I think the time to rehash the problems are far gone. We are all witnesses to the rise of insecurity in Nigeria. And its getting worst.
A few concerned Leaders are proposing to hold security summits. I applaud them, however I strongly suggest they focus on solutions at these summits.
This is my take for a viable solution……
The only solution to this menace is to create three special forces crack teams of deadly, anti-terrorist, highly trained commandos to sweep all the forest regions of western, eastern and northern Nigeria. And flush out the kidnap camps by totally destroying them. What they do with the kidnappers will be totally up to them.
There is precedence….
During the rein of the Mafia in the United States, crime lords had almost taken over the streets of the United States and they were creeping into Governance as well. These crime lords were beginning to determine who got elected and if you don’t do their bidding you get wasted. They controlled airports, seaports, the streets, trucking, construction in fact almost everything.
From the 1920s to the 1950s the United States was plagued by these organised crime syndicates. These mafia lords were so organised that they had a Country wide National Commission headed by Don Vito Casciferro then by others including Charles Lucky Luciano and a host of other regional crime lords which included the dreaded Al Capone of Chicago.
It was on this bases that one young man told the President to give him the mandate to rid the country of this menace. The year was 1935 and the man was J Edgar Hover he was a young director in the US Justice Department at that time and so with Government funding he created the Federal Bureau of Investigation which became known as the FBI. Formed from the remnants of the Bureau of Investigation which was a department in the US Justice department initially created in 1908.
It was the FBI that did battle with the Mafia Lords to the bitter end until the power on the streets of America was reclaimed by the State.
TO win this battle The FBI, itself already an elite law enforcement Agency, created an ultra elite force known as the UNTOUCHABLES, so named because they could NOT be bribed or bought over. These are the guys that took down organised crime in the United States. The organisation of crime still exists today but in very small scales and nothing compared to the hay day of the US Organised Crime Commission headed by mafia lords.
In Columbia, during the 1980s and early 1990s the drug cartels took over the entire Country. They killed judges, Attorney Generals, Presidential Candidates etc. Anybody that they felt threatened their way of life. They were headed by the Medellin Cartel which itself was headed by a feared cold blooded killer named Pablo Escobar.
Pablo Escobar was the unofficial law in Columbia and he controlled almost everyone and almost everything. At its hay day the Medellin Cartel was earning $60 million a day in illegal revenue from drug trafficking. Making Pablo Escobar by far the richest man in the World running the most PROFITABLE organisation in the World. He was also responsible for over 3500 murders which included police officers, judges, politicians, and many innocent by standers.
Then came Cornel Hugo Martinez he was charged with one task. To take down the Medellin Cartel and destroy Pablo Escobar. This decision to empower Cornel Martinez was taken after Escobar ordered a hit on the Attorney General and followed that up with the murder of the leading Presidential candidate at the time. And then Escobar even topped that too by ordering a raid on the Supreme Court of Columbia and ordered the murder of half the membership of the Supreme Court Judges in the process. (We can guess which half got killed) Martinez sought and gained permission to build his own team of special forces who would answer only to him. As almost everybody, police and army were being bribed by Pablo Escobar. Escobar sent Cornel Hugo Martinez a $6 million cash gift which he refused and told the Cartel’s messenger ( who was a fellow Police Officer) that he would rather go down fighting to destroy Escobar than take his money. Well the rest as they say is history. Finally on the 2nd of December 1993 Hugo Martinez and his men gunned down Escobar and they destroyed the Medellin Cartel. Freeing Columbia from its iron grip.
NIGERIA needs its own version of these fireeaters. That will face these kidnappers head on, fire for fire.
THERE IS NO OTHER WAY. If all Nigerians can band together to demand from Government a creation of a Special Forces Unit that will be given the tasks of combing the forest for these kidnap camps then we will be well on our way.
This is my humble contribution to this security challenge debate. Please share with all those hosting security conferences on this issue.
DR Nicky Okoye
Founder Nicky Okoye Organization Inc.and Member Nigeria Leadership Forum amongst others