Nigeria’s government has become a tragic failure especially in its inability and a pellucid lack of will to protect lives and property. Millions have taken their fates in their own hands. Governors pay bandits. Towns and villages have armed vigilantes, etc. Boko Haram is out of control as a demoralized military makes easy target. The police is not trusted as they appear to help criminals.
Mr Buhari’s army of spokesmen,Tukur Buratai, army chief,among them, lie daily about how they have tackled insecurity.
But Nigerians are reviewing Mr Buhari’s speech at Chatham House ,January, 2015 about insecurity. “If I am elected president, Nigeria will no longer be a problem to the world. I will lead the war on insecurity. Nigeria will be safe”.
Every word then Candidate Buhari said in London on that day has come back to haunt him. Nigeria has never been this dangerous by all accounts. And it is even more of a global problem than ever before.
Nigerians now pass round videos and images of Mr Buhari and those now with him as they protested against “insecurity” between 2012-14.
To give you an idea of the miasma of hopelessness in Nigeria, below is a collage of deaths across the country between July 13 and August 2.
July 13: Bandits killed ten in Safana, Katsina
.July 13: Sectarian violence led to two deaths in Abi, Cross River
.July 13: Gunmen killed two in Obio/Akpor, Rivers.
July 14: Herdsmen killed two in Bassa, Plateau.
July 14: Three Zamfara officials were kidnapped and one killed in Kachia, Kaduna.
July 15: Sectarian violence led to four deaths in Ukum, Benue.
July 16: Sectarian violence led to four deaths in Odigbo, Ondo.
July 16: Herdsmen killed one naval officer and kidnapped eight in Ovia North, Edo.
July 17: Bandits killed thirty-seven in Goronyo, Sokoto.
July 17: Boko Haram killed twenty-one soldiers in Damaturu, Yobe
.July 17: Gunmen killed two soldiers and kidnapped one expatriate in Ukanafun, Akwa Ibom.
July 17: Eleven Boko Haram militants and seven Nigerian soldiers were killed during a clash in Konduga, Borno.
July 17: Herdsmen killed four in Bassa, Plateau.
July 17: Sectarian violence led to two deaths in Sagbama, Bayels
July 20: Four Turkish nationals were kidnapped in Edu, Kwara
.July 20: Gunmen abducted eighteen traders in Rafi, Niger.
July 21: Gunmen killed fifteen and kidnapped fourteen in Kankara, Katsina.
July 22: Bandits killed two air force personnel in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna.
July 22: One policeman, one journalist, and thirteen Shiites were killed during a clash in Abuja.
July 22: Pirates killed two army officers in Ekeremor, Bayelsa.
July 22: Kidnappers abducted three in Ovia North-East, Edo
July 23: Two more were killed in the ongoing clash between police and Shiites in Abuja.
July 23: Bandits kidnapped three in Obafemi-Owode, Ogun.
.July 24: Kidnappers killed one and abducted two in Chikun,Kaduna.
,July 25: Boko Haram killed two at an IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno.
July 25: Gunmen killed twenty-two and abducted “many” (estimated at ten) in Kankara, Katsina.)
July 26: Armed men killed three farmers in Maiduguri, Borno.
July 27: Boko Haram killed sixty-five in Nganzai, Borno.
July 28: Bandits killed three traders in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna
.July 28: Bandits killed three and abducted six in Batsari, Katsina.
July 29: Twenty-five soldiers and forty-seven ISWAP (Boko Haram) militants were killed during a clash in Kukawa, Borno.
July 29: Gunmen killed three in Katsina, Benue.
July 29: Nigerian police killed four kidnappers in Bali, Taraba.
July 29: Boko Haram killed twenty-five soldiers in Kaga, Borno.
July 30: Boko Haram killed “many” (estimated at ten) in Konduga, Borno.
July 30: Sectarian violence led to eight deaths in Takum LGA and three more in Okpokwu LGA in Benue.
July 31: Bandits killed three and abducted two in Batsari, Katsina
.August 1: The Nigerian Air Force killed “scores” (estimated at forty) of Boko Haram militants in Gwoza, Borno.
August 1: Gunmen kidnapped five pastors in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun.
August 1: Ten bandits, two soldiers, and one civilian were killed during a clash in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna.
August 2: Five were killed during a cult clash in Idemili North, Anambra.
August 2: Suspected herdsmen shot and killed Paul Offu, a Catholic priest of the Enugu Diocese. the parish priest of the Greater Parish, Ugbawka ,Enugu.
This list is far from exhaustive as Nigeria’s military don’t take kindly to reporting on their activities. Especially, casualty figures