Nitty-gritty of Nigerian security realities (1)
Oladele Timothy Gold
Palpitations emanating from morbid fear engendered by the ugly spate of security realities of Nigeria are capable of causing cardiac arrest in the hearts of Nigerians
The anomie does not only pose a threat but also spells psychological embarrassment, thus the vulnerable who are clueless as far as the whole scenario is concerned, see all these more of drama or rather a masterminded show like any war movie with scripts for thespian artists to act.
Every sane Nigerian wonders why this ignominious trend persists despite whooping sums of money being budgeted for defence every year.
The aggravation of decayed state of security in Nigeria is not far fetched considering her status as the largest concentration of black people on earth and the influence in the comity of nations in Africa.
Ipso facto, any attempt to disrupt Africa for whatever hidden agenda, Nigeria stands as prime target.
There are several insinuations and allegations around the intent of the AL-QAEDA, ISWAP etc. to over run states of west Africa for the purpose of JIHAD.
This and other agitations form MEND, MASSOB notwithstanding , the people of Nigeria had been unperturbed until recent times when it dawned on them the realities of premonitions of war outbreak!
Nigerians have been experiencing violence such as the abduction of expatriates in Niger-Delta region and vandalisation of oil supply installation for the purpose of agitation for derivation and recovery from ecological degradation brought by oil exploration in the region.
Conscientiously speaking, abduction was not part of crimes in Nigeria, apart from a notable case of an erstwhile governor of Anambra State, Dr Chris Ngige, who was rapaciously abducted by his disgruntled go father, Chris Uba, in July 10,2003, to score political points, hardly was there was any high-profile abduction recorded, though there had been cases of ritualists on prowl that seldom kidnap for illicit deals.
Unfortunately, the so-called MASSOB has been replaced with IPOB that is so desperate to ensure that secession of Igbo from the triune entity of Nigeria becomes a reality .Besides, the Boko Haram insurgency has grown into branches : banditry and Fulani herdsmanship, all working to wreak havoc.
A former senatorial aspirant, poet and public commentator, Timothy Oladele Gold is a member of the International Society for Development and Sustainability