“For obvious reasons, the latest mass abduction has made even the most gentle citizens livid with rage against this government and its security managers. One, President Buhari was in Katsina State with all the armed forces of the entire country with him and within the state. Two, after Chibok and Dapchi experiences, schools in the North are still not secured. Three, the president did not deem it fit to visit Kankara; instead, he went to his farm, a strictly private business that benefits only him and his family!”

 

 

it is indisputable that Nigeria’s national security is at its lowest base at the moment. Last weekend, hundreds of Nigerian teenage students were abducted from their school at Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina State, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari. There was no reported presence of security personnel in the school and there was no intervention from the security operatives, military or paramilitary. It is as bad as that.

Till date, there are conflicting figures in terms of how many students are in captivity of their captors. The Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari, said it was 333 and still counting when he was briefing the federal government’s delegation to Katsina led by Minister of Defence, Salihi Magashi, at the Katsina Government House. The service chiefs were part of the delegation.

“Based on the available record we have, we are still searching for 333 students through either the forest or their parents to ascertain the actual number that has been kidnapped. We are still counting because more are coming out from the forest, and we are calling through the numbers of those parents that have phone numbers to find out whether their children have gone back home,” the governor said.

The presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, was quoted as saying only 10 students were abducted. However, claiming responsibility for the mass abduction, Boko Haram leader has also been quoted to have said that his group is in possession of 560 students. No matter the number, even if it is one, there is nationwide anger against the government’s failed security structure and agitation for their urgent and safe release.

For obvious reasons, the latest mass abduction has made even the most gentle citizens livid with rage against this government and its security managers. One, President Buhari was in Katsina State with all the armed forces of the entire country with him and within the state. Two, after Chibok and Dapchi experiences, schools in the North are still not secured.

Three, the president did not deem it fit to visit Kankara with a view to empathizing with the affected parents, guardians, and community whose children have just been kidnapped as a result of failed security architecture; instead, he went to his farm, a strictly private business that benefits only him and his family!

We are worried that for the umpteenth time, Nigeria and, of course, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is a subject of national and international image battery and opprobrium. Sadly, and most suspiciously too, it seems as if there is a conscious, insensitive conspiratorial state policy to ignore public feelings on this unfortunate fate that casts dark shadows on the country.

In the face of too many errors and rebukes, constructive counsels, and recalcitrance, the citizens continue to live in fear for their lives, both in the North and other parts of the country. The entire situation is made worse when it appears as if no one is accountable to Nigerians on this grievous issue. Or is there anyone who is accountable to the people of this country for the nationwide insecurity? For instance, where is Mr. President? Has his voice been heard on this all-important problem?

 


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