Wednesday, July 3, 2013

TERRORISM: Between Citizenship Lethargy and Governmental Irresponsibility

As the country Nigeria cascades further down the lane of terrorist perplexity and organised chaos, not a few have expressed the hope that perhaps, the pathway to durable peace and security interconnects with the route to active and responsive citizenship. Along this line, the notion is held that citizens must not only complement the efforts of government but must also go beyond the rudimentary and provide useful, intelligent and accurate information required to halt terrorism. This view runs on the heels of the fact that terrorists are human beings who live in the society with neighbours, family and friends hence their ghostly garb must be unveiled by a responsive and responsible citizenry. Any default from the above is considered as lethargical and irresponsive.

Trite as the above may appear, the proponents of this view appear to gloss over the Hobbesian wavelength of reasoning that it is for the avoidance of a state of nature where human life would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short" that the idea of statehood was built. It is believed that the absence of political order and law leads to unlimited natural freedoms, which include the "right to all things" and thus the freedom to plunder, rape, and murder as terrorists are wont to do.