Insecurity:Unending insurgency As Governor Yahaya feels A Pinch Of The Gunmen

By Stephen Ubanna

The neighbouring West African country of Tchadian soldiers had given an insight why the on-going Counter-insurgency war in the north east statern states of Borno and Yobe, particular, are still dragging on despite the huge resources being  pumped by President Muhammadu Buhari, popular, PMB, a retired army General to equip and kit the soldiers to international standard.

The Tchadian soldiers may have  discovered that the Nigerian soldiers are’’ only driving big cars, and moving really slowly’’ , stressing that’’ if they could only fight  like them in combating the Islamic  Fundamentalist Groups, BokoHaram  and the Islamc Fundamentalist of West African Province, ISWAP, the insurgents operating from the Lake Chad region, bordering between Nigeria, Tchad, Niger and the Central African country of Cameroon,  the insurgency war in the north east Geopolitical region of Nigeria would have ended  years ago.

 They had  stopped short at saying that ‘’the Nigerian soldiers do not want fight’’. They stated that it was because the north east states of Borno and and Yobe, are on  fire and that they have  no option  but to help’ to put out the fire in the region which had already spread to the sahel country, Niger and Cameroon.

 The late President Idriss Deby Itno an army Marshall, home country soldiers had said that the Nigerian soldiers had created the room for the insurgents who are  believed to be armed with the stolen arms by the rebels  from the neighbouring country of Libya, coupled  with the huge weapons carted away  from the  military bases overrun to sustain the war without shaking.

Lt. Gen. Attahiru: COAS

Ibrahim Attahiru, a Lt. General and Chief of Army Staff, COAS, may have known  that  the  old name given to the Team, Operaion Lafiya Dole,  prosecuting the Counter-insurgency war in the north east region, which he had at one time Commanded, was counting against the troops to put in their best  that he had used his position to approve a new name, Hadin Kai, for it.  He may have approved a new name for it in order to fight like the  soldiers a sense of belonging  and further encourage them to fight like the Tchadians. This may have informed why Atthahiru, the COAS, had said that they are Committed to ending the insurgency war soon.

The insecurity situation in the country may have  taken a turn for the worse  as gunmen  were said to have  abducted and killed Governor  Yahaya Bello,  of Kogi state, political appointee,  Adebayo Solomon,  the state Commissioner for Pension Board, an indication that n body is safe in the north Central state.

 The brutal murder of the top government official, may have sent a signal to the Kogi  state governor, who is Buhari’s political ally, that the security situation in the country has turned from bad to worse. The Kogi  state governor who has never agreed with Samuel Ortom, a former minister of state, Trade and Investment , during President Goodluck Jonathan  Presidency and now governor of Benue state, that there is  rising insecurity in the north Central Geopolitical region because of  his unalloyed loyalty to the Katsina state  born Nigerian President may  be  forced to do so,  as he has had a feel of it, forcing  him to tightened up security around himself and other top government officials in the state.

Bello: Unhappy Kogi State Governor

Many believe that  with the attack and murder of one of his political appointees in the state and the abduction of Pius Kolawale, Chairman of Yagba East Local government Area, he will  understand what governors Ortom,  Matawalle bello of Zamfara, Nasir el-Rufai, a former minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and now governor of governor of Kaduna state, including Aminu Massari, governor of  Katsina state, are going through in the hands of Bandits in their respective states over the years.

 He has no option but to Join ortom and the House Of Representatives Call for the Nigerian President to delare a state of  emergency  in the country to address the security situation  once and  for all.

Only recently, the Bandits could have thrown the north west state of Zamfara into crisis  both for the quick intervention of Abubakar Dauran, the state Commissioner  for Security and Home Affairs. He was said to have led a Team  of security forces  on a joint patrol that neutralised a gang of Bandits who were said have rustled  a herd of 300 cattles at Kuraje  near Rijiyar Tsakar Dawa in  Gusau Local Govrnment  Area of the state. The rustled Cattle were  said to have been recovered   for immediate return to their owners.

Given the rising insecurity situation in the country, the  Uche Secondus , led Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP,  had asked PMB,  ‘’to convoke  a National Conference to discuss the issue’’. The party  had described the security situation in the country ‘’as worrisome and should be promptly addressed to ensure  a smooth conduct of the 2023 general elections.

 Already , the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, under the close watch of Mahmood  Yakubu, a Professor,  has fixed February 18, 2023, for the election.The Opposition PDP, had sent a message to the Nigerian President  that ‘’all the noise  for 2023 would amount  to naught  if the security  Challenges  facing the country are not urgently addressed’’.

In apparent reaction to the Opposition PDP’s worries over the insecurity situation facing the country, John Akpanudoedehe, a Senator of Federal Republic  of Nigeria,  and National Secretary  of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC,  Caretaker / Extraordinary  Convention Planning Committee, had picked holes on the Communique issued by the aggrieved PDP governors on the heightened insecurity situation  facing the country  as a result of the  recent  incidents  recorded in Beue state and other parts of the country.

The APC had made it clear to the rival PDP, that the retired army General  has ‘’the capacity  to end  the insecurity  situation facing the country’’. Appealing to the PDP to stop politicising  the insecurity situation facing the country, Akpanudoedehe, noted that at a time like this,’’ it is the the duty of all Nigerians, irrespective of political divide, Collaborate with the  government to end the crisis.

The APC Chieftain who could not hide his feelings was said to have told the PDP, governors, that the continued attack on the Presidency over its inability to address the security Challenges facing the country would further embolden  the Boko Haram  and ISWAP,  insurgents, including the Bandits and the Criminal gangs across the country  to carry out their attack on Communities in the fashpoint states  without restraint.

 The APC Senator  and National Secretary  of the Party aretaker/Extra Convention Panning Committee, noted  that ‘’this is not the time to play to the gallery but to sit down  to find real  and lasting solutions to the insecurity problem, which is currently what the Buhari Administration is doing’’.

Going by the regular  security briefings from the Nigerian President,  he  revealed of  the high level investigations that is ongoing  to fish out  the leaders and sponsors of the Bandits and the other Criminal gangs across the country to bring them to Justice. His fears   was that he Opposition  PDP, may ‘’ sabotage the investigation because  in furtherance   of their 2023 aspiration’’.

Meanwhile, PMP, has urged the Media,’’ to avoid in their reports anything  that would exacerbate  the security situation in the country  and further inflame  passions and emotion over what the country is going through in the recent time’’.   Femi Adesina, a senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,   who had issued issued at the instance of PMB, on Sunday, May 2, 2021,  had asked the Nigeria Journalists  to be responsible  in their reports, reiterating  ‘’ the Administration’s Commitment to the Freedom of the PPress’’.  

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