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Jonas Ezeanya [BG]
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Nigeria, as it is presently constituted looks very much like a nation with a highly uncertain future. Several schools of thoughts posit that the country can only manage but it cannot survive the many formidable factors withing it pulling from all sides to tear it apart. Can this nation formed less than a century ago survive to become a single knit entity? Only time will tell. But judging by recent events especially the worrying increase in th spate of bombings and kidnappings--terrorism generally--do you still believe in the future of this nation? Will we someday give up on the Nigerian Project, convene a Sovereign National Conference and agree to split going our separate ways or worse still, descend into civil war? Do you still have faith in this country? Are we still "One Nation Under God?"
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Dr Clandestine
June 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jonas Ezeanya [BG]
Site Owner
Posts: 6

Kidnappings used to be a problem almost entirely exclusive to the Niger Delta. Today, it has spread its tentacles nationwide. Not only that, the motive has degenerated as well. It is now become a tool for political intimidation as clearly exemplified in the build up to the last general elections in April. Kidnappings, oil bunkering, bomb blasts; Nigerians must unite and fight these social vices. Back in 2004 when the Niger Delta militancy began, the government took them for granted and only paid lip service to dealing with the situation. Today, what began as a somewhat "legitimate" agitation for resource control/fare share by kidnapping expatriates and blowing up pipelines has degenerated into a tool for easy money by our ever increasing population of jobless youths.

 

Now, a new and even uglier beast has arisen—bomb blasts! Formerly, when news of an "explosion" is heard one would likely be correct to guess "oil pipelines". Today, it is no longer the case. The trouble is no longer coming from the far south of the country; it is now emanating from the far north. The Boko Haram sect has made it clear that it will continue to disturb the government especially security forces. Our government seems to be on the path to making the same mistake it made seven years ago in the case of the Niger Delta militants. They are, again, paying lip service to dealing with these new home grown terrorists. Offering these ones amnesty obviously will not work. I call the government to take prompt, proactive steps to nip this growing disease called terrorism in the bud before it infects the entire country like kidnappings have done.


There were bomb explosions during the last elections, who knows, 2015 might just be a bloody election year if care is not taken to deal with this problem.
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Dr Clandestine
June 16, 2011 at 1:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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