Ozubulu Massacre: While Drug War Theory May Be Valid, Terrorism is Still Possible

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It was a macabre Sunday in Ozubulu, Anambra State yesterday, August 6, 2017 where unknown gunmen stormed a Catholic church and mowed down defenseless worshippers in their numbers. The police from prima facie investigation called it a drug war brought home from South Africa, and said nothing about terrorism. The theory shows the extent we have gone into believing terrorism as only what religions, states or subnational groups do. Don’t get it twisted, private individuals can also mount terrorism. Assuming the drug theory is valid, why would the defenseless worshipers bear the brunt? This is where I suspected terrorism. A brief description of the concept of terrorism can help us here. The concept of terrorism has been defined in different colours and flavours but one thread runs through the assortment of definitions, and that is the fact that terrorism is a calculated attack by a combatant against a non-enemy in order to achieve effect on the perceived enemy. From this description above, I smelt terrorism in Ozubulu massacre. News has it that the gunmen went trigger happy after they shot the father of their perceived enemy at a close range. I believe that the intention of the act was to strike the right chord of fear in their perceived enemy. I decry in strong terms, that dastardly act. If this attack is terrorist, government should brace up against re-occurrence. Terrorists seldom forgive.

Furthermore, I am aware that I may be wrong that the attack could be terrorist, in which case I suspect vengeance. Also in the news is the account that the church wherein the attack occurred was built by the perceived enemy. Are they angry with the church for being partakers in the booty that possibly is the bone of contention?
While you think about the question above, I regret that there was no CCTV installation in the church. Government is hereby requested to make laws requiring CCTV installations in every socio-economic, political and religious institutions in the State for enhanced security, and crime investigation. If the church had had CCTV surveillance, the Ozubulu massacre would have been a lot easier to investigate. Now, we are rather left to guessing, even where other more serious reasons for the massacre are very possible; or do you think that Boko Haram, and the marauding herdsmen have downed their arms. Please, I am not insinuating anything.
Bye for now
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