TERRORISM: MAKING THE GRAVEYARDS NIGERIA’S MOST THRIVING INDUSTRY (Weekly Security Dashboard January 16 - 21, 2021)
508 persons have been killed between January 1, 2022, and January 14, 2022, making Nigeria’s graveyards the most promising and booming sector under the thriving terror industry, findings from EONS analysis show.
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These alarming figures make the words of Dele Momodu “Who shall tell the President that Nigeria is dying” distinctively echo aloud in the hearing of the deaf while speaking decisively to the dumb as the graves enjoy a rich harvest of untapped potentials of future leaders.
According to Dele Momodu in 2021, Nigeria has become a nation speeding towards a monumental collapse, with a supersonic drift towards perdition. He emphasized that his focus was not on the failed social and economic policies, but on a nation hanging on the precipice because its leaders are playing Russian roulette with the security of Africa’s most prominent and influential country.
Within two weeks (14 days) into the Year 2022, Nigeria has lost over 508 lives to insecurity, making the graveyards the most fruitful sector of Nigeria’s economy under the thriving terror sector (re: EONS Intelligence Incidents by Region: January 2022).
At the current rate, though Intelligence reports from terrorist strategies are rife that the death rate may aggravate, it is pertinent to situate that an average of 250 lives have been lost in a week, giving a projection of 13,000 by the end of the year.
The projection indicates a 30% increase above 2021 figures according to EONS Intelligence Incidents by Region analysis.
The glaring buoyancy associated with the darkness of Nigeria’s graveyard of terror activities is evident in the way the few residents who survive the examination of imposition of tax or ransom payments posed on them by the terror groups willingly opt for death by suicide or contribute family members for ritual killing.
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The height of human carnage recorded in recent times is an indication that the sacredness of human lives has been flung to the dust. Or what explains the flagrant audacity with which hoodlums will invade a Catholic church in the middle of mass to question the officiating priest the authority with which he celebrates Mass when the State government have not ordered otherwise?
In a country predominantly plagued with poverty and unemployment, to say that crime has become the most lucrative sector that never exhausts its employment opportunities in and out of season would be saying the obvious. The indices are glaring: from the alleged recruitment by terrorists of child soldiers as suicide bombers in the North, through the illegal refinery, piracy attacks and herders-farmers clashes to secessionist movements, the spike in numbers of people who volunteer themselves to perpetrate evil are overwhelming.
However, the point of concern is that most culprits whenever apprehended, always claim to have “faceless” sponsors who seemingly orchestrate their release, as many have evaded justice.
Is Nigerian Justice System still the last hope of the citizen or has it become the lost hope of the masses?
The heightened increase in the activities of terrorism may possibly be linked to unaccounted budget votes allocated to the sector.
Details of the allocation for security vote are rarely made public due to the sensitive nature of operational expenditure of the agencies. However, recalling that Ayodele Oke, the former boss of NIA, alongside his wife, are facing prosecution in connection with the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 cash recovered by the EFCC from an apartment at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, in April 2017, questions on the judicious utilization of the funds come to the fore.
The efforts of troops in curbing the dastard activities of terror groups are commendable and appreciated.
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However, the need to checkmate the rising number of deaths to avert the nation transforming into a house of horror, where fear of deaths from insurgents, herders, separationists’ groups stalks every home, highway and community like shadows have become expedient.
Will the thriving terror industry continue to feed the graves fat with untapped potentials of the future leaders of tomorrow?
Today is the time to checkmate the number of deaths