Nigeria is no longer free of insecurity, which includes kidnappings of schoolchildren, banditry, roving killer herdsmen, and criminal operations by unknown gunmen who attack and burn government facilities. There is a lot of tension in the country, and many are afraid. Due to the onslaught of Boko Haram terrorists and robbers, many Nigerians, particularly women and children in the North East, have been driven from their ancestral homes. In Benue state, murderous herdsmen are killing hundreds of people, while unidentified gunmen are spreading havoc in Nigeria’s south east.
Many political observers have expressed their displeasure with President Buhari’s handling of the country’s terrible security condition, particularly when killer herdsmen and robbers are involved.
Many have accused the president of pampering murderous ranchers and bandits, but only when it comes to the Indigenous People of Biafra have they heard his voice and seen his military capabilities (IPOB).
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said today on Arise TV’s Morning Show that President Buhari’s warning of civil war on the “misbehaving” Igbos should frighten the people of the South East since civil war is not something that any rational person wants to experience again.
Despite all of the deaths in Northern Nigeria, he said, the president has not threatened the murderous herdsmen with war, despite all of the mayhem perpetrated by the gang. He is perplexed as to why the South East case is usually unique.The core reasons of violence and agitation in the Southeast are the president’s unbalanced treatment, injustice, and inequality.
“The southeast caucus in the House of Representatives condemned the violence going on in the South East,” the senator said of the role of regional leaders in de-escalating tensions in the region. “We can only dialogue with the president to trace the problems of rising insecurity in the South East and decipher solutions.”
The Federal Government’s response is designed to sow ethnic divide rather than foster peace. Buhari should embrace all Nigerians and refrain from threatening civil war. Sen. Abaribe claimed that the president only finds his voice when anything happens in the South East. The government must dismantle the criminal gangs that terrorise our country. They should launch a thorough investigation to identify and apprehend these offenders, adding that the government should keep all options open until we get to the bottom of the problem.