Just a few days ago, Nigeria minds were laced with the information about Buhari’s security meeting with the security chiefs. This came after the presidency have been heavily criticized for its lackadaisical attitude towards the handling of the spate of killings, kidnapping in the country.
The meeting was held at the First Lady Conference Room, state house in Abuja. In attendance were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the country’s security chiefs Lucky Irabor, the chief of defence staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, the chief of army staff, Awwal Zubairu, the chief of naval staff, Ishiaka Amoo, the chief of air staff, and Usman Alkali, the acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF); Ibrahim Gambari, the president’s chief of staff are among those in attendance.
Although the meeting’s intent isn’t immediately clear, it may be related to the country’s may insecurity.
The impression given to Nigerians if you ask me is to make everyone believe that they are on top of the situation. Recall this government have been so inactive that it never get tired of issuing press statement on all issues.
The political leadership of president Buhari is known to progressively fades away from public arena in preference for issuing of incongruent and incoherent press statements from his media minders, Garba Shehu, Femi Adesina and co.
The aftermath of the meeting was Muhammadu Buhari warning the bandits against killings going on in the country. As a matter of urgency, one would expected as a serious government to swing into action and nip this needless killings in the bud. Unfortunately it is the same old story that Nigerians have been familiar with.
On March 9th 2021, we were told that President Muhammadu Buhari has given bandits in Zamfara two months to surrender, according to Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle.
In a state-wide broadcast on Matawalle said the president also ordered the deployment of 6,000 troops to crush the bandits if they failed to surrender their arms.
The statement reads in part; “In my discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari and the security higher commands in Abuja, it was resolved that 6,000 additional troops will be deployed to complement the effort of other security forces in tackling the security challenges in the state.
“The troops will soon arrive in the state for their operations and we are grateful to the federal government.
“The president has agreed to a time frame within which the recalcitrant bandits should surrender their weapons and key into our peace initiative…”
It is this same country that a sitting governor in one the states in Middle Belt almost got killed. The then Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu said he has set up a team to investigate but for weeks, even the same Inspector General of Police who made the statement was kicked out of office. Rather than arrest those who are after the life of the State Governor, President Buhari has done nothing but watched as more people are killed by Fulani herdsmen in the state.
A few days ago, a governor in Nigeria came out to admit that an entire local council in his state is under the control of the Boko Haram. This report was previously published by Daily Post. Until this present moment, the presidency are yet to react to such claim let alone come with a strategy of combating this menace.
In his statement the governor said; Boko Haram elements had hoisted their flag over Kaure axis, forcing women from communities around the areas to be members of the terrorist group.
“The implication of that is that the territory now belongs to them.
“We have been saying this and no action has been taken, the boko haram element are trying to see this place as their home, just like they did in Sambisa.
“Kauri is less than two hours drive to Abuja, nobody is safe not even Abuja,”
For how long will Nigerians continue to wake up to this sad story? Even if sad story sells fast, won’t Nigerians get tired of it one day?
Several people have urged Muhammadu Buhari to seek outside assistance in resolving the crisis. Having rejigged the security chiefs, it appears the situation at hand is overwhelming and beyond what the nation’s security chiefs can handle.
If this is not true as claimed by some, what will then be the way forward out of this insecurity that has ravaged the country. All hands must be on deck to
In another report, Boko Haram who now enjoys total control over some parts of the country are forcing Islam on the people.
Recall some religious faithful were recently attacked too, forced to end their fasting by taking some foods. An Islamic cleric who declined their request was killed immediately. Are you amazed? Yes, it happened here in Nigeria. That is how great the security architecture of the country is under a Major General Muhammadu Buhari rtd.
In the past, anyone who attempted to criticise the government of Buhari is levelled with unscrupulous allegation of corruption. This strategy worked, so much that all opposition kept mute, yes, they were mute because of the rot in the system as everyone appears to have bathed in murky water of corruption.
However, the trend seems to have taken another dimension today. Anyone who attempts to criticised is labelled with cheap blackmail. This seems to have come to stay as the 2023 general elections draw close.
It has also become a trend that any other person or group making any sort of effort to stop armed Fulani herdsmen incursions into their regions like South West or South East must be killed by soldiers through contrived military operations.
It must be expressly put that the ball is in our court as Nigerians. The way forward is, Nigerians must rise against this insecurity in one way or the other. All hands must be on deck to cut off this political kwashiokor or be consumed irredeemably.
*Bamidele is writer, Digital Strategist, Board Advisor at EDEquity.Global and blogs @ www.ngtimes.net. He can be reached via email email@example.com