For all we know today, this is not the time for those who call themselves politicians in Nigeria, whether elected or imposed, to flaunt their flowing Agbada around town for people to see them. It is rather a period which many of them have now gone into hiding for fear of being killed, or kidnapped by evil men lurking everywhere. The unfolding events every day in the country is scary, even the blind knows that Nigeria is in deep crisis which can only be overcome with truth. For many Nigerians time is running out and this is because the general public across board feels that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government is insensitive to the plight of those who elected them into office. Today everything is reduced to politics, including human lives that are wasted on daily basis. Those who analyze issues on national television agree that much has not been done by this government to stem the tide of evil running riot in the country. Again, that this 9th National Assembly too, has not lived up to expectation in their over sight functions which is why tongues are wagging everywhere and may continue as long as the situation stays the same. It is instructive to state here that Nigerians have heard enough lies.
We know those who speak the truth on the television, radio and the newspapers, and those who speak otherwise just to please their pay masters. One basic thing that should be understood however is that the primary duty of any government whether elected or appointed is the safety and security of the people; but here we have shameless people who instead of being sober at the turn of events in Nigeria, where our houses, towns and villages have turned to killing fields, and our children turned to slaves are busy defending the indefensible. We are sure that Nigerians are not worried about who occupies the number one seat rather they are after what the elected officials could offer to make their lives better. This is where the handlers of President Muhammadu Buhari get all wrong by abusing those who criticize this government instead of addressing the issues raised either by the opposition party or the ordinary citizens who are all stake holders in the Nigerian project.
For instance, the recent alarm of Coup de tat against the present administration to some Nigerians, appear to be diversionary. This is because coup anywhere in the world is old fashioned and cannot succeed anymore in a complex state like Nigeria. The worsening security situation in the country and the inability of the government in power to decisively deal with the situation as it had promised six years ago, makes it difficult to silence Nigerians even though it appears the ruling party has compromised in view of what happened on the floor of the Senate, when Senator Smart Adeyemi from Kogi state condemned the mindless killings across the country recently. Living in denial can no longer help the country and this is not unconnected with the recent declaration by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that kidnapping, banditry are not federal offences.
“Most of these (security) challenges are not un-surmountable and some people are bent on distracting the country and have vowed to make the country un-governable”; adding, “PDP having ruled the country for 16 years did not know that banditry and kidnapping were not federal offences” As we wonder why such statement could be made this time and from such a high ranking member of this present government, it’s now clear for some state governors that are in the habit of rushing to Abuja, seeking for one favour or the other are on their own. Now is the time for them to sit down at home and face the issue of governance which they promised the people during their campaign. What this means is that the geo political zones that have not thought about securing their zone like Amotekun in the South West and the Hisbah police in the 14 northern states, should now wake up and do the needful.
The governors of the affected states should desist from being chief logistics officers to chief security officers of their states, since according to the federal government, banditry and kidnapping now living with us (God forbid), are no longer Federal offences, without recourse to what the Constitution stated in chapter (3), of the 1999 Constitution on how the country should be secured, humanly and materially. We call on the governors across the 36 states to wake up to their constitutional responsibilities and save the country from imminent collapse. We also charge them to evolve a subsisting mechanism capable of guaranteeing safety of the people even in the remotest parts of their states and stop waiting for the Federal government who tacitly has urged them to secure the states against the invaders, intruders and bandits who unfortunately have encircled the country.