OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI.
Dear Mr. President,
Many Nigerians both at home and abroad tuned in to listen carefully to your broadcast and although your message was targeted at Nigerians residing in the country; many of us residing abroad are adversely affected by the hardship on the ground…
Nigerians in the diaspora represent the 7th sub-region of the country with monetary remittance that is second only to oil revenue; yet, there are outstanding security concerns that the diaspora want your administration to resolve.
Today, Nigeria is one of the top ten kidnapping countries and although i welcome your firm view to eradicate kidnapping; it is critical to highlight that the government must lead by example on matters of kidnapping/abduction.
As of today, 100 Chibok Girls are still missing with 19 parents of the girls abducted already dead. There was no mention of the Chibok Girls in your broadcast and nothing was said about the continuous detention of Ibrahim Yaqoub El-Zakzaky after his arrest by military on the 12th of December 2015 with over 300 Nigerians killed in Zaria during the clash with Nigeria military.
You are the father of the nation and it is your constitutional duty as Commander-in-Chief to protect lives and properties regardlessness of individual class, gender, religion or ethnicity.
So, you were 100% correct to discourage politicians from heating up the polity with religious and ethnicity messages.
However, Mr. President you must demonstrate leadership in ensuring your administration adherence to the rule of law and equality which is not visible on matters relating the Fulani Herdsmen atrocities, Biafra grievance, Shiites mistreatment and indiscipled Police SAR.
As Commander-in-Chief, you should have explained to Nigerians why you are backing the $1 billion additional money for fighting terrorism with your integrity.
You continue to highlight that terrorism is a global menace which nations of the world are tackling collectively but Nigeria is not 100% visible on regional issues such as Libya, Mali to mention but a few…
If indeed the Fulani Herdsmen are regional menace; why is it that they dont attack other countries in Africa and why is Nigeria not hosting a regonal summit to tackle the diabolical act of this dangerous group.
It is estimated that the cost of violence to Nigeria economy is already $10 billion with Nigeria ranking in 2017 Global Peace Index standing at 149 and number 142 ranking in World’s Safest Countries.
Mr. President, Nigeria needs a comprehensive national anti-violence reduction policy linked to a robust implementaion plan.
Nigeria needs to improve and invest in our policing to make them fit for purpose because having the worst police ranking according to World Internal Security and Police Index is not good for our image.
Our gallant soldiers should be recognised for their work on tackling terrorism but the reality remains that our ranking on Global Terrorism Index is still not good. We need a deliberate policy to reduce bloodshed in our nation.
Your administration should invest money in unmasking Boko Haram sponsor and dismantling their funding route to create a situation which destroys their recruitment pool. Unfortunately, this strategy is currenty non-existence!
For me and others that observe the secuity climate in Nigeria; we are seriously concern that violent extremism is on the increase with mob justice, human sacrifice, moden slavery, sexual violence etc increasing rather than declining!
Nigeria must be great again but your administration must work across political divide for the prosperity of our nation…
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Temitope Olodo is a Preventive Terrorism Consultant and author based in the United Kingdom. He is currently the President of Africa Security Forum.
Extract from President Muhammadu Buhari 1st Jan 2018 speech
“Before I conclude my address I must reassure my fellow citizens that security of life and property is still top of our government’s agenda. We have since beaten Boko Haram. Isolated attacks still occur, but even the best-policed countries cannot prevent determined criminals from committing terrible acts of terror as we have seen during the past years in Europe, Asia, Middle East, elsewhere in Africa and in America.
Our government remains determined to protect all Nigerians in line with our election pledge and promises. On behalf of all Nigerians let me offer our thanks to the Armed forces, the Police, other para-military forces and traditional authorities who are working round the clock to ensure that you and I go about our normal business in reasonable safety.
Terrorism and urban crimes are world-wide phenomena and our security forces are continuously adapting their responses to changing threats.
With regard to rampant cases of kidnappings, we are taking immediate short-term measures to combat this new evil creeping into our societies. Tighter police methods and swift and severe punishment for those proved to be engaged in kidnapping are on the way.
With respect to Niger Delta, Government is still engaging responsible leadership of the Communities to help in identifying and addressing genuine grievances of the region. Our clean-up programme in collaboration with the United Nations is making satisfactory progress.
I am grateful to all the Governors and other Political & Community leaders of the Niger Delta States for their part in bringing relative peace to the areas.
Finally let me again express my heartfelt thanks to all Nigerians who prayed for me during my illness last year. I feel deeply humbled by your prayers and good wishes and I am more determined than ever to serve you to the best of my ability.
Good morning. And I wish everyone a Happy New Year….”