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Admitting the Realities of Insecurity in Nigeria

by Ahmed Yahaya Joe

Ahmed Yahaya – Joe

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action” – Ian Lancaster Fleming

276 abducted from Chibok, 113 from Dapchi, 344 from Kankara, 42 from Kagara and now 317 from Jangebe.

First, we must admit to ourselves that we are collectively facing a precarious situation whereby the federal monopoly of violence has been lost to non governmental actors.

Second, the pockets of insecurity have a constant stream of recruits depending on the prevailing grudges – both manufactured and real.

Third, there are large swaths of ungoverned territories in Nigeria that are providing deep cover for those carrying these acts of insecurity. Add porous borders into the fray.

Fourth, there is a constant flow of finance to bankroll these acts of insecurity and perhaps even covert political support. There might even be an international dimension.

“The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership. There is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian land or climate or water or air or anything else.”  – Chinua Achebe

End of story!

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Abubakar Dauda February 27, 2021 - 9:53 am

Like seriously wollahi

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