June 18, 2024

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One Week, An Airport and Two Train Attacks; What Does The Future Hold for Nigerians?


Following the recent terrorist attacks in Kaduna State and other regions in Nigeria, is it fair to say the government has failed on its primary obligations and purpose toward Nigerian citizens?


With solid references to chapter two (2) section 14b of the Nigerian constitution which says “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of the government”.


On Saturday, 26th of March 2022, it was reported that the Kaduna international airport was attacked by unknown armed men killing lots of people, before the intervention of security forces.


This audacious attack resulted in security tensions within the state as flights were suspended for some time.


Two days after this attack, Azman Air services limited among other airlines suspended operations to Kaduna for a period of time, pending till the security situation in the state becomes stable.


Now, barely 3 days after the attack on the Kaduna airport, terrorists followed it up with another rail track explosion at the Gidan train station along the Abuja-Kaduna rail track leaving at least 7 people dead and lots of injured persons.


Witnesses who survived the attack said the gunmen used explosives to blow up the rail track before opening fire.


This splurge of terrorist attacks has raised a lot of questions about the government, and its intellectual abilities in solving the security issues of the state.


Undoubtedly, security is a major part of a nation’s economy and if not properly managed will cause a vast depletion of the economy.


In terms of economic development, transporting lives, and properties will be hugely affected leading to a decline in economic growth.


Now the question is, what is the Nigerian government doing about this rapid increase in the insecurity of the state.


Recall that in 2021, there were over 17,000 media-reported killings and various acts of terrorism in Nigeria.


One could ask, Is Nigeria at war?


Countries like Lebanon and Syria that have been on the frontline of war didn’t record such a number of killings. So, what is really the problem?


The security flaws of Nigeria are no news, as cases of terrorism have been imminent, even before the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.


A typical example is the kidnap of 276 Chibok girls on the night of 14-15 April 2014 by an Islamic terrorist group called Boko haram.


This incident caused a major upset in the following year being the election year, as Nigerians turned to the current president who supposedly has a military instinct to solve these monotonous terrorist attacks.


Hence, President Muhammadu Buhari was touted as the man to solve our security woes. 8 years later and it seems the government lacks the tact and resources to combat terrorism. In fact, it is safe to say, things have gotten worse.


Recent terrorist attacks have been a huge blow to the transportation sector, as the Abuja-Kaduna train line was considered a safe alternative to the busy highway heading north from the capital, where armed men reportedly kidnap drivers, wringing out ransoms.


“Now people are scared of using the road, the train, and they are just tired of that insecurity,” said Yusuf Felix, a 30-year-old communication specialist at a civil society organization, who donated blood on Tuesday at a hospital in Kaduna where some of the victims were being treated.


It is worth noting that Monday’s attack was the second on the Abuja-Kaduna line in Months, “The Nigerian state has been unable to hold those who are responsible for the population’s security accountable,” said Mr. Adamu, the managing director of Beacon consulting limited, an Abuja based security and intelligence firm.


The victims of the recent railway attack include; Dr. Chinelo Mogafu  Nwando, a dentist who was traveling from Abuja after obtaining her visa to go abroad.


Moving forward, how and who can provide answers to these security questions?


What does the future hold for Nigerians who currently live and deal in fear?


Many cases of students, Corp members, farmers, transporters, and even military officials being either kidnapped or killed.


Who is taking responsibility for this? How and what measures have been in place to solve this?


What are the implications of these to our country’s economy and what do these terrorists want? These are popular questions repeatedly asked by Nigerians with no one to give a comprehensive answer. Everyone just prays and hopes evil doesn’t come to their door.

Come 2023 another government will be elected into power. Aspirants will tactfully use these security shortcomings as strategies to position themselves as the right fit for the job.


But honestly, we’ve all been there and done that. And we all know how this goes.


The next election will decide how the next four years or even eight years will be.


These terrorists definitely have sponsors and protections. But who are they?


These are questions Nigerians keep asking as the future is sure uncertain. But unfortunately, there’s no one to answer.


It gets worse. Foreign and domestic investments are suffering as security issues pose a serious threat to their outreach and investment.


As transportation is being affected in high population regions, roads are being infiltrated and people are being obliterated, what does this mean to their profits coupled with the inflation in prices of things and higher costs of operations.


Can these companies survive? If they leave for other countries, won’t this increase the pressure on the labor market? Consequentially reducing the gross national income(GNI) of the nation alongside the gross national product (GDP)?


So, what does the future really hold for Nigerians?



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