Browsing: Insecurity

During the receding days of the immediate Muhammadu Buhari administration, the popular maxim then was that terrorism and banditry had been badly degraded and that the undesirable elements were merely carrying out cowardly attacks. Then, anytime bandits struck and picked up some unfortunate Nigerians just as the hawk hunts chicks, and carried them off to their den to demand ransom, it became a sing song for the then Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to say that those picked up were mere “soft targets” no matter their number and how frequently it occurred. Nigerians were constantly reminded that by the time the Buhari government was taking over from the previous government, residents in Abuja especially were preyed upon by bandits and killed in numbers. Then the spokespersons of the government at different levels would not stop schooling Nigerians how they should be grateful to their stars that Abuja had been liberated once again as a safe haven.