Nigeria will soon dissolve unless something is done urgently says Gbagi
By Jon Egie
Any moment from now the Nigeria nation may dissolve if necessary action is not taken.
Security expert and former federal minister of education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi gave the warning when he spoke on the issue of insecurity in Nigeria as guest of FRONTLINE, an interactive platform of Delta Online Publishers’ Forum, DOPF; Sunday, May 9, in Oginibo.
Olorogun Gbagi who is also an aspirant for the 2023 governorship election in Delta State located the problem of insecurity in Nigeria on deceit.
According to him, stakeholders and major State and non-State actors have made security a source of frisking the nation where buyers and sellers have become partners in the fray of insecurity. To halt this trend,” there has to be an agreement for us to go back to our normal life” Gbagi said.
He faulted the security architecture that places the Inspector General of Police on the apex of central control and command of police across the country whereas, 90 per cent of DPOs do not have adequate information about the security challenges in their domains.
“Nigeria is a cash and carry nation. We share the common patrimony of the nation. I blame the media for not pursuing the substance but chase the shadow. One time minister of defence, Theophilus Danjuma has asked Nigerians to defend themselves, the current minister of defence Bashar Magashi has asked Nigerians to defend themselves, the Governor of Enugu State, Lawrence Ugwuanyi has from recent experience seen the reason why he should stand up and defend his people.
“When a governor of a State in Nigeria cannot give directives to the security chief in his State in the time of security challenges but the security chiefs take instructions from a central command in Abuja; then, governors cannot be held accountable and responsible for the security of their States, even though they are the chief security officers of their States. This is an anomaly and I want the National Assembly to make law to correct it.”
He observed that criminality has taken a firm root across the country pointing out that when the interests for the existence of a nation are not a priority of the citizens that nation must die.
“The situation has rapidly gotten out of hand, we need to call the professionals in charge of security and ask them why you are failing to meet the purpose for which we pay you salaries. We should demand why they have failed to secure the nation. The consequence of insecurity is interwoven around rise in crime wave and economic downturn when investors are scared away and would get worse unless we rise up and make demand.
“Let me tell you, nothing is as dangerous as lack of security. Security is one of the fabrics of our existence. We have toyed with a lot of things and have survived but we cannot toy with security. The mercenaries that are coming they have their own interests, they have their own paymasters, they have their own targets and objectives and unless we are wise enough to deal with it, it will be unfortunate.
“This nation will not be a nation any moment from now if we do not take necessary action and I urge Nigerians to create a task force, call on the DG of DSS, Yusuf Magaji to put a team together to tackle the security challenge because as it is now we do not know who to hold.” Gbagi said.