24 December 2012

Nigeria: Insecurity, Devt and Govt Inaction


The palpable fear in our hearts today is something probably not understood by most. The month of December is here and Christmas is barely 24 hours away, and the bombings have again thundered, leaving mayhem and despair in our hearts and minds.

When the air should be filled with joyful expectancy we are visited with despair and frustration. It seems we are condemned to a situation not just of impunity on the part of the perpetrators but to a seemingly totally out of control, unsecured state of affairs with the government as clueless as those they govern. This is the tragedy of Nigeria and Nigerians today.

Given this state of affairs, we are compelled to ask about our collective growth and development. Insecurity is one serious barrier to development and not tackling the issue can no longer be condoned. In our opinion, can only take so much as a people, we need to start thinking of how to grow and develop our potentials to the benefit of the larger lot instead of causing havoc and creating unnecessary sorrows. Our collective future is at stake here and all we seem capable of are lamentations and self pity. We insist that it was time we held the government accountable for this state of affairs and demand we be given back our dignity and self respect. This is one task that cannot be compromised for any reason or anybody. We observe that the latest Kano bombings were just about it for everyone. If they were meant to be an indication of what to expect this yuletide, then the leadership of this country should do the honorable thing and simply throw in the towel and apologise profusely to the people. The nation deserves better and it is time we demanded for the very best from our so called leaders.

The country cannot talk of development in the face of all the bombings going on, and the people have the right to demand for peace and conducive environment for business and investment. Kano is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Nigeria, and a commercial beehive with room for everyone and anyone with an iota of business sense. This great city is under siege and fast losing its glory. This must not continue. It is our collective responsibility to fight back and conquer these forces of despair and underdevelopment.

We, as Nigerians, cannot be held under siege by a group of misinformed, misdirected, and misguided rudderless persons while the intelligentsia are running from pillar to post. This is another period of sober reflections and we must not allow ourselves to be forced to go into it with besieged minds.

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