The Insecurity in Afghanistan and its implications on Nigeria
To begin with, the search for national security has long been the chief duties and obligations of the State. The attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS) and on Kabul, Afghanistan and many other attacks around the world is a serious threat to the world peace. Insecurity can be defined as the feeling of uncertainty, a lack of confidence or anxiety about one’s safety or the environment
According to Jean-Marie Guehenno, the Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations at the 8157th United Nations Meeting said that insecurity comes from terrorist attacks, factionalized government and weakening of the political compact that supports the provisional government of Afghanistan.
He goes further to state that the primary source of insecurity remains terrorist attacks and continued sizable cross-border infiltration by suspected Taliban, al-Qaida and Hizb-Islam insurgents. And these attacks desperately jeopardize the safety of personnel and limit the ability to conduct reconstruction and political activities.
The aforementioned causes are also the cases in the Northern part of the country (Nigeria) as the country has been experiencing unprecedented increase of attacks on a daily basis by bandits, herdsmen and Boko Haram sets. For instance, the attack on the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) situated at Kaduna. The infiltration of the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, fortress, killing of two middle-level officers and abduction of another by yet another group of armed hoodlums in fake military uniforms on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, brought to a new low the parlous security situation in the country. Such attack is a slap and a major blow on the Nigerian Government and the Nigerian Military Forces, yet not a single bandit was arrested nor killed. Many questions are begging for answers. It’s the people’s hope that the government can provide credible answers to these questions.
Furthermore, a country is not just a place, it is the people that resides within such country that make it what it is. It is the people of Nigeria that make this country Nigeria. If there are no people, then there is no Nigeria. Therefore, the government must do everything possible to protect the citizens and prevent the insecurity in the nation from escalating into a war situation. God forbid a war in Nigeria. One wonders where Nigerians will run to. The question is how many countries can accommodate Nigerians? As the population of the country according to the National Population Commission and the National Bureau of Statistics is estimated to be well over one hundred and ninety million (190,000,000) people. How many it these people will these countries accommodate, especially the African Countries? The security of any nation is a greatest asset to fostering growth and development in such nation.
In conclusion, section 14(2)(b) of the Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria provides that:
“The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”
It is therefore the responsibility of the Government to provide for security of lives and properties of the people through it agencies such as the Police, the Military Forces and other security agencies. The present situation must not be allowed to continue. The destruction to lives and properties and the general insecurity that are been perpetrated by the Herdsmen, Bandits and Boko Haram sets must be stopped in other to prevent it from spreading into other parts of the country. By so doing, we shall be preventing the catastrophic happenings in Afghanistan from been repeated in our dear nation.
Adesina Adedeji writes from Lagos State