By Ayo Akinfe
 Across Nigeria today, insecurity is a booming industry in which private armies of robbers, kidnappers, terrorists, hoodlums, etc, have taken over the country. So lucrative is this trade that it is the fastest growing sector of the economy
 One thing I find particularly frightening is the ethnic dimension of this scourge. Traditionally, armed robbery in Nigeria was multi-ethnic and equal opportunity but this recent pandemic is more or less wholly Fulani as the perpetrators only speak Fulfude. It is like they will not allow you to join their gang unless you are Fulani
 What I struggle to get my head round is how did these guys manage to open camps all over Nigeria where they train their members and build hostage detention centres without anybody noticing. This industry actually started off as a localised business in the southeast but it appears the Fulani have now taken over and turned it into a nationwide phenomenon
 When Evans and his gang were in business, they were a wholly Igbo outfit, kidnapping Igbo victims across the southeast, so it did not have any ethnic dimension to it. We dismissed it as an “Igbo problem.” Today, we are paying the price for this negligence
 Last weekend, we saw the full horror of this new industry when it struck Owo in Ondo State. The impunity of these hoodlums is simply breathtaking
 One thing I do not get is why nobody is tracking the funds that kidnappers receive online. At some stage, the kidnappers have to withdraw the money from the bank, which is where the police should be waiting for them. As things stand, the kidnappers are free to do as they please with no hindrance whatsoever
 Every state in Nigeria has a police commissioner with men under his command. Is there anything stopping them raiding these camps, closing down these bank accounts and policing these motorways to end this scourge?
 Does President Buhari realise that it is only a matter of time before this sparks another major ethnic crisis? Just imagine what will happen if Ipob youths storm a Fulani camp in the southeast. They will cleanse the place of these criminals and before you know it, there will be reprisals in northern Nigeria and alas, within a week, we will have a full blown ethnic cleansing catastrophe on our hands
 Over the long term, what bothers me most is that we have set an ugly precedent of one ethnic group being able to act with impunity and in defiance of the law simply because the president is one of theirs. This ugly trend can set off a chain reaction with other ethnic groups following suit in the future. It could also lead to the Fulani reluctant to ever allow anyone who is not one of theirs become president. Their leaders will be under pressure not to risk being “in opposition.”
 President Buhari joked with fire on this one, similar to how Nero was dancing when Rome was burning. He could have easily remedied the situation by paying police commissioners the security vote currently given to governors. He could then have distanced himself from any pan-Fulani agenda and made it clear that no ethnic group is above the law. His refusal to act built up a keg of gunpowder that could soon explode in our collective faces. I just hope his successor acts immediately.