The rate of insurgence and insecurity in Nigeria has become alarming, especially in recent time. Despite the years of self governance, insecurity is still Nigeria’s biggest challenge. According to Oxford dictionary: “Insecurity is the state of being open to danger or threat; lack of protection. Insecurity is a feeling of general unease or nervousness that may be triggered by perceiving of oneself to be vulnerable or inferior in some way, or a sense of vulnerability or instability which threatens one’s self-image or ego. It is characterized by unsafe, unhappy and fear of vulnerability.” This features fit into the garment each of my countryman wears everyday.
The supposed giant of Africa is still developing, and has been attributed as one of those which terrorism is now part and parcel. It is correct to say the country is in her worst situation as insecurity has not only threatened peace and harmony but has caused unrest and terrorizing every corner in the country like a thunderous rain that rumbles verywhere viciously. Meanwhile, Nigeria used to be a home of peace, a blessed nation with abundance resources: natural, human and material.
The country’s leaders claimed to be combating insecurity that has refused to recede despite all the confrontation. Like the monstrous Boko Haram terrorism that began in 2009, an armed rebellion against the government rampant especially in the Northern part of the country. Not to talk of other devious act like discriminate killing of a particular tribe, kidnapping-for-ransom, rape, armed robbery, political crises, Niger delta militant alongside the attack by Fulani herdsmen in some community in the North. All these iniquitous act lead to lost of lives and destruction of properties. And this recurring crisis has rendered many citizen homeless, making women a widow, children become orphans with no hope for the future.
However, while we continue counting the effect of insecurity, it is the same way paramount to consider the plethora factors that contributed to it. Some of those include bad governance, corruption, poverty, poor administrative, weak judicial system, persistent rise in unemployment rate, government nonchalant attitude, nepotism, tribalism and selfishness of our leaders, among others. The list is limitless.
This is not the type of Nigeria we want; not where people are slaughtered like a goat, where citizens’ rights are abuse, where lives and properties are not secured. This is not the country we are hoping for, where our existence equates sufferness, where citizens are considered nothing, where our free gifted resources are wasted and embezzled.
For Nigeria to hop out from the duck of darkness, my countrymen must eliminated together the selfish vicious leaders, either in elections or any other way possible.