Nigeria slips into criminal anarchy and President …

Nigeria’s politicians have been captured by the same mobs, gang leaders and warlords who raised them to win elections – the monsters they had nurtured over the years. Our country is sliding into anarchy and the harder you try to run away from the headlines of death, violence and destruction, the faster the news catches up with you.

There was a BBC News Story in February that caught me between laughter and confusion. The news channel reported, in very strong language, only matched by the alarming reactions of those questioned, of a spate of stab wounds in parts of south London that left at least one dead.

It is sad that one should take the law into their own hands, and even more sad that even an innocent person should be injured or die from such senseless attacks.

One of the police officers interviewed, Ade Adelekan, apparently of Nigerian roots, described the incidents in south London as “shocking” and said, “I understand that residents in and around the areas where these incidents occurred are rightly concerned.”

Compared to recent events in Nigeria, Adelekan’s response to the attacks in south London appears to be exaggerated. His misery, however serious it may be, wouldn’t make it to the Sitrep (situation report) of the local police in Nigeria, let alone become a matter of concern at the state or national level. Violence is now registering in its crudest number and magnitude and would immediately become national news if it affected one or two people with power and influence.

Nigeria is sliding into anarchy and the harder you try to run away from the headlines of death, violence and destruction, the faster the news catches up with you.

Even social media, with its incredible ability to be banal and bizarre, couldn’t make that happen Heartbreaking wave after wave of extremely disturbing news of recent violence. Home to five states comprising one of the three largest ethnic nationalities and the site of a brutal civil war that killed more than two million people, the southeast has faced something worse than a crisis in the past few weeks: it was in War, again.

Between January 8 and March 22, nine police officers were murdered, 12 police stations burned and three checkpoints attacked and devastated by armed men.

But these were little potatoes compared to the terrible events that would follow. For two consecutive days Armed men attacked and burned two large police stations and a correctional center in Owerri, Imo State, and released over 1,800 inmates.

The attacks were bad enough. The bold way in which they were carried out makes Syria look like a haven of peace. According to reports, in the early hours of April 5, the armed men stood up with a carnival near the government house, sang war songs, shot in the air and generally cheered. For 30 minutes, while the madness continued, no one, that is, no civil servant, moved. Not the police, whose headquarters share a wall with the government house where this drama took place, not Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo, who just weeks earlier had used busloads of armed police in an internecine war with his predecessor and political rival. Not a single security guard moved.

After the rehearsal in front of the government building, which the armed men could have recorded and shared on social media if they wanted, they attacked police headquarters and the correctional facility.

That morning, the governor, the Abuja Police High Command, and every single officer who should have hidden in shame rushed to the scene and chewed microphones in a rehearsed show of pretentious anger and improvised shock and surprise. The law, they promised, would run its course – that is, after the next chaos and the next …

However, in order to send a message that shouldn’t be neglected, the armed men attacked another police station in the state within 24 hours. This attack even came after President Muhammadu Buhari replaced Chief Police Inspector Mohammed Adamu a month ahead of schedule. Weeks after Buhari said never again after that Abduction of hundreds of students from their dormitories In the north of the country, anger came back with its own shadow.

The new inspector general of the police, Usman Alkali Baba, cut out his work for him. He takes the reins at a time when the troop’s reputation and public confidence in them are at their lowest.

There is hardly a search in which the troops are among the worst in the world, neither for corruption nor for human rights violations. In some cases she is assigned to the armed forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Haiti and Pakistan. However, this was a force that was once among the best in international peacekeeping.

With career leaders tarnishing the waters ahead of the 2023 general election, the perception that Buhari’s government is on the partisan side will only exacerbate our collective misery.

In the heart of the # EndSars protests that almost brought Buhari’s government to its knees Last year was the legend of police brutality and corruption, with stories ranging from horrific human rights abuses to corrupt recruiting, and tropes of how to hire the armed forces or rent weapons for less than a whistler’s fee. The rot is deep, very deep. And it is beyond the missionary zeal of a new candidate.

Nothing justifies the brazen attacks on police facilities and officers, or the release of inmates. Nothing. But it doesn’t matter how many times Buhari replaces the police chief: until he’s ready to make more than cosmetic changes, until he’s ready to address the root causes of spiral violence, including deepening feelings of malevolent marginalization and failure of intelligence and the spread of illegal weapons can only get worse.

A Oxfam Report 2017 The estimated legal and illegal small arms and light weapons in circulation in Nigeria are estimated at around two million. According to former head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar, the number has tripled in five years to reach six million.

The breakup of Libya is apparently responsible for some of the spread, but no one can say for sure how many are pouring through the porous borders and how many are being hired by villains in the security forces.

And then there are the “soft” problems that seem just as deadly. You can see how serious these “soft” problems are in how the debate has moved from finding and punishing the perpetrators of the IMO attacks to naming and pointing.

Crime is crime. No one who attacks and burns a police station and frees inmates should go unpunished, whether they are a member of the Eastern Security Network, the separatist indigenous people of Biafra, or one of their concessions.

The problem is, politicians have been captured by the same mobs, gang leaders, and warlords who raised them to win elections – the monsters they’ve nurtured over the years: those in the Southwest are willing prisoners of Sunday Igboho; those in the southeast kowtow to Nnamdi Kanu; and those in the north bring peace offerings to Abubakar Shekau and his murderous gang of Boko Haram, bandits and shepherds. Our politicians are done for. Unfortunately we pay the price.

When Buhari, not showing the way with the harsh, matter-of-fact firmness that made him popular with Nigerians in his previous life, chose to behave like a prisoner of the mob, he lost the chance of the problem escalating prevent.

With career leaders tarnishing the waters ahead of the 2023 general election, the perception that Buhari’s government is on the partisan side will only exacerbate our collective misery.

But we cannot and do not want to surrender to anarchy. Of course, official government policy of negotiating with bandits and criminals in one part of the country while demonizing and bombarding them in other parts has encouraged crime. It has to stop.

Crime is crime. Criminals should be picked, whoever they are and wherever they are, and punished as a deterrent. What happened in Imo is inexcusable. The only way to prevent this, be it in Imo or elsewhere in the country, is to find and punish the perpetrators before ethnic politics inflame tragedy.

Crime lives from enjoyment. That is what the policeman saw in south London. Buhari must show through his clear, unambiguous decisions that his government does not nurture anarchy. DM

Trainee Ishiekwene

Azubuike Ishiekwene is the managing director and editor-in-chief of the interview in Abuja, Nigeria.

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