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Since 2017, news about the killings perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen became really rampant. 12 or more (Taraba, Enugu, Benue, Ekiti, Adamawa, Imo, Zamfara, Delta, Nasarawa, Edo, Anambra, Kogi) out of 36 states in Nigeria have been attacked by this group of criminals that our government refused to label terrorists leaving scores of people dead in most states listed above. Each time these killings were carried out, reactive measures such as visits by the president or vice president, governors and other top politicians, an immediate summon of the Inspector General of Police and other security chiefs, followed by the so-called immediate deployment of policemen to affected areas and a few other funny moves including lip service have always been the response of the government and those were very disappointing. Despite the prolonged killings by these group of unknown herdsmen successful in their massacres of human lives, the government still has not regarded as a serious national issue requiring total resolution to end the killings and this poses the question WHY? In trying to answer WHY I thought perhaps:
1. The Government lacked the moral will to provide a solution to the activities of these herds/gunmen
2. The Security agencies lacked all kinds of resources; human, equipment (weapons), Capacity (training) etc
3. The Wrong people are at the helm of affairs for security in this country
4. Because the Killings are not happening in Abuja where the seats of power reside, this does not seem like a national issue requiring all arsenals necessary for urgent resolves
5. Human lives are not seen as sacred or of value anymore compared with animals
6. We the People governed or served by this people demand nothing from the government but complain about the current state of what has besieged us as a nation.
7. Several other reasons
Recently, I watched a movie adaptation of Martin Luther King, Jr titled Selma. It was content filled with blacks requesting an opportunity to be treated as true citizens of the United States of America. When Martin began this civil rights movement, considering the pressures from the government at that time, many including him thought their goal for equal treatments between blacks and whites would turn to some futile venture but they continued to move anyways because everyone affected, concerned, heard and understood the objectives of their movement. I think the greatest WHY for the continuous killings in several states of our dear country Nigeria is bullet 6; as citizens of Nigeria, we have failed to collectively, demand that our current leaders do something about the security of our lives. More lip services via the media, preaching from the pulpits, one tiny local government getting up to defend her territory etc. have been the only kinds of dissatisfaction we have presented before Baba Buhari Led government.
When some Catholic priests and some parishioners in Benue state were murdered, Catholic churches all over Nigeria following the Bishops conference rose and carried out a nationwide protest which I believe had the participation of only my fellow Catholics, we also read about the same kind of responses in several states in Nigeria, where local governments rise up on their own, most times without preparations to launch reprisal attacks further killing innocent citizens in the process. Muslims have risen alone, Christians under the umbrella of CAN rose alone, local governments in states rose alone all condemning the same act but at different times and in different ways and nothing was achieved and can be achieved through such means.
Scripture says in Mathew 12:25 ‘A House Divided Against Itself Shall Not Stand’ It appears at the moment that Nigeria has a common enemy that requires tackling if we have a common strategy that can be agreed on, if we can be collected as a people, making the concern of one, the concern for all. If only Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Traditionalists, Local Governments, States, Civil Organisations etc. can set aside their personal beliefs in terms of how we choose to practice our faith differently and believe in the fundamental goal of rooting this evil; KILLING out of our society, we would have achieved something great for year 2018.
In the Movie Selma, I noticed that Martin Luther King Jr began his quest first with a few, then it became the affairs of the blacks but significant progress was made when other citizens including the whites believed that the course was worthy enough for them to join and pursue the victory of an equal society together. You know how the story ends.
IF YOU WALK ALONE, THERE ARE GUARANTEES YOU MAY GO FAST BUT NEVER FAR.
GOD BESTOWS QUICK FAVOURS WHERE THERE ARE AGREEMENTS.
THESE KILLINGS CAN ONLY STOP IF WE DEMAND THAT THEY DO AS ONE NATION NOT AS SECTS.
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