The Nigerian Army seems fixated with killing Abubakar Shekau, the equally self-obsessed psychopath who not only fancies himself a reincarnate of Osama bin Laden but also rides on the wave of moral panic ISIS is generating all over the place. He is the Army’s first obsession.
Their second obsession concerns the unwitting denigration of their own rank-and-file. Third is a consequence of the first two, turning the agency into an embarrassing joke both locally and internationally.
The death of Brigadier General Benjamin Adekunle provides a stark contrast between the great potential of the past and the bleak future of the present. His death provides a timeline that shows two pictures: that Nigeria is not progressing due to its inability to preserve and replicate patriotism and that its life is ebbing away with every death of past heroes announced.
Before now, fewer Nigerians heard of the Ebola virus, let alone what it represented. Those who have heard of it, probably, did so through occasional media reports which were often considered trivial. All this was, however, to radically change. No thanks to an ill-fated flight from Liberia that had on board a Liberian –American, Patrick Sawyer. With Calabar as his actual destination, Sawyer, however, had to make a stop- over in Lagos when he suddenly developed what was initially thought to be fever. Further diagnosis eventually revealed that Sawyer had contracted the dreaded Ebola virus.
With the daunting security challenges of the Boko Haram sect in the North-East and the discord between the Southern and Northern delegates to the defunct National Conference, there is urgent need to negotiate the unity of this country.
These, indeed, are unusual times for mankind. Like never before, natural disasters, poverty, hunger, international conflicts and many other strange occurrences are helplessly starring man in the face. There is, perhaps, no other time in history when the ability of man to dominate his environment has been so fiercely challenged than now. Today, the major news items that dominate the airwaves and other communication channels leave much to be desired. Unfortunately, as solutions are being proffered to current challenges, new ones, without warnings, are emanating from the blues.
The Igbo have a saying that when one sees the corpse of another being carried by its relative one might mistake it for firewood, but when it is one relative, then one will begin to feel the pains The above simply captures the statement made by the United State President Barrack Obama at the end of the United States- African Leaders Submit, when President Barrack Obama said he lacked enough information to give the green light on the distribution of the ZMapp experimental drug, insisting that “the world must let the science guide us”.
In its recent publication, The Economist describes how Africa ‘’is set to deliver a fresh asymmetric shock to the global order, taking its place as the last great emerging market.’’
The Economist no doubt truly captured how suddenly Africa transformed from the ugliest girl no one wanted to associate with to now the most beautiful girl in town. Any man who ignores her presence does so at his peril.
In saner climes, a certain Pastor Ituah Ighodalo would have been invited for questioning and seriously cautioned by the authorities. His offence, his attempt to complicate the work of health workers through a bogus reference to a ‘divine’ solution to the deadly Ebola virus that is decimating the West African sub-region and making a frightening inroad into our country: Something that is obviously a threat to our national security.
The 7th National Assembly is vigorous, effective, credible and impactful in its approach to lawmaking, representation and oversight in the last seven years.
Nigerians and the public space have been inundated with a coterie of recommendations by the delegates at the on-going National Conference. Indeed, some of the recommendations appear quite bizarre while a few are quite auspicious and require urgent national attention. The debates and pronouncements of the conferees, majority of who are spent forces, are clear indicators of the national malaise.