Nigeria News takes a look at the signs of anarchy, impunity in the present administration and its implication.
Nigeria is sliding towards dictatorship, and ultimately anarchy as witnessed during the Sani Abacha period. Unfortunately, many are yet to see the signs.
Mr Kassim Afegbua, the spokesman for the former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida finally presented himself to the police after he had been declared wanted for allegedly releasing a fake statement to the press.
But before he appeared at the police headquarters in Abuja, Afegbua had sued the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for defamation of character. But the current news now is that the Department of State Service, DSS has taken over Afegbua’s case.
The present scenario is signalling dictatorship and anarchy where freedom of speech is not allowed and DSS is used as an instrument of oppression. It is happening to Afegbua and Benue State today.
Yesterday, it was Southern Kaduna and parts of the Middle Belt, where scores have fallen to the bullets of rampaging herdsmen, roaming our landscape with illegal arms, but whose leaders are being treated as untouchables by the Presidency.
It is very sad that Afegbua will now be investigated by DSS. It shows the Presidency has lost it, finally. For one, the DSS appears headed in the same political direction that the former President Goodluck Jonathan used it for towards the end of his administration.
Secondly, I read posts yesterday celebrating Buhari’s visit to Nasarawa State. Pictures of a mammoth crowd welcoming Mr President were widely circulated by persons who mocked Jonathan as an uncaring fool at a time that national mourning should have been declared.
Yet, the same critics of Jonathan ignored the genocide in Benue, which Mr President treated with disdain to celebrate Buhari’s preparation for 2019, which obviously kicked off with his Nasarawa State visit.
The DSS lost quality officers and men to Boko Haram. And, I sincerely believe it was because they were looking the other way when the godless group was in its infancy. The DSS was being used to play politics so that Jonathan could win re-election. Instead of focusing on issues threatening national security, it was the ambition of a man that was the organization’s concern.
Just yesterday, the Nigerian Tribune reported the callous murder of a SARS team leader by the same rampaging herdsmen. They continue to freely roam about with illegal weapons. Yet, DSS is not bothered. They are deploying state resources to checkmate opponents of Buhari’s re-election. That is a new low for an organisation that was severely censured for its ignoble roles in the immediate past dispensation.
If there is an organisation that is statutorily empowered to check the menace of the murderous herdsmen, it is the DSS. By now, its boastful leaders, who continue to threaten mayhem openly would have been picked up by an organisation working for Nigeria. But as Obasanjo wrote, these ones appear bent on working just for Buhari and his clan.
When the shit of the current mess hits the fan, we’ll all be here. Jonathan could not save the slain DSS people in Borno State at the time. It is certain that once the herdsmen crisis escalates as it is bound to, Buhari will be perplexed to do anything.
On the recall of the suspended executive secretary of the NHIS, Usman Yusuf. It sounds so ridiculous in a government that is fighting corruption.
Yusuf is currently being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for alleged N900 million fraud and equally being reinstated by Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, Mr Buhari to the civil service.
Without mincing words, the recall without recourse to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole who set up a committee to investigate him for corruption and abuse of office is, to say the least, irresponsible and irresponsive of a government that claims to be fighting corruption.
This recall is an abuse of due process, disappointing and a dent in the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.