By Chukwuemerie Uduchukwu
“In a sane country, a government will not stand and watch her citizens be slaughtered like festive cows.” We are tired of President Jonathan’s usual condemnation of attacks without any further move to trace and deal with the perpetrators. In a sane country, a government will not stand and watch her citizens be slaughtered like festive cows. This government is not doing anything serious to fight insecurity.
Also, this PDP government is clueless from top to the bottom. How can individuals that call themselves leaders and elders find it safe to advise the government to dialogue with cannibals that have no good intention for the lives of Nigerian people? The comparison of this bunch of enemies of life to that of the Niger-Delta militants is totally illogical. The Niger-Delta militants had a defined and justified aim for their attacks which was the total negligence of the region by the government in spite of the fact that about 90 per cent of Nigerian revenue is derived from the region.
Also, they mainly attacked government facilities that catalysed the pollution of their land and never innocent Nigerians. Boko Haram targets innocent lives. They claim to be fighting Jihad but at the same time they attack and even kill their Muslim brothers by bombing mosques. They also don’t have respect for their spiritual leaders which include the Emirs and the Sultan. The Boko Haram sect claims that they are anti-western education but they use the products of western education like bombs, cars, motorcycles and different kinds of ammunition.
It is now even more worrisome that one can no longer tell which attack has Boko Haram backing as our security agencies lack adequate intelligence. As a result of this, any group may rise up and attack lives and we would end up blaming Boko Haram for it. There are some questions that need to be answered: Is Boko Haram really faceless as the government always claims?
If yes, how were the security agencies able to identify some of the people they have arrested as Boko Haram members and even leaders of the sect? How sure are the security agencies that they haven’t arrested innocent people? What happened to those people who were arrested? One only hears of their arrest but not of their prosecution or conviction? Is the government afraid of prosecuting or convicting them?
The government should fight insecurity with a focused and sincere mind because that is its prime function. Any government that fails to secure the lives of her citizens is nothing but a total failure. If a quarter of funds budgeted for the security of Nigerians is well utilised, these blood suckers will never have a ground to execute their attack. The government should conduct a sincere probe on the security sector and all those found guilty of embezzling our security funds should be punished for crimes against humanity.
Also their sponsors should be traced and charged for crimes against humanity. A small group cannot be bigger than a country. Enough is enough.