One Massacre Too Many
The invasion of Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram terrorists which left 43 students dead on Monday night is one massacre too many. The gruesome manner in which the students were killed in their sleep underscores the bestiality of the extremists who have no regard for human life.
Just as our hearts bleed for the innocent students cut down in their prime, we wonder where the security personnel were when the unimaginable terror was being unleashed on the harmless students.
Couldn’t the students have been adequately protected before the attack? Why did it take the security personnel so long before they responded to the distress call of the victims? Is it true that troops were withdrawn from the area 24 hours before the terrorists launched the cowardly attack on the students?
There appears to be more to the bloodletting in Borno than meets the eye. And all we hear is President Goodluck Jonathan condemning the attacks instead of flooding the volatile areas with troops to hunt down the terrorists.
There is nothing more symptomatic of a failure of leadership than the failure of the government to protect its citizens. We condemn this feeble approach to protecting unarmed students and other citizens in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
This wanton blood-letting cannot continue while our leaders are gallivanting all over the place or busy with a centenary jamboree.
The massacre of the 43 students of the Federal Government College in Buni Yadi should prick our conscience and make the security personnel deployed to the war-torn areas of the north be more proactive to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. These senseless killings must stop now.