By Ahmad Deedat Zakari
Within 48 hours, in the most populous black nation in the world, an Assistant Commissioner of Police was gruesomely murdered. Boko Haram insurgents infiltrated a prison in the country’s capital and released their members. The president’s security team and media convoy was attacked, leaving two injured.
All these are happening amidst biting inflation that has enthroned hunger in the country. Nobody seems concerned about students of public universities in the country that have been at home for several months. Scores have already taken to cybercrime as an alternative to education.
Just like in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, everything that holds us together as a nation is seemingly crumbling. It is unbelievable that it is happening under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch, a man who is reputed for diligence and integrity.
It is saddening that the man Nigerians unreservedly love and elected to lead them is good at only travelling. While the nation burns and desperately needs succour, the president is on his way to Senegal.
Reports indicate that the president has made 11 international trips in five months. Sadly, the president’s official trips are not translating to anything good for Nigeria.
Buhari’s tenure ends in ten months, but will Nigeria survive these months’ hunger, insecurity and absence of education?
Deedat wrote from Lokoja, Kogi State, via email@example.com.