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“It is disturbing that 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 merchandising the bloody problem by colluding with criminal elements to make life unbearable for law-abiding citizens”

Many experts have been fiercely engaged in arguments about whether Nigeria has become a failed state or not in recent times. What does it take for a state to fail really? The indexes are very simple. For instance, the inability of a country to provide security for its citizens. As it stands now, Nigeria has woefully failed in terms of the provision of security for its citizens. The entire world has acknowledged this already. It is heart-breaking that daily Nigeria boils in one or several parts as a result of banditry, insurgency, mass kidnapping, and sundry crimes. The Plateau State is boiling again; suspected herders have reportedly turned some areas a living hell for peasants and farmers. Mass abductions have taken roots in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Kaduna States, etc.

There is nearly daily bloodshed in Benue State, barbarity committed by suspected herders unchallenged by any security agency. There is virtually no safe geopolitical region in Nigeria; yet, there is a government in place. Recently, UNDP reported how 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.

It is disturbing that 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 merchandising the bloody problem by colluding with criminal elements to make life unbearable for law-abiding citizens. The government has been sleeping and slumbering indeed. We challenge the government to wake up before it is too late for the country. We cannot continue to pretend that all is well with us while everything is going down the hill.


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