The bombing of the United Nations UN) building in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) penultimate Friday, the third in the series in the FCT within a year, may not be a surprise to many observers of events in the country, especially since President Jonathan assumed office in May 29, 2011.
Just three months in office, Jonathan’s presidency appears to have witnessed more bombings within a relatively short span than any other president or Head of State, dead or alive, particularly in peace time, or better still, during democracy which, ordinarily, should be the most peaceful period in democratic dispensations. However, the situation seems to be the opposite.
The ugly trend, as unfortunate as it looks, may well be Jonathan’s litmus test to prove his capability to govern Nigeria, the largest black nation on planet earth, using all necessary and legitimate means to subdue the revolutionary forces within and outside our boarders striving hard to subvert the unity and co-existence of Nigeria and Nigerians.
Last week’s bombing of UN building located within the diplomatic zone of FCT, to say the least, is most worrisome in many respects. For one, it signposts a clarion call on Nigeria’s security network that the insecurity in the land, particularly terrorists threats against the stability of the Nigerian State, should no longer be treated with kid gloves.
The UN complex bombing, from all indications, appears to be the most devastating bombing in Abuja so far. With 23 lives confirmed dead and over 100 people injured, as well as properties worth millions of naira destroyed, the incident surpassed the blasts at Eagle Square during the nation’s 50th independence anniversary and the one at Police Headquarters, which recorded lost of fewer lives.
The pathetic scenario, following the spate of bombings and air of insecurity created by the blasts in the past one year, especially in the nation’s capital, is indeed, most worrisome. Analysts are quick to conclude that if such blasts could occur in diplomatic and three arms of government zones in Abuja, then the Presidential Villa, aka Aso Rock, may not be spared either.
Infact, it makes one wonder what our security chiefs are really up to. In advanced societies, some of the security chiefs would have thrown in the towel for what I will simply describe as their incompetence and incapability to detect or fore-see the blasts before-hand.However, in Nigeria this cannot be.
Our leaders in politics, economy, security, or whatever, will stay put in office, despite apparent failure to deliver on their duties and responsibilities to the people.
While it has become a common-place to assume or even presume that all major blasts, bombings or security threats are perpetuated by the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect, our security operatives should go beyond searching for suspects of the group and fish out their sponsors and masterminds.
In an era where some highly-placed individuals are so aggrieved to the extent of threatening the unity and foundation of Nigeria as a corporate entity, the issue should be investigated thoroughly. We recall that one of the explosive outrages that happened last October in Abuja during the nation’s 50th independence anniversary was attributed to a totally different source.
The leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and weapons merchant, Henry Okah, is still standing trial in South Africa on charges of complicity in the Abuja Eagle Square blast till date. It can, therefore, be also assumed that other notable Nigerians, and indeed, foreigners, could be behind some of the outrages aimed at destabilising Nigeria, or simply put, making the country ungovernable for President Jonathan for reasons best known to them.
Interestingly, our security agencies in collaboration with Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) and United Nations Security apparatus are working in concert to unmask the persons behind the UN building bombing.
The challenge before those investigating the blast is to establish whether there are links in method, materials used and the execution between the blasts at Eagle Square, Police headquarters and the UN complex.
Nigerians are really watching with keen interest. Our security operatives must be more assertive now than ever before because the citizens are very wary and apprehensive of the current insecurity in the land and virtually all facets of life of our people have been negatively affected by the trend.
A school of thought has it that regardless of the motive of all the blasts, whether they are imported or home-grown initiatives, one thing that can hardly be ignored is that the main consequence of the attacks in Abuja, the seat of power, is to destabilise Jonathan’s Presidency, as the Head of Government.
The three blasts at the heart of the Federal Capital should not be seen as a mere co-incidence at all. It is indeed much more than meets the eye. Even if the sources, initiators and executors of the bombings are separate with, perhaps, different motives and objectives, the goal and mission may clearly be similar, if not the same.
One is tempted to believe, and quickly too, that the difference in choice of target and operational strategy need to be properly investigated as the sophiscation in execution of the last two blasts: the one at Police Headquarters and UN building had similar characteristics; using suicide bombers as the pointmen.
The bottomline is that the newest enemies of the Nigerian state who are perpetrating these acts of aggression and antagonising Jonathan’s Presidency are out, in all ramifications, to frustrate the president and cast doubts over the ability of Jonathan’s government to maintain law and order in the country.
Nigeria requires the highest level of professionalism and understanding to unravel the real persons behind the current outrages and insecurity so as to prevent further escalation of attacks on innocent citizens. The greatest casualties so far is the ordinary man on the street, not the privileged ones.