The North is boiling again and here’s how Nigerians have reacted

by Toluwanimi Onakoya


Gruesome and graphic pictures have flooded Twitter timelines; showing large amounts of murdered, lifeless bodies on the streets, on the grass and on the sand in the North-Eastern state of Borno. This has caused a large public outcry in grief and in demand for the government to take decisive steps to alleviate the situation.

Not long ago, the news was flooded with similar pictures of people killed by armed bandits in Kaduna. Same killings that coincided with the period when the #BlackLivesMatter movement was just gathering momentum, in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Twitter users instituted a social media campaign calling for justice for those killed in Kaduna, with little response from the incumbent government.

In a similar trend, it’s been revealed that armed bandits killed many and kidnapped several others in Borno on Tuesday, raising another uproar and pushing the hashtag #NorthernLivesMatter. The killings were said to be of the actions of notorious insurgents, Boko Haram.

 

There are also reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, upon announcement of the killings, expressed shock and has ordered military men to go after these terrorists.

 

This did not stop many Nigerians however from lambasting the President for his supposed inaction in curbing the killings in the North, with some declaring that he is completely inefficient and incapable of running the country.

 

 

Some also screamed “Hypocrisy!” at the fact that some Nigerians had violently partaken in the campaign tagged #BlackLivesMatter which originated from the United States of America in protest of police brutality but have chosen to remain quiet in the ‘Borno Massacre.’

 

There were those that waved the news away with an insensitive flick of the palm, claiming that people die every day in the North hence Southerners should not concern themselves.

 

Another perspective that rose upon the announcement of the tragedy were those that offered up condolences and vehemently spoke against the rehabilitation of these Boko Haram members. The incumbent government had put a plan in place that involved capturing some of these bandits, reconditioning them and releasing them back into society. The announcement of these killings has caused many to point fingers at this incentive, calling it a foolish move on the part of the government.

Many turned to the God they believe in, praying for intervention, his mercies and forgiveness so the killings can be put to an end.

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