Nigerians In wait Of Dasuki's Manifestation
wait Of Dasuki's Manifestation. WITH days to his promised end of June restoration of normalcy, President Goodluck Jonathan sacked General Andrew Owoye Azazi, National Security Adviser and Mohammed Haliru Bello, Minister of Defence.
Harsh criticisms had attended the President’s trip to Brazil for the Earth Summit, while Kaduna and Yobe were in flames after series of bombing attacks. Defences of the President’s trip collapsed on all sides. On his return, he had to act.
The choice of Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel, former ADC to President Ibrahim Babangida and a scion of the Sokoto Caliphate appears more political than all sides have been willing to admit.
Dasuki had security training in America, but that would not be as important as the influences he would wield in the North, or the personal injuries that General Muhammadu Buhari would feel at the appointment of one of those, who arrested him when he was overthrown in 1985.
Nigerians are more interested in restoration of security in all parts of the country than in who holds which positions though there are vast implications in the country being in turmoil, if occupants of certain positions are from some sections of the country.
The smart thing about Dasuki’s appointment is that it has placed the security challenges in the hands of someone, who has the family, religious, and security links to talk to the North about the importance of peace to collective progress.
How Dasuki sets out on his mission and whether his appointment will stop the bombings and killings are matters that would be obvious in the next few weeks.
Critics of his choice are many. They think that his links to General Babangida and his frosty relationship with General Buhari could create another problem while solving one. Whatever happens, the President still has responsibility for the decision. Some are even wondering why it took him so long.
The excuse that his visit to Brazil afforded him an opportunity to appreciate how Nigeria’s security challenges scared foreign investors is at best puerile. Most foreign investors would rate challenges with electricity (infrastructure in general) and policy inconsistences above security.
It is sadder if the President was concerned about security because it would improve investments. It creates an impression of a President to whom lives mean nothing. The bloodbath has been going on for more than a year, stopping it would have been the priority of the President.
Azazi’s job was on the line since he stated last April that the choice of the President contrary to the Peoples Democratic Party’s zoning policy was a major cause of the security collapse. His sack was only delayed.
Nigerians await the Dasuki magic, and quickly too.
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