By SIMON EBEGBULEM,
FORMER Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army and Chairman of the South South Elders and Leaders Forum in Edo state, Brig. Gen.Idada Ikponmwen says the Boko Haram episode wasÂ a result of inefficiency on the part of government security agencies.
He regretted that so much of the nationâ€s resources are being spent by government on security on a daily basis but yet ,insecurity looms largeÂ thatÂ even after the incident, nothing happened to the key persons under whose nose these security lapses occurred.
Meanwhile, the family of one Mr Mathew Irukah, an indigene ofÂ Imo state, has raised an alarm overÂ the sudden disappearance of their son during the recent Boko Haram crisis in some parts of the North. They cried thatÂ IK who is a herbal medical practitioner and a native bone setter became a victim after he invited the police to his place to investigate some youths who came to his place with bullet wounds.
However, Idada whoÂ reacted to the killing of innocent Nigerians in the sectarian crisis, said the crisis would have been avoidedÂ if the Federal Government had taken proactive measures to stall it. According to him, â€œ the Boko Haram crisis is worrisome in the senseÂ that government was warned by appropriate security agencies like the SSS, yet nothing was done to prevent it from happening.
â€œThese are bad signals for the nationâ€™s security posture and it is as a result of inefficiencyÂ on the part of government .The primary duty of government is security and welfare of its people. So a government that cannot provide security and create a safe environment for residents will obviously have failed.â€
It is also very worrisome that the army handed over Muhammed Yusuf to the police and it is shocking that he was now killed extra-judiciously. Extra judicial killing archaic and its grave danger for any nationâ€ he stated. Meanwhile, the elder brother to Mathew, Chief Emmanuel Ebenu, who stormed Vanguard office in Benin City yesterday in company of other members of the family, narrated that â€œ a patient with bullet in his body, came to our brotherâ€s place in Bauchi and appealed to him to extract the bullet form his body.Our brother discovered that the victim is one of the Muslim extremist members.
He quickly alerted the police who immediately came to the place. â€œâ€œ But when the police came to arrest him, there was serious shoot between the police and these Muslim youths. About five persons died in that area as a result of the clash, but we could not find the body of our brother. We are begging the Bauchi state government to help us search for our brother. We do not know if he is still alive or dead now. We are appealing for helpâ€â€ he appealed.