiting for a perfect chance to show it's ugly head again. This is evident in the kinda threats we hear from people in high places.

General Buhari threatened to make the country ungovernable for president Goodluck Jonathan. And true to his words, the country haven't been governable for Mr. President ever since. But nobody is sure it's of the good old general's making. But in a working country, that careless utterance amounts to treason. But Nigeria obviously isn't working.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Hon Kingsley Kuku was reported as saying in Washington DC, United States of America, that the peace being enjoyed in the Niger Delta region will not be guaranteed if Jonathan is not returned in 2015.

A recent statement credited to ex-militant leader, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo- Asari, that Nigeria will burn if President Goodluck Jonathan is not returned to power for another term of four years in 2015 is even more provocative.

And with all these threats, it seems that someone somewhere who has something to gain from these security situations doesn't want them to go all away. Instead, they are hiding them under the cloak of amnesty and waiting for the day the need to resurrect them arises.


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