IT used to be the Niger Delta with militants venting their anger on oil production facilities. Now the violence has shifted with three States assuming a perennial status as flash points. The incessant crises in Bauchi, Borno and Plateau have gone on for too long yet government makes excuses about them.
Last week, the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Fanamin Modu Gubio and five others were assassinated in Maiduguri. Gubio was younger brother of Governor Ali Modu Sherriff. The Boko Haram sect reportedly also killed two policemen.
In Jos, some attackers tried to gain access to the university to confront students who had protested the killing of one of them. Students and natives battled them before the Special Task Force intervened. This attack was in broad daylight, at 10am.
Bauchi was next. Policemen and men of the State Security Service on Sunday had to disrupt a church service at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital to detonate a bomb planted there.
It was the second successful attempt to bomb a church in Bauchi. What will move government to curb the insecurity in the land? When will it stop crises that have raged for almost two years in these States? How is the banned Boko Haram still able to kill policemen?
Has government conceded these States to trouble makers? Why is government unable to provide security? Why dwell only on promises as if the perpetrators of these crises are above the law? Or are they?
Minister for Information and Communications, Mr. Labaran Maku made non_committal remarks about the crises. They reflect government’s weakness or its unwillingness to address the crises with more than words.
“We are saddened by the insecurity in Tafawa Balewa local government area of Borno State and the continuous killings in Jos, Plateau State,” Maku said in Abuja.
“Mr. President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is very concerned and has vowed to beef up security in the country. The Inspector General of Police, Hafix Ringim, in collaboration with other security agencies, is doing everything possible to fish out the evil perpetrators.
“It is very shocking and distracting for anyone or a fellow contestant to take the life of his opponent. The Federal Government is ready to bring them to justice because security agencies have been deployed to these (crises) states and the work is going to be round the clock, we must give peace a chance.”
The only thing new in the latest government offering on the crises in three States is that the speaker is different. Otherwise, the presentation rings with familiar indifference. How can government allow these situations to persist?
Consequences of the indecisiveness about the crises are obvious. The criminals behind them are more emboldened and government is further hampered by political incorrectness of being too hard on any part of the country before the April elections.
Political exegesis keeps prevailing over the security of our people, proving again that politics is more important than the people. Government is yet to make the point that these killings are intolerable.