COUNTER TERRORISM, AMNESTY AND DIALOGUE
Issues of security were put on the front burner for everyone to observe and witness recently, with the Boston Bombings and the ensuing drama of a high speed chase, grenades and explosives, shoot-outs, a man hunt and an eventual capture. One could not but wonder out loud how long it had taken the United States of America to “perfect” the operation of counter terrorism as displayed. We saw an interplay of technology and pure human resource management. Throughout the episode, someone seemed to be in charge, someone who knew exactly what he or she was looking for and working hard at getting it. Credit must also be given to the good people of Boston who listened to instructions and kept to them.
Let us switch back to Nigeria for a minute where have people who vowed to make the country ungovernable because they lost an election, people who say they are speaking directly with the agents of terror, killing and maiming innocent civilians for reasons best understood by them alone, and a citizenry that is gradually cowering to terror. While all of this is going on, we have an oppostion that is unconciously weakening the fabric of our unity as a people. When a country is being attacked as is presently playing out in Nigeria and the opposition do not come out to make bold statementss in defence of Nigeria, it only portends an unfortunate end approaching, if caution is not heeded.
Kudos will go to Governor Yuguda fof Bauchi State who has come outright and openly to declare that Boko Haram has factions of criminals who have no business with Amnesty. In as much as we are one united and indivisible country, we must always support each other when it calls for it. We must put our differences aside and do what is right for the common good. These coming weeks are pregnant with expectations and hope.