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Kagara: The coup de grace to Northern monopolisation

Kagara: The coup de grace to Northern monopolisation

It’s a pity that the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy has suddenly died down. It’s a pity that yet another group of schoolboys has been abducted. And it’s a pity that we don’t actually know what will happen next.

By the Wednesday, February 17 abduction of 42 people, including 27 students and three teachers in the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, it is unequivocal to submit that the Nigerian government is still grappling with the sphinx of insecurity, increasingly of students, incessantly in the North.

From the North-East state of Borno to the North-West state of Katsina, the insurgents have tactically and strategically migrated to the North-Central state of Niger. And they’ve tentatively monopolised the Northern spheres of the country, borne out of the civil disobedience and negligence group of demagogues, who’re impervious to corrections and immune to warnings. To a visionary leadership, this should have been a foreseeable future, yielding a firm persuasion of cementing the cracks in the entire Northern walls of the country, where these ungentlemanly guys have expediently held hostage for their siege and seizure.

And when I was writing about the Kankara schoolboys’ abduction, I did speak concerning these existential exigencies and urgencies in the country, particularly by imposing certain national security laws on specific areas of the country threatened by domestic terrorism and Islamic extremism.

On December 11 2020, when the schoolboys were abducted, social activists and advocates were technically leaning towards some #BringBackOurBoys campaign, especially because of the April 14, 2014 experience, when over 270 Chibok girls were kidnapped. But then, the #BringBackOurGirls crusaders, in particular, Oby Ezekwesili, were too quickly deemed to be witch-hunted as the over 300 boys were repatriated sooner or later. Meanwhile, a few of the boys had escaped before Governor Aminu Masari inconceivably rallied to rescue others.

I side with Ezekwesili who, observing how inchoate and otiose the efforts of the Nigerian security agencies have been, and particularly angst by the Federal Government’s apparent deficiencies and delinquencies in rescuing the Chibok girls, did suspect some rabble-rousers riding roller coasters with public intelligence of the December 11 event by playing political gimmick.

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Having a lot of explainers and not having a set of visionaries is not really the hallmark of values-based leadership. Typically, a visionary leader would a posteriori examine what had happened, what is happening, in order to predict and prepare for what will happen. Such experiential deduction and conclusion would help him guard against any eventuality. Being envisioned is to know where and how one is going to get to the preferred destiny. This is what the security system lacks, even with the exhaustion the Kankara abduction made in terms of how exophoric our law enforcement agencies are.

Ending SARS or SWAT is not really a problem. Occupying Lekki Tollgate is not necessarily the solution to how fundamentally disempowered our security forces are. The point is, the so-called “forces beyond our control,” who have been institutionally ingrained in the social fabrics of the polity, are unilaterally masking up the malfeasance and misdemeanour and masochism wrought by the security personnel. More teeth-gnashing problems persist in the North, by the way, demanding urgent and immediate attention and intervention. And the North geographically covers 2/3 of the Nigerian territories and borders. (The devastating Fulani-herdsmen crisis is as yet a firestorm in the firmament fervently fomented by some group of warmongers.) Time and again, parents and guardians are pathetically distressed and perennially disturbed by the looming terrorists threatening the lives of their children every now and then. It’s a simultaneous shame that while the COVID-19 pandemic would not let the students learn, the bandits themselves are harum-scarum, proving to be more vindictively unvaccinated.

As we are on the threshold of shipping in COVID-19 vaccines, we should be inspired by the Kagara abduction, this time invoking death, in providing lasting jabs, since, jointly, both of them are existential threats to human existence and coexistence.

We should begin to be concerned about the power of inclusive politics hinged on uniting the federal entities of the country. All ideological and cultural biases should be burnt out in the social exercise of seeing and treating one another the same way. Inclusive politics is also a necessary narrow-for-a-broad purpose tool that can and should resuscitate our ties with other nations, especially economically, where we have been uncontrollably, and inevitably, operating on budget deficit exacerbating our gross domestic product. But, as they say, charity begins at home. And we can start commensurately by focusing, much more, on export substitution; diversifying our revenues into the agricultural sector; and defunding budgetary allocations lavished out on in-statu-pupillari officials.

Security of schoolboys and girls should be of tremendous duty to be embraced in season and out of season. It’s a collective responsibility of ensuring the outrage in the North is abated. And I also think that all modes of learning, for now, should be virtual as the government sees to the matter. It’s not impossible, in the long run, to build impenetrable walls of Jericho around the cities and towns of Northern states. Experience is a good teacher; but it can only be better if we learn from its pleasant and unpleasant teachings by doing the right things at the right times; and it could only be best if we conscientiously and consciously abide therein by carrying out the lessons therefrom.

Clearly, the Kagara abduction presupposes that the Buhari regime is bereft of values-based leadership. The leadership style of the country, which is not patterned after the progressive leadership qualities, has not been readily responsive and responsible for life-endangering matters. It’s about time we followed the paths of our fathers by not despising the ancient landmarks.

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