The body counts from the war against terrorism are
getting abnormal. Whether the losses are on the part
of the security agencies or mere standbys, like school
children, it is becoming clearer that government
needs to do more.
Terrorists may do all they can to make the country
unsafe, but government has the responsibility to not
only protect us, it has to make us feel safe.
What we find more absurd is that the seasonal killings, their brutality, which the killers have made
their trademark, no longer shock.
The condemnations have thinned. We have moved on
with obviously more important matters like who
becomes whatever in 2015. We forget the killings
quickly in order to sustain the pretence that the
union is in sane state.
Nigeria has lost thousands of lives to terrorists.
Neither the numbers, nor those killed, appears to be
important. Lives, no longer seem to count, they have
become numbers, ordinary statistics, kept for the
Which society watches its members decimated in this
manner without being shocked into action? How can
a society be so unfeeling when it cannot protect its
young, its future?
Nigeria has failed to tell terrorists in succinct terms,
that their actions would be punished. There are no
examples to deter them.
The choice of soft targets like schools, markets,
entertainment centres and churches has become a
signature of these attacks. The terrorists want attention, and bigger headlines. Our security
agencies need to do more. Failure of intelligence and
armed actions against terrorists is not as bad as the
unwillingness of many top Nigerians who can exert
pressure on them to do so.
We cannot bring terrorists to account when we place
personal and political considerations above millions
of lives at risk. The lives at risk could be anyone’s as
the indiscriminate attacks have proved.
The war against terrorists can be won when we are
pulling together. Any group that can murder so
mindlessly, including children, is a risk to everyone,
even to its avowed supporters.
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