The cascading level of insecurity
ravaging most parts of Nigeria has heightened anxiety among members of
the Diplomatic Community in the country as diplomats have reportedly
restricted their movements across the states even within Abuja, the
capital city where most of them are resident.
The Boko Haram
fighters, ISWAP, al-Qaeda and bandits elements have reportedly invaded
most parts of Nigeria with the ferocity of a mad horse let loose on
hapless citizens. They have abducted many for ransom, maimed, killed
scores and taken women and girls as s3x slaves.
disturbing aspect appears to the seeming helplessness of the Government
of President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the menace, which lends credence
to the insinuations that the government might be complicit in the
violence with the aim to push for the alleged irredentist agenda of his
Fulani ethnic group fingered in most of the extreme violence.
Sunday gathered that members of the international community are
apprehensive of the threats posed by the staggering insecurity, and are
taking adequate steps following security alerts from their home
countries to survive the current storm in Nigeria.
Two days ago,
the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, raised the alarm that large
parts of his state have been taken over by Boko Haram, and threatening
Abuja, just 2 hours from the state. This is proof that the terrorists
and their backers have become so brazen and emboldened to do more damage
One of the diplomats, from an African
country, who spoke to LEADERSHIP Sunday, said “we have adjusted in
everything, in movements and in interactions. So, it is affecting the
diplomatic community. If you don’t know your area of operation then you
are limited in your knowledge of the place. We move fearing that we
might be abducted. So, we have to live by what is available.
the capital city is threatened now you cannot even imagine traveling to
other parts of the country. If the policemen and the Nigerian military
personnel on patrol are attacked how about us, very simple people,
traveling? We can easily be smashed. The level of insecurity has grown
Also coming from one of the Asian countries, was
another tale of fear that “the situation has become so unbearable that
members of the international community in Nigeria are being cautious.”
the fears of the diplomatic Community, Public Affairs analyst, Dr.
Katch Ononuju, said the situation “is a cause for alarm for the
diplomatic community because they cannot be removed from the general
feel of insecurity.”
He accused President Buhari of complicity in
the crisis and tasked the diplomatic community to send wires to their
home countries to mount pressure on Buhari to stem the crisis.
these coming from the foreign missions are simply meant to tell Buhari
that outsiders are watching and the overwhelming report from us in
Nigeria is that the government of Buhari does have a hand in the
cascading violence in the country to promote Fulani intention,” Ononuju
He tasked the President to stem this violence because
investors are leaving the country and moving to other countries. He said
“no investor will come to Nigeria with this raging insecurity, they are
moving to Ghana because they have the intelligence and people have been
employed to do a proper analysis of the country.”
on the raging issue, Public affairs analyst, Perry Opara, said
insecurity is hurting Nigeria’s image abroad. He said “we must face the
reality that the insecurity situation has expanded so very much that the
move to get intelligence, advice and collaboration with countries and
international organizations, have become imperative.
security cannot happen without external involvement, so, I am thinking
that if the federal government thinks it is good to engage the
international community it will help. Going forward the internal
security in Nigeria should also be beefed up,” he said.
Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari, had a virtual meeting with the
United States Secretary of States, Anthony Blinken, where he solicited
support to tackle the menace, even as he debunked claims of government
complicity describing it as unfortunate.
Also on Tuesday, The
British Minister For Africa, James Duddridge, during a visit to
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affair, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the
security situation in Nigeria “is massively complex and no partnership
is going to resolve the multiplicity of problems whether it is Boko
Haram or Daesh or a number of other issues.” He added that Britain
remains Nigeria’s reliable ally in the fight against insurgency.
these collaborations have come under intense scrutiny as many have
questioned their potency and efficacy especially on intelligence
gathering when the Boko Haram fighters, ISWAP and al-qeada are having a
field day ravaging communities in Nigeria and perhaps not as much
response from the Nigerian security forces.