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How Insecurity Made These Six Nigerians Famous

The dangerous trend of insecurity in Nigeria in the last couple of months has thrown many parts of the country into disarray.

This worrisome issue has raised concerns in Nigeria and around the globe, with people living in fear of being consumed by the insurgency.

An implication of this 'security shortfall' is the accompanying condemnation of government and key stakeholders by various persons and groups.

The consistency, intensity and method with which some of these persons and groups have been reacting to the incessant security crisis across Nigeria has increased their popularity. These people have received both applause and criticism from different parts of the country.

Below are persons who have become more popular by their vocal outputs on insecurity.

Sheikh Gumi

GumiThe popular Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has been quite vocal about the issue of banditry, kidnapping, and killings in the Northeast of Nigeria.

Gumi has blamed the issue of banditry on the previous and current administration.

According to him, the long marginalization and neglect of herdsmen is the reason behind the surge in banditry in Nigeria. 

He has been heavily criticised for his perceived empathy towards the insurgents.

Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi KanuNnamdi Kanu, the recently re-arrested leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been a torn in the flesh of the Nigerian Government.

He has been clamouring for the secession of some parts of the southeastern Nigeria.

Despite being on the run from the Nigerian Government since 2017, he remained actively in the scene of the struggle for freedom of the 'Igbo Nation'.

He has been accused of using online broadcast medium to issue series of instructions to his militia and other members of the outlawed organisation to carry out act of violence in the eastern parts of Nigeria.

Sunday Igboho

IgbohoPopularly known as Sunday Igboho, the 'Yoruba Nation' agitator Sunday Adeyemo has been at the forefront of the war against criminal Fulani herdsmen accused of fostering insecurity in some part of the Southwest.

He gained social media attention in January 2021 when he gave an ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa to vacate the land after the gruesome murder of Dr. Aborode.

Igboho, in the past few weeks has expressed dissatisfaction over the continuous activities of the killer herdsmen in some parts of Yoruba land and he has declared that the 2023 general elections will not hold in the region unless the Oduduwa Republic is established.

His home in Ibadan was on Thursday invaded by the officers from the Department of State Security (DSS) after an alleged 'intelligence report' that the Activist was stockpiling arms to cause chaos in the South-Western part of Nigeria.

Aisha Yesufu

AishaYesufu, a socio-political activist and co-convener of the 'Bring Back Our Girls' movement, an advocacy group that brought attention to the abduction of over 200 school girls in Chibok has not been quiet with her condemnation of the various security issue bedeviling the country.

She participated actively during the #ENDSARS campaign in 2020 and still lends her voice whenever incidence of insecurity arises.

Aisha Yesufu has not minced words in laying heavy criticism on President Muhammad Buhari's administration. She has called for his resignation on several occasion.

Adebowale Debo Adebayo

Mr MacaroniPopularly known as Mr. Macaroni, Adebayo is a Nollywood actor and a top skit maker who is has been lending his voice on Nigeria's security issues since the #ENDSARS campaign of October 2020.

He was among the first set of celebrities to be seen actively participating in the protest against police brutality last year. 

Despite the abrupt end to the campaign, he remained an active online protester, making short plays to portray the pains of the Nigerian youth.

He participate recently in the February 13, 2021, #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest, which was aimed at revolting against the reopening of the famous Lekki Toll Gate.

He was however arrested, abused and tortured along with several other protesters by the Nigerian Police. Despite his gruesome experience in detention, his activism spirit remains strong.

Governor Samuel Ortom

Governor OrtomBenue State has had it's fair share of the herdsmen/farmers crisis under the Buhari-led  administration.

Ortom, the governor of Benue State himself had been a target of an assassination attempt by alleged Fulani herdsmen over his position on open grazing.

Despite his near death experience in the hands of herdsmen, Governor Ortom, has not relented in making his stance against open grazing known.

According to him, it will only bring chaos, anarchy and lawlessness.


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