As painful, barbaric and divesting as the killing of those innocent students from Greenfield University is, what is more painful is that nothing will be done! There will be no consequences whatsoever for such a heinous crime. Those who committed the crime may even be granted amnesty or reintegrated back to the society in the nearest future.
These terrorists, bandits, kidnappers or whatsoever we choose to call them are emboldened by the fact that they know that nothing will happen. Instead, they will use more violence to demand for attention and other things.
When will Nigeria as a sovereign country be angry enough to take action? At what point will we say enough is enough and match words with actions? What is holding us back from seeking foreign help if that is what it will take to reign in these barbarians in human flesh.
The parents are in deep grief. They didn’t lose their children to childhood diseases, they didn’t lose them to accident or illness. They didn’t lose them because the children were wayward or criminals. They lost them to the failure of the Nigerian state. Nigeria failed them at the most important point of their lives.
A child is not something you can buy off the shelf in a supermarket. You need 9 months, fertile eggs and viable sperm to produce a child. You then go through the difficult and demanding process of raising that child through infancy and all. How do you begin to console the parents?
Unfortunately, there are no plans to stop school kidnapping. We have not heard or seen any move that attempts to improve security around schools that are in vulnerable locations. As usual, we will pray and hope it won’t happen again. But as we all know, those demons may be planning another attack on innocent students.
How do you demand patriotism from citizens who are constantly being let down by their country? How?