Curbing Terrorism in Nigeria: A Clarion Call for The Nigerian Government and The International Community
by mikky webs on 02/06/11 at 7:16 am
Justice has not prevailed in Nigeria on several incessant cases of terrorism in various forms against the blameless citizens and humanity. Thus, several reports on damages, killings, burning of properties and bombings in several parts of the Northern Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja have in many times made on local and international media without the culprits being brought to book.
Sunnewsonline website published on June 2, 2011 on ‘bloody democracy’ stressing that “The post-election violence which erupted in some parts of the north claimed the lives of 514 civilians and six policemen. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) who gave the grim details yesterday said 75 civilians were injured, 165 churches and 53 Mosques, 444 vehicles and 1,442 houses were either burnt or destroyed.”
Sometime ago I published on the article; ‘Existence of Internal Terrorism in Nigeria’ and today the cases of bombing, burning of houses and properties, killing and maiming of innocent people in the country they call theirs have remained untreated and still lingering.
It is on record that the present dispensation of government in Nigeria has brought about turbulence due to a swift shift of power to the South-South brought by abrupt demise of the former president Umara Musa Yar’Adua from the Northern Nigeria. Since then some disgruntled group of cabals from the Northern Nigeria have vowed to make Nigeria ungovernable for the present government under the distinguished President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan who successfully emerged victorious in the April, 2011 general election.
President Goodluck Jonathan had earlier announced on media that wickedness behind these terrorist acts in Abuja at the last independence celebration of Nigeria to mark her fiftieth birthday anniversary, which left several people killed and many more injured, must be investigated and perpetrators brought to book. Ever since then, no effort has so far been made to curb this menace.
More death tolls and cases of house burnings were recorded during the April 2011 general election in Nigeria and yet Panel of Justice is yet to seat to fight against this crucial issue that is enough to disentangle Nigeria from the rest of the International community. Worst yet was the case of serving youth corps members who died in bomb blast while serving in the Northern Nigeria during the April 2011 election.
Now lays a big question mark for the newly inaugurated government of Goodluck Jonathan on whether these acts of terrorism by unscrupulous miscreants will continue in the like manner. Fighting against terrorist acts in Nigeria is very crucial and besides a big challenge to Jonathan’s administration. Now that Nigeria has entered into another democratic dispensation having organized one of the best elections recorded since the inception of democratic government in the country, it is very wise that the security system of Nigeria be reviewed.
In the same vein, the legislative arm of government must really sit tight to deliberate on several possible channels to curb terrorism while those suspected sponsors of these crimes should be interrogated under thorough jurisdictions. It is high time world bodies like the United Nations should investigate on the happenings in a country like Nigeria.