The condition of insecurity affecting many Nigerians has long surpassed bearable proportions; it is only a matter of time before even our inept president is viscerally touched.
Several reports indicate that members of the Nigerian political class also get a bitter taste of the medicine Nigerians have been made to swallow but the peak of it all will still come when even the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is affected. Unless the situation is urgently arrested, it cannot be taken for granted that those who have been trying to breach the president’s security will not eventually find a loophole somewhere.
There is no point speculating what exactly might happen to the president if the bandits get to him—this is neither sadism nor schadenfreude on my part—but they only need to persist and something will yield.
Last Friday in the Federal Capital Territory, some gunmen attacked officials of the 7 Guards Brigade, an elite troop that secures the president. The unfortunate incident left three soldiers wounded and eight officers killed. Although about 30 of the attackers were reportedly killed by Nigerian soldiers some days after the incident, it is still telling that some untrained group of gunmen got close to the president’s guards and hit them that hard. In July too, suspected bandits attacked a convoy of cars conveying the advance team of the presidential security guards to Daura, the president’s hometown in Katsina State.
Recently too, some bandits vowed that they would abduct the president. If anyone thinks the bandits can never get close enough to the president, then they must have forgotten that supposed armed robbers penetrated the residence of Ibrahim Gambari, the president’s Chief of Staff last year. To date, nobody has been reported apprehended over that curious incident of burglary inside the presidential villa.
Bandits have had the temerity to sack army barracks and face off with various levels of security agencies and they can do worse. Also recall that in October, the Wall Street Journal reported that Nigerian security agencies paid an equivalent of $50,000 cash to some bandits camped in Rugu Forest in the North-West region to retrieve an anti-aircraft weapon that posed a direct threat to the president when he had a scheduled trip to Katsina.
These various incidences of how closely the bandits have circled the president’s security forces show the degree to which our leaders’ administrative incapability extends to their own Read More
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