President Tinubu’s Administration’s Inability to Address Escalating Kidnappings: A Lamentable Stalemate


The recent spate of kidnappings in Nigeria, has exposed glaring shortcomings in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, particularly in its inability to provide effective solutions to combat this menace.

It would be recalled that on March 7, 2024, over 200 women, girls, and boys, who had left their IDPs camp in search of firewood in Ngala, northeast Borno, were kidnapped by militants of Boko Haram, alongside the kidnapping of students and teachers from the LEA Primary School and the Government Secondary School, Kuriga, Kaduna State last week paint a distressing picture of a nation grappling with insecurity and governmental ineptitude.

Meanwhile, the abductors of the 287 school children and staff have demanded N1 billion as ransom for their release.

Despite the urgency and gravity of the situation, President Tinubu’s response has been woefully inadequate. His declaration that ransom payments will not be made for the release of the abducted students not only displays a lack of empathy but also highlights a dangerous stance that prioritizes rhetoric over action.

Days have gone and yet these innocent children, including boys and girls and the other 200 victims who remain in captivity, facing unimaginable horrors. The failure to swiftly mobilize rescue efforts speaks volumes about the administration’s disregard for the lives of its citizens, particularly its youngest and most vulnerable members.

These series of abduction bring to the forefront the glaring inadequacies in security measures and crisis response within the region.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration bears the responsibility of safeguarding the lives and wellbeing of its citizens, yet the recurring incidents of kidnapping demonstrate a failure to effectively address this security challenge. The inability to provide a swift and decisive solution to these rampant abductions reflects a systemic failure in governance, security infrastructure, and crisis management at both state and federal levels.

The prolonged captivity of innocent women and children, with reports of deteriorating conditions and the President’s statement that no ransom will be paid for their release, underscores a lack of empathy and urgency in addressing the human suffering and trauma inflicted by these criminal acts. The prospect of children between the ages of 6 and 16 enduring such horrific circumstances, including hunger and potential fatalities, demands immediate and decisive action from the government.

The delayed response and apparent lack of concrete measures to secure the release of the abducted individuals not only exacerbates their plight but also signals a lack of political will and commitment to prioritize the safety and security of the Nigerian people. The failure to swiftly mobilize resources, coordinate rescue operations, and ensure the safe return of the kidnapped victims raises serious questions about the government’s capacity and willingness to protect its citizens from such brazen acts of violence.

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In the face of such heinous crimes and grave human rights violations, it is imperative for the government to demonstrate leadership, accountability, and a clear strategy to combat kidnapping, apprehend the perpetrators, and secure the safe release of the victims. The absence of a coherent and effective response to these security challenges not only emboldens criminal elements but also erodes public trust in the government’s ability to uphold law and order, protect its citizens, and ensure justice for those affected by these atrocities.

As the international community continues to express concern and condemnation over the escalating incidents of kidnapping in Nigeria, it is incumbent upon President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to take decisive action, engage with relevant stakeholders, and prioritize the safe return of the abducted women and children. The government must invest in comprehensive security reforms, intelligence gathering capabilities, and law enforcement strategies to prevent future kidnappings and hold accountable those responsible for these crimes against humanity.

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The plight of the kidnapped women and children in Kaduna State serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for effective governance, security sector reform, and respect for human rights in Nigeria. President Tinubu’s administration must rise to the occasion, demonstrate leadership in addressing these security challenges, and prioritize the protection and welfare of all Nigerians, especially the most vulnerable members of society. Failure to do so not only prolongs the suffering of the victims but also undermines the fundamental values of justice, security, and dignity that every citizen deserves.

Furthermore, the government must prioritize the safety and well-being of its citizens above all else, refraining from policies or statements that further endanger the lives of those already in peril. Anything less would be a betrayal of the trust placed in the government to protect and serve its people.

In conclusion, the ongoing crisis of kidnapping in Kaduna State is a damning indictment of President Tinubu’s administration and its failure to address the escalating insecurity plaguing the nation. The time for action is now, and anything less than a concerted effort to rescue the abducted individuals and tackle the underlying causes of kidnapping is simply unacceptable.

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