The assassination try on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah was one other signal of how sick Nigeria has grow to be. It additionally highlighted how the South-East that used to boast of not participating in mindless killings has speedily deteriorated within the final two years.
Opposite to the conspiracy theories and weak denials made by many Igbo people who the current insecurity within the South-East is brought on by outsiders, Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo, stated over the weekend in a TV interview that primarily based on their investigation and the identification of these arrested, the insecurity isn’t perpetrated by outsiders however criminals of Igbo extraction who cover underneath the guise of preventing for freedom.
“Let me be clear about it, 100% of the folks we’ve caught are Igbo. There isn’t any hoax that any person is invading from someplace. It’s 100% Igbo on Igbo. They don’t seem to be unknown gunmen. They’re plain criminals. A few of these criminals additionally cover underneath the cloak of agitation however IPOB has repeatedly distanced itself from the criminals. They’re unknown to the extent that possibly they aren’t caught instantly. However I can let you know we’ve been catching various them and so they already know that Anambra isn’t secure for them anymore,” Soludo was quoted as saying.
Ubah is the Senator representing the Anambra South Senatorial Zone, which includes my Nnewi North Native Authorities Space and 6 different native authorities areas. He was one 12 months my junior at Okongwu Memorial Grammar Faculty, Nnewi. We have been each within the boarding home, with him on Mojekwu Home, whereas I used to be in Okonkwo Home. In our junior lessons, we performed soccer collectively. He was the goalkeeper for his hostel and in addition one of many goalkeepers of the college, whereas I performed within the assault.
If not for the bullet-proof automobile he was travelling in, Ubah would have been lifeless by now. We might have been discussing him up to now tense. Though he had a workforce of police escorts and operatives of the Division of State Safety, it’s uncertain if any member of that safety workforce was spared by the assailants at that assault that happened in Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka Native Authorities Space of Anambra State two Sundays in the past. A report by The PUNCH quoted an nameless witness as saying that the attackers, who have been 9, collected all of the arms of the killed safety operatives.
It’s not clear if Ubah was focused or if the attackers noticed a convoy of automobiles and determined that they have been politicians that must be eradicated as enemies. In September 2021, Hon. Chris Azubogu, who represents the Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency on the Home of Representatives, would have been eradicated too. In Nnobi, Anambra State. His convoy was likewise attacked. However fortunately for him, he was not within the convoy. However some members of his workforce weren’t that fortunate.
Two days earlier than that, Dr Chike Akunyili, husband of former minister of data, Prof Dora Akunyili, was killed in the identical method. He was in a automobile with a siren. On the Nkpor junction, near Onitsha in Anambra State, the motive force sounded the siren within the Nigerian trend influential folks use to get out of any visitors jam. That siren attracted the assailants instantly. They shot at him and killed him brutally, with these round not figuring out who was killed. The idea of each the killers and onlookers was that one of many “corrupt politicians” had been eradicated.
What was instructive within the case of Senator Ubah was that although he was on the scene of the assault, he survived along with his driver. His saving grace was the bullet-proof automobile he used. Fortunately, the bulletproof didn’t fail.
Many different folks have been killed in a similar way within the South-East in current instances in a most mindless means. Such dastardly killings are often credited to “unknown gunmen” and the ding-dong continues.
Trying on the assault on Ubah from one other angle, one may ask if he would have survived the assault if he was utilizing a daily automobile. Effectively, the reply is that the potential of him surviving is low. It could have been diminished to luck: if the bullets didn’t hit him; if the bullets didn’t hit an important organ in his physique; if the attackers acknowledged him and determined to spare him; if his driver was capable of drive out quick from the scene earlier than his specific automobile was attacked.
The escape of Ubah from demise might be in comparison with how people, organisations or nations carry out compared to others. People and teams which have the next degree of safety or preparation or backup plan expertise extra success or luck. People and teams which have low success charges rely extra on luck or perception in supernatural safety.
On the person degree, in societies the place the state doesn’t maintain a lot of the welfare of the folks, richer people get luckier. For instance, when kidnapping for ransom turned rife on the Abuja-Kaduna Street, most individuals who may afford it resorted to utilizing the prepare or aeroplane to commute between the 2 cities separated by about 200 kilometres. Prepare tickets turned onerous to safe. Solely the highly effective and the related had entry to them. Those that couldn’t get tickets continued to make use of highway transportation and plenty of fell victims to kidnapping. When bandits attacked an Abuja-Kaduna prepare on March 28, 2022, the choices have been diminished to solely air journey for individuals who may afford it.
Equally, on the crucial situation of well being, the extra assets one has, the luckier one will get. If two one-year-old kids are hit by malaria, the one whose dad and mom can’t afford the malarial drug of lower than N700 or $1 or a go to to the hospital has increased probability of dying than the one whose dad and mom can afford medical care. It continues like that into maturity. Financially-stable people who find themselves cautious about their well being have the next probability of stepping into superior outdated age than those that don’t have the assets.
Individuals who dwell with diabetes or hypertension, for instance, however have the assets and the self-discipline to take all prescribed medical recommendation have the next probability of residing into their 80s and 90s. They’ve the services at house to verify their blood sugar and temperature a few times day by day. In addition they have entry to common medical consideration domestically and internationally. That means, the possibilities of sudden demise or irreversible degeneration of well being are prevented. Good examples are Queen Elizabeth II, who simply died at 96 years, and her husband, who died final 12 months at 99 years.
It’s also the identical case with organisations and nations. Organisations that take additional measures towards monetary disasters and emergencies get luckier than others. The identical fireplace that begins in a single firm and destroys it utterly will begin in one other firm and will get extinguished inside minutes due to smoke detectors, fireplace alarms and fireplace sprinklers that battle the hearth earlier than firefighters arrive.
International locations which make the welfare of their residents high precedence be certain that healthcare is made obtainable to all people. Potholes are usually not allowed on the roads, in order to not trigger accidents which will result in deaths. There are common drills in anticipation of emergencies. And when emergencies happen, there are fast responses.
Life isn’t honest or balanced. Not all people might have the assets to personal a bullet-proof automobile, however one lesson from the assault on Sen. Ubah is that just like the Boy Scout motto says, people and nations should “be ready” at all times. It might be the distinction between life and demise.