“The UNDP’s account of 350,000 deaths may just be a fraction of the total number of those killed, especially if the figure of unreported killings were added up. This has been observed by many local and international organizations, a development that constitutes colossal reproach to the Nigerian government and Africa’s fourth strongest military according to Global Fire Power rating 2020”

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Thursday last week released a very familiar but alarming report about the human cost of Nigeria’s twelve years of a damning insurgency and associated security problems. According to the world body, about 350,000 Nigerians have been killed as a result of the North-east conflict. The 2020 UNDP report released with the Ministry of Finance stated that, “The full human cost of the war is much greater” adding that, “Already, many more have died from the indirect effects of the conflict,” said the UNDP, citing destruction of agriculture, water, trade, food and healthcare facilities.

The report noted sees children younger than five accounting for more than nine out of 10 of those killed, with 170 dying every day. The UNDP warned that if the Nigerian conflict continues to 2030, more than 1.1 million people may die. “Destruction and displacement have set back development in the region by decades, and continued conflict will only further scar the region,” the UNDP added. The UNDP’s account of 350,000 deaths may just be a fraction of the total number of those killed, especially if the figure of unreported killings were added up. This has been observed by many local and international organizations, a development that constitutes colossal reproach to the Nigerian government and Africa’s fourth strongest military according to Global Fire Power rating 2020 that the country is unable to defeat insurgency, banditry and criminalities within the shores of Nigeria. Daily, more Nigerians continue to fall prey to the crude weapons of prowling killers.

What makes the matter frightening is the fact-based views held by many Nigerians that the government and troops appear incapable of taming the monster of insecurity or that they are making merchandising the bloody problem by colluding with criminal elements to make life unbearable for A damning report by an organisation by the name Nigeria Mourn titled “Violence Incidents Report, July 2020,” showed that many Nigerians have been killed through the dastardly activities of insurgency, banditry and other forms of criminal activities. The non-governmental organisation stated that it collated its data using sources, including newspaper reports and family sources in order to establish the verifiability of its report. There have been startling reports that make it appear as if life is so cheap and meaningless in Nigeria. In one month alone, 283 of the victims were armless civilians while 132 security personnel in active duty for their country paid the ultimate sacrifice. The report went on to state that not less than 185 were killed by marauding bandits, 123 killed by B/Haram/ ISWAP, and another category of 67 were killed by untamable herdsmen.

Every week, there are security meetings at the federal and state levels. What are the outcomes of such meetings? Are they impacting the real situation on ground effectively? Why should people be living in fear in their own ancestral communities and country where they were born and lived all their lives? Why is it difficult for the Federal Government to protect Nigeria? Why is Buhari unable to protect the people of Zamfara, Borno, Southern Kaduna, Benue, Niger, Adamawa, Yobe, Imo and other states? Until the government rises up decisively, patriotically and stops politicising national security matters, the situation may never be tamed; rather, it would get worse.


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