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Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Racoon(m): 5:30am On Sep 08
These are indeed turbulent times for the entity called Nigeria.One cannot wrap his head around the myriad of issues confronting the nation, and, making a case for each of the problem(s) would be an exercise in futility because each problem is uniquely and distinctively complex that it awed even the most meticulous policy scholars.

In the preceding weeks, we had witnessed horrific spate of violence perpetrated by humans on fellow humans. The carnage can best be described as something out of a movie script.Incessant bandits attack on communities in North-West Nigeria, a once peaceful agrarian region has spiralled out of control.Scores were killed and communities sacked across Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna states.

In the North-East, Boko Haram and ISWAP, attacks in Faduma Kolondi community killed 81 persons among them women, children and the community head. It was reported that,the terrorist had a field day when they spent about six hours, killing maiming and setting homes ablaze.

This left many wondering where were thousands of soldiers deployed to the area, including the Army Chief, Gen.TY Buratai, at the time of the attack that shocked the world.Major news media around the globe reported the horrific attack, which led many questioning the approach and conduct of the Nigerian Government in bringing to an end the senseless killing of Innocent individuals. 

Last April, Idris Deby joined his country's soldiers at the frontline, appearing in military fatigues, he exudes confidence and inspired his soldiers in an operation that decimated & rid it's territories of Boko Haram.The success of the Chad operation threw a national debate in Nigeria about its modus operandi in executing the war against insurgency, the sincerity of purpose,  corruption in top military hierarchy, heist  in defence and other military spending as well as welfare of front line soldiers.

The bigger culprit in this whole saga is unarguably the President Muhammadu Buhari. His competence, integrity and commitment has come into question.

Assuming office through popular electoral victory in 2015, and reelected in 2019, most Nigerians hinged their hopes on his self-assumed integrity, zero tolerance for corruption, coupled with his military background as an ex Head of State and General.Many see him as a reformer, a champion needed to redefine leadership in Nigeria and change the status quo. Five years on, that hope has been dashed.

Buhari's incompetence became glaring when he couldn't bring to an end Boko Haram insurgency which formed part of his three cardinal campaigns promise. In fact, a more dangerous monster had emerged-banditry, cattle rustling, kidnappings, armed robbery, and resurgence of farmer-herders clashes are characteristics of the present administration.

Katsina State, the home-state of President Buhari has been under siege as bandits and terrorist have engaged in wanton destruction of lives and properties.In a pathetic and disgusting twist, in February, villagers in Akata community in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State paid a heavy levy imposed on them by the bandits inorder to avoid being attacked. This alone had shown government's failure to protect lives and properties as enshrined in the constitution.

The North for decades is formerly alien to crimes of this magnitude, now, it has become the epicentre of violence and destruction.The North-West is bedevilled with resurgence of armed banditry, cattle rustling & kidnapp-ings.North-East has since become Boko Haram/ISWAP enclave, while the North-Central is the breeding ground of conflict between farmers/herders, ethic militias and rampaging Fulani gun men. Other regions across the country has its own share of insecurity, though on a different scale and proportion.

A lot of questions are raised, the most resounding is, has government run out of ideas and security forces over-whelmed? Attacks of this magnitude are mostly visible and likened in failed states like Somalia, South Sudan and other semi-autonomous entities in the Horn of Africa and Central Africa.

According to Fund For Peace, FFP, an American Think Tank that specializes on the prevention of violence and conflicts, and promotes sustainable peace and security across the globe identified three steps in recognizing a failed state.Inability of state to control it's territory, inability of state to effectively provide security and public services to its citizens, inability of state to interact with other states as member of the international community.

While Nigeria has not exhibited all three traits to be branded a failed state, many concurred it had features of the first two.President Buhari has failed to provide security and basic public services his citizens (we can't boast of constant power and portable water). Second, it failed to effectively take control of its territories especially on the fringes of the Lake Chad.

Agreed, the major global challenge of the 21st century is that of terrorism and other form of insecurity. However, some leaders had demonstrated dexterity in confronting headlong such challenges.

Western nations with the aid of sophisticated technology, Artificial and Human Intelligence were able to curb such challenge. Developing nations in sub Saharan Africa and the Sahel who are prone to attacks had equally demonstrate prowess in defending their countries.

Chad's exploit is a stark reminder.In Niger Republic, President Muhammadu Yusoufou had sacked his Army Chief after 70 soldiers were killed by Boko Haram in March, he also ordered investigation into defence spendings and arms contract.

These two leaders whose countries share boundary, and some affinity with Nigeria had demonstrated to the "sleeping giant" how to confront insecurity.Experts in security and policy are lost on the approach and strategy adopted by Nigerian Government that failed to bring to an end insecurity .

Could the President truly suffering from dementia? Is this the Buhari we (including myself) massively voted for, due to his past military exploit in the Civil War, Maitastine Crisis,& leading an onslaught on Chad militias supported by Hissene Habre who took Nigeria's territory in Borno during the presidency of Shehu Shagari?

Is the Jubril Al-sudani fairytale theory true? Are the Merchants of War involved? Are the service and other security chiefs benefiting from the needless war? Is Buhari under a spell resulting from Voodooism, Jaz, Tsafi, African/Black magic which prevents him from acting fearlessly and ruthlessly pushing insurgents into extermination? Are foreigners and international collaborators involved?

These and many more are questions begging for answers. How else can a president refuse to heed calls from Nigerians to sack the service chiefs whom had obviously run out of ideas and outlive their usefulness. There is a grand rule in football- never change a winning team. But, Buhari's security team aren't winning, therefore, it would be counterproductive to still maintain them in their respective capacity.

There is an urgent need to adopt an Artificial and Human Intelligence as the number one strategy in executing a 21st century technology-base war.

The use of drones for reconnaissance and attacks has not been effectively explored by the government so far. Drone attacks has a 90 per cent precision rating on target, and human causality is zero,and cost effective.

The Nigerian Defence Industry Corporation should not be reduced to a furniture making industry.Now is the good moment to test it's efficacy and justify millions spent since its inception which to among others things is, production of military hardware.

The NDA should review its admission policy to technology based,where first-class graduates of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and other science based courses are given priority.

Whatever gains this administration could attribute to itself had been blurred by insecurity.Agriculture which would have been a major catalyst for reinvigorating the economy has been worst-hit by insecurity.

Farmers can no longer access their farmlands, as either they are taken over by bandits or fear of being kidnapped As a show of policy misplaced priority, the Buhari govt has proposed to spend N12bn in fighting pest destroying farmlands,that humongous amount, when channelled to fighting insecurity could be more appropriate. Insurgency and insecurity are more dangerous to agriculture than pest.

The major catastrophe about Buhari administration is, they are not open to criticism in whatever guise.Once an attempt is made to call out a specific government's policy, as usual, a brigade of its hirelings, propagandists and foot-soldiers will be quick to brandish such a person, group or individual an enemy of state and other unprintable names

When residents of Katsina heed the call of a Coalition of Northern Groups for a peaceful protest, shortly after, security operatives whisked the convener to Abuja and detained him.

Ironically, Buhari and other notable persons in his administration had in the past participated in protests against ex-President Jonathan.Infact, those who criticized & call out ex president Jonathan had lost their voice in this administration.

Those who dared speak out are either rounded off,or called names,eg Northern Elders Forum's Prof.Ango Abdullahi.Nigerians has been fair to President Buhari, many had ignored his flaws in other sectors, like the economy, infrastructure & education etc.The central focus is on security.

The infighting between the first family, and gunshot in Aso villa had proven that the President had lost it.Further -more, the endless crisis in his Party, the APC, his inability to broker peace in the Edo chapter and settle the rift between Mr Oshimohle & Governor Obaseki signaled the President cannot be a peace maker and that to some extent explain the continued insurgency and insecurity in the country.

However, propagandists were quick to spurn a narrative that his detractors within are undermining his efforts.But like Dr Naja'atu Mohammed posited, posterity and history will judge Pres.Buhari solely, not some imaginary persons whom stalked, sabotage & stagnated his regime.Because Nigerians voted for him.

Less than three years to the end of the administration, much can still be done to salvage the security challenges.Sack the service chiefs,inject new blood, with new zeal, vigour, strategy and passion.Set out a target and timeframe, for them-end insecurity or get fired! That's how a serious C-in-C discharges his duty, authoritatively. You don't keep doing same thing over and over, and expect different results.

If President Buhari wants to leave behind an enduring legacy so that posterity would be kind to him, he needs to act now. As it were, he has failed to secure the lives and property of Nigerians,bloodletting has become common place. Little wonder, many has dubbed him the sleeping president.

Abdullah D Mohammed is with the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He writes from Kano.
abdullahkidnyce@gmail.com

http://saharareporters.com/2020/06/20/insecurity-sleeping-president-adbullahi-d-mohammed

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Racoon(m): 5:45am On Sep 08
Last April, Idris Deby joined his country's soldiers at the frontline, appearing in military fatigues, he exudes confidence and inspired his soldiers in an operation that decimated & rid it's territories of Boko Haram.

In Niger Republic, President Muhammadu Yusoufou had sacked his Army Chief after 70 soldiers were killed by Boko Haram in March, he also ordered investigation into defence spendings and arms contract. 

.....Sack the service chiefs,inject new blood, with new zeal, vigour, strategy and passion.Set out a target and timeframe, for them-end insecurity or get fired! That's how a serious C-in-C discharges his duty, authoritatively. You don't keep doing same thing over and over, and expect different results.

These are fellow West African leaders taking charge and providing responsible leadership.They're muslims but ain't taking shit from terrorists.Hope Mr.President is listening?

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by stonemasonn: 5:55am On Sep 08
Can you allow Osinbajo act in his stead?

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Colonelswitz101(m): 5:58am On Sep 08
Kudos is what I feel obliged to say to the writer of this masterpiece. The truth and nothing buh the truth is laid bare in this article. This administration to me, will forever go down in history as the most incompetent administration to have ever piloted the affairs of this nation. Truth be told, Muhammad Buhari is not in charge of this present governance and policies and the evidences are glaring to those whom their sense of judgement aren't beclouded by silly n petty sentiments. Wat then is the definition of failure if looking at Buhari and his policies doesn't give one a satisfactory clue.
I want to believe that right to life is supposed to be the top priority of every government buh I have bn proven otherwise by this government that appears to be powered by the innocent blood of it's citizens like a diesel engine. I believe security comes first in all we want to achieve as humans, we know this administration have failed in all expectations buh the issue of insecurity is inexcusable n unforgivable. I almost shed tears watching in a video clip, the chief of army staff throwing the responsibility of ending insecurity to the same Nigerian citizens who are waiting on him for positive result. That annoying statement on proves he longer have any better ideas on how to handle the challenges before him, yet he haven't been sacked. It is either we have a dementia patient as a president or we have a government collaborating with terrorists even as I pray the latter isn't the truthful condition of things. It is even much more annoying to know that their are people who have their faces deeply stuck on ass licking this administration just for the crumbs that fall off the dinning table, this are the group of lowlifes we see everyday one social media glorifying their ignorance n stupidity while tagging those who criticise this incompetent government as "ipobs and wailers".
If truly GMB is the one in charge of this regime, let those who have his ears please help us to let him know that the only thing we ask of him is to be alive to see the end of his tenure. It doesn't matter if we are hungry, without electricity or other basic amenities. We just want to be alive and that is all we ask of him.

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by limanorth12: 6:01am On Sep 08
Bubu ji masun! grin

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Racoon(m): 6:07am On Sep 08
In Katsina State, the General’s home state begging bandits for peace instead of routing them has become an awkward attribute of governance. 

Even the soldiers, police and other security personnel are as unsafe as the general public.It is a state of hopelessness that should have provoked new initiatives, but the regime appears impervious to change.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/punchng.com/buhari-bandits-are-taking-over-here/amp/

"..Katsina State, the home-state of President Buhari has been under siege as bandits and terrorist have engaged in wanton destruction of lives and properties..."

His home state Governor-Masari is negotiating with armed bandits in their hoods while Mr.President is negotiating with BH terrorists.How can insecurity be contain?

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Racoon(m): 6:52am On Sep 08
How else can a president refuse to heed calls from Nigerians to sack the service chiefs whom had obviously run out of ideas and outlive their usefulness? Buhari's security team aren't winning, therefore, it would be counterproductive to still maintain them in their respective capacity.

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by GoodofNaija: 6:54am On Sep 08
Bubu and his cronies are only interested in sucking Nigeria dry!


They are not interested in fixing Nigeria!

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Strawberryg(f): 7:08am On Sep 08
This kind of topic hardly gets to the front page. I doubt if the mods will have the courage to take this kinda article to FP..

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by helinues: 7:11am On Sep 08
To say @ least 65% of the service chiefs are from Northern Nigeria...

They should continue deceiving themselves..

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by davibid: 8:51am On Sep 08
PMB doesn’t even care about what befalls Nigerians. Sadly, in as much as I hate to admit it, Abba Kyari’s presence was bringing some sort of coordination to this government because PMB trusted him and hence entrusted him with some delicate responsibilities and even if it wasn’t the coordinations we wanted but at least someone was in charge & giving directives for his personal gains which brought about some orderliness within the Villa and which was better than the heavier mess Nigeria now found itself ... a purposeless, hopeless, insensitive and corruption-stricken Nigeria.

What a Country?

I’m done weeping for this country cry cry cry

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Racoon(m): 8:51am On Sep 08
The major catastrophe about Buhari administration is, they are not open to criticism in whatever guise.Once an attempt is made to call out a specific government's policy, as usual a brigade of its hirelings, propagandists & foot-soldiers will be quick to brandish such a person, group or individual an enemy of state and other unprintable names
http://saharareporters.com/2020/06/20/insecurity-sleeping-president-adbullahi-d-mohammed

The zombies are being addressed here.Hope una dey hear.This writer is not IPOB but an hausa man telling the president the glaring truth.If only Buhari appointees are doing likewise since the president is always unaware surprised or shocked.

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by davidodiba(m): 8:51am On Sep 08
These Northerners should allow me to concentrate on my future Abeg

When I saw the name of the one who made the statement, I did not beven bother to read. Most critics of this government from the north are hypocrites including my beloved Aisha Buhari. They are all in love with Boko Haram, Buhari, El-rufai and the likes. All REAL Mslims are secretly in sweet love with those I have mentioned. This is my candid opinion. Those who live in the South should not quote me because none of you knows what's happening at all here in the North.

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Mycoin(m): 8:52am On Sep 08
bad
Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by PureGoldh(m): 8:52am On Sep 08
Bitter Truth

Some people no go like dx particular write-up

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Sonnobax15(m): 8:52am On Sep 08
grin.
this is actually the first time I'm commenting without reading the article.

but anyways,I think he is talking about bubu....

and the good news is that Nigerians are beginning to think like true Democrats...

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Bobotic(m): 8:53am On Sep 08
cool cool cool

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by MrNipplesLover(m): 8:54am On Sep 08
The president is really snoring big time.


some zone-bees go still vote am if given the chance for third term.

Nigeria never had no president in the last 5 years.

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Mindlog: 8:54am On Sep 08
Poor leadership.
Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by 989900: 8:54am On Sep 08
Shame.
Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by mamaafrik(m): 8:58am On Sep 08
This is a masterpiece,Nigeria and Aso rock seems to be cursed
Give Nigeria good leadership and 25 years,we shall be the envy of all Nations but as at now a clean coup seem to be the only answer

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by MASTAkiLLAh(m): 8:59am On Sep 08
Just tell those idiöts that IPOB are in sambisa forest and other parts of the north acting like bandits and you’ll see the way Buhari will jump into action killing everything killable but as long as it’s the regular main terrorists, nothing go happen abi una no see the way they went to warn Idris Derby to stop killing their Boko boys ?

Derby should be our army chief, Buratai should be selling snake meat suya instead cool

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Brushstrokes20: 9:00am On Sep 08
Sleeping is a gross understatement!
Ghost president is most appropriate.

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by optimistD(m): 9:00am On Sep 08
Only fools believed and voted for Buhari in 2015. Only hungry slow idiots believed and voted for him again in 2019. May God turn their lives and families the way Buhari has Ruled and turned NIGERIA to what it is now. sad

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by bigt2(m): 9:02am On Sep 08
Bubu RN

Are we on AUTO FILOT?

I want to assua you that I have been PIGHTING KWARUPSHON...

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by Matrimonous: 9:02am On Sep 08
angry
He is what Nigerians wanted. Make i hear word, ejoor.

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by SweetJoystick(m): 9:04am On Sep 08
The never aware president

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Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by hisgrace090: 9:06am On Sep 08
Hmmm!!!


We never have it this bad, as every sector declines with speed.
Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by AustineJohn908(m): 9:08am On Sep 08
Wait, is it today you know you have an incompetent President? come on bro, something even a chicken do know
Re: Insecurity: The Sleeping President! By Adbullahi D Mohammed by DennisEche(m): 9:09am On Sep 08
Zombies will think other wise, atimes it amuses the kind of brain zombies have

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