Said one wit­ness, “what I saw was a gory sight, many hu­man be­ings like my­self were burn­ing in cars. They wailed strug­gling and say­ing ‘help me help me!’ ...Then si­lence - the help never came”. One shell-shocked woman could only ask no one in par­tic­u­lar, “

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him - over a hun­dred in one fell swoop. In time like this, one can­not but wax philo­soph­i­cal and build one’s faith.

As those vic­tims read­ied for the bus, the in­sur­gents read­ied the ex­plo­sive de­vices, rem­i­nis­cent of the ti­tanic, even as the ship was be­ing built, the ice­berg was form­ing, while pas­sen­gers bought tick­ets and booked seats, des­tiny had set ship and ice­berg thou­sands of kilo­me­tres away, on a col­li­sion course. Yet, there is a dif­fer­ence. One can­not ques­tion an ice­berg as to why it laid it­self in the path of a ship laden with people in pur­suit of hap­pi­ness. But you do wish to ask those wicked agents of death, what plea­sure they de­rived from such bloody an­ni­hi­la­tion sim­ple folk strug­gling to eke out a liv­ing from this hellish fringe of par­adise. What do they want that they have such an in­hu­man way of af­flicted. Our borders are por­ous, only on our side. Check points do not serve their pur­pose as long as N20 lets a bomb laden car pass. Nigeria suf­fers from mas­sive smug­gling of arms and drugs that our neigh­bours do not tol­er­ate and it helps their safety. As long as the lead­er­ship plays dumb on high level cor­rup­tion, in­sur­gents will eas­ily in­fil­trate the sys­tem be it SSS, po­lice, the Armed Forces or the ju­di­ciary.

Is it not also un­think­able that in all the ar­rests that have been made, we have not es­tab­lished a lead to the spon­sors of this in­sur­gency, given their abil­ity to move funds around in ex­e­cu­tion of their ac­tiv­i­ties? We must bite that bul­let. We must hold those sa­cred cows to ac­count be­fore we can suc­cess­fully har­ness and reign in this monster that our lead­er­ship in­ep­ti­tude has cre­ated, pitiably.

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