June 1, 2023

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The killings never seem to stop in West Africa – Nigeria. The sub-Saharan African nation has gradually become a nation of vast insecurity, kidnapping and killings with a very weak punitive institution. While it remains unclear who or those behind the incessant killings, the Islamic State – West Africa Province (ISWAP) are known to have claimed responsibility for the Church massacre in Owo, Ondo which claimed scores of lives on 5th June 2022.

Youths marched in protest of the latest massacre in Awomama, a community in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria’s South-East. The incident happened on Sunday 17th July 2022 and claimed over a dozen lives with many feared missing and injured. There are claims that the dastardly act may have been carried out by disgruntled members of the local security network established by Governors in the region known as Ebubeagu though such claims are unsubstantiated. It also remains unclear what the motives of such purported killers are.

Authorities both in Nigeria’s Federal and State seem completely clueless and bereaved of ideas of how to check the incessant killings. Many have also faulted the lukewarm approach of the Nigerian government which stops at mere rhetoric, with no real measures to guarantee the safety of its citizens. Nigeria’s north central states Kaduna and Benue have become a beehive of continuous terrorist attacks despite the Nigerian Army having its strategic Division in Kaduna.

More worrisome, is that the killings in Nigeria never seem to attract enough mainstream media attention. Is it that the human lives in that part of the world are too little, and too insignificant to warrant or deserve reportage? The United Nations, European Union and notable developed countries including the United Kingdom should begin to ask relevant questions about the state of affairs in Africa’s most populous nation Nigeria. Should the state of affairs deteriorate further, the international community could be faced with the biggest refugee crisis ever.

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