We are gathered here today again, a week after the inhuman acts in Kano and also more than a week since the revelations have been spewing out of the mouths of government officials at the National Assembly Ad hoc committee hearings.
Several sections of Kano were up in flames after the Friday mosque prayers and accounts given say the body count went as high as 300 at the end of Sunday.
It took no time for terrorist group; Boko Haram to claim responsibility for this one as well. If anyone thinks our beloved nation is not on some kind of gloomy precipice then I feel it is too late for me to point out the realities to such a person.
It has never been this dire since the time of the Civil war.
A nation under attack internally makes for a very uncomfortable situation seeing that all efforts are concentrated to prevent further attacks from happening. People are more paranoid and public places are no longer safe.
What puts more fear in the heart of the citizenry is the boldness exhibited by this group; carrying out attacks on military and security establishments in broad daylight without fear of being overrun. oh! what are we saying, these groups have proven time and time again, sighting examples in Abuja, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno and Adamawa that they are always more prepared than our own Federal and state security organizations.
This leaves a gaping void in the psyche of the average citizen, a void which is supposed to be filled up with confidence in the apparatus of government.
Meanwhile, Nigerians for or against fuel subsidy removal were entertained to such startling revelations of reckless spending by the NNPC as well as a clear disregard of due process when it came to the importation of PMS.
We were later educated that actual PMS subsidy payments amounted to only N245 billion naira, not the previously bandied around figure of N1.6 trillion naira( the actual/total figure for both kerosene and PMS).
How does one comprehend such figures falling into the hands of a small group of people when you can see the hardship across the street.
Reports say over 20million liters of subsidized PMS finds its way to neighboring countries around us, then you wonder what is really happening. How else will small arms and ordinances used to kill innocent civilians find their way into the country when large moving tanks carrying fuel easily find their way out.
It is a worrying realization to accept but our nation’s security has been largely compromised.
At the moment dialogue is being considered with this terrorist group Boko Haram, meaning this will be the second time in 3 years that our government will succumb to such threats generated internally.
As the great literature Giant Professor Wole Soyinka put it point blank in his piece for the January Edition of Newsweek, our democratic leaders have clung to the habit of appeasement regarding these insurgents and spineless criminals. What then shall our children cling to as pillars of hope and bravery? When no one stands in the forefront against infamy, cowering before your own people and putting out press statements that show nothing but uncertainty and weakness.
The ease with which an alleged Boko Haram sponsor escaped from the custody of the police is still one that leaves everyone utterly baffled. The incident already cost The Inspector General of Police his job. We all hope his replacement brings some much needed relief to the nation’s plight, this is despite the general belief that an entire and complete shake up is required in the Nigerian Police Force.
Hafiz Ringim probably over stayed his welcome as the head of the Nigerian Police, IG Abubakar surely has little time for comfort if he is to be the one upon whose shoulder the immediate future of the Nigerian Police force lies upon.
My deepest condolences to the families of those lost in the kano and Bauchi attacks. May God comfort you and may He continue to protect the rest of us.
Let us pray.