Before long, Nigerians will lose count of the number of federal government-owned organisations whose boards have been sacked and members sent packing back to their homes.
On the other side of the non-descript coin, is the nagging internal security issue which to many Nigerians, demands stern measures to combat.
In the last one week, the sack of former military Service Chiefs and that of the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, reverberated across the country. But before the reality of the incident dawned on all, non-career ambassadors in foreign lands were recalled home quickly, followed by the sacking of the boards of non-statutory federal government-owned parastatals. And these were aside the sacking of individual chief executives of similar companies.
We fear that developments which were ordered by the presidency can easily engender tension in the land as mere speculation or flimsy petitions by some faceless persons against some hitherto political office holders, board members and the likes, are more than enough to convince the presidency to come smoking down on anybody.
To most dangerous part of the whole idea behind the peculiar anti-corruption war being prosecuted by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, is the fact that no other fellow Nigerian appears to know who is taking what decision to sack affected public office holders so far. Had the administration appointed a substantive Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, his office should be the clearing house for the very many actions including appointments made by the President so far.
While like other watchers of events in the presidency, we guess that somebody or some persons inside Aso Rock are already performing the constitutional roles of the SGF, we must state that the finesse and diplomatese with which an SGF would cause such information on the dissolution of boards of parastatals and related matters to be made public, is lacking in all ramifications in the current dispensation.
To call a spade a spade, the manner the news of these sacks are being churned out to the public is much in the military fashion rather than as it should be done in a democracy.
The danger in it is that all eyes are set for the next day when some news of arrests, sack or dismissal must come.
Added to the foregoing, is the groundswell of worries over seemingly internal security issues in the land. Whereas the federal government is concentrating virtually all its counterinsurgency efforts on ridding the North-East region of the country of Boko Haram, not much is being done in the fight against cattle rustlers and related militias in the North-Central region, kidnappings in parts of the country and unending communal clashes.
We hold that a multi-pronged approach is required to confront the evolving monster of insecurity in the land. Apart from community-assisted policing, intelligence-gathering, as well as needed equipment and tools to do the work, government must demonstrably lead the way by committing itself towards this war.