By Lukman Olabiyi
Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams, has raised the alarm over the spate of insecurity in the country, saying Nigeria is already sleepwalking into a collapse.
In a statement he signed personally, the Yoruba generalissimo declared the somnambulation was caused by a criminal overdose of chronic pain inflicted on the country by the inaction and connivance of those in authority with terrorists and undesirable elements in the polity.
It also said from the economy to security, the country is already heading for a decline which, he said, will affect sub-Saharan Africa and the black world.
Calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly stop the drift into destruction, Adams said series of serious security breaches in the country in the last few months mean that all is not well with the security architecture of Nigeria.
“On the economic front, it is another sad story. A dollar is now more than N700. This is an administration that met dollar at less than N200 in 2015. Economically, if this is not scary enough, we wonder what is.
“We now have a situation in which family members are being forced to raise N100 million to pay as ransom. The money is delivered to these terrorists to buy more weapons and the government is merely watching.
“After every abduction, the president will summon service chiefs to a meeting, a statement will be issued and that is the end of it. What we will hear next is another abduction or series of kidnapping.
“The insecurity situation has reached its peak with the threat by these terrorists to kidnap the president, governors and lawmakers.
“Presidential advance team was attacked in Katsina and even soldiers guarding the president were attacked in Abuja. Some of them were killed. It looks as if this administration has decided to force Nigerians to seek self-help.
“The Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives declared that he read more than 40 security reports from the Department of State Services (DSS) warning of an impending attack on Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja.
“The attack did not only happen, which led to killings, but pitiably, nobody has been punished for dereliction of duty.
“Painfully, Nigeria is going down because it looks as if there is no government in the country. Millions of Nigerians are in pains, they are suffering.
“In the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers video released by the terrorists, it is heart-breaking to watch fathers, mothers, children being flogged, tortured and humiliated. The terrorists must have data to be able to send the video out. So, what is the job of Nigerian Communications Commissions and intelligence units of security agencies?
“Is it a crime for Nigerians to move from one place to the other? Mass abductions go on everyday, yet not one victim has ever been rescued, except when ransom is paid.
“The horrendous humiliation of Nigerians in their country by these terrorists should stop immediately.
“President Buhari can use his executive powers to allow the immediate establishment of state police with a mandate to flush out all the terrorists stationed in strategic places in the country.
“Nigerians’ silence is being misconstrued for foolishness. By the time President Buhari and other government officials realise that Nigerians can rise like Sri Lankans, it will be too late for them.
“The president has about 10 months left in office. This is the time to redeem his image. Nigerians believe, and rightly so, that without high-level conspiracy with these terrorists, the blood-thirsty maniacs will not have the audacity and insolent boldness to be attacking Nigerians everywhere.
“Somnambulation and hate actions from government against Nigerians must stop now.
“Now that Abuja has seemingly lost the battle to terrorists, the South West region has been the next target of these destroyers of hope.
“But, we will never allow them to destroy our land. Therefore, we urge the six governors in the South West states to hold an urgent emergency security meeting with stakeholders across the region so as to address the impending implosion.
“We are aware of their plans to strike in Lagos, Ibadan, Oyo State, and Abeokuta in Ogun State, however, I implore all the governors in the South West to recruit local security service structure in their various local governments.
“At least, 150 people in each local government. This local security architecture would be given stipend as salaries as their job is to assist and complement the efforts of operation Amotekun that had been existing in five out of the six states in the region.
“However, it must be said also that in case the governors need my help or any kind of assistance or that of South West Security Stakeholders’ Group (SSSG) in strengthening our region’s security, I am ready to offer the assistance.
“Nothing guarantees safety in any country or region other than the synergy and cooperation among all the stakeholders.
“I want to also urge anybody with useful information that has any security implication to tell the traditional rulers, leaders in their respective locality or even me for us to intervene and report same to the right quarters.”