Nigerian Security Forces And A Case Of Misplaced Priority By Muhammad Sirajudden
Nigerian Army was created with the sole purpose of safeguarding and defending the nation from attacks from external as well as internal forces (internal forces includes every individual, even the so called C in C, because no one person is greater than the country). But in recent times, the actions of the Nigerian Army have become so blurred that you don’t know if the security of our beloved nation is their top most priority.
A quick glance at the recent events will surely ask more question than answers. Are the leaders of Nigerian Army so incompetent that they can’t device a plan to curtailed the rising insurgency in the Niger-Delta region to the extent that the presidency have to employ a/an (ex) criminal to form his own army to defend the nation’s most treasured natural resources? Nigerian Army can’t fight the insurgency in the north until a group of untrained civilians rised up and start fighting Boko Haram on their own? How credible is the intel they receive? What message was the President sending out when he said Civilian JTF (a term associated with a group of untrained civilians and vigilantes fighting Boko Haram in Borno) should be celebrated? Why is the equipments used by insurgents more sophisticated and more deadly than that of out security forces? Why the Soldiers at the bottom of the huge security budget are get treated like Almajiris in terms of food supplies? Why…? Why…..? Why…? Why..? The questions go on and on and superiors of the Nigerian Army and the Defence Headquarter have not provided us with any concrete answer yet!!!
As if that’s not a huge problem that needs urgent attention of the Nigerian Army chiefs, they now turn to puppets at the hands of political elites to be used as seen appropriate by the ruling political class. The actions of NA in the last week will surely vindicate my claim that its some politicians hidden in a dark corner at Aso Villa that are perpetrating recent involvement of NA in political affairs as if they hold membership cards of a particular party.
The apprehension of 486 Northerners in Abia was claimed to be for a security reasons. But, it was a calculative move by the ruling party to forced Northerners out of their much controlled South-East in preparation of 2015 election. The Northeners are expected to vote for the opposition party and their presence in the South-East will increased the chances of oppositions to get mandatory 25% of votes at the 2/3 of the states will have a detrimental effect on the ruling party. So, the only solution is to force them back to the north.
Then there are the events of Ekiti guber rally. The Governors from the opposition party are denied entry into Ekiti state by the soldiers of the Nigerian Army on claims of violation of the constitution. (Which constitution I wonder? The same constitution that the ruling party constantly trampled upon? The same constitution that can’t forced a Petroleum Minister to answer summon by the National Assembly? Is there anywhere in the constitution that categorically forbid Governors from attending political rallies? May be that line was written in Japanese.) Some Governor’s jets were denied landing access to Akure airport and also denied entering Ekiti state from the neighboring states by road, Governor Amaechi was even arrested in Odudu Ondo state on no specified ground and without warrant just to stop him from reaching Ekiti.
Those actions and many more make Nigerians wonder ‘Is this democracy or tyranny?’ Audu Ogbeh, a former ruling party chieftain and now opposition leader certainly thinks it is the latter. He said “Our governors are under arrest in violation of the constitution. What is happening now last happened in Nigeria in 1964 when government did not allow the opposition to travel freely on the highway. Tyranny is on its way back.”
Unless our security forces get their acts straight and start sorting out their priorities, they will never get back to the echelon of reverence they hitherto occupied.
And to those superiors at the top, the message is simple……… No matter how highly placed one is in a society, an unmindful lawbreaker always meet his nemesis.
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