As things presently stand, Nigeria’s forced nationhood is at its yielding point, thanks to President Muhammadu Buhari’s incompetence and never-seen-before nepotism. The Nation’s security architecture is broken, and mending it would not require any further reliance on the old method where Abuja decides for the rest of the country. Governance has been transformed into a butt joke under this administration, akin to a night of a thousand laughs show. There is no pretence anymore that Nigeria is not governed with the seriousness it deserves. With Hishba in the North and Amotekun in the West, the setting up of the Eastern Security Network by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is a welcome development and the governors should accept it.
Their indecisions and pandering to the drumbeats of Abuja created the vacuum that the IPOB has taken upon themselves to fill. While they were dancing up and down, herders have taken over the farmlands, attacking farmers at will.
The reactionary approach to insecurity by Buhari, with condolence messages as its central policy shows that the center can no longer hold. Hundreds of school children were abducted in Kankara, in the President’s home state of Katsina while he was vacationing there. That action by these terrorists is a bold statement that no one watches over the country anymore, and once the North is conquered, the South will be taken over. This is why they should make hare while the sun is still shining.
Nnamdi Ubani writes from Umuahia