Speaking on a Channels Television programme last Sunday, the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, described Nigeria as the most dangerous place to live. Obi’s comment came in the wake of the killing of a seminarian and a doctor’s wife by kidnappers in Kaduna. Days before that, a gory video of the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Adamawa Chapter, had been released by his abductors, showing his beheading.
The above incidents are part of the long list of abductions and killings of Christians in the North by any one of Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen or armed bandits.
These groups have taken over the country’s high ways and villages, especially in the North, forcing the indigenous populations in those places to flee, while the invaders take over their villages.
To say that travelling by road has become very dangerous in the country is to state the obvious. Vehicles are regularly being stopped and the passengers marched off into the bush where they are led to the terrorists’ camp. There, they are tortured, raped and used as bargaining chips for ransom.
The seminarian in question was kidnapped along with three of his colleagues when gunmen stormed their school located at Kaukau in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State and abducted them.
This was on January 9, 2020.
Three weeks after the incident, the school’s Registrar, Rev Fr Joel Usman, announced on Friday, January 31, of the release of three out of the four students, declaring that one was still missing.
However, in less than 24 hours after the announcement of the release of the students, the Registrar said the only missing student had been found dead, giving the name of the seminarian as Nnadi Michael. Dumped beside his body was also the wife of a medical doctor.
Once more this latest round of killing sparked outrage across the nation with the social media giving it a buzz.
Now, many groups have started to protest the state of affairs in Nigeria, with Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God personally leading a protest. The Catholic Church had earlier held hers in all states of the federation.
But despite the rising tempers against the way the federal government is handling the issue, the government had remained seemingly unperturbed. This nonchalance while the country burns was chiefly the reason the Yoruba states launched their own regional security outfit known as Amotekun. This outfit is solely charged with protecting the West against undesirable elements.
But the Southeast has appeared unsure of the next step to take. This uncertainty may yet haunt and hurt them. In a recent edition we had suggested the need for the Southeast governors to bury their political differences and forge ahead by creating their own version of Amotekun.
We still call on them to urgently do this as the marauding gangs of Killer herdsmen and other criminals are no longer miles away but inching very close. The invaders have always conquered their hosts, thus sending a major signal that they are well armed and, possibly, as widely suspected these days, protected by the federal government which is yet to arrest and prosecute any of them.
The fear being that the terrorists and criminals dislodged in the West may relocate to the Southeast, it behoves our governors to quickly act now by setting up a regional security network.
Let’s not wait until we are doomed. A stitch in time saves nine.