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These killings must stop
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:53:09 PM »
The high spate of insecurity has become a source of concern in the country. The killing of innocent souls by the Boko Haram sect in ethno-religious upheavals, kidnapping and other criminal activities have pervaded our national life for too long. The attendant consequences are the loss of lives and property.

The recurring violence has continued to consume the lives of defenseless civilians in the northern part of the country. For instance,in recent times, there are reported cases of escalation of violence in Plateau, Taraba States and some parts of Kaduna State.

The activities of Boko Haram in the troubled Borno, Yobe and Kano states have robbed these once peaceful states of their serene status. While the North has been battling and grappling with this unfortunate incident, other parts of the country share their sorrowful experience of rampant cases of kidnapping, land dispute, militancy and above all political assassination.

The gruesome murder of 11 policemen in Bayelsa State recently is still fresh in living memories. Also, the kidnapping and subsequent killing of former deputy governor of Anambra State attested to the high rate of insecurity in the country. 

The lingering questions that are still agitating the minds of Nigerians are: why these killings? What are the perpetrators of these dastardly acts trying to achieve? What are the constituted authorities trying to do to stem the tide of insecurity in the country?

From religious and cultural points of view, killing is an abomination. Neither Islam nor Christianity encourages killings. Those who kill in the name of religion do it out of ignorance, or they do not understand the content and context of our holy books.

In African culture, killings are unfortunately now seen as akin to our norms and values. Gone are the days that whoever committed a murder will never have a peace of mind. There was a philosophical belief that the spirit of the dead person would haunt whoever killed fellow human beings.

Sadly, the harmonious relationship that existed between the diverse ethnic groups has been severely affected.     
The objectives of these evil-minded people or vampires are to promote disunity,hatred and suspicion among Nigerians. To them, a divided Nigeria is the only way to achieve their parochial interest and enrich themselves and their cronies at the detriment of social services to Nigerians.

No nation the world over can develop in an atmosphere of rancour and instability. To the optimistic, a united and peaceful Nigeria is possible if we can eschew violence and love one another.

Though, conflict is inevitable since from time immemorial, instruments of conflict resolution should be employed to tackle the frequent outbreak of violence that has ravaged our country.

The use of dialogue in resolving our grievance should be encouraged.   Interestingly, President Good luck Jonathan-led administration, after several appeals from eminent Nigerians, has agreed to grant amnesty to members of Boko Haram. This gesture, in spite of the barrage of criticisms that has trailed, should be commended.

Isyaku Garba, Bauchi State. (Guardian)

Adewale Odubiyi
Owner, Nigeria Oil & Gas Forum

Nigeria Oil & Gas Forum

These killings must stop
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:53:09 PM »


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