Nigeria security situation is dire says former US marine
by Jon Egie
Nigeria is on the verge of the security situation where the late Libyan leader, Maumar Gadaffi was dragged from the hole and clubbed to death.
Nigerian born US marine and Operation Desert Storm Veteran, Maj Jomo Akpore rtd gave the warning during the occasion of the 5th Demas Akpore Memorial Lecture held in Ughelli recently.
Reacting to the recent bomb blast at the Jaji Cantonment, the US marine said the incidence “tells you that we are almost in a Stateless situation, Nigeria is almost a failed State, if not a failed State”.
But he enthused that it is never too late hoping that Nigerians can still put heads together and salvage the situation, but for the problem of greed of the leadership and a certain pocket of the ruling
“They put themselves and the people’s lives at risk and we hope it doesn’t come to a situation like Libya, where Maumar Gadaffi was dragged from the hole and clubbed to death. We are on the verge”.
Asked if he saw some internal connivance in the bombing of the Jaji Cantonment, he said, “Connivance or no connivance, we have no excuses for bombs to be set up in a military installations. It tells you that
the system has deteriorated, so that the security operatives, if true, those who set up those bombs in conspiracy with their cahoots might even set up buckets of bombs for breakfast for Mr. President. That is the situation; do not be surprised when they serve Mr. President buckets of bombs for breakfast.
Asked if that was an indication that the President’s life is not safe? He said a lot of citizens are safer than the President and “remember that the President is being protected by certain citizens who can be
compromised at any time for the right price and it will be sad story and a shame.
“Nigeria is almost becoming a sad song. When it comes to security matters, Nigeria is a sad song, a sad tale, a sad story and a sad song.”
On the hope of a successful combat and defeat of BokoHaram, Jomo Akpore siad “if they (Govt) has the will, Boko Haram can be wiped off in no time, they can be wiped out, they are nothing in terms of getting
rid of them.”
On the issue of Nigerian soldiers undergoing training in Pakistan, the US marine retorted, why shouldn’t Nigerians be training the Pakistani instead of the Pakistanis training Nigeria? What is that telling you about the direction of military leadership? It tells that these are red flags about the security situation in Nigeria.