t is common knowledge that the “safest place” within a nation ought to be the Armed Forces Base where the nation’s powerhouse is situated, that is, all the offensive materials a purported nation uses for defence against an invading nation, terrorists, and to maintain civility among its citizenry, and so on. The thought of trying to invade such an institution is suicidal let alone attempting, daring and/or making such a move in the first instance.
The same could not be said in the nation of Afghanistan where the Taliban forces dared to make the move (attack) barely a week ago on the military soon after the US military left their shores for good (maybe bad especially for the innocent women and children out there). The Taliban have been in war with the Afghan government for over decades now trying to depose the government so as to implement their own way of life on the masses but, all attempt at such have met with a blockage, all thanks to the presence of allied forces prominent in that region. And since the US has had enough because, according to them (US Foreign Mission), they had spent well over $40 billion for the past decade up until now trying to maintain sanity in Afghanistan. And now, it is taking a toll on their foreign reserves so, the withdrawal from Afghanistan could not have been more timely than now.
In similar manner, the Turkish forces yesterday withdrew its forces from Afghan too.
As soon as I saw the Taliban taken over of the government house in Afghanistan, the thought that came racing through my mind was that such a “victory” for the terrorists would spur a ripple effect of an immense motivation for countless chains of terrorists network out there especially, our over “invincible” Boko Haram whom the Federal Government has been “pampering” and “catering for” well over the well-meaning average Nigerians whose tax monies are being used for such purpose.
It is quite ironic how the Nigerian government treats her citizens – if you are the peace loving, law abiding kind of individual, the types that go about making a decent living, you are not accorded any accolade and your voice is as good as being dump. As a matter of fact, the police will molest you for refusing to give them money during their routine stop-and-search exercise on the highways and streets; the military would abuse you physically for not moving your car out of the way on time while they were rough driving en route to only God knows where; you would get frustrated for months trying to get a new or renew a drivers license, international passport and what have you, if you go about it the right way and not through the back door. The government-established Institutions do not recognize good behaviours and good citizenry. Corruption is the order of the day.
But, the militants, bandits, kidnappers, terrorists, evil perpetrators, and so on are given more than a listening ear soon as they unleash their act. Why is it so? It is no secret that bandits have been getting allocation from state governments for years in states such as Borno, Kaduna, Bauchi, and some other states in the North so as not to unleash mayhem in their states. Recently, due to recessions, COVID-19 pandemic and some other reasons, states in Nigeria are not as buoyant as before since they had exhausted their share of the Paris Fund (loans borrowed from international organizations by the Federal Government of Nigeria and shared among the states). And as such, the bandits were not getting what they ought to. They had to device a means – finally unleashing the mayhem they had reserved for years in their haven, setting lives and properties ablaze. And, the internal security forces within the nation would rather watch on the sideline than take action; after all, if he dies in the line of duty, his family will suffer more because the same nation he is defending its cause will not pay his family what is due let alone take up their welfare. It is not worth dying for. So, most of them would rather work with the evil doers as informants and the likes since they keep to their words and their pay is mouthwatering compared to what the Federal Government has in store for them – empty promises.
Several attempts were put in place to contain the Covid-19 pandemic during its peak. The virus does not care if you are from the upper, middle, or lower class; it hunts everyone! Checkmate was given considerable attention in this regard. And as such, it was conquered in no time because it was a pandemic that affects them as much as it does the masses too.
When it comes to environmental insecurity, the majority of those kidnapped or killed by those gunmen are members of the lower class. They can not afford to hire luxury automobiles or private aircraft to attend business meetings or weddings, and they do not have enough food on hand to feed them for a year. All they have is public transportation, old secondhand automobiles, and motorcycles, and even the newly extremely selective modern train routes are not built to benefit the common man’s day-to-day commute. And as such, less attention is given to insecurity in the nation since it affects the common man on the streets and not the aristocrats (they have put all the security measures in place in their immediate environment just to safeguard them and their family only).
On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, shocking news broke of a horrific attack in the residential sector of the National Defense Academy (NDA) Kaduna’s Afaka Barracks, in which two army officers were slain and others were kidnapped. Unfortunately, this is the kind of news that army cadets and their masters used to exclusively read in newspapers, but it has now reached their doorstep, when in an ideal case, an army barrack should be a safe haven free of terror attacks with maximum security. Trespassing and carrying out an attack and raid in the deepest part of an army barrack is extremely concerning and sad news for civilians who trust the army to protect the state’s sovereignty, yet it was attacked right within its institution.
As is customary in Nigeria’s online, people have differing perspectives on the attack; some consider the entire day as an embarrassment, while others see it as a nemesis that befell the army due to bad security management (as their personnel in-charge of the attacked premises CCTV was asleep on duty when the attack happened). Personally, I see this as a wake-up call to all security services to wake up from their slumber and face their primary mission of securing the lives of all, because if the situation worsens further than it is now, no one will be safe. Furthermore, this attack demonstrated the terrorists’ and bandits’ unprecedented bravado and challenge to everybody, for if they can easily access the premises of the army’s premier academic institution and attack it, then no place is safe, except perhaps the Aso Villa.
It is no surprise to me that such an institution as the NDA was attacked because the Nigerian government and its network of security chains should have been very wary of such since the Taliban terrorists could take over the government of the day in Afghanistan, who says other terrorists network such as Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al Shabab in East Africa, ISWAP and the likes would not want to achieve such a feat. After all, the Afghanistan government, with all its firepower and sophisticated military Personnel ranging in their millions could be ousted out of government by a bunch of thousand bloodthirsty coordinated barbarian – the Taliban, Nigeria is no exception.
This is a call for us all to come together and fight this twin-evil called banditry and terrorism once and for all for peace to usher in again in Nigeria because there is no safe haven anymore in the nation.
This is our home; let us make it a safe and peaceful haven!
Together, we can save Nigeria!