Security: Our collective responsibility

The image of a mangled foot shattered inside a boot, is the image of the terrorist attack at the UN building in Abuja that has failed to leave me, six years later. It was just another day at the National Hospital, Abuja, when we heard something like an explosion.

Mesmerized, some said one of the hospital’s generators or transformers blew, others said it was a terrorist attack at the hospital gate, and others tried to feign calm. Most of us ran out to find out what was happening. Gradually, sirens began to blare, bringing in wounded persons.

Announcements in the public-address system called all doctors and nurses to emergency sections of the hospital, and requested for blood donation from volunteers. People were brought in; bloodied, burnt and battered. And one was a shattered foot, inside a boot.


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