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Tue, Jul 25, 2023 8:50 AM

Nigeria's Insurgency Crisis: A Call for Strong Action and Dialogue

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Nigeria's Insurgency Crisis: A Call for Strong Action and Dialogue
Nigeria's history of insurgency has left a trail of devastation, with groups like Boko Haram and kidnappers resorting to brutal tactics. This article highlights the need for Nigeria to adopt a tough stance against insurgent groups that threaten its existence and its citizens' dignity, while also emphasizing the importance of dialogue and respect for human rights in addressing the crisis.

Nigeria has long grappled with the issue of insurgency, from coups to civil war. In recent times, the notorious Boko Haram, led by Abubakar Shekau, unleashed a reign of terror on the nation. Shekau's group subjected its victims to unimaginable brutality, capturing them, forcing them to dig their graves, and then slaughtering and burying them without dignity.

Shockingly, amidst Shekau's brutal reign, Borno elders opposed military intervention, fearing heavy civilian casualties. This reluctance allowed Shekau's terror to persist until internal disputes led to his death by suicide.

The tactics of Shekau and Boko Haram have been adopted by kidnappers who inflict mass torture on their victims, using blood-curdling videos to coerce governments and relatives into meeting their demands. Some individuals even advocate for negotiation and ransom payments, mirroring the flawed approach taken towards Shekau and his group.

However, when a state appears weak and tolerant of criminals, it invites further insurgent groups. Countries that adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards such acts are less prone to attack. Nigeria must adopt a tough stance and take stern action against groups that threaten its existence and citizens' dignity. The Nigerian state must send a strong signal that it will not tolerate criminals and criminality.

Since the failed Biafra secession attempt, various groups have emerged to challenge the nation's unity. Genuine agitations for rights are often hijacked by criminals exploiting political expediency. Unfortunately, the ruling class has embraced these criminals, compromising the nation's sovereignty and perpetuating pollution, poverty, and marginalization.

In the Niger Delta, pollution persists while agitators have become security contractors. The majority of people in the creeks continue to suffer, forced to abandon their ancestral homes and businesses. The government's reliance on revenue from multinationals and complicit states aggravates the situation, contributing to the greed-driven cycle.

Similarly, the demand for the rebirth of Biafra in the Igbo lands has birthed groups like MASSOB and IPOB. Astonishingly, their leaders, like Nnamdi Kanu and Simon Ekpa, enjoy the comforts of dual citizenship abroad while advocating destructive policies at home. Ordinary Igbo citizens bear the brunt of hardship, with perpetual sit-at-home orders hampering their prosperity.

These orders, enforced by non-state actors, inflict grave economic consequences on the region. Schools, hospitals, and markets remain closed, exacerbating poverty. While legitimate strikes can be a means of expressing demands, these orders stifle progress and democratic freedoms. Disobeying the order can result in death or degrading treatment.

State governors, recognizing the harmful impact, are exerting their democratic power to counter the orders. Threatening to revoke licenses or close businesses, they face a difficult choice between complying with non-state actors or risking their livelihoods.

The crisis calls for restored order, but it should be complemented with dialogue and respect for human rights. Security forces must enforce the law while upholding the rights of law-abiding citizens. Leaders and opinion-makers from the region should condemn acts of brigandage, and traditional institutions must play a role in maintaining peace.

The Nigerian military and security agencies, already stretched thin, could benefit from support and cooperation from well-meaning citizens and leaders. By combining tough action against insurgents, dialogue, and respect for human rights, Nigeria can effectively address its insurgency crisis and safeguard its corporate existence.

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