Nigeria woke up on Monday April 14, 2014 to the shuddering news of a bomb blast at a bus park in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja. According to Police reports, at least 71 people are dead and over 124 wounded from the explosion that rocked the densely populated park. Blood curdling images of scattered limbs and blood splattered all over, streamed in from the scene of the attack leaving the entire Nation in shock. Soon after, Nigeria, was trending once again on social media for the wrong reasons as the populace vented their anger at the loss of lives and the worsening security situation in the Country.
One certain fact from all the tragic events of the past months; the senseless murders in the North-East, the slaughter of innocent secondary school students in Yobe State and the regular clashes between villages and Fulani herdsmen, is that the nation is under attack. The regularity of the strikes and the single minded mission to inflict maximum damage is aimed at striking fear in the heart of the Nation. The fragile stability of the Nation is daily buffeted by bad news of wanton killings and destruction of lives and properties.
It was however a welcome sight to see the quick reaction of our Emergency Agencies to save and evacuate those that survived. It was even more reassuring to see Nigerians trooping in their numbers to donate blood to save the Nyanya blast victims.
As the Nation mourns the dead and commiserates with the families of the deceased, the critical question that lingers is, “who really is the enemy?” Could it be the President or the ruling party? Could it be the security apparatus, who have been so ridiculed and accused of incompetence? Could it be the opposition, in a bid to make the Country ungovernable?
Far from it. The enemy we face is much bigger. It is the ideology being drilled into the teeming mass of susceptible and frustrated youth who wander about in the Country, with no hope. While we are busy fighting each other for pecuniary and political gains, the menace has its roots deeply entrenched and has burgeoned into a monster. Little wonder, suicidal acts have become common place, in a Country where such was previously inconceivable.
Our consciousness is daily assaulted by images akin to a Country at war. Realistically, we are indeed at war with the ideology of terror. Every Nigerian must then rise up and be conscripted to counter this menace with a patriotic fervour. It is imperative that we band together, forgetting religious, political and ethnic affiliations, with one mission; to defend Nigeria’s unity and uphold her honour and glory.
While our intelligence services should be properly equipped and the Nation’s security apparatus trained to proactively counter this danger within, we must unite together in this fight. It behoves on every citizen and resident to realise that we are under threat and raise our levels of security awareness.
We must rediscover the fading vestiges of our Nationhood and fan afresh the embers of patriotism. When this becomes a priority, then can we hope to combat the monster that have crept in, unnoticed, in our midst. All hands must be on the deck as we valiantly rise to this call to duty. For therein is our victory over the rampaging machinery of terror that have besieged our dear Nation.
A Nation under attack does not sleep.