Residents Relay Different opinions On Borno Government Plan To Destroy Brothels And Drug Peddlers Hideout
The plan of the Borno State Government to demolish an area used by commercial sex workers and drug peddlers to carry out their activities in Maiduguri has led to different reactions by residents in the state.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the Governor of the state, Kashim Shettima has given two weeks grace to residents of Galadima to vacate the area as the state government would demolish it soon.
Information available to NIGERIA NEWS shows that the area is popularly known for illicit activities carried out by commercial sex workers and those who trade in illegal drugs.
According to the governor, the decision to demolish the area was necessary in order to rid the state off criminals like members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Residents of the state have however reeled out different opinion concerning the matter.
According to Malam Ibrahim Bashir, one of the residents of the state that was interviewed on the matter said: “These joints are very atrocious to our existence and development. So any responsible government would not condone such act that condemns a segment of its youth to a hopeless future.”
Another resident who simply gave his name as Danna also spoke on the matter, he said: “The ban on Galadima and other places where crimes are nurtured to the stage of maturity is sociologically significant and highly commendable.”
“Borno state has suffered tremendously from Boko Haram insurgency, which led to the loss of several lives and property worth billions of naira.”
Danna continued, “The losses can hardly be recovered in five to seven years time “Boko Haram have tortured and killed many people, thousands of women were widowed, thousands of children were orphaned by the insurgency, as a result of these phenomena, many people became vulnerable to atrocities.
“Its obviously known fact that after a war there will be an unleash of the large magnitude of atrocities in peacetime. “All praise indeed is due to Allah, peace returned to Maiduguri and this is the right time to put in place measures to contain such atrocities that could manifest.”
Ali Bukar, a resident of Baga road, on the other hand, have a contrary opinion to that of Danna.
In Bukar’s words: “What do you expect from traumatised and widowed women with two or three children who have no one to look after their well being and life are becoming more difficult for them day by day?”
“These vulnerable masses turn to prostitution since this is the simplest option to earn a dime.” “What does one expect from a young lady who is orphaned and has reached puberty stage but has no one to finance her, to give her a penny.”
“I am afraid these vices would later degenerate and come to our doorsteps if not backed by a relevant programme that would engage them in positive and meaningful activities that would add value to their lives.”
On the part of Abubakar Suleiman, the demolition would have no effect whatsoever on the criminals, rather other measures should be put in place to address criminal activities in the state.
quoting him,“A viable roadmap must be designed that is capable of taking care of our teeming youth in such areas, or the enactment of legislation and the enforcement of stringent laws against such vices.”
“I think the empowerment and other safety net initiatives for the vulnerable women and girls should precede the ban and demolition order.”
“The brothels in Galadima and other places in Maiduguri cannot be there in a vacuum; it was the product of supply and demand by many including people in authority.”