If our security operatives knew their onions, every single motor park this part of the country should have been swarming with agents on the look-out for exactly the sort of bomb-laden vehicle left behind at the Nyanya Park to kill or maim over two hundred
Nigerians left behind, they deserved the state’s full protection from their tragic fate. Indeed, those who died in the tragic bombing committed no crime, but in retrospect, if at all they did, it was in the social contract they subconsciously signed through the accident of their birth as Nigerians. Their crime was for being too trusting. They died expecting the state to keep its own part of the bargain, which is to protect them from the Hobbesian ‘state of nature’ Nigeria increasingly resembles.
We can also foreclose any lingering hopes of bringing the perpetrators of this outrage to justice in our lifetimes. The state, apparently, not only lacks the capacity to bring such people to justice, there is also a credible school of thought that believes that whatever limited capacity it possesses may have been undermined by contemporary political considerations!
As such with the lack of political will to deal with the general insecurity in the land, the surer bet is that the victims of of the authorities buoyed by modern technology, ensured that the identity of the culprits were known to the world within days. The CCTV system installed in the streets of London and its underground rail system was crucial in the investigations.
Can the authorities please explain what happened to the expensive FCT CCTV project? Since the death of the former NSA Andrew Azazi the project appears to have stalled. Most of the already cameras and solar panels seem like relics from a bygone age despite the billions reportedly spent on the project. We are now left to reflect on what help the system could have rendered to investigators of yesterday’s bombing.
Since Abuja lost its innocent to the October 1st bombing, the installation of an effective CCTV system in our capital city should have been a matter of priority. The fact that the authorities did not think the same way is why I insist that we are condemned to witnessing a re-occurrence of yesterday’s tragedy – God forbid!