Cultists of Ombatse recorded the highest medal in bestiality when they used
deep African science to ambush Nigerian security operatives. The outcome of
the encounter between the cultists and Nigerian security operatives was the
cold- blooded massacre of over 80 police officers and men of SSS drafted to
contain the menace of the group in Alakyo, Lafia Area of Nassarawa State.

Countless Nigerian security operatives have lost their lives since the
Second World War. It is however on record that the Alakyo carnage records
the first time civilians will kill operatives in such a shocking, painful
number. Sadly, the widows and orphans, have been abandoned, and many people
have utterly forgotten about the gory incident.

These gallant men died serving Nigeria. They laid down their lives to
protect vulnerable Nigerians. There won’t be any remembrance for them, no
mausoleum, no speech. Worse of all, there wont be any respite for their
suffering family. Children will turn destitute, widows will mourn, toil
mostly in pain and in vain until they starve to death.

The wives, of the slain operatives marked the third year remembrance of
their husbands protesting what they call federal government insensitivity
to their plight. According to the protesting widows,  “They have not given
our husbands justice. Now, they won’t even pay their entitlements. No

Our security operatives are supposed to be among the best in the world.
They train well, work hard and totally dedicate themselves to their jobs.
Sadly, they are paid peanuts. When they die on active duty, nobody honor
their memory, or pay entitlements. Either their entitlements are
appropriated by fraudulent officers or delayed on account of bureaucratic
red tapes. Entitlements are delayed until monies are lost or become
valueless due to drastic change in economic realities.

Nigeria is bedeviled by a rolling civil war. From Niger Delta militancy to
Boko Haram insurgency, now it’s the Fulani Herdsmen. Nigerians are killed
and that is where policy makers have to worry about prompt payment of
entitlements and on the job security for security operatives. It is
important to intimate that it is nauseating, indeed demoralizing for
operatives to realize that all the basic incentives due to them only exist
on paper.

The result of demoralized soldiers is always evident in the handling of
security matters. The simplest example is policemen reaction to robbery
calls. One can be very sure they will scamper off for safety on account of
limited weapons or fear for their dear lives. They are not cowards as many
are forced to believe. They are only rational Nigerians who have resolved
not to lay down their lives for nothing.

During the Second World War, German and British military personnel fought
gallantly to save their country. They sacrificed their lives as part of
effort to give back to a country that has done well in providing basic
infrastructures. They sacrifice their lives for a country that values death
of every soldier, every civilian.

It is indeed instructive to intimate that many wounded soldiers during that
war refused to be confined to the hospital, instead they head straight to
the war front soon as they are patched together. A pilot in German
Luftwaffe called Stachel flew Messerschmitt 101 (German fighter aircraft)
with stumps when his leg was amputated in a previous crash. Stachel, Adolf
Garland (German) Guy Gibson of the Royal Air force (Briton), and many more
gallant soldiers gave all to defend their fatherland.

It is indeed a rude reality that terror organizations have better welfare
packages than what a regular government is expected to provide its security
operatives. Immediate past leadership of Nigerian armed forces took
advantage of the confusion in the civil violence across the country to
enrich themselves. Soldiers were given obsolete weapons with insufficient
ammunitions. They made terror organizations invisible and nearly
insurmountable. They complained and were charged for mutiny.

The change administration should work hard towards providing succor to
families of deceased. The Alakyo massacre is just a reference point to so
many gallant men and women who have died for Nigeria. From Sambissa forest
in Maiduguri to the creeks in Niger Delta, many have fallen in the past 8
years, many will still fall.

Nigeria security forces have been battling a revolving civil war already
threatening our fragile existence as a country. With secessionists on the
prowl, and armed banditry taking advantage of the deteriorating situation,
Nigeria is at the precipice. The country needs well-trained military with
high morale to stem the tide of terror. Once the military are morale ready,
then they are combat ready. Once all is well with our operatives, then its
important to educate ordinary Nigerians on the need to watch out for
devious few using pockets of violence to stoke the flame of hate.

The killing of herder’s livestock in select communities since the past week
has characterized approach of lugubrious minds in escalating the tensed
relationship between farmers/herders. Already a poisonous relationship has
been propagated, communities live in fear as people are beginning to brace
up for attacks anytime, once the Fulani kolanut tradition completes its
round inviting sympathy reprisals.

While we salute the courage of our dear security operatives who have died,
we will also salute the gallantry of those about to die. The change
government must act appropriately to bring back reward for service
meritoriously render. Our men of war cannot be allowed to lay down their
lives for nothing.