me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame
at least so goes the
idiom. In the past three years, terrorists be it of the MEND or Boko
Harem hue, have fooled President Jonathan more than two dozen times
yet goes the same promise and platitude to catch them and deal with
them. We get nothing but empty
talk! I wouldn’t go
into the diatribe of fools that have been on parade on the national
stage in a little well, I’ll let my discerning readers decide.
to say that we’ve had enough of this political naivety emanating
from Aso Rock mixed with gargantua sized ineptitude masquerading as
leadership. It seems that President Jonathan’s problem is not
particularly terrorism but lack of courage (perhaps in every other
areas i.e. Judiciary, or electric power or structural reforms to the
nation) to confront it.
have a President who cannot lead himself talk less of leading others!
Here is a man when given opportunity to select a cabinet we can all
be proud of, only sought to recycle the same old garbage! Can you
imagine? His start studded cabinet had stars discovered by others,
spent materials and cousins of theirs! What a President we got our
self in this zoologist!
man had goodwill beckoning on to him from day one when he took power
in very uncertain circumstances, but here is a man so adept at
frittering away his Goodluck one begins to wonder if his name is not
an oxymoron! Here is a man who can take Nigeria in a different
direction, yet have chosen to fiddle while the nation’s cities are
burned with bombings, kidnappings and armed robbery! Here is a man,
clearly out of his own league and cannot seem to find help in
discharge of his scared commission. Shame on us if strewn with this
inept and totally clueless leadership we wish to confront the many
challenges that beset us as a nation.
of the matter is that ineptitude and corruption that begins from the
top are the root causes of the security problems Nigeria grapple with
today. The story of ineptitude is incomplete without that of
corruption so we’ll begin with the later. It did not begin with
President Jonathan, but if he wishes to be transformational he cannot
be perpetuating the rot.
renders us collectively unsafe; for how much does it really cost to
smuggle a bomb on any plane or into any building in Nigeria? If it
takes twenty naira to drive without a license or incomplete
documentation on our roads, and one thousand multiples of that to fly
with an expired passport or with a banned item be it product or
artifacts (an orgy of corruption which we witness daily in our
international airports), then what does it take to smuggle an
explosive into our bus stations, malls and even public buildings?
corruption of the Nigerian kind is now a disease which is now looked
upon as a necessity than the enemy and here is the sad trend: it is
now coupled with misplaced priorities! Just recently, the Delta State
almost 3bn naira of the state’s money with an ex-president to build
phantom farms when 90%
of her school in such utter state of disrepair that it puts Somali
schools to shame! This is a state that have earned over $4bn in just
five years under the current administration, yet the provision of
common amenities to educate the mind is lacking. Under the President
and the current GMD of NNPC, oil
blocs are being divvied up to cronies and fronts,
while the Presidential campaign
is being funded with slush funds!
We and the media can look the other away as if everything is alright,
but it is not! We are ruled by criminals! When you sow wind, you reap
police men in Nigeria are armed robbers (aren’t they always armed?)
literally robbing citizens in broad daylight of their hard earned
money yet we claim them as the first layer of our internal security!
Can such policemen that will look the other way when they should
arrest a “big man” in four wheel SUVs be relied upon to protect
the nation’s assets from terrorists that will spare no resources to
is Mr. President to preach anti-corruption to the average policeman
when his net worth since his happy sojourn from civil servant to
deputy governor and now President is now up almost five thousand
times while the rest of the nation is thrice poorer? Of course, this
is with the full knowledge that his gross pay in these eleven years
while making him comfortable should never make him rival the likes of
our billionaire barons in wealth which he reportedly is according to
of ineptitude, it is only in Nigeria that successive bombings and
kidnappings have not resulted in mass resignation of leaders of the
security agencies and their political supervisors. But why should it?
Ineptitude is contagious and that starts with the lack of good ideas
from the President down to the motor park legislature that presides
on our affairs in the green dome!
of platitudes and usual braggadocio talk of dealing with the
culprits, or the insanely shortsighted decisions of shutting down
city roads and constituting a nuisance with AK-47 totting security
men, what we need from President Jonathan is a plan to revamp our
security and intelligence agencies.
is very clear that the Nigeria Police, Civil Defense Corps, State
Security Service, Civilian and Military Intelligence Agencies
(including the Directorate of Military Intelligence and National
Intelligence Agency) are up and over their head when it comes to
tackling the core security challenges of Nigeria in 2011. For these
agencies, nothing but complete revamp will suffice. This is
especially true of the Nigeria Police.
can we have a policing force that is so detested, so disrespected, so
underpaid and ill-equipped, so out of touch and yet insanely
disruptive as the Nigeria Police and yet expect to secure the general
population? How can a police force so centralized and defective in
structure be capable of securing a multi-ethnic population in a large
swath of varying climatic and vegetation zones like Nigeria? How can
a Fulani officer be effective within the creeks of Niger Delta in
obtaining intelligence capable of securing that population from the
menace of piracy, bunkering and kidnapping? How can a Christian Igbo
policeman obtain good intelligence from the desert dwelling Muslim
Borno man in Maiduguri? The burden of the unitary military foisted
constitution on the effectiveness of our security apparatus has
grossly been understated!
inability of our policy makers to make bold decisions to reform, and
not stick to the inadequacy of a system evolved from the insecurities
and short sightedness of the post-civil war era under the regimen of
Generals is killing our people. The orthodoxy of a unitary security
system that undermines the ethos of grassroots community policing is
maddening! The current system where policemen are quartered away in
barracks, from general population like the colonial era when they
were occupiers rather than enforcers of community evolved standards
is archaic and surely does not make any sense.
current system needs real examination by true reformists which should
lead to a complete system overhaul. The duplicity of functions where
everyone is responsible for everything and no one is responsible for
anything is fast making our country a joke. Why would we need a
government if they cannot secure our lives and property?
then are the fundamental objectives or duties of the Nigerian state
when her citizens sleep with one eye open, afraid of the willful
intrusion on our peace by evil men sometimes state sponsored? If the
President lacks the courage to secure Nigerians, then he must resign
or be impeached: enough of the fiddling!