One of the Worst Weeks in Nigeria’s History

Adeola Aderounmu

I want to forget this week as quickly as I can. This is one of the saddest weeks of my life. This week, several Nigerian youth were massacred across Northern Nigeria. They are graduates who were serving under the National Youth Service Corp Program.

In one situation about 50 of them were locked up in a building and burnt alive. I take no pleasure writing down these horrific lines. There are some corp members who even left their comfort in Europe to go and serve in Nigeria and they died in the process.

These are irreparable losses. Families are left to weep and count their losses. This is a national tragedy.

Terrorism has gained a firm root in Northern Nigeria and southerners are sacrificed from time to time in these ugly situations.

Gooduck Jonathan has said that the attacks were premeditated while M. Buhari stated otherwise. The bottom line is that Nigerian government is weak and slack when it comes to protecting life and properties.

Premeditated or not, the attack could have been nipped in the bud if the country has efficient internal security systems. What we have is a system where offices are duplicated and everyone is leaving the job for someone and no one ends up doing it!

I have complained earlier in a recent post that it is absolute stupidity to have a minister of Internal Affairs plus a Minister for Police Affairs plus an inspector General of Police. In the case of riots or terrorist acts as we now see in Northern Nigeria, no one knows where the order to quell the upheaval is to come from.

Should it come from the Presidency through the Internal Affairs? Should it come from the state governor through the Inspector General of Police? Where and how does a Minister of Police Affairs come into all of these?

Another sad dimension to it is that the real culprits are probably walking free. I can imagine random and indiscriminate arrest of people who are probably not connected to the crimes.

Almost all the acts of terrorism in Nigeria fetched no known perpetrator(s), save for the Boko Haram guy who was arrested and killed in police detention.

So in that respect the system needs a total overhaul.

RIP Adefemi Olubayo, (13 August 1985 – 18 April 2011).

Nigeria’s football star Adefemi Olubayo, I just want to say Rest In Peace. I’m still trying to find words to express my sadness and sorrow. This is another sad story on top of the series of sad stories from Nigeria this week.
You were already a shining star. You’ve played for Nigeria at 3 different levels and just recently made your entry to the senior team.

I’m too sad this week to write more about your deaths and those of the Nigerian youth, women and children slaughtered in Northern Nigeria.

All of you, mMay your souls rest in peace.

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3 thoughts on “One of the Worst Weeks in Nigeria’s History

  1. It is a shame of all the killing taking place and the Motherland, Enough is enough . Brothers against brothers why sale out ? The caused [ money] . Wake up you are fightting the wrong ones. As you kill your brother or sister you are destroying your self. Worship the living GOD and live. My prayers goes out to the families .

  2. I write to you all today because of the massacred of youth corpers who decided to serve Nigeria either willingly or grudgingly. they all left the comfort of their homes to serve a country that can not protect them.
    the saddest thing is that the northerners did not kill their children who are serving in their state. rather, they deciding to kill youths who are not from their tribe. obviously, this is an extreme case of tribalism. i say this because if the northerners were angry about the election, why didn’t they kill their children? because am certain that some of their children conducted the election too.
    Ekiti State suffered a great loss of their children. Infact, the annoying thing is that these youths have not started their lives before it was cut short. They killed the future of Nigeria and they are jubiliating not minding the fact that these are the youths that will make Nigeria a better giant of Africa.
    A first class student of Engineering of University of Ado Ekiti was killed and the person dropped his head beside his body. this is the person that would have constructed a machine that would be produced only in Nigeria.
    President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly let us serve in our own states. We are tired of our children being massacred. we don’t want five million naira after they kill our children. We want our children to seve in our states oooo. Nigerians please stand up for this to avoid the repetition of these.

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