By Godday Odidi
The recent incessant killings of helpless and innocent Nigerians in the northern part of Nigeria called for overhauling of the security system across the country.
Many Nigerians have been sent to early graves for crime not committed or known. The security situation in the country has grown beyond a child’s play.
The callous killings of innocent people in Jos, Plateau State indicate that the country is heading towards extinction or disintegration if the situation is not put under control now.
The northern elders and leaders seem not to be so bothered about the turn of events, rather they see it as President Goodluck Jonathan problem.
Given the dimension the terrorist attacks have taken, it could no longer be regarded as pure religious affairs, but pure terrorist attacks on vulnerable Nigerians with no just cause.
Property worth millions of naira have been destroyed by the dreaded Boko Haram sect, which scares foreign investors from investing in the northern part of Nigeria. Currently, the economy is at a sorry state. No thanks to the reign of insecurity in the land.
It is sad that the president is helpless and cannot stand firmly to protect Nigerians from these marauders. Even northerners are victims of these attacks in recent times.
The major problem of security failure is that the population of Nigeria has outgrown the members of security agencies across the country.
Although, some political observers assume that some powerful Nigerians are the sponsors of this terrorist group in order to make the country ungovernable for the president.
Most Southerners daily fleeing of the northern part, portends danger for our country. All the efforts of the government to tackle this monster have not produced the desired result.
Even the recent appointment of a northerner as a Special Security Adviser to the president has not stopped the killings in the region, rather it has escalated the situation, which indicates that some powerful people do not want the present national leadership to exist.
I will not support the idea of government negotiating with the terrorists.
The government must check the influx of illegal immigrants who daily enter the country from our various porous borders. The federal government needs to improve on information technology by installing CCTVs to monitor illegal movement of arms and ammunitions across the country. The Nigerian security agencies needed to be highly remunerated to avoid bribery and corruption. Youth unemployment should be directly tackled by all levels of government now.
By Godday Odidi