The Nigerian Government cannot be maintaining a stern and sturdy stance against negotiating with terrorists just to look good in the eyes of the international community, while the lives of innocent Nigerians hang on a precipice at the mercy of raving narcissistic psychopaths and raging sociopaths whose sadomasochistic proclivities are only satisfied by the horrors of bloodshed. It is sad enough that four lives among the Kidnapped students have already been lost.
It would be rational to insist that the Federal Government pay the ransom and free the kidnapped Greenfield University students from the conclave of the so-called bandits. The lives of the remaining students cannot be made a payment for the inadequacies of our security apparatuses, neither can it be made an ego-massage-apparatus for a country whose leadership has failed.
Until the Federal Government gets serious in launching a genuine war – unrestricted and consistent – against these herdsmen/bandits, it should be ready to pay more ransoms for the release of innocent Nigerians suffering from the daily politicking of political elites (for that is what all these have become – politicking gone awry and berserk).
It is the lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Government towards herdsmen brutality that has plunged this country into this near state of anarchy in the first place. To paraphrase Chinua Achebe, “he who brings ant infested firewood into his house, should not be surprised when lizards pay him a visit”. You cannot claim to uphold the we-do-not-negotiate-with-terrorists-policy, when you have failed woefully in the one cardinal job you were elected for, which is, securing lives and property.
After securing the release of the students, should the Government feel a blow to their ego, then it should do right to launch a well coordinated assault on the enclave of the bandits and retrieve their ransom, or better still, commit to the one crucial job of improving security across the country in order to prevent a repetition of ransom payments for kidnapped victims. Security should be the core objective of any reasonable government.