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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Rise And Rise of Terror: Who Bells the Cat

It was the minister of Information, Labaran Maku who once said that gone are the days when it was outright debasing and dehumanising to a person if he or she were to be described as an ethnic or religious bigot, on the contrary these days we breathe ethnicity and breed on religious sentiment.

No wonder insurgents are ravaging our country indiscriminately while some indulge in blame game rather than speaking out against the callous act of blood letting.
The Jihadists say they want an Islamic enclave fully equipped with sharia law, since we are not all Muslims, maybe its time we begin to consider negotiating Nigeria's unity.
Innocent lives should no longer be sacrificed on the alter of "One Nigeria."
Our founding fathers fought for the unity of this "geographical expression", but the change in circumstance might warrant that we review the initial plan.
Every bomb that explodes, every flesh that is ripped apart is like a stab in my heart, how long should we continue like this?.
Are the lives of Nigerians worth nothing?

All the authorities do after every explosion is gather charred bodies, remove debris, condemn the act and begin a "hocus pocus" investigation into unravelling the mystery behind the bombings.
Not that I totally blame them anyway, the rise of global terror which our dear country is getting its "fair" share is so alien to our law enforcement agencies that sometimes all they can afford to do is go around in circles.

Where are the Americans?
When the United states government told us that they were sending assistance to Nigeria's security forces in the quest to rescue over 200 school girls abducted by the Boko Haram Islamists, from a school in Chibok, the now famous town in Borno state, North East Nigeria, many of us were over joyed with the move, several weeks down the line, our girls are still no where to be found.

Time is running out
As we await the return of the girls, there are more reports of killings, abductions and the bombs keep exploding almost on a daily basis, we have become helpless, the war is no longer centred in states in North East Nigeria, the middle belt too is not left out, Nigeria's federal capital, Abuja is also now in the eye of the storm.
That's not all, there are reports that one or two terror suspects have been identified in mass arrests in Eastern Nigeria, this thing is getting out of hand, we are drowning in the blood of innocent Nigerians.

And now 2015
February 14, 2015 is valentines day, but I doubt if we would be taking our lovers out to the parks on that day because coincidentally, Nigeria's Presidential election will take place.
On that day, the twin issue of terrorism and intolerance among the political class will have to be sorted out if peace is to reign.
How can this be achieved? Can we be certain that there would be a peaceful election?
In the event of a victory for the ruling PDP would post election violence resurface?
There are so many questions begging for answers, but in all, it seems the best we can do is to be vigilant, hope and pray that the worst will never come.

Chinedu Echianu 
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