While the Nigerian Military has recorded major success against the Islamic sect – Boko-Haram by breaking through their strong-hold in the North eastern part of Nigeria. According to reports from the army, the Boko –Haram sect are said to have been technically defeated. The Nigerian Military are further planning a major onslaught on the Sambisa forest believed to be the location from which the Islamic sect plan and carry out attacks.
Are Nigerians really sure of the certainty of the victory the army is said to have recorded against the terrorist? Because suicide bombings haven’t ceased and the Boko-Haram terrorist have devised a way of recruiting new members into their fold by offering loans to unsuspecting youths and individuals for business start-up. It is understandable that the gullibility of humans tends to be exposed when financial benefit are attached but will the Nigerian government be able stop the brainwash of more people into becoming loyalist of the sect?
The Fulani herdsmen have also risen from the North, spreading their scourge of their menace to the East which currently as taken prominence among the issues facing the Federal Government of Nigeria. Excluding the Agatu killings, the herdsmen are said to have killed about 701 people in communal clashes with inhabitants of localities they have grudges with from 2015 to 2016.
The federal government is continually pressured to curb the ideology behind factional group’s agitation before they tend to take up arms and raise hell when their demands are not met.
Niger Delta militants who Nigerians thought their demands have been met and their agitations have been put to bed during former president late Umar Yar’s dua time in office have somehow seen a resurgence lately blowing up pipeline installations. A new set of Militants called the Niger Delta Avengers who blew up a Chevron Valve Platform in Abiteye, Warri North council area of Delta State issued warnings to oil companies in that region about un-met demands by the federal government.
“We want to pass this message to all the international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the Nigeria Military can’t protect their facilities. They should talk to the federal government to meet our demands else more mishaps will befall their installations.
“Until our demands are met, no repair works should be done at the blast site.” – Niger Delta Avengers,
So what happened to the amnesty that was offered to the Niger Delta Militants to lay down their arms in exchange for monthly allowances? If the militants are destroying oil installations in the Niger Delta, does it mean the palliatives they were promised by the federal government have stopped at one point and they have resorted to their old ways of getting the attention of the government?
Now if the government gives allowances to agitated factions just to silence their rants, it is certain that more groups will rise up and make demands.
It is imperative for the federal government to understand that continuous payoffs to agitated groups will only compel more groups to rise and make certain demands from the government which might later turn out to be a problem if a new government comes into power and they decide not to continue the trend of their predecessors.
The way the government has refused to negotiate with the Boko-Haram sect in your opinion; do you think the federal government should stop meeting the demands of agitated groups and face them with drastic action when they threaten the peace of Nigeria?
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