Political thuggery and Nigeria’s sleeping policing department
We haven’t even gotten to the elections and the instances
are so many bombs blowing up at campaign grounds, people being stabbed and
shot, political offices being burned and shot at, conveys being vandalized, the
list goes on.
There will always be political thugs and vandals; since
Abel, there have been bad human beings; the problem is: will Nigeria always
have a sleeping policing department? Why must we as a people always guess who
did what? Why must the APC accuse the PDP and the PDP accuse the APC with the
violence continuing and the police and state security department never telling
us actually who did what?
When will the Nigerian police under IGP Suleiman Abba and
the state security department ever apprehend the perpetrators of these crimes
and bring them and whatever party is involved to justice? Are we condemned to
continue living as primitive people in Nigeria where mob action is permissible
and perpetrators must be guessed?
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The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan,
warned in December of last year that they, the police were ready for “anyone
who instigates violence.” Are they really ready? Do they have the capacity to
be ready and impartially so? With Alhaji Adesiyan being one of the implicated
offenders at the Ekiti rigging meeting, one really may not have much to expect
and hope for under the current dispensation.
Frankly Nigerians are tired but we cannot despair. We will
still summon our security department to divert their rapid response from
subduing the brave hunters who turned the tide on Boko Haram in the glorious
Mubi recapture battle; and discourage them from murdering our innocents in
peaceful processions, as they did in Kaduna with the Islamic movement; and beg
them to convert the professionalism they use to burn BRT busses and newspapers
to apprehending political thugs and investigating into the cases of political
vandalism and violent disturbance that is being conspicuously tolerated today
in what appears to be a prepared avenue to obstructing fair elections and a
true handover in May.
And if the police tell us they cannot secure us, many of us
including the men and women of the Citizens United for Peace and Security, CUPS
organization and other civil groups are more than ready to provide responsible
security for the nation and this electoral process through Civilian Joint Task
forces. Which one police? Are you up to the task?
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