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Insecurity: PDP Blame Buhari For Nigeria Insecurity Situation But Umahi Disagrees

 

By Suleiman Umaru

The return of the old war horses which had made the Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to rule the country for  an uninterrupted sixteen years, to the back, appears to have prepared it for the May 18, 2023, general elections. The latest to find his  way back to the party was Jerry Gana, a Benue state born Politician and former minister of Information, during Olusegun Obasanjo’s Presidency.

Gana, may have been encouraged to return to the PDP, fold, a party that had been sustained over the years, from total collapse by Uche Secondus, the current Natinal Chairman , because of the worsening security challenges  facing the country under President Muhammadu Buhari, popular, PMB, a retired  army General of the Ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.He was said to have bumped into the party National  Secretariat at Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021,

An aggrieved Gana, had said that Nigerians  do not deserve  what they are going  through under the Buhari Administration .  He may realized that they, who were the founding  members of the party, described  as the biggest in Africa , with mass followership, had made  a mistake to have abandoned the party when it matters most  to run to their different directions which threw up  the ruling APC.

Given the respect enjoyed in the party,  he was said to have  told members that  that they must take decisive steps  to rescue the nation from total collapse. Hear him: The economy is stagnated. There is insecurity everywhere, noting Nigerians are beginning to doubt their nationhood. He had stopped short at saying that the solution  is for the PDP,  which had won itself back to the heart of the people  to take back power in the 2023, general elections .  Appreciative of the efforts of the Current Leadership of the party, epitomized by Secondus, to stabilize the party, he said the PDP, is back to reckoning.

Gana: Return To PDP, To Help Rescue The Country From Collapse

Secondus, who could not hide his feelings to see gana back to the  party was said to have asked him to deploy his wealth of experience  and intellect  in the collective  quest  of well-meaning Nigerians to rescuing the nation from the APC misrule. Secondus may have taken advantage of Gana’s return to declare that the Objective of the PDP, is to rescue the nation from collapse’’. He disclosed   that the country is currently being confronted  with guerrilla warfare ,orchestrated by the Islamic Fundamentalist, BokoHaram and the Islamic State Of West African Province, ISWAP, a splinter Group of the original BokoHaram in 2016, thus threatening the foundation of the country.

 But Dave Umahi, governor of Eboyi, would not agree  with the PDP, that the Buhari is the architect of the  country’s insecurity situatiin. He had blamed  the present insecurity situation of the county to the past Leaders produced by the Opposition PDP , when it was in government.

 The Eboyi  state governor had accused the past PDP  Leaders  for failing’’ to address the future of the Youths which gave them room to carry guns and operate from the bush’’. An aggrieved Umahi, stressed that ‘’it is not proper for the Opposition party to blame the Buhari Administration for the heightened insecurity in the country as the reasons  are systematic’’. According to him’’ the country insecurity situation did not just develop  overnight’’.

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In a related development, Halilu Shaba, Director General,  of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRD, has given an insight why the anti-Jihadist war in the north east and Banditry in the north west  had  dragged this long.  This is because it has been very difficult  for the agency  to effectively  monitor the activities of the  BokoHaram and  ISWAP, insurgents in the north east states of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and the Bandits in the north west states of Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina including those operating  the north enntral state of Nigerand  other Criminal elements across the country.

 Shaba, had painted a gory image of the agency  , stating that ‘’ it has inadequate  satellite and other facilities  for effective monitoring  of the Criminal gangs across the country’’.

The NASRDA, Director General, may have shocked Nigerians when he said that the country satellite  is not static   in the north east, stressing that for the country to have only one satellite is not enough . He revealed that its two satellite equipment are current  doing different things.

 This includes  the High Resolution Imaging satellite  and the Medium  Resultion Imaging satellite.  He noexplained  that the activities of the BokoHaram and ISWAP insurgents and their Collaborators,  the Bandits , could not be easily monitored by them as expected  because  the two functional satellites  are far away from the Nigerian Borders in the north west, north central, north east south west and the south- south Geopolitical regions. This may have informed why he is advocating for provision of more satellites for the agency to do its job as obtained in other parts of the world.

sHABA: DG, NARSDA, Complains Of Inadequate Sattellite facilities,

Given a clue on how to solve the security challenges facing the country,  the NASRDA, boss   has called  for ‘’Collaboration  between the agency  and the security agencies  in the country in the area of information sharing, especially  when planning attacks on the Criminal gangs to be able capture their locations.

However, he asserted that the insurgents and the Bandits appear to have become  more sophisticated in their operations , stressing that waves received by the agency from the remote areas where the criminal gangs carry out their attacks shows  that they  no longer use the Global System  for Mobile Communication, GSM, phones but walkie- talkie.

The two insurgent  Groups, may have resorted to the use of the walkie-talkie as a means of Communication given the information making the rounds that they had gotten an insider information on why Isa  Patami, the minister of Communication and Digital Economy had initiated  the ongoing synchronization  of National Identification Number , NIN, with SIM cards across the country to track them in their hideouts in the bush.

The Nigerian President may have  alsohit the nail on the head when he said that ‘’the synchronization of the NIN with the SIM cards across the country will help the military  prosecuting the anti0Jihadist war in the north east  and Banditry in the north west to identify  and know the personality of Nigerians, particular, identifying the crooks’’.

Perhaps, to bring to an end to  the anti-Jihadist war in the north east and Banditry in the north west, the  Ahmad led Senate , had assured the service Chiefs  in their recent meeting  that they will  for ways ‘’to better fund  the military and equip them with adequate resources.  This is good news is that the military   personnel who have been complaining of dearth of equipment to effectively deal  with the Insurgents and Bandits  in their respective areas of Operations have heaved a sigh of relief that there is life in the horizon.

Only recently, some alleged Indigenous People of Biafra, IPO,  fighters who were said to have made attempt  to attack an orlu Police  station in Imostate, south east Nigeria, would never forget their experience  in a hurry. An eyewitness account confirmed that the policem  did not give them a breather as several of  them were said to have been killed. This is a remarkable  departure from past attempts where they could invade a Police  station , attack , Kill officers and stole their AK AK47. This is a signal to the BokoHaram and ISWAP, insurgents operating in the north  that it is no longer going to  be business as usual as the military  are now full prepared for them in order to restore peace in the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.  

Stephen Ubanna

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