“Nigeria is currently at a crossroad, totally docile, senile, outmoded, and lost in the wilderness of national disillusionment on security, economic and political matters. The present government needs to be extremely cautious against this lackluster posture. All the signs of implosion have fully manifested across regional and ethnic lines. Buhari should not let Nigeria disintegrate in his hands”

Nigeria is fast disintegrating in the hands of the present government. Without any prevarication, we agree wholly with the premises of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, who said last week that Nigeria is at war but its leaders are too pretentious (and of course hypocritical) to admit and confront the insecurity monster.

Is it not disheartening, shameful but true that the Nigerian armed forces are either incapable of or are too compromised to handle internal conflicts, armed banditry, and rag-tag groups that raise insurrection against the Nigerian state? It is, indeed, incomprehensible that the so-called giant of Africa is unable to maintain internal peace within its domain. Since Buhari gave the security forces an express order to shoot at sight anyone they see carrying AK-47, not much has been heard about how far security agencies are implementing the seemingly urgent presidential order.

Crises and ethnic tensions are still rife threatening to tear apart the helpless soul of the country. Apart from Police, community alarms, and Newspapers that use investigative reports, it is difficult to know the total number of mass abductions, kidnappings, attacks by banditry in different communities in the country today. When in February this year President Muhammadu Buhari appointed new service chiefs, there was a sigh of relief at some quarters that they would instantly bring the national security malady under control. Instead, the country has continued to experience upheavals as killer herders and suspected Fulani criminal elements continue to maraud, molest, kidnap, rape, and kill innocent passengers on the high ways, forests, and farms in many parts of the country.

When the president gave the order, it earned him a commendation from the embattled Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State: “I wish to commend Mr. President for his recent order against those bearing AK-47 rifles. This, I am sure will reduce the high rate of criminality, banditry, and militia herdsmen attack our farming communities”.

Then the president harped on the order himself in March when the traditional rulers visited him at Aso Rock to express their concerns over the worsening security situation in the country. What happened after all these drooling orders? The criminals bearing AK-47 went into reserved forests for cover. How on earth did Nigeria allow its Forest Reserves to become a haven for criminals? As the president has admitted to the whole world in a CNN interview that has gone viral, the fund he gave his heads of security to fight insurgency and insecurity was shared among them and he did nothing! This same trend of the allegation was reportedly admitted but denied by the National Security Adviser to the President (NSA).

Nigeria is currently at a crossroad, totally docile, senile, outmoded, and lost in the wilderness of national disillusionment on security, economic and political matters. The present government needs to be extremely cautious against this lackluster posture. All the signs of implosion have fully manifested across regional, religious and ethnic lines. Buhari should not let Nigeria disintegrate in his hands. Nigeria may never survive another war.


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