5th October, 2010
It is very clear now that Nigeria is facing serious security problems. Events that haveÂ happened in recent times, especially the bomb blasts that killed 12 people onÂ independence day in Abuja, have exposed the fragile security in our nation. It isÂ immaterial, whether the attacks were carried out by rebel group, Movement for theÂ Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, or any other terrorist organisation within orÂ outside the shores of this country.Â It also doesnâ€™t matter if the bomb blasts were theÂ handiwork of fifth columnists. The issue is that the security of lives and property isÂ being compromised with ease by criminals.
The twin blasts were dangerous signals sent to all by the criminals that they couldÂ compromise the peace and security of this country any time, anywhere. The bomb blastsÂ have exposed the inept security intelligence units in the country. It is unpardonableÂ that the security agencies went to sleep, even when there was information that explosiveÂ devices had been planted not too far from Eagle Square, venue of the independenceÂ anniversary celebrations last Friday, 1 October. The United States and United KingdomÂ intelligence units provided security information to Nigerian security agencies which wasÂ ignored. The tragedy in Abuja would have been averted if intelligence operatives took theÂ warning and their jobs seriously.
Nigerians are worried about these disturbing and ominous signals on the eve of theÂ nationâ€™s general elections. The security agencies have failed the nation for theÂ umpteenth time. President Goodluck Jonathan who is the Chief Security Officer of thisÂ country must carry out extensive overhaul of the security apparatus. The incident hasÂ called to question the ability of our leaders to provide security for the teemingÂ population of this country. The blasts happened at a time kidnappers and armed robbersÂ are running wild in some parts of the country. How long will this continue?
It is about time Jonathan proved to Nigerians that he is capable of handling securityÂ issues as they affect the people. Things must not get out of hand before a decisiveÂ action is taken. We condemn those who carried out the attack on innocent Nigerians on aÂ day they were celebrating the nationâ€™s independence. They must all be brought to justiceÂ no matter their status in the society.
It is the height of madness for anyone or a group of people to choose to kill theirÂ compatriots in such a callous manner just to send whatever message across to theÂ authorities. The dastardly act of terrorism will leave the nation worse off.Â We shouldÂ all be working hard to bring the disparate peoples together for the rapid progress of theÂ country in the second half of the century of our independence.Â Incident like the bombÂ blasts undermines the unity and fabric of our nation.
Nigerians are living in fear. If we donâ€™t get our acts right in terms of providingÂ security for all, this country is doomed. We must deploy modern technology to deal withÂ our security problems rather than relying on the analogue approach that has taken usÂ nowhere. Donâ€™t we have people in government who are aware of how other nations provideÂ security for their citizens through modern technology?