PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari recently expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the security service chiefs and other security agencies over the deteriorating security situation prevailing in the country. The president who poured out his concern, did so through the National Security Adviser, General Babagana Monguno, who said the president is visibly unhappy about the state of insecurity.

INSECURITY that has become common place in the North East, through Boko Haram terrorism, North West in kidnapping, banditry, and outright raid on communities, raping, killings, and all forms of vandalism; in the central part of Nigeria, murderous herdsmen have reduced the place as its killing field.

THE outcry of Nigerians who had insisted that the present service chiefs be relieved of their positions, having ran out of ideas to deal with the spate of violence, could not attract the attention of Mr. President then; the coalition of northern youths even organized protests in Katsina state; the National Assembly equally backing the plea for a change of service chiefs, seemed to also felt on deaf ears, until now.

PMB’s charge to the service chiefs, though belated, does not in any way address the yearnings of Nigerians. Rather, he has taken the opportunity to warn them to sit up, in view of the rampaging violence in the land. It would be recalled that 80 people including soldiers were killed in Borno by Boko Haram terrorists recently;60 residents of Sokoto were killed in raid by bandits; earlier 47 people were killed in raid on communities in 3 local government areas in Katsina; similarly, Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, have been under sundry attacks.

FEAR now being expressed all over the country, is the fear of attack or abduction by herdsmen, kidnappers, armed bandits and other criminals on farming communities, which is likely to affect farming activities, thereby causing food crisis. The earlier successes recorded by the security, has now been reversed.

WHAT Nigerians need now is a fresh team of service chiefs capable of rolling back the loss cum insecurity that has ravaged the country, and not just warning; without a peaceful atmosphere, Federal Government’s diversification of the economy will amount to nothing, as the farming army have been kept away from going to their farmlands fearing for their lives.

WE want to restate as always that the insecurity prevailing in the country today needs every combined effort, all hands on deck to deal with the hydra-headed monster, much more than warning to security chiefs who have proved very incapable, lousy and worst still playing politics and playing to the gallery whenever told to sit up; how many times has General Buratai said or was instructed to go to the main problems spots in the country and has come back with any positive results?

TRUTH be told, if the PMB government fails to tackle the security challenges bedeviling Nigeria today, then it has contributed to it; he promised Nigerians that that will be the top most agenda in 2015, but delaying to deal with it up to 2020, he has invariably allowed it to fester and is now a monster consuming Nigeria and Nigerians. Government should call a spate a spate.

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