B’Haram Attacks Traumatise The Northeast 

Children in troubled North East of Nigeria

Children in troubled North East of Nigeria

IN recent times, economic activities in the northeast have been paralysed following the increased bombing of places of worship and commerce and killing innocent citizens in villages and towns.

This has resulted in almost all the people living in fear and not trusting even their neighbours, friends and relations.

The insurgency has further increase suffering of the people in the state where civil servants have suffered several months of non-payment of salaries.

When contacted on their plans to curtail future occurrences of bombing and killings by the insurgents, the Bauchi Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, urged the general public to be security conscious of their physical and social environment.

Mohammed said people should pay special attention to persons and objects, particularly at motor parks, shopping malls, markets, schools and places of worships.

He appealed to the public to report any suspicious persons or objects within their neighbourhood, especially on motorcycles and tricycles, to the nearest Police station or through Police emergency numbers to enable the Police serve them better.

When ask if the command was battle ready to face the insurgents, he said the question was for internal consumption and the Police would not declare its strength in public.

A security expert in the state, Segun Oladini, told The Guardian that President Muhammadu Buhari during the electioneering campaigns promised total elimination of Boko Haram, especially in the northeast.

Oladini pointed out that Buhari boasted many times during his campaigns that he will crush Boko Haram within the first one month of his assumption in office, which has been the expectation of many Nigerians that by now, the issue of Boko Haram would have being over, but lamented that insurgency seem to be on the rise at the moment.

“Before he took over government, the activities of Boko Haram was at its lowest ebb, but as soon as he assumed office, he directed the dismantling of military checkpoints and asked the military to go back to the barracks. Now, you can see the outcome.

“We are now seeing the activities of Boko Haram in more deadly form, like the recent attacks in churches and mosques in Jos, Zaria and Yobe, when the people thought it was an issue of the past.”

He said security agents should increase their surveillance and intelligence gathering, saying many security analyst in the state believe as a former retired General and former head of state and now President, he should remove sentiment and be more committed to the total elimination of insurgency in the northeast, as he promised during campaigns before things get worse.

A resident of Nasarawa in Bauchi State, Alhaji Umaru Hassan, said there should be an end to the insurgency and crimes, like kidnapping, robbery and vandalisation of government property, saying human lives have value in Nigeria.

Hassan is uncomfortable that insecurity has not reduced with the coming of the new government, but rather bombing and killing of innocent people is increasing daily.

“This worries me, because it has affected economic activities and retarded our development as a country. Insecurity has continued to gulp our resources,” he noted.

He advised Buhari to sustain the work of Jonathan in addressing insecurity in twilight of his administration.

Hassan also wants Buhari to address corruption and unprofessionalism in the military and its sister agencies, while boosting their morals, saying most of the personnel are currently low.

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