By Chikezie Ogbonna
The spate of attacks in the South East geopolitical zone of the country could be a dangerous signal that insurgency is brewing in the region.
This has made security experts to call for actionable leadership which they said is required to refocus the country, even as government should either equip the security agencies to deal with the situation head on or dialogue with the perpetrators.
Of late, there has been series of attacks on police officers and police facilities in the South East and South South regions.
The gory attacks on police stations and other government institutions in the zones, security experts believe are perhaps launched to strike fear and make people lose confidence in government.
However, considering the current emerging security concern in the country and the region taking a rather uglier shape lately, actionable leadership is needed to refocus the country.
The whole story boils down to bad attitude of government. It is a totality of poverty. When we have a society that is so much enmeshed in poverty, we will definitely expect all sorts of upheaval, and the South East cannot be any different.
Incidentally, the Igbo land has been people who apart from the Biafra experience have not seen much disturbance except clashes between one clan and the other.
Issues have massively deteriorated to this level because now we have so many young people in the society with no job, no trade. Nobody looks after them; nobody cares for them.
The ruling class has abandoned the young people in all aspect. Then the so called politicians as shameless as they have always been will try to take advantage of their predicament and promote it to something else.
Over the years it has become regrettable that money meant for social projects are given to politicians instead in the name of constituency project, which ends in their private pockets.
Most times it feels like the country needs a mad man to be head of state with a lot of mad men as his ministers and others, then maybe we can start tackling the problems of this country; otherwise there seem not to be any solution in sight. It is worsening by the day.
It is pertinent and quite disheartening in the midst of many bad and terrible developments in the country; nobody has ever been brought to book. If we have leadership, it has to be an action leadership.
The leadership structure should be well suited to capture when people do things wrong and punish them. Let the public know that you punished them for the crimes being committed in the country.
As heart breaking as it may be, many have not been prosecuted and come out plainly to tell the public they have jailed this person for this or that.
The current spate of insecurity in the country has made many to wonder if this chain of attacks is part of the several ploys to unleash mayhem on the zone after demobilizing the security architecture but others simply don’t have a clue.
It is quite disturbing that as a result of the attacks, police checkpoints, which used to be rampant on the roads, have disappeared. The operatives appear to have been called back to man their stations. Hardly can policemen be found in their uniforms on the streets except those on special assignments or accompanying a high-profile person”.
The deteriorating security situation in the South East calls for serious concern and until we stand up to take this debilitating situation serious, time shall tell when this so called faceless gunmen will start attacking helpless citizens. South East cannot be turned to another North East.