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Does the Government Expect Nigerians to Accept the Middle Belt Killings as the New Normal?



Does the Government Expect Nigerians to Accept the Middle Belt Killings as the New Normal? | BellaNaijaIn President Muhammadu Buhari‘s infamous Commonwealth Business Forum Speech back in April, where he described the Nigerian youth as lazy, he also commented that his administration has ” done quite well” in securing the lives of Nigerians.

In the week that followed, 22 people were reported killed in Benue State by suspected herdsmen. On that same day, state governors with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed him for a second term in office.

The Presidency, while listing the achievements of the Buhari administration back in January, said: “Even a beetle-eyed critic cannot pretend not to notice the tremendous progress in the area of security.”

Since January, there have been mass killings in Zamfara State, Benue State, Taraba State, Adamawa State, Nasarawa State, Kaduna State, and now Plateau State – all of them more than once, and all of them reaching double, sometimes triple figures.

That’s thousands of lives lost, all in half a month.

To support his claim that his administration has “done quite well” in security, the President mentioned the reduction in the number of lives lost from the Boko Haram insurgency.

Do we then disregard all of these killings, commend the president for a job well done because reported Boko Haram bombings have reduced?

Nigerians have called on President Buhari to act, but, so far, only little has been done.

Following the uproar about the Benue killings, the president had ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to move to the state.

The IG flouted the president’s orders, and although the killings went on in the state, nothing was done to remedy that.

Also, little has been heard from both the Ministry and Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau – those tasked with the responsibility of national security.

Scary stories keep pouring in from these states, normal citizens coming face to face and narrowly escaping killers. When are we to expect the killings to end? Nigerians have a right to life and safety.

This weekend, Taitter user @mazimum_ shared a story of another set of killings.

These killings have been going on for years, yes, but do we allow it go on? There is a reason for the security allocation in the yearly budget; yet, Nigerians are slaughtered in their homes, on the streets. Simple Nigerians going about their regular daily businesses.

In February 2018, Nassarawa State deployed 4000 officers in anticipation of President Buhari’s visit. What stops that same government from doing the same to find those guilty after people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen raided an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Nasarawa, killing 32 people?

The Nigerian Senate has asked for a quick response from the presidency this time, calling for a plan through which those responsible for the killings are apprehended and made to face the law.

Nigerians are not expecting too much. Nigerians want to go out and return home safely. Nigerians don’t want to be killed on the streets or see their children slaughtered.

Here’s a question for the government: do Nigerian lives mean nothing? Are Nigerians to accept the slaughtering of Nigerians as the norm?

BellaNaijarians, if you are aware of any NGOs helping those stuck in these violent areas, either with shelter, feeding, or even escape, please leave their details in the comment section. We want to be proactive in getting help for the victims of this horrific situation.


  1. Confuzzled

    June 25, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I have donated to an organization called Sesor in the past. They do good work helping IDPs and others affected by the killings in Benue, Jos, and other areas. Here is their website:

    BN please do a spotlight on this and other organizations doing this hard work. They need all the help the can get, since the government is asleep at the wheel as usual. The level of nonchalance is shocking.

  2. Mrs chidukane

    June 25, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    How inhumane can you be? Collecting security vote for nothing. Paying lip service when people are suffering violent death. They know these people but are not moved to act because they’re their friends and colleagues. At this point, if your father or uncle or relative is in power or in the security forces or in a position to create change and you’re not bending their ears night and day about this,then you are also part of the problem.

  3. gbaskelebo

    June 25, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    The worst administration ever and the carnage continues! #Buharimustgo

  4. Patrick

    June 25, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    The insensitivity of the government to the killings in the north, middle or any other part of the nation is truly alarming. Its borderline treason. This are the people you are there to protect above all and nothing is done to stop these brazen attacks. It’s a shame,

  5. Darius

    June 25, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Never vote for a religious bigot even if he chooses the pope as his running mate. If the bigot and the pope are elected, who is going to wield power?

  6. Dayokun

    June 25, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    This is very funny. Funny in a sarcastic, rhetoric manner. Buhari is a bigot. The Department of State security, Immigration, Customs and internal Affairs are all “yes” men who come from the same ethnicity as our dearly beloved president. WHY is this so important?
    Immigration is important to every country. A nomadic tribe that can move easily between the Niger-Nigeria-Chad -Togo border is a threat to any SANE country. The same “nomads” happen to come into contact with automatic rifles, cross our SECURE borders and commit unspeakable atrocities. Then, quick question, who is arming them? Surely, we do not produce any weapons. Will DSS do anything about it? Nope. Police nko? Ba wahala. Customs nko? At least you can seize contraband weapons or prevent them from moving goods across the border since our effective immigration won’t do anything? That one is a dozo. Hate to admit it, but we are in for 4 years of Prayers, Thoughts and sympathies for the dead. The killing will not stop.

  7. Meelikey

    June 25, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    The scary thing about this killings is a person will always come out to justify why his men killed people (human beings) because some cows(animals) were allegedly stolen and not one security agency in Nigeria deem it fit to arrest and question this man. NIGERIANS WAKE UP!

  8. Californiabawlar

    June 25, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    A tale as old as time itself. We grew up casually stating that the Fulani will kill 10 people in the place of one cow. Now they have upscaled and are emboldened because we have a bigoted president who openly shares their views.
    It’s as if nothing ever gets better in Nigeria. It’s heartbreaking.
    Buhari is a terrible mess! His occultic loyalty to obvious evil and amorality as Wole Soyinka pointed out will be his undoing.

  9. Mrs chidukane

    June 25, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    BN thanks for deleting my comment because it hit close to your home. Keep fooling yourselves. Hypocrites.

    • Atoke

      June 26, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Hello Mrs. Chidukane,

      There are no deleted comments on this post. Nothing in the spam folder, either.

      Would you like to resend it? Your earlier comment was published, not sure which one you’re referring to. Please let us know so we can fix it.


  10. Yakubu

    June 25, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    America in the person of David Axelrod convinced Nigerian drones through their political consulting company (and of course, connections to the Obama family), to elect this person who had tried and failed three times to retake the mantle of Nigeria.

    Other key drones who played a part include RED Media guys (Chude Jideowo, Adebola Williams), as well as Tolu Ogunlesi (rewarded with government position), and so on.

    All those who trekked for Buhari then, I hope you got your share of the pie. The largest share of the election campaign pie went to the U.S. via AKPD Media, aforementioned consulting company. They are watching Nigeria from afar, though they also became victims of political consulting through the Cambridge Analytica strategy successfully deployed for Trump.

    America’s biggest export these days seems to be aiding the destruction of younger democracies. You all were complicit.

    Lesson: History repeats itself. Next time, let’s read up Wikipedia before doing Voltron for someone who hasn’t changed since the 80s.

  11. Meelikey

    October 1, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    When “unknown gunmen” kill and sack people from their ancestral land and the President’s kinsmen come and occupy those lands and have the guts to change the names of those places to names in their dialect ,how else do you want to be convinced? Check out Stefanos Foundation ,Citadelgate on Instagram you will get to know others.

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