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THE KILLINGS AND ORGY OF VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA: FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN RESOLVING THE TRAGEDY

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I should like to commence by saying how highly disturbed I am, like other well-meaning Nigerians – by the orgy of violence that has rendered all of us the government and the governed, helpless in the past ten years. Evidently, the importance of the subject under reference could be gauged by the fact that there is hardly an observer of our nations political development, who is not worried about our collective dilemma concerning the cold-blooded murder of innocent souls all over the country. Certainly, many things have gone wrong. When this type of occurrence continues to defy solutions, then one could say without any fear of equivocation that something is surely wrong. Suddenly and gladly, politicians have woken up to the reality that the hydra-headed problems of security breaches could, God forbid, consume the whole nation. In the past few days, our leaders at the federal and State levels appear to have envisaged the possible consequences of unchecked terror and are united, beyond political party affiliations, in their condemnation of the very terrible acts that are being committed daily all over the nation. Frenetic moves involving the Federal Executive and Legislative arms of government opened the fresh talks this week on how to contain the potentially explosive situation that could throw brothers against brothers in arms. State governors too moved over to Abuja to add their voices to the need to curtail the situation. And expectedly, there must have been several behind-the-scene actions that are not open to the media and the public. Very pertinent posers are: Why are we all seemingly helpless? Why have we continued to grope in the dark after the exit of First Republic politicians from the scene? It is an established fact that for a society to be truly democratic, it must have self-ruled credentials; and it must necessarily be characterized by social justice, economic and social equality, as well as fairness. Easily, it could be asserted that there appears to be diminutive respect for the sanctity of human lives; as evidenced by the upsurge of the termination of innocent souls by terrorists. I say terrorists; because terrorism is viewed as: The use of violence or threat of violence in the pursuit of political, religious, ideological or social objectives. (Matusitz (2013) For clearer understanding of this piece, it is imperative to glimpse the laws binding the relationship of one person to the other in our…

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