By Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim
It was once again a mourning time for the families of kidnapped victims in Kaduna last weekend when three students of Greenfield University who were being held by kidnappers were killed by their captors over the inability of anyone to come up with their ransom of Eight Hundred Million Naira (the dark days are really here).
In frustration, the Kaduna State Governor could only rain insults and threats even while the remaining kidnapped students are neatly in the custody of the bandits. Poor El-Rufai, he had no police at his disposal since police in Nigeria are commanded from Abuja unlike what it is in other Federal States and in Nigeria before 1966 when police were even raised by local governments.
The dark weekend ended with another tragedy in the East of Nigeria where a certain Ikonso, commander of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) was murdered by security forces, heightening tension in a region that saw the horror of war between 1967–1970.
The Nation is yet to heal from the wounds of the unfortunate Civil War.
There are a lot of arguments that supporters of the killing of the IPOB activists can raise in defense of what the soldiers and other security did, but my considered opinion is that this can only escalate things; as the killing of Mohammed Yusuf did leading to Boko Haram war in the North East of Nigeria.
Nigeria is engaged in full scale war in her North East region, Bandit war in the North West, rising tension in some South West States; she cannot afford another war in the South East. The Army should not be carelessly deployed in conflicts that can otherwise be solved through other political means.
We call on all parties to de-escalate actions in the region and embrace peaceful and political resolutions of all issues at play!