Diezani’s undies and Buhari’s Mecca prayer for peace, By Festus Adedayo

President Muhammadu Buhari in Makkah. Image credit ranking: Femi Adesina’s Facebook web page, October 2021.

A picture forcefully elbowed itself into the media dwelling within the course of the week that factual ended. It used to be that of President Muhammadu Buhari having a perceive heavenwards, his two hands spread in total supplication to God, his countenance sober. He had arrived the Islamic holy city of Makkah on Thursday to invent the Umrah (lesser Hajj). Makkah homes the Mosque of the Holy Prophet Muhammed, regarded in Islam as the second holiest mosque on this planet. Per the president’s media Man Friday, Garba Shehu, Buhari reportedly spent fine time embroiled within the rituals of fervently praying to God for “return of peace and security all over Nigeria,” moreover as immersing himself in in-depth recitation of the Holy Qur’an.

In Buhari’s Nigeria of the closing six years, crimson has been the color of the sky. When the sector appears against Nigeria, it sees a nation shawled in blood and hopelessness. Highly respected London-based mostly newspaper, The Economist, in a inch-setter entitled, Insurgency, Secessionism and Banditry Threaten Nigeria, set the realm gaze of Nigeria aptly but ugly and upsetting, thus: “Jihadism, organised crime and political violence have grown so intense and fresh that virtually all the nation is sliding against ungovernability.” Per the paper, “within the significant nine months of 2021, virtually 8,000 folk were immediately killed in diversified conflicts,” and “loads of hundreds extra have perished on myth of starvation and illness, attributable to scuffling with (with) extra than 2 million (folk fleeing) their homes.”

However, no longer to apprehension, President Buhari has prayed in Makkah. He swims in an ocean of hope, even when he’s surrounded by mountainous seashells of hopelessness. A pair of days ahead of fleeing for Makkah, he had arrived Kaduna for the Passing Out Parade of Cadets of 68 Fashioned Direction, (Navy, Navy and Air Pressure). Acknowledging that “our cherished nation Nigeria is facing many security challenges at this period,” and that Nigeria “proceed(s) to face security threats and violent crimes equivalent to insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and politically motivated killings which threaten our nationwide integration” Buhari nonetheless “assured” that the Federal Authorities would attain all the pieces within the purview of the law to be obvious the protection of Nigerians from the onslaught of criminals..

Infrequently had the president finished giving this opaque “assurance” than gunmen invaded a weekly market in Goronyo, Sokoto Articulate. They operated repeatedly between Sunday and Monday. At the halt of their bloody strike, the terrorists killed no longer decrease than 43 folk, with rankings sustaining accidents. In terms of “assurances,” the Buhari administration is never any longer in immediate supply of this barren cliche. Add this to its off-the-cuff, peremptorily issued obsequies to these murdered by gunmen, no government within the historical previous of Nigeria possesses Buhari’s huge arsenal of empty rhetoric. Nonetheless, the actuality on flooring runs contra to its imprecise story.

Insecurity has heightened frighteningly in Nigeria within the previous six years. Gunmen have self-discipline day across northwestern, northeastern and even southeastern states of Nigeria. Bandits terrorise them with out let, kidnapping adolescence with tons of them disappearing for months, raping ladies and making life dreary for Nigerians. There could be rarely any week that a dwelling within the Nigerian geographical border is never any longer soaked in blood. Pursuing this further, Economist stated that, “across extensive swathes of Nigeria, a give plan in security and scream authority has allowed criminal gangs to lag wild. Within the significant nine months of this One year, some 2,200 folk were kidnapped for ransom, extra than double the roughly 1,000 kidnapped in 2020. More than probably 1,000,000 adolescence are missing college for apprehension that they are going to be snatched.” Guns and gunmen have so noteworthy change into habitual decimals that it is stated that in Nigeria, it is rarer to leer gari available within the market than guns.

Within the spate of attacks, Nigerians are killed with abandon, kidnapped in a total lot, most of them for ransom. The difficulty received so dire that, alongside side dialog outfits, some scream governments within the northern aspects of the nation have needed to abridge the basic rights of their folk whereas tackling the chance. They did this by imposing communications blackouts on their territories and upping militia operations to cease strikes of armed gangs.

On October 19 in Njaba, a neighborhood in Imo Articulate, unknown gunmen all of sudden opened fire and killed some passe rulers. A pair of days ago, four policemen were stated to were killed by gunmen in Anambra Articulate. Bandits kidnap young and utilized in Minna, Niger Articulate as off-handedly as wall geckos peck insects for dinner. The saddening element of all these is that no-one shall be arrested; none shall be prosecuted. Whereas you happen to could probably per chance very well be melancholy to fall prey to the barrenness of ability and ability of a government that Economist called “inept and heavy-handed,” you should probably change into one in every of the statistics of its impotent “assurances.”

As government used to be celebrating its impacts within the transportation sector attributable to a couple railway routes that have received life and change into operational aftermath an injection of billions of Naira into them, terrorists blew up the Abuja/Kaduna rail, a apprehension-weighted down operation that took self-discipline in a single day. A put collectively used to be stated to were attacked with explosives by the bandits, twice within the dwelling of 12 hours. Media stories stated the windshield of the put collectively used to be shattered and the impact of the blast blew off a allotment of the rail note. This precipitated the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to in immediate slump its provider on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line.

Swallowed by these challenges and marketed incompetence, the Buhari-led government tried to drown the hoopla in an Imelda Marcos-like din. Imelda Romualdez Marcos used to be a Filipina baby-kisser-grew to alter into convicted criminal, who served as Philippines’ First Lady for 21 years, within the course of which she and her husband, Ferdinand, were purported to have stolen billions of Philippines’ money. Imelda for my allotment accrued deepest fortune of between US$5 billion to US$10 billion as at the time Ferdinand used to be deposed in 1986. So, Diezani Alison-Madueke used to be alleged too to have stolen $2.5 billion belonging to the Nigerian government whereas she served as minister.

The fugitive archaic petroleum minister’s property were marketed for forfeiture closing week, amongst which were deepest results like bras and waist trainers, including properties like 125 marriage ceremony gowns, 13 shrimp gowns, 41 waist trainers, 73 onerous flowers, 11 suits, 11 invisible bras, 73 veils, 30 braziers, two standing followers, 17 magic skirts, six blankets, one table blanket and 64 pairs of sneakers. Imelda used to be reputed to have accrued 3,000 pairs of sneakers and lived lavish standard of living. As late Odolaye Aremu the singer counsels, nobody will must mock whom the rain that hasn’t yet subsided batters as finest when the rain ends its pitter-patter will we learn the plan many were soaking moist. We with out a doubt will look Imeldas in skirts, agbada and babanriga post-2023.

The seeming barren success of militia operations against these insurgents and bandits, amongst others, must have provoked the Economist to further lament what it seen as the sissy disposition of the Nigerian Navy which it stated used to be finest “mighty on paper” with “tons of its squaddies (are} “ghosts” who exist finest on the payroll.” For a Nigerian Navy that scooped world garlands in decades for its interventions in UN, ECOMOG and 2 regional operations, this used to be an unkind and calamitous blow of Hiroshima and Nagazaki share.

This will appear as even supposing Nigeria had begun to give plan under the huge weight of insurgency, banditry and secessionist bids of her element groups. These are manifest of the failure of the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to ruthlessly assault the chance of insecurity. The query on the lips of the sector is, how reach that, the extra the armaments of war catch extra sophisticated – the Tucano fighter jets and unheard-of militia equipment – the extra effeminate and ineffective the Nigerian Navy turns into? The Economist has a upsetting acknowledge. It is that, “noteworthy of (the bought scuffling with) equipment is stolen and sold to insurgents.”

Love squaddies in post-civil war Nigeria under Yakubu Gowon whose “mountainous paunchy stomachs” – apologies to Fela Anikulapo Kuti – changed into the commercial of their bloody heists within the war, Nigerian squaddies have change into squaddies of fortune, feeding paunchy on Nigeria’s insecurity worry, virtually bursting at their seams from the illicit blood of the murdered that fills up their paunchy tummies. In desire to assault the specifics of this claim, a riposte from the Nigerian Navy’s Director, Navy Public Family, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, attributed the Economist’s chief to an strive to “denigrate, demonize and destabilize the Nigerian government.”

The spate of insecurity within the land and the beating of the chest of the president don’t have any mutual coherence. However to Saudi Arabia, the President headed, to hope for peace and security in Nigeria. Aside from vulgar oil and Islam that tie Nigeria to this Home of Saud, Saudi Arabia spends sleepless nights bothering about threats of an exterior aggression of her neighbours moreover as inner revolt. Love Nigeria which is so mountainous that, of 5 unlit on this planet, one is a Nigerian, Saudi Arabia spans a mountainous majority of the Arabian Peninsula and is the ideally enough nation within the Middle East, with an expanse of land, making it the second-largest nation within the Arab world. Whereas it is bordered by both Jordan and Iraq within the north, Kuwait within the northeast, it is continuously threatened by  her neighbours – Quatar, Bahrain and the UAE, Oman within the southeast and Yemen within the north. These threats acquire Saudi Arabia to catch one in every of the most sophisticated armaments on this planet. Its leaders can have spent 24 hours a day within the Makkah mosque in its build.

Whereas it has no apologies for its very melancholy human rights file, since petroleum used to be stumbled on on its soil on March 3, 1938, the Home of Saud’s monarchical elite has morphed the nation into changing into the sector’s second largest oil producer, moreover as the sector’s largest oil exporter. At present time, its earth embowels the second largest oil reserves and sixth largest gasoline reserves on this planet. Nonetheless, no longer like Nigeria, the dominion is ranked by the World Financial institution as a high-income economy and its Human Building Index very high, also ranking as the finest Arab nation on this planet to be named one in every of the G20 predominant economies.

Love Nigeria within the hands of successive governments, Saudi Arabia, within the hands of the Home of Saud, is assailed by increasing and emerging insecurity on all fronts – land, air and sea, chief amongst which is chance from Iran. There used to be upsurge in kinetic and cyber threats to its strategic oil and gasoline property moreover. The kingdom also keeps its two eyes extensive inaugurate to actual its 4,415 kilometers borders and 2,640 kilometer shoreline to curtail threats from al-Qaeda. Whereas it boasts of a Makkah perceived as one in every of the holiest cities on this planet and is unapologetic that it runs a conservative theocracy with the Quran as its structure, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia and the 25th son of King Abdulaziz, moreover as his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the Home of Saud, work ahead of praying and don’t shovel their wretchedness into the hands of God. Guided by the precepts of Islam on justice, they didn’t catch to the peace on their land by merely stomping and desecrating the hallowed sacred land of justice. However President Buhari believes that prayer in Makkah would fight insurgency, curtail the war starvation is scuffling with, acquire the separatist war in Nigeria moreover as prop the Naira, which is immediate changing into one in every of the weakest currencies on this planet, on its feet again.

Three factors stoke the most up-to-date instability in Nigeria: a hitherto stricken but now comatose economy; a hydra-headed regime of injustice that has spread widely like the cells of cancer and, borrowing the observe of the Economist, a bumbling government. Authorities no longer finest has no acknowledge to the cracks of instability across Nigeria, it grandstands in governmental lack of knowledge. A vastly melancholy inhabitants, added to a stagnating hopelessness of what day after right this moment portends for the folk, has exacerbated the curve of the Nigerian civil conflicts. A total region – the Southeast – is wrapped in a miasma of violence which neither prayer, nor governmental conceitedness can catch to the backside of.

Most entertaining a humble Nigerian management that’s factual and has equity as its watchword can liberate the significant of the looming war and senseless killings across Nigeria. A government that it takes an eternity to insist folk that say down militia fighter jets as terrorists but is rapid to insist folk that characteristic government institutions on fire can’t be an even shepherd to settle Nigeria to the land of peace. As if Nigerians are fools, Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, closing week stated that “due task” used to be to blame for the lengthen within the declaration of bandits as terrorists. “When the plan is followed, they’ll be classified as terrorists,” he had stated.

When a government carries this kind of heavy burden of soiled compromises; when, in self-discipline of delink its lack of knowledge and get its ineptitude, it runs to God for a resolution that He has deposited within the brains of man from creation, we are able to moreover shut store, hopelessly throw our hands within the air, and head dwelling.

The Ladigbolu and Asenuga-Olubanjo model

Two books engaged my attention closing week. Incidentally written by ladies whose ardour for the written observe and unquantifiable worry for the regressing values within the Nigerian society are nonpareil, the books synchronize with my perception that, to rescue Nigeria from her most up-to-date morass, each Nigerian must mosey to their homes and households and reconstruct the Nigeria of their dream there. Don’t Mess With Their Plant life and Akin and the Counterfeit Doctor, the latter published by infamous University Press, products of the hands of Bukoladeremi Ladigbolu and Modupe Asenuga-Olubanjo, are attempts to in discovering the loss of life values of a Nigeria within the 21st century.

Whereas Ladigbolu, in a story manner, frontally dissects and confronts the pandemic of rape in Nigeria, Asenuga-Olubanjo teaches the teenager targets of her e book that no single particular person is too young to acquire impact in society. Though the rape self-discipline that Ladigbolu dimensions is never any longer a brand new phenomenon, society is changing into stricken that whether it is some distance never any longer addressed, rape could probably per chance simply emerge as Nigeria’s most damming social undoing. Treating such concerns as what rape is, its kinds, info within the aid of it, why folk rape, techniques to withhold away from it and experiential encounters with rape, amongst others, the e book is absolute self assurance a therapy to the chance and an explainer of why rape has change into this bothersome.

Asenuga-Olubanjo nonetheless fictionalises her worry in regards to the ills that plague society. In five chapters, she treats the incidence of false treatment, the want for everyone, no matter their age, to be alert to the misfortune of fakery and the plan collectively, we are able to set our society.

Out and in of the inks of their books, both ladies are amazons who’re making impacts with their special biases for the adolescence of day after right this moment. Ladigbolu, a certified marriage and relationship coach, spares time to accelerate verbal cudgel on social deviances like small one molestation and relationship abnormalities on the social media. Asenuga-Olubanjo, a journalist grew to alter into public family expert with one in every of Nigeria’s telecommunications firms, on her acquire, is a trainer of youths, impacting society with the model of values of passe African Yoruba society.

Festus Adedayo is an Ibadan-based mostly journalist.

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