Nigerians have continued to express outrage to a video released by the Islamic State in West Africa Province, ISWAP, where insurgents were seen wildly flogging abducted passengers of the Kaduna-Abuja train.
On March 28, 2022 terrorists belonging to ISWAP bombed a Kaduna-bound a train from Abuja and kidnapped more than 60 passengers as well as killing some in the attack.
Some families have been able to pay hefty ransoms for the release of their abducted family members.
It is estimated that the terrorists have received in excess on N1billion as ransom.
However, in the video which surfaced on Sunday morning, the insurgents could be seen flogging the captives in their camp as wailing rented the air.
Thereafter, one of the captives spoke into the camera appealing to the federal government, Saudi government and the international community to come to their aid.
Also, one of the terrorists warned that, “This is our message to the government of Nigeria and just as you have seen these people here, by God’s grace, you will see your leaders; your senators and governors will come before us. These ones you are seeing here, we will keep some as our slaves and sell them off just as our Imam told you in the past,” he said.
Speaking in Hausa: “Just like the Chibok girls that were sold off, we will equally sell these ones as slaves. If you don’t adhere to our demands, we will kill the ones we need to kill and sell the remaining. By God’s grace, El-Rufai, Buhari, we will bring you here.”
Reacting to the development, Nigerians on social media have taken on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to do more to stem the tide of insecurity and rescue the victims.
Peter Mayokun Babaleye in a Facebook post said; “When you begin to negotiate with terrorists and they figured it is a business that empowers them, this is what you get. They will be emboldened, buy better weapons to weaken your defenses and infiltrate your ranks, make impossible demands until they turn your land into warzone and worst of all…they will claim to be doing it in the name of “Allah.””
On his part, Nnamdi Nnadika wrote too on Facebook; “This is how terrible incompetence and those that should have no business being in governance have made the nation.”
Chukwuebuka Maduaburochukwu Anaebo raised a poser about government’s competence. He wrote: “How hard is it to geo match the place these people are held and send SWAT or something of that nature to rescue them?”
Wilfred Maji Agaji blamed citizens for electing incompetent to positions. He said, “Very unfortunate. This is what we get when we vote or allowed “conscience-less” people with sense of entitlement rigged into power.”
Fred Akechi Jibrin cautioned Nigerians against celebrating the threat of the terrorists. According to Jibrin, “What do Nigerians expect if Buhari is kidnapped? Termination of democratic government in Nigeria to pave way for Islamic government desired by the terrorists as speculated or where do we go from there? Time will tell!”