Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 3rd March, 2018.

Sat, 03 Mar 2018
Captain Aliyu Umar Babangida (rtd) is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Goldwater and Riversand. He is a National Security Resource and Solutions Consultant. In this interview, he spoke on the abduction of Dapchi School girls, the challenges of the security personnel and other security issues.
Don’t you think the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls has once again exposed the lapses, conspiracy and hypocrisy within the Nigerian security agencies?

There is no conspiracy or hypocrisy per-se. More like, there are obvious lapses, which are driven by a lethargic and non-innovation approach to issues. This cuts across the entire length and breath of our people, particularly governance and its public Institutions flag bearers.

Security wise, events as they occur tend to encapsulate glaring quality and content statements of governance in Nigeria on one hand and administration within the our public institutions on the other.

Put another way, a national security-incident occurrences grid, or chronology of security related incidents as reported from 2012 to date shows an average one week, one trouble, security-incident frequency, with most of the occurrences involving recurrent and festering issues, for which no new solutions are “actually” preferred.

Solutions in this sense refer to policies or measures, which rarely find physical expression beyond the ink in which they are written, or words in which they are pronounced.

The Dapchi incident, in retrospect, was waiting to happen, just as Chibok did. Dapchi particularly indicates there were no “lessons learnt” or “post incident process asset” gleaned off the Chibok tragedy, and applied to schools within the Northeast, that had similarities in deposition and girl child concentration, as was the case in Chibok.

So, it’s really not about hypocrisy and conspiracy here; its just plain lethargic approach to governance and its flag-bearers within the public domain and space.

Of what effect is the blame game going on between Army and Police over the abduction saga?

Blame games are rife with us and remain hallmarks of apprehension and low-grade mindedness. For a fact, it is the easiest thing to do, when things get out of hand…(blame someone). It also tells the world the parties to the blame game have not and are not working together.

Blame games as you call it also deteriorate inter-service relations, which sets both parties in this case further apart, to the detriment of their future operations liaison. The blames as traded also do not undo the damage incurred as it were. 

Conversely, if the energies invested in trading blames were innovatively deployed, the situation would have been different today. Why must our sister security agencies, and indeed our public devices and office holders, trade blames, only post-incident, when the blames are utterly useless.

Can we possibly begin to encourage them to trade blames and criticisms pre-incident by being a bit more open about misgivings and challenges? This way much can be done, “pre” and not “post” incidence.

What is your view on the initial report by the Yobe government that some of the abducted girls were rescued, only to recant later?

That, too, is rife with us. Public office holders have many a time given clear indicators that their communication management machinery is sub-optimal.

If a government releases a report and rescinds same shortly afterwards, subtle as this may seem, it rubbishes the majesty and reliability of the office involved. This should be avoided by all means possible.

Why is it that whenever the military tries to brag or show that they have weakened Boko Haram sect, the sect would strike?

The military will celebrate their successes regardless. This in itself is key to sustaining troops morale and public confidence. Conversely, the Boko Haram will also seek to reverse claims as made and celebrate their own success too. The claim that the sect has been downgraded militarily holds true. Beyond that, it is not true.

Tactically, they may not be able to engage the military in pitched battles as they did years back, but then they have reinvented the battle ground by shifting focus from attacking hard targets like military barracks, police stations and entire villages, to exploiting low hanging fruits and soft targets like schools and market places, particularly those that are remote and far flung.

You will agree with me that as you go farther into the rural areas in any state, the absence of government and its institutional offices is so glaring, it is virtually loud!

Those who wreck mayhem, from bandits we call herdsmen, to insurgents, terrorists and militants know this and exploit it.

The military can play its role by doing its bit; but not until a counter terror blueprint is evolved across board, for the Immigration, DSS, Civil Defence, up to traditional rulers and markets and worship places in these affected areas, there will ever remain gaping cracks in the security architecture that can be exploited at will.

Counter terrorism is not entirely military- every part of the community is involved. The counter terrorism Blueprint for this requires innovative-imagination, that can match that of the terror masterminds, not less so meta-cognition across all stakeholder institutions and security agencies, as mentioned earlier.

Do you think that the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls has shown that Boko Haram has not been weakened as claimed by the government and Army?

Understand this please. Weakness has nothing to do with this. Be they strong or weak, degraded or decimated, it is all about “opportunity”.  For a crime of any kind to occur, three concomitant variables must be in sync: a criminal, the target or victim, and the opportunity.

While Intelligence, Law Enforcement and military options have no absolute control over the first two variables, they retain the ability to deny the potential assailants, in our case the terrorists the “opportunity” to strike.

Put another way, we cannot stop the girls (targets) from schooling; we cannot stop persons (assailant/criminals) from joining sects or being lured or forced to join. What if we focus on the opportunity aspect of everything… as in schooling and recruitment into terrorist sect,
with a view to denying the adversary the third and crucial part of these three variables?

The terror mastermind will ever seek “opportunities”; we must borrow his eyes to see the same and make them unavailable.

Many are of the view that some elements in the security agencies are working with the sect to undermine the efforts of security agencies, how do you think this problem can be solved?

That is an excuse. It is not a problem. Even Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed, had elements within their inner circles who worked against them. The subject of counterintelligence effectively addresses that. 

To the layman, this may look like a problem; for any security chieftain it is an excuse.

With this, don’t you think that terrorism has come to stay in Nigeria?

Wherever terrorism is allowed to set foot at all becomes its home; it digs in swiftly. 

Let’s face it. Terrorism is a business. Its real goals and objectives are not religious if properly scrutinised. Terrorist activities are driven and sponsored by quests for political power, dominance, economic or socio-cultural gains.

That the threat almost-always wears a toga of religion or ideology is to put it bluntly because, after football, religion is the next most populated subscription known to man.

Religion and Football grant their users a followership like no other from the masses. Recall Karl Marx put it aptly when he said: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people”.

Terrorism in Nigeria was made in Nigeria by Nigerians. It is a business you know. Would you sell a product where there is no market?
We have carried on over the decades in ways that have made us an attractive haven for terror mongers.

Sat, 03 Mar 2018
The excitement is presently in the air. Amara, the beautiful wife of ex-Super Eagle international football star, Kanu Nwankwo, has a date with her fans and admirers around the world on March 18 in Central London.
She is set to inspire and motivate them by sharing her top secrets on how she has been able to hold it down admirably so far, as a mother, wife of a sport personality, how she has been able to keep fit and trim while holding down a career, as an author, health coach and architect.

The event is gathering momentum, as people in London and environs have been falling over themselves to get registered each for the upcoming event for a token £20.

Sat, 03 Mar 2018
Presidential hopeful of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, has urged President Buhari to reconsider its stance on the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) bill, warning that it portends more security dangers to the country.
Ikubese said this yesterday at a press conference held in the NUJ Press Centre, Akure, faulting the positions put forward by the Federal Government on the account of scarce fund and duplicity of duties.

Moreover, he urged the National Assembly to recall the bill and muster two-thirds majority in spite of President Buhari’s veto power, warning, “a country that fails to engage its youths productively is a nation sitting on a keg of gunpowder.”

According to him, the refusal by the President dashed the hopes of about 150,000 young unemployed Nigerians, prompting one Gambo Timothy Dogo in Gombe State to commit suicide after the president declined the bill last Tuesday.

He affirmed that there is acute shortage of police in the nation as only 370,000 police watch over the security of about 186million Nigerian populace, lamenting that it is far below best global practices.

Ikubese argued that a staggering 80 per cent of the 370,000 police available are assigned for private duties while only 20 per cent are saddled with overbearing responsibilities of core policing in the society.

Sat, 03 Mar 2018
As the timetable of the 2019 elections draw closer, the people of Ogbia, the home area of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Bayelsa state, have been told that their relevance can be sustained if they remain united. 
The state commissioner for information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, who stated this, said development of the area would depend largely on unity. According to him, the unity of purpose exhibited by the successes of the forbearers of the Ogbia people in the past was responsible for the premier positions held by Ogbia sons before now.

The Commissioner made the assertion when the Forum of the Community Development Chairmen across the four clans of Ogbia kingdom paid him a courtesy call in his office in Yenagoa, adding that present political leaders in Ogbia must work together and shun tendencies propelled mostly by greed and selfishness. 

He also shared the concerns of his guests with regards to the prevailing insecurity in Ogbia, advising that as Community Development Committee (CDC) chairmen, they must work with the security operatives and government to end the menace. Speaking on the issue of insecurity in Ogbia, he advocated community policing as an effective antidote to bring about peace in communities but requested government support in this direction.

He also alerted the state government on the activities of the herdsmen, who are recklessly destroying farms at Onuebun, Otokpoti, Otuasega among other Ogbia communities and called for immediate action in order to forestall breakdown of public peace.

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