By Salisu Gambo Funtua
We need to emphasize prayer and good moral conduct. A sincere prayer to our leaders, a sincere commitment to our mandates, in our individual posts of duties. You and I are what make the country a nation. Our successes depend solely on the quality of services delivered by every civil servant in his/her post of duty.
When direction is wrong, then speed is irrelevant.
Does it really make sense for oil to have the same price in Nigeria and in Saudi Arabia? Do Nigerians enjoy the same social amenities as Saudi Arabians do? Let alone to speak of security? Save your energy, the questions are rhetorical ones. Every rational thinking person knows the answer.
Leading is a difficult task. A very difficult one. A leader must choose the lesser of two evils and take action on behalf of the greater good. When the lives of the citizens are at stake all other things should be given secondary priority. The primary priority of every government should be the security of the people it governs. If Federal highways are not safe even at noon, what do you expect of the remote areas at night, evening or dawn?
Not only you and I, even members of the National Assembly and people like Dr. Usman Bugaje have not seen a substantial reason for retaining the Chiefs of Security staff when their retirement time was due. Sometimes, leaders takes decisions that defy rational explanation. But, not all the time. The North is bleeding. No-one is safe, rich, and poor alike.
In one of his famous speeches, Lao-Tsu, Ta Teh King once said..” The superior fighter succeeds without violence. The greatest conqueror wins without a struggle. The most successful leader leads without dictating. This is called intelligence-non-aggressiveness. This is called the mastery of men. ” Is this true about the present situation of the North? I doubt it is. Many times, some brave field-agents, among the security personnel, get ambushed and killed by either Boko Haram members or bandits. Perhaps, due to the leakage of security details by moles.
It is appreciable that the Independence speech emphasizes the call for being TOGETHER as a sovereign nation, as one people(Nigerians). And, at the same time, the speech is full of storytelling. Is this because, man is a storytelling animal, that thinks in stories rather than in numbers or graphs, or facts? No! Nigerians sought for a positive change. Not Banditry, neither kidnapping and massive looting by some public officeholders. We are not seeking for perfection, all we need is ‘new normal’.
As Alaramma Abdulhamid YahuzArc posts earlier today, we need to pray. No need for fluffing. And, It is time for this administration to stop blaming the previous ones. At regional level, the Northern governors need to give full and sincere supports to their colleague, governor Umara Zullum of Borno state, in his relentless effort to get rid of Boko Haram. They should, also, support one another in the fight against banditry and kidnapping, in the region.
Governor Zulum is a legend who does care for the lives of his people. He is a great leader. It is the quality of commitment that separates a good leader from a great one. A legend who does care for the lives of his people would be always committed to the well-being of his people by heart, by life. Zugum needs to model Zulum, because the lives of Katsinas, in villages, are at the mercy of bandits and kidnappers.
Individually, we need to emphasize prayer and good moral conduct. A sincere prayer to our leaders, a sincere commitment to our mandates, in our individual posts of duties. You and I are what make the country a nation. Our successes depend solely on the quality of services delivered by every civil servant in his/her post of duty.
Since a change comes at a price, If these hardships are the prices for the beginning of a new(better) Nigeria, we ask the almighty to ease our difficulties. May Allah in his infinite mercy come to our aid. May he guide and straighten our security personnel and public office holders to discharge their needful duties, to the citizens, with effectiveness and fairness. May the lives of our gallant securities, who passed away in the courses of making our lives safe and secured, rest in perfect peace. May Allah continue to unite Nigeria and its citizens toward a prosperous and more peaceful Nigeria. God bless Nigeria.
Salisu Gambo Funtua is a Public Policy Analyst.