Since the unfortunate entry of the Boko Haram terror sect into Nigeria some years back, several reasons have been adduced to why it has refused to disappear from the political landscape.
Just on Saturday, the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, listed the weakness of the Nigerian state as one reason the sect has been able to overrun some areas of the north.
Recall that Sanusi whilst at the helm of affairs at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) linked the upsurge of the sect to poverty, unemployment and worsening economic condition of the north. Several other persons before and after him have also adduced reasons why the rank of the sect continues swell.
Not a few Nigerians see them as mere excuses and the more people continue to harp on them, they unwittingly justify the sect and its actions. This is because Nigerians in other parts of the country still contend with poverty, unemployment, marginalisation, worsening economic conditions, etc, but have refused to take to mass killings, abductions, burning of houses, worship places and markets amongst others to vent their anger.
So if Nigerians in other parts of the country have chosen to keep the peace in the midst of the unfavourable conditions they have found themselves, those harping on the above reasons to justify the Boko Haram sect and its activities can only be making up excuses. The earlier we all, irrespective of our political and ethnic leanings, unite behind the government and our security forces in the fight against terror, the easier it will be to rout the sect. The time to do this is now.
*this was published in the Daily Times dated Monday, January 19, 2015