My Sunday broadcast for January 4, 2021.
The Guru welcomes all of us to the very first Monday of the Year 2021, which is tomorrow, January 4th, to the Studio of Lagos Talks 91.3 FM, for his stylish topical review of issues, live on air, starting from 0930 hours. Let us thank God who made it possible for us to crossover from the dreadful Year of 2020; a year that came with all types of disasters – crowned by Coronavirus, into 2021. We owe Him lots of gratitude.
We are starting tomorrow off by paying more attention to review of last year’s events than reviewing last week only, for two reasons. One, last week belongs to last year  and as such, events of the week might not be major enough to account for the year 2020. It is better we embark on review of the year therefore, then segmentally picking just a week and leaving behind 51 weeks.
The second reason, and this is major also, is that every events of last week centered on the festivities and anxious anticipation of how to “rush a dreadful year out” of our way. Let us therefore embark on reviewing event of last year – albeit briefly. It will also help us in laying foundation of what to be expected this year and beyond. We shall however be as brief as we can be.
NIGERIAN SECURITY SYSTEM
There is no doubt about the fact that the Nigerian security system; a System which have been breaking down gradually over the years finally gave way last year – the Year 2020. The climax came when President Muhammadu Buhari decided on having a week’s vacation in his home town of Daura in Katsina State, on Friday, December 11, 2020, which was not a bad thing to do at all. Except the “heroic reception” accorded him – the President, wasn’t a befitting one. Neither can it be regarded as respectfully honourable.
While the President arrived home that afternoon, abductors or kidnappers came to a neighboring town of Kankara; a few kilometers from Daura, to abduct over 300 school children and took them away into captivity. An embarrassed President’s personal spokesman told the whole world that “only 10 students were kidnapped”, whereas the State Governor; who is directly responsible to the State’s affairs, said that 333 boys were kidnapped. The President and his government did not even know the number of students kidnapped from the President’s State. What a shame! What an embarrassment!
A few weeks before that episode, Boko Haram insurgents massacred about 70 rice farmers in Zabarmari Village, at Jere Local Government area of Borno State stylishly. President Buhari, through his spokesman was to tell the whole world that those rice farmers were slaughtered because they did not get “clearance from the Military to go to their farms”. Another indelible embarrassment!
The two instances given above; which are just icing of the cake, are proofs of how security has vanished from the Nigerian Territory and has taken flight into oblivion. Can President Buhari reverse the situation or has he lost total control?
We shall also be reviewing the Nigerian Universities System tomorrow, bearing in mind that ASUU strike closed down all Nigerian [except Private Universities] Universities for almost 9 months last year, until an agreement for resumption was reached between the Government and ASUU towards the end of the year.
Will the Federal Government oblige its side of the agreement or shall there be return to the battle trenches? I shall be calling on one of ASUU’s NEC officials tomorrow, Dr Dele Ashiru, of the University of Lagos, to discuss the quantum of light still left in this seemingly dark tunnel of our educational system.
There is no way we can run away from reviewing this National Identity Number [NIN] of a thing, mostly with its linkage to our SIM [Subscriber Identification Module], because most Nigerians – I am included of course, don’t have the actual understanding between the two [NIN and SIM] and the factor of National Identification. I might just be the only novice in this game anyway. But, all the same, l want to learn from further interrogation of the matter.
For example, every foreigners in Nigeria, and we have more of illegal and undocumented foreigners than those documented, have telephone, with SIM. In the other hand, too many foreigners are also registered in Nigeria as voters – mostly those from Nigeria’s Northern borders [like Niger, Chad, Cameroon Republics and others], and all of them have the Permanent Voter Card [PVC].
By the synergy of the NIN and the SIM being vigorously pursued by the federal government, shall that not be opening an opportunity for “ALL WEST AFRICA CITIZENS” to becoming Nigerians?
I am only just worried, mostly in the face of the terrifying difficulty President Muhammadu Buhari is facing, in the management of the Nigeria and Niger Republic’s land border. Or wasn’t that the challenge that forced President Buhari in calling on God last week to take over that land-border control? Just another weird thought of The Guru – maybe!
We shall review the difficult conditions most frontline medical professionals faced last year while battling the Coronavirus – some of them paid the supreme sacrifice. We need to remember these group of people specifically and specially too. It is for this reason that l might be calling on the new President of the Nigerian Medical Association; Professor I.A.O Ujah, tomorrow to discuss the matter with us. Just The Guru’s neat way of doing his thing.
Lastly, and for the records only, please. A Thunderbolt type and skin-drying sort of competition on who becomes the next Inspector General of Police is going on in the Nigeria Police Force currently, as the incumbent IGP – Mohammed Adamu, is due for retirement. The name of the game, as at now, is not only feverish but demonically entrenched in that arena of Bermuda Triangle. You can trust on my judgement when it involves the Nigeria Police Force.
Recent promotion of top police officers, mostly those from the rank of Assistant Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General is for the purpose of underscoring the “anointed candidate”. Must the new IGP come from across the Niger to the North? It will be most unfortunate if all the present Deputy Inspector General of Police should be forced to leave with Mohammed Adamu for the sole purpose of bringing the son of the soil, as it were.
Two things are most painful to those initiated on this matter. One, if the other Service Chiefs of the Military, who are obviously not performing good enough, are left by the Commander-in Chief to continue, why can’t Mohammed Adamu, who is performing creditable not be left alone to continue as IGP, even as his tenure expires? Two, the way and manner of bringing a successor into the office, even on this particular one, shall further destroy the fabrics of professionalism in the Force. And Nigeria shall be worse for it, unless the right candidate is picked. But will Buhari appoint the right person [we all know who it ought to be] as the next Inspector General of Police?
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