The gruesome murder of Reverend Lawan Andimi, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State by Boko Haram is a heinous crime that should be condemned by all men and women who abhor evil. Because what happened to him is the true definition of evil and man’s inhumanity to man.
The scripting of the murder including his parade by his abductors before they carried out the dastardly act of murdering an innocent man over nothing shows the dire situations Nigeria is.
But Andimi’s murder is not just another strike by Boko Haram or whoever or whatever group is behind the reprehensible act. The perpetrators of the murder encrypted a message with the termination of another innocent life. It is a dark manifesto from the insurgents who seem to be saying that they are on the rebound from the degradation which the government and its security forces have repeatedly maintained that they have inflicted on them.
Of course condemnation is necessary and harsh words should be employed to characterize their odious crime and brigandage. But it is not enough to just condemn the act and move on until they strike again. Indeed this is not a period for grandstanding or parade of righteous indignation. It is also not time for political cheap shots and filibuster. Such condemnation in the face of clear and present danger that the insurgents pose to the polity and the welfare of its citizen sound hollow .We have seen and heard that time and time again.
Before our very eyes the insurgents are becoming bolder ,killing both civilians and men of the security forces with reckless abandon and we are here debating over inanities .This is time for all concerned to come together and face our common enemy. And rather than dissipating energy on the propriety of the establishment of an ingenious security measure to check insecurity and banditry by a particular region , it’s time to see how such can be replicated all over the country. The debate should actually be about how to devise ways to build in check and balances into regional and state security outfits and fortify such structure to improve the security architecture of the country. Those who have fashioned new methods to shore up the security of their regions and states deserve commendation and not condemnation.
In plain terms, the government and those opposed to the Amotekun Security outfit of the Southwest region should be more concerned about halting the resurgence of Boko Haram.