Envisage Nigeria in the mould of a profit-oriented business concern where the CEO headhunts, assigns specific tasks to the staff. Staffer boasts s/he will deliver results within record time but several months, even years down the line, geezer starts finger pointing and buck passing. In the aforementioned context, a typical CEO wastes no time before firing, replacing such flippant employee(s).
Is it not appalling that the Nigerian military has set a precedent of convicting more soldiers than terrorists in its fight against terrorism? How many sponsors, masterminds of Boko Haram have been convicted? Why won't your soldiers shy away from battle when you fill up military recruitment slots with your bari nbuga (Hausa = incompetent), unemployed cronies, mistresses and family members who have no passion for the job? Why won't your soldiers abdicate when they are not adequately armed because one of theirs sitting in an office, squandered money meant for munitions? One of my combatant instructors told us during battle drill and weapons training that it is foolhardy to confront an enemy who has got say, a FN Rifle with a revolver considering the ''effective killing range'' of both weapons. Why won't soldiers chicken out when their morale is at its lowest ebb due to lack of welfare? Credible intelligence gathering is the bulwark of any serious military. Have you got this factor going for you? Meanwhile generals are building mansions everywhere and acquiring state-of-the-art automobiles. As they say, ''monkey dey work, baboon dey chop''. Rather than do a thorough introspection, accept the home truth and sort out the mess in the system, the establishment is busy court martialing folks. If the anomalous status quo persists, the Nigerian military should get set for many more court martial, perhaps until there is no one left to court martial again.
When will folks at the helm of affairs in Nigeria start taking responsibility for their actions and inactions? Why is it a rare feat for nonfeasance public officials in Nigeria to humbly and voluntarily quit in the face of ignominy? In saner climes, public officials voluntarily quit in the face of embarrassment or when they run out of ideas. Not in Nigeria where many a times, such officials are shielded by an "oga-at-top".
Enough of the trite, unbecoming and embarrassing hogwash! Please man up, take responsibility, at least for once.
Nigerians demand that square pegs be put in square holes. This tradition of 'na mu ne' (Hausa word for our own person, cronyism) MUST stop in Nigeria. Let's give the job to whosoever can, will and MUST do it irrespective of his religious or ethnic affiliation. My humble self and indeed many Nigerians don't give a hoot if the President of Nigeria and his deputy hail from one family, like in Poland where twin brothers - Lech Kaczynski and Jaroslaw Kaczynski were simultaneously President and Prime minister. Nigerians yearn for detribalized, incorrupt, urbane, foresighted, decisive, courageous leaders who have the balls to wield the big stick if and when the need arises.
Now that a general election is round the corner, Nigerian voters must not hesitate to make clean this crop, haze with their votes during the 2015 general elections. Please let's relegate tribal, religious sentiments, personal ego and vote for the best candidates irrespective of party leaning.
Peace is a sine qua non for co-existence, development and prosperity. This unprecedented atmosphere of instability and wanton insecurity is stifling Nigeria and Nigerians.This reign of terror must stop! Enough of this senseless bloodletting. Please let's give peace a chance.
NIGERIANS UNITE AGAINST INSECURITY AND TERRORISM!
(Security Aficionado/Analyst/Consultant, Writer/Blogger, Change Agent, Advocate, Ex-Serviceman)
*This article is a sequel to my earlier piece titled: "Stop The Back-passing, Finger pointing, Please Take Responsibility and Step Aside"