Nigeria: Badeh’s Murder Devastating, says Southern, Middle Belt Forum
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, Dec. 19, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has described as devastating, the murder of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.) on Tuesday evening along the Abuja-Keffi Expressway on his way back from his farm by gunmen.
In a statement jointly signed by the leaders of the Forum, they said “it is a sad commentary on the degeneration of security situation in Nigeria that a former Chief of Defence Staff could be killed like a fowl on the street and no word from the government in a classic replay of the failure of leadership that stalks our land presently.”
The Forum’s leaders that signed for their zones are,. Mr. Yinka Odumakin (South-West), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South), Prof Chigozie Ogbu (South-East) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt).
According to the statement, it would be a wild expectation though to expect a government that was mute for six days after over 100 soldiers were killed to be responsive to the death of a former Defence Chief, reminding that, he primary responsibility every responsible government is to secure lives and property and when failure attracts mute indifference on the part of the government the killers are encouraged to continue their acts as the fear of consequences has been removed.
“We are worried that we are now in this sorry situation where human life is worth not a thing in our country as we languish under a leadership that is bereft of capacity to secure lives and property, empty of compassion and empathy and drained of human feelings .We never had it this terrible in the history of our country .
“Nigeria is dangerously careening to the edge of the precipice with the killings going on all over the place and it would take concerted efforts by Nigerians with active support from the global community to pull Nigeria from the brink. The signs of state failure are all over us with calamitous consequences except a leadership that is equipped with capacity and the will to do good for the polity is put in place shortly,” the statement added.
In conclusion, the statement conveyed the leaders’ condolences to the family of the decease praying that God Almighty will console them over the grievous loss.