The Security situation in Nigeria has been played down by political commentators and the citizenry in general due to the lack of bombings and incidents in the federal capital, Abuja and other cities outside the troubled northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa which are under state of emergency since the middle 2013 in a bid to quell the Boko Haram insurgency.
News of Blasts and attacks in these north eastern states are always taken with a pinch of the salt by Nigerian especially those in the southern part of the country. But today's blast in a bus station at Nyanya, an outskirts of the federal capital city, Abuja is a reminder that until all part of Nigeria is safe, Nigerians everywhere are not safe.
Today's attack happened during the morning rush hour when people are in a hurry to board a bus or a taxi to their different places of work. Eye witness reports suggests that the bomb was planted in one of the BRT buses at the crowded bus station. So far, the casualty figures has been placed at around a dozen deaths and many more injured.
The Nigerian Military High command have been applauded recently for their positive offences against the Muslim insurgents in the north east. This blast is coming on the heels of an unsuccessful jailbreak attempt by the Boko Haram insurgents at the headquarters of the department of state security in Abuja last 2 weeks.
Nobody has taken responsibility for the attacks. But the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents have carried out attacks in the capital city of Abuja in 2011
This bomb blast is definitely a setback for president Goodluck Jonathan and the military's push against the insurgents. This blast, however, shatters the illusion that all is well with the security of the country.