A very violent revolution is going on in
Very sophisticated armed men and women have siezed Nigerian cities; from
The Anini or Shina Rambo eras pale into sharp insignificance compared with what we are witnessing for sometime now. Today it’s like a Mafia-like hitmen from other planets have struck our land leaving behind econo-social gloom and doom. Those behind the organization of the operations are surely smiling to the bank. While they deposit in the banks the money stolen from the banks it is something tragic indeed that a nation, 47 years old, cannot still guarantee a safe environment for corporate peace and quiet and social safety.
The gun revolution in our land has thrown up many questions. Questions like: how did we get to this breaking point? Has life any more value in
You see come to think of it critically,
>From scammers and spammers, hard and fake drug peddlers and distributors, international prostitutes and political prostitutes we have added another odious feather to our over-flowing crime-infested hats: armed robbers. While we produce experts in these terrible fields of human endeavour leadership has been our undoing. How to produce a real legitimate leader who will mobilize, organize and galvanise a national renaissance. President Yar’Adua, many maintain, may be deluding himself that he bears such hope but not much has been done as yet to ignite much optimism in the future. We are watching and listening.
Readers, let us be fair to
Few years back the Central Bank of Francophone West Africa known in French as BCEAO (Banque Centrale de l’Afrique de l’Ouest) headquartered in Plateau Abidjan was robbed in broad daylight. This imposing regional bank headquarters is just a stone throw from the then African Development Bank headquarters. In French this continental prime financial institution is called BAD, Banque d’Afrique de Development.
The gateman there Sia Popo organized the huge robbery operation with a logistical support of a dangerous crime godfather. The 5-man gang struck the bank and made away with billions of CFA emptying the vault. The chief informant, Popo, took his share and slipped through the porous border at night into
The Ivorian government shocked beyond explanation had assembled a strong detective team from the Judicial Police known as PJ to unmask the robbers and bring them to justice. And they did a wonderful job out of the task! How? They got cracking visiting the headquarters of ‘
The detectives used the
The gun revolution in
It was Ken Saro Wiwa, the late Ogoni activist and President of MOSOP who once described governance in
vernment”. Today the organized bandits in the corridors of power are becoming more audacious, more crime-friendly, more corrupt and more unpatriotic. In fact madness has set in with Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala ‘sacking’ the entire Oyo state workforce because they are asking the Adedibu lackey to respect a binding agreement over minimum wage signed between organized labour and the Ladoja administration. With the help of natural leaders Akala has been healed of his political madness by capitulating to the workers demand.
Armed to the teeth with sophisticated weapons our police force only wished to be equipped with and dynamites and driving in convoy in large numbers the armed men (and women) of the underworld are at war with the system; a notoriously corrupt system that produced Speaker Etteh who considered it wise spending 628 million naira to renovate her official residence and that of her deputy. With such scam coupled with other hair-raising revelations of how politicians are serving themselves to the national cake how could a jobless graduate be silent for so long?
While the gun revolution could be said to have begun in Niger Delta and was hitherto masked as ‘resource control’ struggle the kidnapping and oil bunkering lawlessness has brought out issues far beyond oil and gas or the control of its proceeds. Of course there’s crass injustice in Niger Delta but has Niger Deltans taken time to ask how Peter Odili, Alams, Victor Attah, James Ibori as their former governors managed or mismanaged their resources, the huge monthly federal allocations that ran into billions of naira?
Unless the people are massively empowered with the provision of employment opportunities, social security micro-credit schemes then the future is fraught with dangers and horrors. Besides there is no way these could be done without massive investment in infrastructural development. There must be good network of roads, power supply must be constant, hospitals must be made to work, universities must revert back to the good days of yore when academic pursuit was a pleasure, pipe-borne water must be available at every nook and cranny of our federation, poverty must be overcome.
I rest my case here forthwith. May God help and save