Insecurity: Tinubu to continue battle Buhari battled for 8 years


One of the primary concerns that President-elect Bola Tinubu will face is the insecurity that still plagues a lot of Nigerian towns.

Tinubu, a former Lagos governor, will carry on the fight that President Muhammadu Buhari has waged since his victory eight years ago.

Though some claim Buhari did everything he could to apprehend terrorists and bandits, opponents argue the co-founder of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, underperformed.

Many people expect the Katsina-born former Head of State, who served as a Major General in many conflicts, to smash guerillas.

During its campaign for the 2015 general elections, the APC expressly promised to improve security, the economy, corruption, and unemployment, areas it said the then government failed.

The President and party officials urged citizens to vote out ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on campaign grounds and in interviews, promising to tackle the country’s problems.

The APC feasted on the kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014, an atrocity that brought global attention and pressed on the authorities.

Kashim Shettima, the incumbent Governor of Borno State, where the incident occurred, is the Vice President-elect.

In January 2023, the parents of the remaining captive girls issued an open letter to President Obama, reminding him of his vow to ensure their daughters’ freedom.

The country experienced the highest number of mass abductions under Buhari’s administration, prompting the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, to wonder if insurgents had taken control.

Terrorists kidnapped students from the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State, 73 students from the Government Day Secondary School in Kaya, Zamfara State, and 300 schoolgirls from the Government Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State in 2021 alone.

In addition, 100 students from the Federal Government College in Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, were taken in 2021. At least 11 female students have not been freed; several have given birth.

Tinubu’s supporters say that based on his efforts as Lagos governor from 1999 to 2007, he holds the magic wand ahead of the May 29 inauguration.

Under Col. Buba Marwa’s control, he founded the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, under the Lagos Police Command, which began as “Operation Sweep” (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Police).

However, having witnessed massacres, kidnappings, and invasions, the majority of Nigerians are paying less attention to the past because their dreams were dashed under Buhari.

Last week, it was reported that the Islamic State’s West Africa Province, ISWAP, is planning to deploy drones for strikes in Nigeria and other nations surrounding Lake Chad, implying that more trouble is on the way.

On Sunday, a famous security expert, Kabiru Adamu, told DAILY POST that only the implementation of “operational and financial accountability” will improve security.

The intelligence expert pointed out that Tinubu had already issued a 7-point manifesto named “Renewed Hope” that included a thorough plan for dealing with the challenge.

He believes that work began with the President’s signature of Executive Order 14, which resulted in the formation of the Transition Council, which was chaired by the Secretary to the Government, Boss Mustapha.

The security sub-committee is led by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Mungono, and the President-elect has two delegates (Governor Atiku Bagudu and banker Wale Edun).

“But, beyond that 7-point plan and what the council is doing, I strongly recommend’security sector governance,’ which the current administration has not prioritized,” Adamu stated.

“Such is very important, especially in a democratic setting like ours,” he continued. Accountability is required in two parts: operational and financial.

“Governance is a continuum, and the incoming government has promised to build on the outgoing government’s good policies.” Synergy between the executive and the legislative is also important, as we saw in this administration.

“It’s also worth noting that the equipment repository has been upgraded.” The Buhari administration has stopped employing third-party vendors, and all purchases are now made between governments.

“You recall what happened during the Jonathan administration when money sent to South Africa to purchase equipment was intercepted and the whole thing became an embarrassment?”

“The solution is accountability; security should be managed in the same way that projects are.” You must have metrics. If you appoint someone, you need to measure the person. There must be a penalty.

“Consider the attacks on the Owo church in Ondo, the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna, the Kuje prison break in Abuja, and so on.” No one has been punished; if you know of any, please let me know.

“This government has done a lot, but corruption remains a threat in the sector.” I’ll give you an example: Drones that sell for N20 million each were purchased for N35 million.”

Adamu advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to focus on the security sector and close loopholes, noting that appointees would sit up if they knew punishment was on the way.

“People will support the government if they notice improved performance and see that there are consequences for corruption.” That is not happening at the moment,” the risk management specialist remarked.

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