Government: Ask who will protect the north and country at Large


SIR:  It is a general principle of life that you can’t give what you don’t have. Because, whenever you try to give out what you don’t have, you will end up in failure.

Whenever one goes to sleeps in Nigeria, he may wake up to find some new happenings that would either put a smile on his face or change his mood to an unpleasant one. These are occurring on issues of good governance, market fluctuations, insecurity and others that are of importance to daily national life.

Islam as a divinely religion had set of rules and regulations that followers must adhere to. Among the rules is that, human blood is sacrosanct that must not be shed without reasonable legal justification. As whoever killed a soul is as the same as if he killed the whole mankind. Also, it is the same with whoever saves the life of a single soul; it is the same as if he gives life to the entire humankind.

We are now in the month of Ramadan. Traditionally, the month of Ramadan to Muslim Ummah is a month of doubling acts of worship, show empathy, mercy and forgiveness. It is the month the Muslims observe fasting it in its entirety, gives alms, feed and clothe the poor and engage themselves deeply with the Glorious Qur’an. That’s why the month is described as a month of mercy.

Today, on a sad note, a group of people claiming to be the vanguards of the religion have invaded Geidam town, a local government headquarters in Yobe State, slaughtering those they regard as infidels! They rendered many children as orphans, women as widows and others to a homeless status.

Nothing can justify these senseless acts in Islam; they are doing nothing but a great damage to Islam, as many of them are documented illiterates without even the knowledge of basics of the deen, talk less of being in position to defend it or govern other faithful. It is well documented that, many of them are drug addicts and are into illicit drugs trade, and these are crimes that has no place in Islam.

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But one may be perplexed on knowing that majority of atrocities committed by these terrorists are carried out in a broadly daylight, with the exception of few that are carried out during the night time. These may prompt one to ask questions like; are these terrorists above the laws of the land? Are they invincible to be traced and dealt with by the security apparatus?

Or is the sovereignty of the Nigerian state that cheap for any ragtag group to hoist its flag over and go free?

These and many more questions need some solid answers by the relevant agencies.

Nowadays, paying ransom to bandits/kidnappers, cattle rustlers, killings and sound of terrorists IPOB & Boko Haram’s guns, forceful levies by the terrorists to any invaded communities and other insecurity challenges are almost becoming normal national life.

A once naive thought and call was that, changing the service chiefs is going to be the security challenges game changer; albeit, majority of them were changed, but the security challenges are still in place and new ones are emerging!

And from a distant observation, the messiahs we were expecting to secure us are more interested in securing their families and loved ones!

A last reminder is that, we are now familiar with the usual expression of shock and condemnation by the presidency in regards to all the security challenges. Now, the big question that lingers on the shoulders of Arewa’s elected political leaders and those atop the security institutions is “when are you going to be ready to secure the north & country at large.”

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