Time To Call Terrorists’ Bluff

<strong>Time To Call Terrorists’ Bluff</strong>

Increasingly, bandits, terrorists among others are having a field day across the country and it appears responses against them are not decisive enough to dislodge their so-called audacity.

Just 24 hours after they issued what seemed as a sheer braggadocio, they lived to their threat attacking some officials of the 7 Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army Presidential   Guards Brigade, leaving disastrous consequences.

Their emphasis shifted from the nation’s embattled Correctional Centre to Bwari Area Council of Abuja, a suburb of the Federal Capital City, leaving three soldiers wounded with eight of them reportedly killed.

Sadly, the nation lost two officers; a captain and lieutenant, while some unspecified numbers of soldiers were believed to have been caught in the unfortunate incident. Scores are recuperating in a medical facility, it was learnt.

According to a source, the aim of the terrorists was to attack the Nigerian Law School in the area and may have caught the soldiers unawares.

It is alarming how these attackers have suddenly assumed so much notoriety within a short span of time that they have infiltrated the capital city area. Their bold escapade has corroborated AljazirahNigeria several reports that terrorists were aligning and spreading through areas within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to contiguous states of Nasarawa, Kogi and Benue.  

We are aware that the intelligence sources had told that the government was aware of plans by terrorists to attack some places in the capital and security had been increased around the city even before the notorious video released by the Kaduna train attackers whose rebellious disposition was unprecedented.  

On Monday, the government officially shut the Federal Government College, Kwali, in the Kwali Area Council of Abuja after terrorists attacked a community near the school.

This attack on the Guards Brigade, whose duty is to protect the president, comes a few weeks after terrorists, launched a similar attack on a presidential convoy in Dutsinma, Katsina State.  These are grave affronts against the state which should not be treated with levity. If these terrorists could have an unhindered draft on our elite corps expected to be guarding the President, it is then of concern that we are yet to be drastic on these scoundrels whose recurring offensive is a national embarrassment.  

The intractable attribute of the terrorists makes them fluid and unduly mobile, but we are convinced that with the level of intelligence reports and perhaps the aid of technology, these groups who are able to interface through videos and voice talks are within reach if the security agencies are indeed willing to smoke out these felons who are believed to be mushrooming and fusing into various natural settings unsuspectingly.  

 In one very video released they threatened that they would abduct President Buhari, Kaduna State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai and other prominent Nigerians and destabilise the country if their demands were not met.

The terrorists also threatened to kill and sell some of the remaining Abuja-Kaduna train passengers in their custody.

“This is our message to the government of Nigeria and just as you have seen these people here, by God’s grace, you will see your leaders; your senators and governors will come before us. These ones you are seeing here, we will keep some as our slaves and sell them off just as our Imam told you in the past.

“Just like the Chibok girls that were sold off, we will equally sell these ones as slaves. If you don’t adhere to our demands, we will kill the ones we need to kill and sell the remaining. By God’s grace, El-Rufai, Buhari, we will bring you here”, the terrorist said in the video.

We recall that the FCT had enjoyed relative peace, compared to some neighbouring states such as Niger and Kaduna where terrorists, locally called bandits, operate almost on a daily basis.

While we see the government’s move of shutting down schools around the FCT as proactive, annual call to bar shifted its venue away from Bwari; it is appalling that one of the aims of the terrorists to fracture western education may have been unwittingly achieved. This situation must be reversed as we call on the government to declare a state of emergency in our security form.

Our hearts go to the families and loved ones of the fallen heroes who have gone down in this attack. Having paid the supreme price like some others, the only way their sacrifices would not have gone in vain is to stir up our doggedness and be resolute to defeat this enemy poised to destabilise our country.

AljazirahNigeria empathises with the Nigeria Army and the families of the soldiers and others over their demise to take solace in the Almighty hence forestall any attempt to keep children out of school and truncate the 2023 elections ahead. The government must for once bare its fangs and prove that it is capable of protecting its peoples and frontiers.

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