Last Tuesday, the nation listened to yet another monotonous mantra of how President Muhammadu Buhari was dissatisfied with the performances of his service chiefs and threatened to do something about it. This was disclosed by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.) after the emergency security meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
To say the least, that is not what Nigerians expect their president to say in the open; it shows lack of political will, if not gross incompetence for the president to be complaining sonorously about the abysmal failure of his service chiefs in performing their constitutionally asigned role of securing the nation’s territorial integrity and its inhabitants. In any case, the government cannot pretends that the country is already enmeshed in national and international opprobrium.
The president, Nigerians have been told, had ordered an overhaul of operational strategies of the nation’s security network in order to counter the security threats across the country and restore sanity. In addition, the NSA said that the Minister of Defense, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), was “working on something” in line with the plan of president.
From the North to South of this country, no where is particularly safe and secure. North-central is a killing field of killer herders marauding about without control. The North-east and North-west are occupied by insurgents and bandits respectively.
It is unfortunate that the country’s security situation has gotten so bad under the Buhari administration and there are no signs that the situation will abate soon. It is even sadder that the government appears completely stranded in terms of effective strategies to end the wanton killings in many parts of the country where murderers and criminal perpetrators are never brought to justice.
History will remember this government for its failure to deal with the security situation it inherited from the previous administration, especially for displaying lack of commitment to ending killings of innocent people, including women and children.
The country is in a dire situation security-wise. The president should not be seen as threatening his security chiefs repeatedly or revealing how he intends to deal with them. He should take action, effective action to show that he is indeed in control as the commander-in-chief.
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