Governor Ortom’s lamentation, frustration


Some weeks ago, the fiery and ever reticent retired army general, General Theophilus Danjuma in his characteristic no holds barred stance, stirred the hornet’s nest when he publicly accused the army of bare-faced collusion with the Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen to kill Nigerians in their thousands. He therefore called on citizens to defend themselves in cases of future attacks. Hear him: “Kill those who want to kill you before they kill all Nigerians, the government has lost control of providing security for the citizens,” therefore they should defend themselves.

This hotter-than hot iron statement had made the military panicky and unsettled especially coming a from a revered senior colleague without knowing what to do. After much rumination, the army decided to set up a committee to investigate the General’s bombshell. The committee had since commenced a full-scale inquiry into the issue.

A cross section of Nigerians were in full support of Danjuma’s crude but necessary method of dealing with these killers. Since the government is at the crossroads on what and what to do with them.

However, a different scenario played out last Tuesday when the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp where lamentably, he asked the inmates to go home and repel the further attacks on them by hurling stones at the hoodlums. This to say the least appears   to be puerile and banal fighting armed men with stones. The governor’s lamentation might have been derived from the huge amount the state was expending on the IDPs in terms of feeding and medical expenses monthly which was fast depleting the state’s purse which ordinarily should have been the responsibility of the Federal Govern-ment.

A lot has been written and said about the lukewarm attitude of the Federal Government towards the security situation in the country. There are still many state executives feeling the same as Ortom but whose hands are tied. Any government which fails or is failing on providing security for its citizens like the current government is doing, has no reason to remain in power any longer than necessary let alone seeking another term in office. The handwriting is already on the wall for this government.

We have for the umpteenth time appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari as a former military head of state to overhaul the security apparatus of the country. The matter on ground is more than grandstanding on the pages of newspapers and making meaningless grapevine speeches. It is also more than holding unproductive meetings with service chiefs. The security agencies should be well-kitted in terms of emoluments and general welfare. The Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen should be put in perpetual abeyance.   

The government has the penchant for trading blames on issues of national importance. It has forgotten it is in governance to solve problems as they come. For the better part of its existence, it has been its stock-in-trade to trade blames. If it is not Lai Mohammed today it is another functionary tomorrow blaming someone else for their seeming ineptitude and cluelessness.

However, another trade blame game was undertaken by No. 1 citizen, Muhammadu Buhari in far away London. At a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Buhari told the reverend cleric that the late Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi was responsible for the infiltration of Boko Haram and killer-herdsmen into Nigeria. Hmn, Buhari blaming a dead man for his own shortcoming.

The Bible says we should not speak ill of the dead. Buhari has inadvertently ridiculed himself and the country by his singular act. He is a non-performer in office and should not think of coming back to power in 2019.




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