“There are current disturbing reports by experts indicating that foreigners are crossing borders into the Nigerian territory in droves. There is no telling what this means to the checkered anti-insurgency campaign by the present administration”

The almost daily reports of exploits of our troops at the frontline in the North East against insurgents and bandits create the immediate impression that the war against terrorism and banditry in the country has been won. But the number of our troops that are equally making the ultimate sacrifices with their blood makes as well as other tragic stories create the contrary impression that the war s far from over.

There are current disturbing reports by experts indicating that foreigners are crossing borders into the Nigerian territory in droves. There is no telling what this means to the checkered anti-insurgency campaign by the present administration.

It was President Muhammadu Buhari who has consistently given us a Libyan factor. According to him, “The instability in Libya after 42 years of Muammar Gaddafi affects all of us in the Sahel region… From Mauritania to the Central Africa Republic, Gaddafi recruited gunmen, who learned to do nothing else than to kill. When the former Libyan leader was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms, and are wreaking havoc all over the place now”, he said.

Every rational Nigerian would have loudly wondered why the president chose to display the failure of this government to tame the insecurity monster. Why is the government exonerating itself and heaping blames of anything that is wrong on someone else? This is one of the most consistent typescripts of the Buhari administration.

For instance, in April 2018, the president reportedly told the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in London that, “The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region”.

Also, in an exclusive interview with an electronic medium, he reportedly claimed that “The Nigerian cattle herder used to carry nothing more than a stick, but these are people with AK-47 and people refuse to reflect on the demise of Gaddafi… So, when the opposition in Libya succeeded in killing him, they arrested some, and they did what they did to them. The rest escaped with their orphans, and we encounter some of them in the north-east, and they are all over the place now organizing attacks”, he maintained.

This blame game should stop because it is stridently preposterous. It Is Gaddafi to blame for the fact that despite the tons of unaccounted billions of Naira sank into the fight against insurgency since this government came to power in 2015, innocent Nigerians and security operatives continue to shed blood in the North-east, North-west, North-central, etc? Was it Gaddafi that instructed the Inspector-General of Police to march to Benue State with a view to halting the suspected killer herders’ massacre and the IGP impudently disobeyed and nothing happened?

It is embarrassing that this government continues to demonstrate its structural and political problems openly in such a manner that it is unaware that history is listening and recording.

 


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