The primary duty of government in modern society is the protection of lives and property. Recently, due to concatenation of factors, there has been steady rise in crimes and criminality around the country.
In its determination to stem the tide and restore social order, the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), last week convened a General Security Appraisal Committee (GSAC) which has in attendance the Service Chiefs and Heads of Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Agencies to discuss the emerging threats of kidnapping, terrorism, banditary, armed robbery and the resultant consequences of these lives and property of Nigerians.
The followup from that meeting resulted in the implementation of a multi-pronged strategy that involves political, humanitarian economics and security measures. A stakeholders meeting in all the Geo-Political zones of the country in underway, which in fact, kicked off this week Monday in Kaduna for the North West zone.
A delegation of Service Chiefs and Heads of Law Enforcement Agencies led by the NSA is exploring a collaborative efforts with the Governors Youth and Women Groups, Traditional and Religious leaders and the State Legislature, Non-governmental Organisations.
This rear move will ensure direct assessment of the security situation, general local feedback and recommendation. At once, the Federal Government has gotten the strategy right and this steps will bring to a permanent end to the security concern in the country.
This latest strategy is in tandem with the policy thrust of the President Muhammadu Buhari led government, which declared at the popular Eagle Square on the 29 May, 2015. President Buhari had in an inaugural speech made a remarkable statement that have continued to serve as the compass of his government. He promised to do his best to protect lives and property of Nigerians. President Buhari also said, “I belong to everybody and I belong to no one.”
The policy direction of his government has been anchored on the belief that irrespective of ethnic affiliation, religion and region, all Nigerians deserves to be treated equally. This attribute about Buhari is what is well known, even during his first stint as the military head of state. He had no preference. It is therefore, surprising that the same Buhari who known for his principled stand, suddenly become an ethnic jingoist. Or he has become insensitive to the extent of encouraging herdsmen to cause mayhem for a government that he will take credit, if everything is going well. This story is better told to the Marines because it is inconceivable for any sane mind to buy into this gullible trajectory.
Though, naturally, sticks and stones are only thrown at fruit bearing tree. But on the accusation that President Muhammadu Buhari is not doing his best or not neutral in his handling the security situation is grossly unjust to say the least.
In the last two weeks, Sunday Igboho has constituted himself into a pseudo government in some South West states, especially Oyo and Ogun, killing and maiming. If President Buhari is nepotic as anti Nigerian elements will want us to believe, he would have ordered for the immediate arrest of Sunday Igboho, because the mayhem Igboho has caused is against the Fulanis, his people.
Only Wednesday this week, President Buhari ordered arrest and prosecution of all illegal arms bearers in the country irrespective of their ethnic affiliation. That is loud and clear enough for those who want to give Buhari a name, in order to hang him to understand.
The Federal Government is as well concerned about the state of insecurity in some
Instead of blaming President Buhari, why don’t we beam our searchlight on the source of the problem, I think that will give us the leverage to join hands and find solution at once. It is important to reiterate what experts in cross boarder security have been saying, including President Muhammadu Buhari himself, who have identified the collapse of the Col Muammar Gadaffi’s regime in Libya for the influx of arms into Nigeria.
Where there is arms in the hands of undesirable non-state actors, the consequences is what Nigeria is suffering today. This is not problem of ethnic bigotry or other mundane consideration. Ordinarily, President has demonstrated his zero tolerance for criminal elements and would not harbour or favour anyone found wanting by security agencies. This is demonstrated in this latest order to the security agencies.
If the president has stated in categorical term that anyone seen carrying a gun unlawfully should be arrested and tried regardless of where he comes from, should that not be enough to define the person of President Buhari as it has to do with ethnic affinity?
To be able to solve problems, especially as it has to do with herders-farmers clash, we must understand it in context. Apart from the untold pressure brought on Nigeria by influx of arms from renegades in Libya, the Lake Chad, which for long have been a source of pasture for herdsmen has receded drastically, causing mass movement of herders from extreme north towards the north central and the south. While the herders are struggling to get feed their cattle, the farmers are fighting to preserve the land for their farming occupation. The situation is neither here nor there! The best thing for us to do is to find common ground. That is what the Buhari Government is doing.
Efforts are ongoing by the Presidency towards bringing an end to the herdsmen’s crisis. Among them is the old cattle routes we know have been taken over by civilization. Ranching is the modern means of rearing cattle.
Another alternative was the RUGA settlement, but people came out to say that there is no land for it. Now, some are saying that cattle rearing is a private business so the government must not be involved in it.
With all these options on the table, President Buhari is not letting down his guards in an effort to bring a conclusive end to the crisis. It will however be a great disservice to President Buhari and Nigeria for a setting segment of our society to continue to dangle ethnicity card, despite Buhari’s unwavered commitment towards solving the problem.
Come to think of it, how can President Buhari be probating and reprobating at the same time? I stand to be corrected that there has never been any administration so serious or invested in agriculture like the Buhari led government. Will the same man turnaround to sabotage his food sufficiency campaign? Knowing that farmers and herders clash is capable of undermining food security.