I remember a time in my life when I was so scared. Every news on the Tv and radio stations is always about the bombings in the north at that time.
My dad had just been transferred to the north. So, we feel so scared for his life because of the heightened insecurity at the time. Thankfully, he was safe all through his stay in the north.
Fast-forward to 2018; he had now been transferred to one of the southwest states in Nigeria, we thought there’s no cause for worry. But no, we were wrong. He was kidnapped on an express road alongside the official driver assigned to him at his workplace. The kidnappers demanded a huge ransom – a sum of 10million naira to free him and the driver. Where would we get that amount of money?
My dad was allowed to speak with my elder brother and my mum on the phone. He told them to sell his house. It should suffice for the ransom, he had told them. Fortunately for us, the company he works with has empathy for their staff. And since he was on an official assignment before the unfortunate incident happened, they decided to pay the ransom.
If they hadn’t paid the ransom on our behalf, what would have happened if they hadn’t paid the ransom on our behalf is what I always avoid thinking. How fast could we have sold the house to save his life? It was a terrible moment in our lives. The effect of which still lives in his body. And it’s so disheartening seeing that the trend persists in Nigeria to date.
Another case of insecurity/kidnap I was versed with was that of my friend. We were both serving together at Katsina at that time. Her place of primary place of assignment was a school. During the holiday, she decided to visit her family in Lagos. And so she traveled by road. She might have traveled by road for sightseeing or probably because she was cash-strapped.
The next news we heard in Katsina was of kidnap. The kidnappers demanded a huge ransom. Fortunately, her family was able to rally around and pay the ransom for her to survive. She never came back to Katsina again.
We are still in Nigeria, and the news of insecurity we hear/read daily is still alarming. It is pathetic that insecurity is happening almost everywhere in the world. Go to countries like Palestine, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, and the likes; they’re all battling one insecurity or the other.
The recent trend on insecurity in the country is kidnapping innocent students in school. Killing people at their place of worship. Where exactly is safe in Nigeria? Where should the parents of these innocent kids get the ransom? Some could barely even get a three-square meal? What’s the offense of the worshippers’ slain at their places of worship?
Who is really to blame for the insecurity present in the country? Is it the government? Who is supposed to provide maximum security for the citizens? The armed forces? Who are not carrying out their responsibilities adequately? Or ‘some’ citizens who are making the life of their fellow citizens insecure through their frivolities.
What do you think can put an end to the insecurity faced in this country?