Opinion: Kaduna-Abuja Expressway armed banditry, security threat or government negligence? – By Usman Maawuya
KADUNA-ABUJA HIGHWAY ARMED BANDITRY, SECURITY THREAT OR GOVERNMENT NEGLIGENCE?
Couple of years back Nigeria knewn nothing of such criminalities neither kidnapping, cattle rustling nor armed banditry of negligence. As a result of recent development, new social phenomena emerged. Should we accept silly excuses from government in expense of our lives?
Alas! Can government understand how frustrated we are? Can it perceive our sorrow or how disappointed we in it? I guess no, it seems deafblind in the matters that concerned citizens. The level of insecurity is getting out of hands; killings hither and thither we are not safe. Can’t the government understand the language of Nigerian constitution? Section 14 (2) (a) sovereignty belongs to of Nigeria from whom government though this constitution drives all its powers and authority. Like serious? Are we the generalissimos? Are we really vested with such powers but still government is ruling as it so wish? Same section and subsection item (b) the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. Oh wait! Do I really understand what I am flipping through? Does that makes the protection of our lives statutory obligation of government? Why are we not safe? Why we are not secured? Why we are not protected?
Within a single week Katsina lost a student from Yar’adua University and now a female professor, former commissioner of education on the same expressway with the same course. What else should we expect in other states of the country? Are security personnel discharging their statutory obligations as enshrined by the constitution? I doubt it! Are arm bandits owns more sophisticated weapon than our security personnel? I doubt this either. Where the problem lies? Where is it? Cant the government introduced new strategic manoeuvres for curtailing such menace? Why Kaduna-Abuja highway? What would it cost government to deploy security personnel along the highway for assurance of our safety? Are we not entitled to our rights enshrined by the constitution?
For lay a man like me, there is no reason whatsoever of threatening government with our PVC’s; we need what is statutory ours. We voted for this government for such reasons, we urge you to give us what is legally ours. And also, we don’t expect government to do its utmost best in tackling such problems; we expect it to solve them. Yes, i mean to completely unravel thee issues.
May the departed soul rest in peace!