WAITING ON THE PEACE AND SECURITY COMMITTEE
Barely two months after visiting violence ridden Borno State and refusing to grant amnesty to “ghosts”, President Goodluck Jonathan after pressure and due consultations, innaugurated a committee on security and peace in the region. This was seen as a positive step in the right direction by some analysts and an improbable solution by others civil rights advocacy groups.
Nigerians were recently however awoken to news of the death of close to 185 people in what Military authorities have refered to as a fallout of attacks from terrorists who attacked a joint patrol team using rocket propelled grenades in the ensuing gun battle.
According to the Gen. Austin Edokpaye, Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, “A patrol team of the task force was attacked by suspected terrorists on Friday evening killing one soldier and injuring two others. The incident led to sustained exchange of fire between the team and the terrorists.’’ Furthermore according to The Army spokesman however refutes the claim of such high casualy figures and The Presidency has immidiately ordered a full scale investigation, after briefing from the Military high command. The National Emergency Management Authority and Federal Health agenciees have also been deployed too assist the State Goovernment.
Operative words and figures to be taken from this incident are;
62 Vehicles burnt
486 Motorcycles burnt
2000 Houses destroyed
=N=5m cash donation in relief materials
It is interesting to note that a community that is located some 196km away from the State capital can be visited with such destruction. 2000 homes and 486 vehicles is an enormous amount of capital, property and livelihood even in a cosmopolitan city like Lagos State. The loss will certainly be unbearable for the community . This brings to note the amount of money immidiately set aside for relief materials. =N=5m, or $35k, for 2000 displaced families and businesses. Somehow, the maths doesnt seem right but it goes to show Nigerian`s the enormity of the situation on ground as it may well be too much for a State to single handedly manage.
One wonders if Comrade Shehu Sani is not spot on in his assessment of Boko Haram and amnesty issues going with the spate of violence including murders of WAEC students and teachers amongst other heinous crimes, even after the prospect of the said amnesty is being considered and fine tuned. Perhaps Boko Haram has not been properly contacted and will not recognise the committee as presently constitutedor. But then again, maybe Governor Yuguda is right about the sect having criminal and ploitical factions that will not yield to amnesty overtures, regardless.
Posted on April 24, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Amnesty, Boko Haram, Borno State, emergency management, Goodluck Jonathan, Lagos State, Nigeria, Task force, WAEC. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.