Enough of Polarization of the local Security outfits – By Abba Dukawa


 Since the returned of democracy dispensation in the country in 1999  the Federal Government has done very little or nothing to curb  the state of rapid increase in the numbers of state and local security outfits established. 

The federal government watched it without foreseeing it is going to be like a timed bomb waiting to explode.

We have witnessed the proliferations of such security outfits  like the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Indigenous People of Biafra and now the  Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed Operation Amotekun  all base on sectional organization especially in the southern part of the  country.

Due to the reasons best known to it, the Federal Government has done nothing to stop this  potential danger without the considering the senseless killings and arsons perpetrated by  the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in  2002 when clashes engulfed between OPC and other ethnic nationalities especially the Hausas living in the South West.

One may recall that at the inception of the Ametekum security outfit the Chairman of the South West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, said there is no going back on the operation of the regional security agency, Amotekun, which they are prepared to pursue to its logical conclusion and emphasised that the governors of the region were committed to improve security and are particularly keen to address the rising wave of banditry, kidnapping and farmers and herders’ clashes.

Really, Governor Akeredolu matched his words with action by  asking all Fulani herdsmen in the  State to vacate forest reserves within the state in seven days as the   governor issued the  ultimatum  while meeting with with the leaders of Hausa/Fulani and Ebira Communities in the state. Indeed, the eviction notice to Fulani communities offered a different dimension to the security challenges.

One of the misfortunes we afflicted with in this country is that our rulers show lack of concern to diversity, every other thing fails and it seem our rulers always  mismanage the delicate ethnic and religious balances on which Nigeria pivots.  Let  the nation leaders   provide leadership by taking  measures that will reassure all and sundry that they are working on the problems and that nobody should lose interest in a united, peaceful, and progressive Nigeria. While in any civilise society  leadership must be responsive to diversity. It is the rudimentary ingredient to fostering unity among variegated people.

How the country come to this stage is squarely   failure of the federal government to take proactive measures to address security issues in the country this  has given rise to non-state actors like local village hunter Sunday Igboho have a gut to issued a evictions to other Nigerians. What question left unanswered  was   it’s the Palace of Seriki Fulani, Alhaji Saliu Abadulkadir and other houses in the town including  expensive cars were razed by angry youths is this justifiable and does he and other victims also live in the forests.?

Insecurity by itself is bad enough. When those in authority allow it to be layered with ethnic tensions, it is doubly dangerous.   Rwanda is the clear experience. Section 43 of the Constitution, which grants people the right to own properties anywhere in Nigeria, cannot be construed as taking other people’s properties.

  Almost every states in the North  facing serious security challenges and  Governor Sule of Nasarawa said   Boko Haram is regrouping in his state  this is a clear indication that the collapse of security system is all over the country and in all this, there are no actionable responses of the federal government.

There are many scenarios running through peoples head, but this particular one scares peoples a lot. As the notice expired, Amotekun launched offensives to evict their target, Funalis.  Let Rotimi and Akeredolu,  regional security agency, Amotekun, read the constitution properly.  What they are doing is a forceful eviction of Fulani herdsmen and is unconstitutional. 

The deafening support  by key stakeholders in the South West States  is worrisome.  This supporting Amotekun is a dangerous tell-tale sign that things are wrong. This is not good for our country. We must all speak out and talk about the solution to this twin-problem of insecurity and threat to national unity. Nigerians  need to live in peace with each other  as  We all do not have another country to call our own other than this one country, Nigeria.

Lack of actions   against insecurity is  most unsuccessful point of the administration and the  situation is getting worse by the day. Insecurity has become the order of the day and it is fueling disunity and criminal activities. It obviously requires urgent attention.

Dukawa write in from Kano can  be reached at abbahydukawa@gmail.com



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