The kidnap Wednesday of former Minister of State for Education, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo, exacerbates the already overwhelming sense of insecurity which many Nigerians currently feel in their country. Anisulowo was, reportedly, abducted in the Igbogila area of Yewaland, Ogun State, about 8.30pm along with her security aides while returning from her farm.
These kidnappers from hell – along with their visceral cousins in crime, the killer herdsmen – who have taken over the country’s bushes, must be smoked out from their hideouts for Nigerians to return to economic production and lead normal life again. They have terrorised the country for too long, while the security agencies feel, unfortunately, helpless.
The President Muhammadu Buhari government must rise to its responsibility of protecting all Nigerian citizens, irrespective of tribe, tongue, and religion. The administration’s protracted failure to discharge this responsibility is pushing the country to a dangerous state, where everyone would need to be a security apparatus unto himself. This will not augur well for Nigeria.
By Vincent Obia