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Insecurity In the  South East of  Nigeria

For the last seven months, there has been a spike in the occurrence of insecurity in the nation, and there has been no identifiable cause for such movements, instilling fear and unrest in the nation. 

These insecurities have ranged from kidnappings, to killings and attacks on schools and organizations making the South East unsafe for all. 

According to BBC PIDGIN, measures such as creating a new security outfit to deal with the level of  insecurity facing the states. 

Some states in the south have adopted curfew hours for late hours, while in Anambra  state the Governor has but a ban on Keke, small buses and bikes as these are the suspected means of transport for  these unlawful perpetuation.

 Youths were tasked to fully take responsibility for their community and in Rivers State, where over twenty security operatives have died inciting the government to issue 8:30pm -6:00am curfew in the state. 

 Delta and Akwa-Ibom  state have also suffered such attacks making citizens fear for their life daily.

 Students have been kidnapped from school sites, leaving parents in turmoil and great hurt. 

 Building have been burnt down and lives lost in the fall out of these clashes between security agents and the suspected law breakers termed as “UNKNOWN GUNMEN”. 

 Even Islamic schools are not spared in the abduction as an all girls secondary school lost 200 students to armed men. 

Akosile described the security problem of Boko Haram, banditry and kidnapping for most parts of the country as the real insecurity  problem  facing Nigeria. 

The escalated insecurity trends  and communal clashes have led to  calls for separation in the nation with the major ethnic groups seeking separation as a solution to the problem. 

The sheer amount of ungoverned spaces that exist in Nigeria is the problem,” said Cheta Nwanze, an analyst at the Lagos-based risk advisory firm SBM Intelligence. With an unemployment rate of over 30 percent and anemic economic growth, “[you know] it can’t get better. These are the things driving insecurity.”( excerpt from the new humanitarian paper).

To the point that the recent Biafra Day  celebrated on May 30th was marked by a mandatory sit at home that was observed with fear for individual lives. And  in some states such as IMO STATE there were reports and rumors of shoot-outs in certain parts of the state and armed gunmen targeting and harassing  young men in the state.

This insecurity issue has put Nigeria in the negative limelight on the international platform and has set it backward on the economic market. Through all these the government has in no way proffered a solution to these problems or addressed the issue of separation been raised, this has led to the people wondering and questioning where the nation was headed at this rate.

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