It is no longer news that for a while now, there have been several cases of attacks and killings in the South-East region by a group of unidentified gunmen. It should be recalled that the ugly incident which started in Imo, with an attack on the State’s Police Command Headquarters, and Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) facility in Owerri, in April, has spread to other states in the region like wildfire.
From Abia to Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo State, there is no state in the South-East region where the activities of unidentified gunmen have not claimed the lives of innocent Nigerians, and security agents. Recently, a report by the Punch Newspaper, revealed that about 175 people have been killed in the region within the last six months. Sadly, these lives were lost in about 72 separate attacks in the region.
Following this report, we may begin to ask ourselves whether the loss of these 175 lives in the South-East region is something that could not have been prevented. There is no doubt that the losses were recorded in about 72 separate attacks in the region within the last six months. However, it can be argued that the loss of these lives could have been prevented.
In my view, the loss of these innocent lives could have been prevented if the leadership of the region had taken it upon themselves, to address the issue at the grassroots level, since the first case of attack was recorded in the region. It can be argued that the gunmen are not strangers, and as such, the leaders of the South-East region, are well-positioned to address their youths on the need to avoid any act of violence.
Arguably, it is the failure to tackle the issue at the grassroots level, since the first case of attack and killings were recorded in the region, that eventually paved way for a wide-scale violence that ended up claiming about 175 lives in six months. Do you agree with me? Share your views below.
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