Jihadist and terrorism remains the greatest threats to the global community. These terror groups carry out soucide bombings, kidnappings, asasination all in the name of Jihad. Major word powers like the UK, US, France, Germany etc have all been victims of one terrorist attack or the other.
Over the years, Africa has become an epic center for terrorist and terrorism, with groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, making their way into Sub-saharan Africa from the middle east, seeking to establish islamic caliphates in the Continent. Mali, Somalia and Nigeria are among the most terrorised States in Africa.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous Nation, have been ravaged by the manence of terrorism. Over the years, Various terrorists groups like the Boko Haram, ISWAP (Islamic State of West African Province), among others, have held the Entire country to randsome, through mass killings, kidnappings, bombings, and other acts of terror.
The menenec which began in the north eastern part of the country gradually spread to other parts of the country. Terrorists under disquse as Herdsmen continue to In the northwestern, north central and other Regions of the Country
In Niger State, the government had raised alarm in a press briefing late last year, over terrorists trying to, or perhaps have already established camps in the state.
These Terrorists often go to communities during Friday congregational prayer to indoctrinate residents in some communities on the need to forsake western education and embark on civil disobedience.
In a Video which surfaced in June last year, Hundreds of Bandits were seen moving seamlessly about in Motorcycles, carrying sophisticated weapons in Niger and other Northwestern States.
On the 17th of January, Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello disclosed that Bandits have Killed Over 200 and Invaded 300 Communities In Niger State (few miles from Nigeria’s Capital city Abuja), just this year alone. He made the statement while briefing journalist at the state house shortly after meeting with President Buhari.
Governor Bello also lamented that the terrorists were taking advantage of the cattle roots which they know very well. The same cattle routes that President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration are bent on bringing back, Despite rejection from Nigerians, especially in the Southern part of the country.
In an interview early this year with Channels Telivision, Buhari reiterated his call to bring back cattle grazing routes, which he claims is a yardstick for resolving clashes between herders and farmers. He said, and I quote
“There are cattle routes and grazing grounds, and herders are confined to those areas. Those that go outside it were arrested. So we said we have to go back to that system again to make sure that we prepare the grazing areas, windmills and even veterinary departments so the herders won’t veer into farms.
“What we have to do is start from bottom-upwards. We must ensure that the grazing areas and ponds are secured for them, so they don’t have to go through people’s farms.”
The southern part of the country have not been spared from terrorists attacks either.
In Edo State attacks by herdsmen have been reported in various parts of the State, especially kidnapping of motorists for randsome on highways.
During the early hours of january 2 2022, Suspected Fulani herdsmen dressed in military camouflage were reported to have invaded the farming community of 2nd Abumere Ojigbelu in Ovia Northeast Local Government Area of the State.
The marauders were said to have chased the villagers away taking over their farms, homes and properties. Some of the villager who escaped are now taking refuge in neighbouring community, leaving the village almost completely deserted.
In another devoplment, The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked Tukur Yusufu Buratai Institute for War and Peace (TBI), a research Institute of the Nigerian Army University. In a video releases by the Islamic sect, its fighters were shooting spiriodically, with no resistance from security agents.
The Institution, located in Buratai Village, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, the country home of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff and current Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Tukur Buratai, was attacked on the 10th of January 2022 by the Islamic sect
The insurgents also pulled down flags on the Institute and torched some parts of the building and military vehicles on ground.
On March 28, 2022 a Kaduna bound train from Abuja was attacked by armed bandits; which were confirmed to have affiliations with the Boko Haram terrorist group. The terrorists—after bombing the rail tracks—began shooting sporadically at the train, killing about 8 persons and leaving 22 critically wounded. The terrorists also kindapped 162 persons who remain in the extremists’ den till date.
Nigerian Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on the United Nations Security Council to help tackle the bane called terrorism in Nigeria and other African countries.
Osinbajo made the call during a virtual presentation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on 21st of January 2022.
Osinbajo, who was among twelve special speakers at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, had touched on the subject during his virtual presentation. He said and I quote
“It is imperative for the international community to make more robust interventions to clear terrorists from Africa just as it did in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
“The United Nations Security Council must find unanimity in working with and assisting African countries to eradicate the menace of terrorism on the continent once and for all.”
With little or no political will from this current administration to seriously
put an end to the bane of Terroism, Banditry, or Herdsmen as they are called; all eyes are on the State governors who are ‘so called’ chief security officers of their state, with less powers of a chief security officer, to put an end to the menace within their respective Domains.
As the 2023 general elections draw near, insecurity remains a major threat to the upcoming general elections