ASSASSINATION? Nigerians React To Murder Of Alex Badeh
"Something must kill a man", most Nigerians will say when the issue of death is raised.
But when a man of means like the former Defence Chief, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, expected to have necessary protection dies, the story is always different.
A sad news it was, as it filtered in on the internet on Tuesday, and now many Nigerians are reacting to it.
Murdered on his way home from his farm on Abuja-Keffi Road, Badeh could not mark his 62nd birthday which was just days away.
Top in comments that are flowing in, pushing his name to the number one trend on Twitter by midnight of Tuesday, December 18 when he died, are those of top government officials.
Some other individuals that were part of the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, during whose regime Mr Badeh became the 15th Chief of Defence Staff of the Armed Forces in Nigeria, also talked about assassination.
For the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, it was another great loss for the nation.
"Nigeria has suffered another great loss with the passing of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
"My heartfelt prayers go to his family and our Armed Forces at this tragic time.
"May the Almighty grant him eternal rest. Amin," he wrote in a statement issued after the death of Mr Badeh was announced by the spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
Nigeria has suffered another great loss with the passing of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh. My heartfelt prayers go to his family and our Armed Forces at this tragic time. May the Almighty grant him eternal rest. Amin. pic.twitter.com/Anc0rykZKw— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) December 18, 2018
Two chambers exist in Nigeria's Legislative Arm of government and like the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, issued a statement on the death of Mr Badeh.
He wrote: "News of the gruesome murder of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, is both saddening and alarming.
"My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones, and I hope that those responsible are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice".
News of the gruesome murder of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, is both saddening and alarming. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones, and I hope that those responsible are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.— Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara (@YakubDogara) December 18, 2018
For a former Minister of Aviation and a top member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, justice should be served, but one thing strikes the mind, when his demand is scrutinised - and it is the fact that even the killers of a former Minister of Justice of Nigeria, Bola Ige, have not been served a hot plate of justice.
He wrote: "The brutal murder of the former Chief of Defence Staff and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Alex Badeh, is a despicable and cowardly act".
Mr Fani-Kayode appears to have lost faith in the system though, as he hands over the serving of justice to a God of vengeance.
"Those that were behind it shall not escape justice and they will pay a terrible price for their wickedness. God will avenge!" he added.
The brutal murder of the former Chief of Defence Staff and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Alex Badeh, is a despicable and cowardly act. Those that were behind it shall not escape justice and they will pay a terrible price for their wickedness. God will avenge!— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) December 18, 2018
This failure of the system to bring people to book for crimes committed, which Mr Badeh's death bears testimony to, was further highlighted in this reaction.
A whole Former Chief of Defence Staff and former Chief of Air Staff....— May Ubeku (@Maybeks) December 18, 2018
Tomorrow, they would parade some miscreants as the killers, release them weeks after, and then the story dies...
That's how the Nigeria state treats her citizens.
May Alex Badeh soul find rest... pic.twitter.com/tACUKNhuke
Also from ward of the former Governor Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, came another reaction that highlighted the height of insecurity in Nigeria.
Lere Olayinka was an aide to Mr Fayose and he wondered where safety was in Nigeria.
In a nation where retired Chief of Defence Staff is murdered like this, what should ordinary Nigerians do?— Lere Olayinka - Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) December 18, 2018
Yet, our security men are only interested in Buhari's second term ambition.
May God restore sanity to our land.
RIP ALEX BADEH.
It could have been anyone, but was Mr Badeh assassinated, as claimed by one of former President Goodluck Jonathan's aide?
Reno Omokri is a critic of the current government of Muhammadu Buhari and he is alleging assassination.
He threw his darts at the current administration.
"Ex-chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh, strong critic of the Muhammadu Buhari's government, was just assassinated along Abuja-Keffi Rd.
"This is a man who knew a lot about the inner workings of this government.
"His death must be investigated. It is too convenient. You may be next #RenosDarts," he wrote.
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But the spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force said he was killed by gunmen while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.
There have been killings and kidnapping of persons on some highways in the northern part of Nigeria and some other areas, bearing record of the height of insecurity in the nation.
These have been perpetrated by members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram, and some other yet to be identified bandit groups terrorising communities in the central region of Nigeria.
Troops have been attacked of late in the northeast, with a number of soldiers killed by the terrorists and all these are happening at a time that more funds have been voted for tackling of insurgency in the northeast and other insecurity issues in Nigeria.
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