As President Bola Tinubu marks his first 100 days in office, there is a range of opinions among experts regarding the state of the country’s security situation.
Before President Tinubu assumed leadership on May 29, 2023, Nigeria was grappling with significant security challenges, including terrorism, banditry, and various criminal activities. Some experts believe that the rampant killings, kidnappings, and other heinous acts perpetrated by violent assailants have significantly decreased during his tenure. However, others argue that there has been little to no change.
It’s worth recalling that shortly after taking office, President Tinubu made substantial changes to the security apparatus by appointing new service chiefs. While this move initially raised hopes among Nigerians who had been deeply troubled by the audacious actions of terrorists and bandits, unfortunately, incidents of killings and abductions of unsuspecting citizens have persisted.
Criminal elements continue to wreak havoc in the Federal Capital Territory and other parts of the country, despite the government’s efforts to combat this menace. According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria in August, bandits exert control over no fewer than 23 local government areas in Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi states.
Of particular concern is the deteriorating situation in Sokoto and Zamfara states, where residents are being forcibly displaced from their ancestral homes, abandoning their livelihoods. In the eastern part of Sokoto State, security has hit an all-time low, with criminal elements engaging in killing sprees, kidnappings, and maiming innocent community members. A source, Mr. Muhammed Magaji, familiar with this dire situation, has stated that residents in areas such as Isa, Sabon Birni, Rabah, Goronyo, and Illela local council areas of the state live in constant fear.