The federal government has yet to respond to the furious controversy surrounding the Financial Times editorial that suggests Nigeria is on the verge of becoming a “failed state.”
The verdict came just a month after an investigation by Cable News Network (CNN) that exposed alleged government complicity in the shooting of unarmed protesters at a Lekki charge during the #EndSARS national protest in Lagos.
Reputable newspapers x-rayed the country’s growing insecurity, which is manifested in robbery, kidnapping and terrorism, before warning that “the most populous country in Africa is drooling on the edge.”
The publication wrote: “If the latest abduction turns out to be his work, it would mark the spread of a terrorist group from its northeastern base. Even if the mass abduction was carried out by ‘ordinary’ bandits – as it now seems possible – it highlights the fact of chronic crime and violence.
“Deadly clashes between livestock farmers and populated farmers have spread to most parts of Nigeria. In the oil-rich but poor Delta region, extortion by sabotaging pipelines is legendary.
“In the remaining three years, Mr. Buhari’s government must strive to draw the line in the sand. He must redouble his efforts to tackle it with certainty. “
The editorial advised the administration of President Muhammad Bukhari “to restore confidence in key institutions”, including the judiciary and the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2023 elections. It was insisted that the country deserved a “generational shift”.
“The broad coalition that found political expression in the #EndSARS movement against police brutality this year gives a shred of optimism,” the paper added, acknowledging that the country “has a relatively stable democracy” that young people could use “to reset the narrative in the country.”
The editorial continued: “Extortion is a powerful symbol of a state whose modus operandi is the extraction of oil revenues from the central treasury in order to pay for the bloated, ruinously inefficient political elite.” Security is not the only area where the state is failing.
“Nigeria has more poor people, defined as living on less than $ 1.90 a day, than any other country, including India. In non-COVID-19 years, one in five children in the world who do not go to school lives in Nigeria, many girls. ”
The attitude of the media is a confirmation of long-standing concerns. The fragile states index for 2020 suggests that Nigeria is marked as fragile with 97.3 points compared to the world average of 65.58 points. The country reached 103.5 points in 2016.
Recently, members of the organized private sector have expressed concern about rising levels of insecurity, especially as it affects investment and food security. Uncertainty has raised food prices in the northern states to their highest level in recent months.
Just Monday, Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum expressed anger over what he described as routine insurgent attacks on passengers and locals along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.