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Nigeria’s Kidnapping Nightmare: Citizens Step Up Amid Government Inertia

The heartbreaking wave of kidnappings in Nigeria paints a grim picture of the security challenges faced by its citizens. The recent tragedy involving Alhaji Mansoor Al-Kadriyar’s family highlights the ruthlessness of bandits, culminating in the tragic loss of Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, a promising 400-level student at ABU.

The escalating ransom demands, now at N100 million, exemplify the desperation families endure while grappling with the inadequacies of the security apparatus. The #Najeebahandhersisters movement underscores the urgent need for authorities to intensify rescue efforts.

The distressing case of Praise-God, a law student at Nasarawa State University, and Esther Otegiri, a Youth Corper, further amplifies the pervasive insecurity plaguing the nation. The demand for N5 million and N50 million, respectively, lays bare the vulnerability of individuals, their lives hinging on exorbitant ransoms.

Amidst this crisis, the failure of the government to effectively address the issue compounds the anguish. The citizens, resorting to crowdfunding for survival, question the efficacy of the newly elected government. The absence of a concerted effort to curb kidnappings and communicate transparently with the public amplifies feelings of disillusionment.

The perpetual menace of banditry, coupled with the government’s seeming inertia, underscores the urgent need for a comprehensive, well-coordinated strategy. The safety of citizens should not hinge on ransom payments or social media campaigns. As the nation grapples with this crisis, the imperative for a responsive government and a united citizenry becomes paramount. The collective plea is clear: Nigeria deserves more than to be held hostage by insecurity, and its people demand action, accountability, and a secure future.

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