Nigeria’s dismal security situation and the government’s approach to it is akin to the race between Achilles and the Tortoise. Because the latter has a head start and Achilles must first reach where the Tortoise begins, no matter the speed, it is always ahead of Achilles. The more Achilles runs,the more far behind it finds itself.
Because the Nigeria security situation was really a race between peace and manufactured violence, no matter how hard the government tries to put out the violence, it fails because it must first reach that point where peace begins.
And today, it becomes a curious Zeno’sParadox that a government that came to power to “end insecurity in one month” has been engulfed by it.
In Borno state, the government has sent “prayer warriors” to Saudi Arabia. In the North West, the government pays “bandits” outright to buy peace however fleeting.
Tukur Buratai, General and head of Nigeria’s Army who often boasted that “Boko Haram is a thing of the past, it will never show its face again”( May 30,2019) is thinking of the above models: To pray and pay, that is.
Those who write Mohammadu Buhari’s speeches however tell lies abysmally about how Nigeria is very safe. The president actually counts security as one of his achievements.He blames “unpatriotic Nigerians for isolated cases of insecurity”. But the reality shows something very different. A few Statistics.
The world’s 10 least liveable cities, for your reading pleasure, are: Damascus, Tehran, Douala, Tripoli, Karachi, Algiers, Harare, Lagos, Port Moresby and Dhaka.
And , Nigeria joins Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Iran ,etc among the world’s most dangerous countries to live in. Curiously enough, Nigeria’s neighbours are not on the list which leads us back to Zeno’sParadox.
Below is a collage of deaths and allied violence across Nigeria. September 26- October 7. For your morbid reading pleasure. It gives the lie to government’s victory speeches.
September 26: Boko Haram killed seven and kidnapped ten in Biu, Borno.
September 26: Boko Haram killed two in Mafa, Borno.
September 26: Gunmen killed seven vigilantes and one policeman in Rafi, Niger
.September 27: Two National Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) officers were kidnapped in Igueben, Edo.
September 29: ISWAP (Boko Haram) claimed it killed eighteen soldiers in Gubio, Borno.
September 29: Boko Haram killed five civilian militiamen in Gubio, Borno.
September 29: Sectarian violence led to five deaths in Donga, Taraba.
September 30: Kidnappers abducted a university professor and killed his brother in Yola North, Adamawa.
September 30: Armed men killed a traditional ruler in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos. September 30: Nigerian soldiers killed two Boko Haram militants in Gubio, Borno.
October 1: Gunmen killed a PDP chieftain, a vigilante leader, and one other in Mubi South, Adamawa.
October 2: Gunmen abducted two in Bonny, Rivers.
October 2: Gunmen killed two in Kuge, FCT.
October 3: Gunmen kidnapped six students and two teachers in Chikun, Kaduna.
October 3: Nigerian soldiers killed four Boko Haram militants in Gwoza, Borno.
October 3: Bandits killed ten soldiers in Anka, Zamfara.
October 3: Boko Haram killed sixteen civilians and eleven soldiers in Kaga, Borno.
October 3: Boko Haram killed one civilian in Gwoza, Borno.
October 3: Boko Haram killed two civilian militiamen in Gubio, Borno.
October 5: Gunmen in Army uniform kidnapped eight people and killed one in Kuje, Abuja.
October 5 : Two armed police officers were kidnapped in Rivers State.
October 7: Boko Haram kidnapped many among them a police officer in Baban Gida,Yobe state setting the emirs palace ablaze.
October7 : John Egla, a Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has been kidnapped by gunmen in Lafia, Nassarawa state.
Why is violence winning? Boko Haram and Herdsmen emboldened? Here’s something you should know. When stopped at a check point for instance, the officer asking for information might just be passing same to kidnappers who are just some kilometres ahead of you. Sounds far fetched but that how the race is run.
What more, the top brass of the military along with personnel of the defence ministry actually view insecurity as a business. A general Otiki is under investigation for trying to run away with hundreds of millions. And those are routine stuff.
And what’s more, as the economy bites harder those who have guns will do crime. It won’t matter whether or not they are official military.