We usually shower oceans of praises on heroes of democracy of our country during special times.
Today, designated as Democracy Day, by the Federal Government is, likely to witness torrents of such encomiums for our heroes past and present.
Unfortunately, this year’s democracy day is being celebrated amidst unprecedented degeneration of security situation in the country.
Yesterday, a brother who is well known on this platform (Facebook), Barr Shettima Danazumi, forwarded a suggestion that we should use the day to call the attention of our leaders, towards the seemingly endless insecurity and unfortunate massacre of people in our country.
The northern part of Nigeria, where I come from and coincidently, the constituency of President Muhammad Buhari, GCFR, is the worst hit.
I instantly agreed without, even, having a second thought, as the issue has been disturbing me for a while.
I have been looking for the perfect time, to express my immense grief.
Nigeria was, at a time, the giant of Africa, when it comes to the issue of tackling insecurity.
The exploits of our troops in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other parts of the continent are well known.
Nonetheless, it is now a national consensus that, that commanding image of the past has almost faded completely.
Yet, I am still optimistic about a positive turnaround during difficult times.
I strongly believe that, we are more than capable of overcoming this epidemic. Yes, epidemic.
The high rate of insecurity in our country has done more damage and cost more Nigerian lives, than the recent outbreaks of diseases, including Lassa fever and COVID-19.
It is alarming to see that the situation has kept escalating and more terrorists and notorious groups are emerging, by the day.
From armed robbery to Boko haram, kidnapping, cattle rustling and banditry.
These terror groups have caused enough destruction, through their barbaric activities.
It is time the governments at different levels, doubled efforts with a view to curbing the crises, before the impact and strength of these groups become insurmountable.
Our people in the north are living in fear. Nobody knows the next target of the terrorists.
They are insidiously taking over the north, before our very eyes. I, therefore, call on the government to look into this issue seriously.
Many people are now homeless, while many have been orphaned all because of insecurity.
We are gradually becoming another Somalia, or Afghanistan.
The government, therefore, has to tackle this matter, from its roots. Restructuring of the country’s security architecture can certainly help bring us out of this mess.
More youths have to be recruited into the system. Our internal security agencies, like the Police and Civil Defence, should be more engaged in tackling the internal problems, as the military is clearly over stretched.
These agencies must be properly trained and equipped, with the modern weapons to do their job.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
About the Author
Muhammad Yakubu is a young, passionate and patriotic Nigerian, writing from Abuja
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