Nigeria is a failing state – Shehu Sani

A senator representing Kaduna Central Shehu Sani said the recent uptick in fatal attacks by bandits and kidnappers in Zamfara and Katsina states was a “clear symptom that Nigeria is a “failing state.”

“Last year the people of Zamfara were forced to flee to Katsina to escape the Bandits & Kidnappers;And now their hosts, the people of Katsina are forced to flee to Niger republic to escape the Bandits & Kidnappers;A clear symptom of a failing state, gradually being overwhelmed,” Sani tweeted on Monday.

Recently more than 800 villagers from Zamfara State were displaced by incessant armed bandits’ attacks, causing them to flee their homes and take refuge at the Kankara and Faskari Local government areas of Katsina State.

The villagers, mostly children and women were displaced from Buke and Wailar, Unguwar Yabo, Dan Fili, Yartalata, Sabon Yartalata and Mandaba villages of Tsafe local government area of Zamfara State.

A larger percentage of those displaced fled to Katsina State.

But currently the host state is having its own share of the insecurity as about 250 people of Tsamben Tsauni and Tsamben Kolumbo villages of Mallamawa ward in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State have relocated to Jibia town following a bandits’ attack on their villages at the weekend.

The internally displaced persons, mostly women and children, are currently taking refuge at the Jibia model market.

The insecurity in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast, has been a major concern in recent times as many have lost their lives, loved ones and properties to the dominating terrorist attack in the region.

Since the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in 2015, critics and opponents have argued that he has exaggerated the scale of its success against insecurity in the country.

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