1. EVERYBODY IS VULNERABLE
Terror is not an exclusive inheritance of people living in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. The terrorists woke us to this grim reality on Monday morning. Gone are the days when certain Nigerians would sit in the seemingly safe comfort of their states and regions and pretend the threat posed by terrorists is not their business. As my people say, the deaf does not need to be told that there is commotion at the market square. Political, religious, tribal and of course leaders from all spectrum of society must make concerted efforts to end this menace. Such is only possible when we realise that we have a common enemy who is bent on destroying us all. It now behoves on us to form an alliance against him. An alliance where trust will replace suspicion, bipartisan approach will replace the temptation to score cheap political points and where injury to one will be seen as injury to all.
2. OUR SECURITY AGENCIES NEED TO KEEP THEIR EYE ON THE BALL
Terrorism is indeed a global scourge but the ability of security agencies to be pre-emptive and proactive through painstaking intelligence gathering is what differentiates ours from the experiences of other nations. The ease with which these terrorist plan and execute their dastardly acts almost on a daily basis leaves a lot to be desired. Instead of wasting time sniffing around the emails and twitter handles of activists looking for where the next protest against corruption and maladministration will take place, our security agencies should devout more time to stopping the terrorists in their tracks.
3. THE PRESIDENT SHED CROCODILE TEARS
There is no other way to describe the irresponsible attitude of those who are supposed to know better. The president and his ruling party partying and dancing at a time the nation is mourning is the height of presidential madness and rascality. How wisdom keeps eluding this bunch beats one’s imagination. For now the ordinary citizens can do nothing but concede them the luxury of stupidity while we continue to talk as a word is obviously not enough for the foolish.
4. SOMEONE MAY BE PLANTING THESE BOMBS TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS
It is now on record that while rescue workers were busy collecting bodies and helping the wounded, the ruling party went public to accuse the opposition of complicity in the bombing. One would assume such accusation was a product of good intelligence in which case arrest and prosecution of culprits would follow sooner than later. Failure to this would mean someone is actually planting these bombs to discredit the opposition. It is also important to note that even Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for the attack. Add this to the dancing and merriment in Ibadan and Kano less than 48 hours after the incident and one can only but smell a rat
5. THERE IS STILL SOME HUMANITY LEFT IN SOME OF US
It is refreshing to know that even in the midst of the doom and gloom that we face as a nation, some Nigerians still realize what it means to be humane. The quick awareness raised by people like Japheth Omojuwa, Tolu Ogunlesi, former VP Atiku Abubakar and a host of others on the need to donate blood to the victims of the blast went a long way to saving many lives. This was done before the federal government with all its media presence could deem it fit to create such awareness. Such labour of love will never be forgotten.
God bless the good people of Nigeria and may all those who seek to destroy us be exposed.
Nwagwu Hygienus Chimaez