The Issue of Dapchi Schoolgirls Abduction
The sad tale of the missing Chibok school girls is still fresh in the minds of Nigerians and the Chibok parents in particular.
The feeling that your child is indisposed is on its own traumatising let alone being abducted, not by some faceless individuals but by a known terrorist group which seem to have defiled all odds to exist within the Nigeria territory.
The whereabouts of these girls are yet unknown as several negotiations are on-going to secure their release.
It is also rumoured that some of the abducted Chibok girls have suddenly found comfort in the hands of their abductors and have decided not to return home even if their release has been secured.
This is also not a reliable claim since the young girls could be acting under duress, or their abductors have provided a more conducive environment for them when compared to the life they have been living, this assertion cannot be completely relied upon but it is being discussed in the public space.
It is no longer news that some political elites are busy playing politics with the lives of these innocent ones, while some are using such platform to gain public relevance and actualizing political dreams. These are some of the assumptions that preponderate the Nigeria political arena at the moment.
In the week preceding, Nigerians woke up to the heartbreaking news about the disappearance of a good number of girls from a public school in a town called Dapchi in Yobe State, North-eastern Nigeria.
This sad event, give or take is avoidable and can be termed as a deliberate act to undermine the security network of a country so in dire need of peace like Nigeria.
When Nigerians are already celebrating the “technical defeat” of the insurgents, and are already clamouring for the reconstruction of the north-eastern region of the country that was plagued with these invasions, then the sad news broke up.
If this event had taken place in a different part of the country one would understand, but for crying out loud, this region of the country has experienced a lot of military action over the years and present.
This is a region that one could barely travel a kilometre before encountering a military checkpoint. What could have possibly gone wrong?
Could it be that there is little or no communication between sister agencies? Or lack of information sharing amongst these security agencies? Or there seem to be a level of complacency on the part of these security outfits.
If you are a stranger travelling into the country, the first impression one gets is if Nigeria is at war because of the numerous presence of law enforcement agents dotted every inch as you drive along the major roads and yet you hear of different atrocities being meted on Nigerians every day, ranging from armed robbery, kidnappings, etc.
The law enforcement agencies would have to up their modes of operation, ranging from information gathering and sharing, beefing up surveillance at every entering points, most especially at the borders, continuous training of their personnel, increased incentives for those at strategic or risky spots, guaranteed insurance for the officers in the battle fronts, etc.
These suggestions will go a long way in improving security in Nigeria. There is no doubt that our gallant men and women are equal to the task if the politicians are willing to play their part.
One cannot separate the happenings around from politicians; they can’t be exempted from the day-to-day happenings across the country.
While some see the crisis as an opportunity to loot our common patrimony, some are busy scoring cheap points to bring themselves into the limelight. Some have also fuelled crisis to blindfold the masses on their abysmal performance in office.
All these are bare for the masses to see and help in deciding who to lead and not to lead in this country.