By: on October 15, 2020
For about a decade, Nigeria has been waging a series of muffled wars within its territory. It is up in arms against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East; it is battling the armed bandits and cattle rustlers in the North-West while still contending with the marauding killer herdsmen in the North- Central part of the country As a result of these pseudo-wars, thousands of men, women and children have lost their lives while millions of others have been displaced and currently taking refuge...
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By: on August 31, 2020
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari last Tuesday peered into the last three years of his administration and released a volley of nine promises to be fulfilled. He must have looked back at the past five years of his government and found them littered with broken promises. I know his propagandists have been on full throttle these past years painting pictures of how he is transforming the country into a paradise, insulting and shouting down those who disagree. To these gentlemen and women, whose focus is...
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By: on August 30, 2020
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has warned northern elite to refrain from making wild and inflammatory utterances on the killings and general insecurity in the North. The group, which said that at no time except during the civil war had the North been so insecure, also said that unguarded statements have a tendency to aggravate the already tense situation. Chairman of the ACF, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who issued the warning at a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the forum held i...
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By: on August 25, 2020
For the first time after some months, there seems to be a glimmer of hope hovering on the horizon in the three geopolitical zones where insecurity is most pervasive. This is even more so in the Northwestern part of the country which has been mostly attacked by gory bandits leading to loss of lives and property. In the North East, terrorism is having telling effect on the economy, while banditry has directly dealt a devastating blow on businesses in states like Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, as well a...
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By: on August 13, 2020
Sir: Far more than at any time since the end of Nigeria’s protracted civil war in 1970, the country now faces profound, existential and multifaceted security challenges exemplified by bloodthirsty Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping and scores of crimes that threaten its existence. The recent attack on the convoy of Governor Babangana Zulum of Borno State has heightened the debate on insecurity as it has raised the level of conversations and engagement to an apogee. The dastard attack which l...
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By: on August 6, 2020
WHY is President Muhammadu Buhari going around in circles was the question that concentrated my mind on Tuesday after the latest security council meeting circus in Abuja. Why is the president and his stunt-oriented military artists more interested in public spectacles than providing Nigerians with security? Since it is obvious that the country is not making any headway in security matters, why is Buhari insisting on doing the same thing over and over again, knowing full well that he will kee...
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By: on July 8, 2020
The recurrent clamour for the sacking of the country’s security chiefs over the worsening state of insecurity took a frantic turn the other day, when the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, attributed the destructive violence and insecurity plaguing the country, especially the north, to the inefficiency of the security chiefs. The statement of the JNI read in part: “We … condemn the repeated brutal acts in their entirety; especially the lacka...
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By: on July 1, 2020
WHEN recently, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), publicly rebuked his faltering generals, he fell short of taking full responsibility for the frightening insecurity in the land. He also failed to heed universal calls to replace the security chiefs under whose watch the country is descending into riotous anarchy. There is no hiding place. Having run out of scapegoats and excuses for ineptitude and insouciance, Buhari should take responsibility for the mess and secure the coun...
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