One thing that is certain in Nigeria as we speak right now is that the rampaging madness being unleashed by the so called Boko Haram Islamic sect in the northeast of the country appears to be absolutely unstoppable. These dastardly elements keep expanding the territories under their grip by the day; they keep committing new levels of heinous atrocities with almost each passing day. And most unfortunately, it appears our government is totally handicapped in their efforts to counter these heartless insurgents.
The most recent brazen display of depravity and total craziness was the bomb that went off at a secondary school in Potiskum, Yobe State, which killed scores of innocent school pupils. This incipient trend of bombings and all manner of killings which is fast becoming part of everyday life in Nigeria, is indeed a very sad development. One might just be left wondering and pondering about how in the world did we get to this point? How did things, which are already quite terrible, become so utterly gory and execrable?
However, the most disturbing and alarming dimension to the new spate of terrorist attacks ravaging our country is that some of us, especially the ones who are meant to be the more enlightened or educated amongst us, in the midst of all the killings and confusion, some can still find enough justification to defend the current government’s feeble efforts to curb this menace. When those of us who are meant to be shining the light and pointing others in the right direction are ourselves for one reason or the other biased in support of a government that is so clueless and bereft of ideas on how to solve our most fundamental problems. So then, what is the hope for the generality of Nigerians, especially those who do not know their left from their right, who unfortunately are the most hard-hit by the unpalatable situation of things in the country?
The question again is who will stop this Boko haram madness? Jonathan has demonstrated in very clear terms that he doesn’t have the capacity or ability to contain this evil menace that is fast spiraling out of control. So are we as Nigerians with a conscience going to allow an administration that cannot guarantee the lives of our fellow countrymen to be in power for yet another four years? How many more Nigerians would have died during the next four years? How many more girls would have been kidnapped and sold into slavery before the expiration of Jonathan’s second term? How many more bomb blasts would we have had to endure in our beloved country in the next four years? The answer lies with you and me as the electorate, albeit a docile one.