There have been an outcry by individuals, groups and organisations on the need for stronger security measures in trouble states of Northern Nigerian. This is due to the high rate of terror activities by the Boko Haram sect that led to the death of many innocent Nigerians. The sect delighted in slaughtering Nigerian citizens like festive cows without any justifiable reason.
The Boko Haram sect declared western education a sin and claimed to be fighting Jihad but at the same time ironically also delighted in using advanced medium such as e-mail, IEDs and various kinds of ammunition, which are all products of the West, to perpetrate their evil acts.
Some groups and individuals advised President Jonathan to grant amnesty to these wicked animals in human nature, citing the amnesty granted to the Niger Delta militants by his predecessor, late Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua, as precedent. These set of individuals failed to understand that the Niger Delta militants were fighting to attract the presence of government to the region due to the fact that 90 per cent of the nation’s revenue is generated from there, yet there is no infrastructural facilities in the area. Their land and water have all been polluted by mining activities of the oil companies. Also the Niger Delta militants mainly centered their attacks on oil facilities and security agents but the deadly Boko Haram sect delights in slaughtering innocent citizens including Christians, Muslims and even their traditional leaders.
It is even shocking to hear the Boko Haram sect declared that its members did not need the amnesty from the Federal Government because they had not committed any offence, and that it was the federal government that deserves amnesty from them. Yet, some groups and individuals continued their demand for amnesty for the unrepentant deadly group. This raised some doubt on the sincerity of these groups and individuals because it’s no use granting pardon to a group that unrepentant.
Moreover, the conditions given by the sect for ceasefire is even ludicrous. The sect said it would suspend its attacks only if President Jonathan abandons Christianity and embraces Islam. They also urged the Federal Government to declare Nigeria an Islamic state. These demands showed that the sect has no any other ideology than shedding innocent blood because Islam, which they claim to defend, never make any provision for forceful conversion of non Muslims to the religion.
Furthermore, recent developments in the troubled northern parts of Nigeria, especially Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state, call for extraordinary measures and President Jonathan has no option than to declare a state of emergency in those states. It is true that these states before now have heavy presence of the military but the implementation of section 305 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will certainly increase the powers of the security agents to perform better. They will no more need to go through various democratic processes which may slow down their actions before reacting to insecurity in those states.
Also, the president should be commended for retaining the states’ elected governors in office unlike what obtained during the emergency rules of the Obasanjo’s administration. Those arguing that President Jonathan should have suspended all democratic structures in those states should understand that a proclamation of a state of emergency does not mean declaration of Military system of government. Governors in those states can still perform their democratic functions like provision of infrastructural facilities but will no more be the chief security officers of their states throughout the period of emergency rule. The states’ security will be controlled totally by the military while the state governments are still under the control of their governors.
The action of the president is highly commendable but the presidency needs to enlighten Nigerians on why Adamawa is among the states on which it slammed emergency rule. This is because the state had not witnessed any high-level terror attacks like the other states. The only major crisis in Adamawa is the political upheaval within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which does not warrant a declaration of a state of emergency.
Finally, let us all give our full support to the government, especially in this fight against terrorism. Terrorists are enemies of life and should not be protected. Protecting or hiding them from government is like preparing your own death because they respect no life. Let us always provide government with useful information about them.
Long Live The Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Chukwuemerie Uduchukwu is a political science student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
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