Nigeria: A country under terrorists’ threat

Valentine Amanze

Many of the nation’s monarchs have been aiding banditry especially in the Northern Nigeria

By Valentine Amanze


Sunday July 24, 2022, Nigerians woke up to the reality of the Hobbiest lifestyle, which has gradually become the hallmark of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

It was not a fictionally produced movie to look real in a Nollywood film.

In deed, it was the video of Nigerians; our parents, brothers and sisters, being brutalized and humiliated in the bush by terrorists, who abducted them after the Abuja-Kaduna train attack on March 28, 2022.

The video of the flogging of the captives, which went viral in the social media, was enough signal that gradually, the country is losing the battle against terrorism despite the nation’s heavy yearly budget on security.

As if that was not enough, the bandits threatened to kill President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, for their inability to yield to their demand of millions of naira in exchange of the abducted Nigerians – in our country.

To drive down the seriousness of their demand, they struck in Abuja on Tuesday July 25, 2022, and killed one of the commanders of the Presidential Guard, Captain Samuel Attah, one of Nigeria’s finest soldier,  and some of his colleagues.

Our memories are still green, when the terrorists raided the Kuje Prison, Abuja, in their hundreds, and freed their detained members and other criminals without any resistance.

During the last Sallah, they also attacked President Buhari’s security advance team in Katsina, the home state of the president; yet none of them has been arrested and prosecuted.

The brazenness, with which these criminals now operate unchallenged by the nation’s security operatives signals failure of the government to protect its citizens.

Is Nigeria going the way of Afghanistan, a country overran by bandits – the Taliban?

Frankly, such serious security issues had been trivilised with propaganda by the All Progressives Congress-led (APC) administration.

This government, which vilified the Dr Goodluck Jonathan-led regime in 2014, gave Nigerians false hope that it had decimaded the bandits/ Boko Haram, with the purchase of six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the U.S.

I recall the assurance the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave Nigerians during the delivery of the Tucano jets on July 22, 2021.

While featuring on a phone-in programme of TV Continental, “This Morning,’’ the minister said, “All the 12 Super Tucano fighter jets had been received. As at this morning, all the 12 were here and they had been deployed to the North-East.

“We can see that the Tucano jets are actually game changers.

“Most of the successes we have recorded in recent times were because of the acquisition of new platforms, not limited to the Super Tucano.’’

Mohammed further said that with the ‘improved’ security situation in the North-East and North-Central zones the nation would experience improved food security. Where are the food?

Less than 13 months after the minister’s boast of strength, the terrorists have become more daring, infiltrating the South-West, South-East Nigeria and even attacking the Presidential Guard, with ease.

In a country wth the Army, Airforce, Navy, Police, DSS, NIA, NSCDC and other security operatives, bandits are roaming the streets of Kaduna and Abuja, the most fortified cities, with heavy military presence!

If the Super Tucano aircraft are in good order, why are they not being deployed to end the rascality of the terrorists?

Many of the nation’s monarchs have been aiding banditry especially in the Northern Nigeria. How would one explain the recent tubanning of a notorious terrorist in Zamfara, a state the governor urged citizens to buy guns to protect themselves against Fulani bandits?

The government  needs to do more on border policing. The sophisticated weapons, rocket lunchers, exhibited by the terrorists during the tubanning of their leader in Zamfara State shows our borders are still porous; otherwise how did such enter unditected by the security.

The heavy military presence in the South-East especially in Imo and Anambra states should be relaxed and the soldiers redeployed to areas of need – North-West, North-East and North-Central – as Nigeria is not at war with the people of South-East.

I insist that the problem with Nigeria is not the Igbo and the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who do not carry weapons; but the armed bandits, whom most Nigerian leaders today claim to be their brothers from neighbouring countries, that are hoisting their flags, raping women, burning houses and collecting taxes in Niger, Borno and Zamfara states?

The current administration has failed the nation. Imagine when the military is in sorrow over the attack on the Presidential Guard, our president took off to Liberia to attend the country’s independent anniversary. No wonder he said that he was tired of Nigeria’s challenges.

If it were in a sener clime no head of security outfit and that of government would still be holding his office for all the embarrassing security lapses.

The country is in deed in auto pilot and needs God’s intervention to save it from going the Afghanistan way. Let tomorrow be better for us, as we prepare for the next general election.

July 27, 2022


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