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This country is going the way of the Aztecs - Don Al-Malik by Savantboy(m) : 2:46 pm On Apr 27
A writer, Don Al-Malik has this to say about the current wave of instability in Nigeria : "Mind you, the security forces have also been massacred by Boko Haram and herdsmen. The first thing these herders do when they get to a town is to visit the police station to loot, kill and set ablaze.
Of course, the police are overwhelmed by the outrageous number and blood-thirst. Totally out- gunned, too. Why won't they be? The last time the Police force conducted a recruitment exercise was when? And they are killed daily. Many also retire. Who replaces these? The latest report from the police places their number below 300,000. Imagine that in a nation of estimated 180 million. Meanwhile, the military had to recall soldiers from Mali to fight BH. There have been cases where soldiers run away from the front-line, some deliberately inflicting wounds on themselves to avoid combat. Though this is wrong, who can really blame them? Who enters a fight already handicapped?
Where is the motivation? What are the benefits, hazard pay, rewards for these soldiers and their dependents? It was under the Babangida regime when the numerical strength of the military was drastically reduced. 'Who needs soldiers in time of peace?' was his statement. What about now? Still at peace? Why not even ask for help from countries like Sri Lanka who fought insurgency for years? The US military came and left in disgust because our military lacked professionalism, leaking vital details to the press. Imagine na. I know of DPO whose allocation for station maintenance in a quarter is 23K. Imagine.
This country is going the way of the Aztecs. Do you really know and see what is going on in the Middle Belt? A friend here, Sewe Leah , shared a post she wrote three years ago, complaining about this same herdsmen killing TIVs and other tribes there. 3 YEARS AGO. And it is still ongoing. Benue used to be the food basket of this nation. A peaceful place. Now a theatre of genocide. And we are quiet. Sticking our heads into our asses. E no concern me, we say. Shey? No worry na. Soon".
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