“This government has abundantly showed ineptitude and lack of commitment to tackling national security challenges headlong; against all voices of reasons, it does not convincingly subscribe to power or security restructuring of the country; it has overtly politicised national security management since 2015 by introducing clannish and religious methods of appointment of security managers, etc. Where then do we go from here?”

Nigeria is currently in a quandary as to how to tackle its hydra-headed national security challenge. There is no question that the Buhari administration is completely clueless about it; it has no answer at all or whatsoever. Worse still, it pretends arrogantly as if it can fix the problem alone.
It is indisputable that this government has abundantly showed ineptitude and lack of commitment to tackling national security challenges headlong; against all voices of reasons, it does not convincingly subscribe to power or security restructuring of the country; it has overtly politicised national security management since 2015 by introducing clannish and religious methods of appointment of security managers, etc. Where then do we go from here?
All these years, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the late Libyan leader, Muamar Gaddafi have been blamed for the worsening security situation.



President once told a Special Envoy from President Idris Deby Itno of the Republic of Chad, that the security situation in Nigeria and the larger Africa Sahel is caused by mercenaries recruited by Gaddafi and armed but who later fled and spread to other African countries when he was killed by the rebels. While this may not be totally false, but to hinge all the failures of tackling insecurity by this government on this narrative technique is drab and questionable.
In an exclusive interview with an electronic medium, the 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 organising attacks”, he maintained.
This blame game should stop because it is stridently preposterous. 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 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.
Given this ominous gargantuan mismanagement of the country’s security issues and the mounting ethnic and religious tensions in the country, we call for the repeated calls for national conference on security matters in the country. It is an urgent call because time is ticking very

 


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