Owerri – Comrade Chibuzo Onyeije, an activist, has said that the Nigerian security chiefs seemed to have been overwhelmed by terrorists’ attacks against innocent Nigerians, adding that the unwarranted attacks have taken numerous lives, shut down businesses and the social life of the people.
Comrade Onyeije equally called on all stakeholders to join hands together to end the mindless killings going on in the country.
These were contained in Onyeije’s statement titled, “National Security, The Security Chiefs Poor Formation and Their Quick Retreat: Suspicious Signs.”
According to him, the situation in Nigeria calls for nationalist and patriotic reasoning.
He suggested that the intelligence outfits in government including the presidency and non governmental organisations, should urgently meet and discuss the way forward.
Terrorists he said should not be allowed to continue to unleash mayhem, brandishing sophisticated weapons and endangering the country’s economy
“Nigerians used to be happy people on earth. But today, Nigerians are daily faced with massive destructive and depressing acts of mindless terrorism, mindless massive murder and sack of whole communities in very significant parts of the country, blood thirsty bandits, killer herdsman and kidnap of commuters for ransom.
“The violent crime that have taken the lives of many Nigerians including policemen and other members of the military and paramilitary forces is condemnable. There are assassinations, pervasive and crippling security”.
Reflecting on the tragedy that befell the United States of America on September 11, 2001, when 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda, “hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets, two of the planes according to him were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush.
“In Nigeria, how prepared are we? We cannot base on ‘medicine after death’ as America never saw it coming due to negligence, if not the four targets would not have succeeded.”
He recommended that the service chiefs should be reassessed and eased out if found wanting as it appears the terrorists were ahead of them or else, something sinister may be thrown up in Nigeria.
He noted that rumour making the rounds in the social media impute that the young jet fighter, Tolulope was assassinated indirectly for killing the Boko Haram, saying, “that is what a terrorist group are capable of doing if we do not decide all our service chief’s moves.”
He questioned the release of repentant Boko haram terrorists, adding that “God knows if such was not an instruction from those in captivity of the terrorists.”
“Leadership is not rocket science and security of lives and property cannot be achieved with personnel who have clearly demonstrated that they have nothing again to offer.
“This is no time to be parochial. Our ship of state is sinking deeper and deeper under the horror of insecurity.
“Meanwhile, the most important duty of The Prince, according to Machiavelli , is the security of the state. Here , the performance today is an abysmal failure.”
He therefore called on Nigerians to rise to the occasion, identify and defend their interests.
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