As it was once in Lebanon, so it is now in Nigeria. Without hesitation, it should be said that Nigeria is becoming the kidnap capital of the world. Kidnap for ransom is on the rise and has entered into the realm of officialdom. This week, Tuesday 23 August, bandits attacked Nigeria’s apex military academy, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna killed two military officers and kidnapped another. Kidnapping in Nigeria finally has hit military nerves.
The Academy was not distant from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka where 39 students were abducted by bandits last March and subsequently demanded N500 million in ransom.
Such an assault on a national security institute was an assault on Nigeria’s national pride, security and common sense. Those in denial about perversive insecurity in Nigeria and the inability of the Federal Government to tackle it proactively and effectively, now have irrefutable evidence. Perhaps now, the pain and impact is being commonly felt, the government will act robustly.
Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.
Selonnes Consult Ltd. is a Strategic Policy, Good Governance and Management Consulting Firm, founded by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze who served as Secretary to Anambra State Government from 2012-2015; a United Nations official from 1991-2012 and a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer from 1982-1991.