Insecurity: @MBuhari’s understanding of hard work By @OkeStalyf
proliferation of crime in the country has currently taken a sad turn with
multiple cases of kidnapping, banditry and other vices that have turned many
Nigerians away from their homes and roads. Those who couldn’t help themselves
have escaped into neighbouring Niger Republic where they felt much secured.
general feeling of hopelessness that comes with the state of insecurity in
Nigeria meant little or nothing to the man at the helm of the country’s affair.
Rather than show empathy and a strong political will to end the cruel fate
Nigerians face daily, President Muhammadu Buhari preferred to crack a dry joke
on the physical appearance of the Acting Inspector-General of Police, AIG Abubakar
Nigerians into disbelieve when he responded to questions from journalists on his
approach to tame the wave of insecurity in the country by saying “I’ve
just seen the IGP, he is losing weight, so I think he’s working hard.” But
wait, how is losing weight a measure to determine someone working hard?
It was not
enough that Buhari left citizens to their fate and chose to embark on a private
visit to the United Kingdom when insecurity ravaged the land but upon his
return chose to make jest of the plight of the people. For any government, the
security and safety of citizens is a very serious business and I don’t see how
such delicate task can be achieved with the country’s head of Police shedding
weight but effective strategies.
1999 Constitution provides in Section 14(2b) that “The SECURITY (emphasis
mine) and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of
government”, and it is yet unclear how losing weight of someone who heads
the country’s internal security structure could ensure compliance. Maybe the President is as usual unaware of
this important constitutional responsibility placed on his shoulder or he was
just unconcerned that Nigerians are finding it too hard to move freely on our
roads and barely sleep with their two eyes closed at night.
one of the things that endeared Buhari to a larger number of voters was his
promise of ensuring security in the country. Many Nigerians, especially in the
North, banked on his military background to eliminate Boko Haram menace, which
was the major security threat at that particular time. They concluded that
Goodluck Jonathan was indecisive and a strong man, which was the image given to
Buhari then, would foster stability and peace.
the line, not only does the Boko Haram issue still ravage North East, security
challenges such as brutal kidnappings, armed robbery, ritual killings, cult
related clashes, herdsmen attacks and banditry, among other crimes have been
added to the list of woes confronting the security situation in Nigeria. This
has heightened fear of danger across board and the leader of the country who
should offer reprieve to the public is busy passing unnecessary compliment.
It is no
denying that the president can pass compliments just like every other Nigerians,
but such should be observant of his citizens, who he swore to serve. Suggesting
that the IGP is working hard because he is losing weight, whereas Nigerians are
overwhelmed with fears of insecurity smack insensitivity. Infact, things seem
to have taken an awful turn such that the hitherto untouched in the society are
no longer spared.
daring armed men waylaid the board chairman of Universal Basic Education
Commission (UBEC), Mohammed Mahmood, along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway. His driver
was not so lucky as he was shot dead while the assailants abducted the UBEC
chief and his daughter, who were said to have allegedly coughed out N60m before
they regained their freedom.
later, similar fate befell an Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Professor, Yinka
Adegbehinde, who was broached by gun wielding men near Ikire along the
Ife-Ibadan Expressway and whisked away. The orthopaedic surgeon who secured his
freedom after his family paid N5.045m to his abductors, rued the country’s
internal security mechanism and said “The
Federal Government needs to invest more in security; we need to know the
identity of people coming in and going out of the town, state and the country
happening simultaneously with violent attacks on farming populated Benue and
Plateau states by gun wielding militias, which has reduced farm outputs and
resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of valuable properties. The
onslaught of bandits have chased many away from their homes in Zamfara, with
threatening security incidents in Sokoto and Buhari’s Katsina home state
resulting in the abduction of Magaji Gari (of Daura emirate council), who is
also the father-in-law to Buhari’s ADC.
his displeasure to the prevailing state of insecurity in the country, the Emir
of Katsina, Abdulmumini Usman said, “Every
day I receive reports of kidnapping and killings from the district and village
heads,” asking the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe to “Tell the
president (Buhari) that we have to take care of our people, security first. All
these programmes, as good as they are, cannot be (successful) without security.
Security is first and fundamental.”
statement aptly captures the terrifying security situation in the country but
rather than show commitment dissipated into guaranteeing the safety of
citizens, Buhari is busy complimenting the physical appearance of the Police
chief, who was honest to admit that with shortage of funds, inadequate
equipment and personnel, there is little or nothing the Police can do to curb
the rising waves of insecurity in the country.
essence, Buhari is either unaware of developments around him as Arthur
Williams, renowned English actor, singer and playwright must have had him in
mind when he concluded that “The fact is, in our society today, most
people don’t know what hard work is all about.” Most Nigerians know better
what hard work is and they will start to compliment IGP Adamu when they can safely
move around without fear of being kidnap and no longer require to abscond from
their homes for fear of attacks. That is what hard work means to Nigerians, not
someone losing weight.
Oke Umurhohwo is a Political Analyst and Strategist. He tweets via @OkeStalyf and can be reached