This Day (Lagos)

4 October 2012

Nigeria: Mubi Massacre - We Are in a Failed State

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Some of the Relatives of the Victims of the Mubi Killings in Adamawa State

The member of House of Representatives, representing Kanaam, Kanke and Pankshin federal constituency of Plateau State, Hon. Emmanuel Go'ar has decried the wanton killing of students in Adamawa State by suspected Boko Haram sect, saying such an onslaught against students that are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow is a sign that we are in a failed state.

Go'ar, who said this during an interview with press men in Jos, said the security situation in the country deserves special attention and should no longer be treated with kid gloves considering the number of innocent lives being lost daily in the guise of fundamentalism.

"Politicising the issue and treating it with kid gloves will further worsen the situation. Mr. President needs to wake up to the challenges posed by this unfortunate situation and prove to Nigerians that he can protect all, irrespective of location.

"The killing of 46 innocent students of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi and two other higher institutions in Adamawa State by the Boko Haram sect depicts that the level of insecurity in the country, especially in the northern part of the country has reached its peak, and assuming a dangerous dimension," he lamented.

He added that "the pathetic situation requires urgent attention and extra efforts and determination to handle.

"Students are the potential leaders, if the government can no longer protect and nurture them to be responsible citizens; it means the country has no future. This is an attack taken too far and government must to rise up to the security need of the country."

He said the President needs to take decisive steps and should not allow Nigeria to fail in his hand, adding that past leaders tried their best to keep the country together and must not be allowed to fall apart during his time.

"The killings of the students was no doubt a wrong signal to the country, there is nothing the government can achieve under this terrible atmosphere. It is sad that things like this are still happening in our nation."

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