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Insecurity: An embarrassing day – Punch Newspapers

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During campaign seasons, insecurity is one of the dominant issues promised to be addressed head-on by politicians. This consists of economic, social and environmental insecurity.
Politicians use insecurity as a campaign weapon to pave the way to their political position. A majority of Nigeria’s lower class are living a life typically described as “hand to mouth”, that is why, whenever insecurity is mentioned in the public space, attention is paid.
Without adequate security, farmers have no chance to cultivate their lands; those involved in buying and selling of farm produce would have nothing to purchase from the farmers. The end result is that the poor masses would nose-dive into abject poverty that they will have no alternative, but to join the crime world in order to survive.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, several measures were put in place in order to contain the virus. The virus respects nothing like higher, middle or lower class but hunts all! In that regard, special care and attention were outlined to check it.
With regard to environmental insecurity, most of the people being kidnapped or killed by those gunmen are people of the lower class. Because they have no means to hire a luxury cars, private jets to attend their business activities, weddings and they have not enough food in store that can cater for them a whole year. All they have is public transport, old secondhand cars and machines, even the newly highly selective modern railway routes are not designed to favour the common man’s day to day shuttles.
On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, a devastating news emerged of a deadly terror attack in Afaka Barracks of the  National Defence Academy, Kaduna, wherein, two army officers were killed and one abducted. Unfortunately, this is the sort of news that army cadets and their masters only read on the pages of newspapers. But, with Tuesday’s event, its reality has reached their doorsteps, whereas in an ideal situation, an army barracks is expected to be a place with maximum security. Trespassing and carrying out an attack and raid in the deepest part of an army barracks are really worrisome and a terrible news to the civilians expecting the army to be able to guard the sovereignty of the state, but was attacked right inside its own institution.

As it is usual with Nigeria, people are voicing out different opinions with respect to that attack; some see the whole day as embarrassing, while others see it as a nemesis that befell the army for their poor security management (as their personnel in-charge of the attacked premises CCTV were reportedly asleep on duty when the attack happened). Personally, I see this as a wake-up call to all the security agencies to face their primary assignment of securing the lives of all or else, if the situation deteriorates more than the present situation, nobody will be safe. Furthermore, the terror attack portrayed the never-seen-before boldness and challenge these terrorists pose to all, for, if they can penetrate the premises of the military’s highest academic institution and attack it with ease, then no place is safe, except, may be the Aso Villa.


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Muhammad Sagir, Bauchi, [email protected] com or 07019718681
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