Nigeria In the grip of terrorists and the government on the wrong foot

‘What goes around, comes around’ is a popular dictum. It has come full circle in Nigeria. The government in power in Nigeria appears clueless on how to halt the terrorist menace, one of the three major campaign promises of the All Progressives Congress party with President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general.

In the run up to his election in 2O15, Buhari referred to the terrorists as “a band of terrorists that should be routed in 3 weeks”. As an army general, people believed in him. At the time, terrorism in Nigeria was contained with two states in the North eastern region of the country.

Seven years on, terrorism has spread to every state in Nigeria at a frightening dimension. Now, the Nigerian capital Abuja is the grip of the terrorists who have the temerity to announce it’s resolve to kidnap President Muhammadu Buhari.

In 2O21, a former Deputy Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, late Dr. Obadiah Mailafiya shocked the nation with the claim that the terrorists had spread to every part of Nigeria and set camps in forests to study every terrain and launch coordinated attacks in order to take over Nigeria and make the country an islamic state.

After that revelation, the government of President Buhari through its secret police agent harassed Dr. Mailafiya through endless summons for interrogation. It appears he leaked the secret plan by the terrorists.

Now, the Nigerian government is incapable meeting the challenge of the terrorists. The struck the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja and freed 64 terrorists awaiting trial. They successfully laid ambush for soldiers of the Brigade of Guards that is in charge of securing the Presidential Palace and killed 8 of them. The army claimed to have repelled them but the terrorists successfully escaped without the loss of anyone in their rank.

Nigeria is in the grip of terrorists. All schools in the nation’s capital Abuja have been ordered closed by government to avoid massive kidnap of students to use as human shield.

As it is, the Nigerian government is at the mercy of the terrorists. They negotiate the released of hostages with the government on their own terms.

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