There was a time that Nigeria had value for human lives—not anymore. Good enough, this disease of loss of sensitivity towards loss of lives have not spread across the entire world. Over the last weeks, the world stood up for New Zealand as the Christchurch mosque shooting happened. A little time lapse from that, the world cried out for Mozambique following a cyclone that killed and displaced thousands. Not forgetting the devastation the Boeing 737 Ethiopian Airline crash caused the world and how everyone weighed in on the issue.
Within this space, however, more than 100 people have been killed in Zamfara State, including women, children, and members of Civilian JTF, who have taken up crude weapons to protect themselves at a time no one could. What can bow and arrow do against bandits armed to the teeth?
In a protest yesterday against the rampant killing in Zamfara, many placards and copies came to work. “Yari is a disgrace,” “Enough is Enough,” and many more. One placard stood out, and it read, “Mr. President Say Something, We are A Little Pissed.”
In the last year, bandits have maimed and killed more than 500 people, with even more taken into captivity. Perhaps numbers do not mean anything to anyone anymore, but here is real life, day-to-day personal experience of the victims of these massacres.
Realistically, for every man kidnapped, he has left at least a wife and a kid hopeless and hapless. For every woman kidnapped, she has left at least a husband and a kid without care and help. For every kid killed or kidnapped, he or she has left a family devastated about their future without him/her. As simplistic as this sounds, that is the reality in these small hamlets and villages where these dastardly acts occur.
Before 2015, people rose to condemn the FG if there was a security issue in any state of the federation. This discounted the fact that the State Governor is the Chief Security Officer of the State. It happened in Borno with the Chibok girls—a situation that everyone rightly blamed the President for the kidnap of the girls.
However, presently, things are different and as a rule of thumb, the same people who blamed the President before 2015 now shield him post 2015? What changed? The President? His tribe? His religion? As it is, f people do not find a way to excuse the President and condemn the State governor for the protracted security issues in Zamfara; they find a way to downplay the supposed incompetence of the C-In-C of the country, Muhammadu Buhari.
Yesterday, a young protester was ‘a little pissed’ with the President, concerning the Zamfara killings. Same yesterday, the President clapped back, “It is ridiculous and unfair to suggest that I am not concerned about the situation in Zamfara, or doing anything about it.”
For now, the President thinks they are ridiculous, and the lives lost in Zamfara are not enough to extract a condolence message like the one he sent to New Zealanders—where there is value for human lives. Rightly so, since the people who are supposed to be angry, are a little pissed.