Yakubu Dogara, a one-time Speaker of the House of Representatives has stated that Nigerians seem to have taken mass killings in the country as a norm. Information Guide Nigeria
This is as he decried that such killings no longer make headlines in the media, noting that the situation has created a feeling that nothing matters any longer.
The ex-speaker said this in a keynote address entitled: ‘Peace And Development In Nigeria: The Pragmatic Approach,’ delivered at a two-day summit organised by the Sultan Maccido Institute For Peace And Development Studies of the University Of Abuja on Tuesday and shared on social media on Friday. THE PUNCH reports.
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In Dogara’s words: “Today, Nigeria is faced with unprecedented crisis so much so that nothing in our history prepares us for such a time as this. We seem to have accepted killings and mass murder as our new normal and so many cold-blooded murder of our brothers and sisters no longer make the headlines in the media. As students, lecturers, and political leaders, some of us are complicit while the few who have dared to speak up are already outraged, fatigued, and have surrendered to fatalism- a feeling that nothing matters anymore.
“It is like Nigeria seems to be suffering from some kind of God-ordained ineluctable fate. What we have done before doesn’t matter, all that matters is our present station. As long as we are not actively engaged in seeking solutions to these intractable issues, we are actually, wittingly or unwittingly, actively promoting it”. jamb results
“Like I said earlier, our most immediate problem is the dangerous drift of Nigeria into chaos and anarchy.
Apart from the rabid insecurity plaguing the nation, there are real or imagined charges of ethnic cleansing and domination of some sections by a certain section. Attacks are unrelenting and there appears to be no end in sight. The situation has clearly gotten out of hand, following the repeated overrun of military formations by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, wanton killings and kidnap for ransom and mass abduction of school children in different parts of the Country”.
“For instance, we all know that the North bears nearly 90 per cent of the insecurity brunt of the country. If estimates are anything to go by, not less than 50,000 northerners have been killed while over three million have been displaced in the Northeast alone. No one has the record of Northern lives lost to rural banditry, the farmer-herder clashes, and ethno-religious conflicts. The number grows exponentially when we add the death occasioned by urban violence unleashed by an increasing army of mostly jobless youths suffering from substance use disorder”.
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