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The Biblical Illustration Of The Security Situation Of Nigeria And Buhari's New Service Chiefs ~Omonaijablog

President Buhari and the new Service Chiefs.

Today, February 26, 2021 makes it exactly one month since President Muhammad Buhari sacked the country's four Service Chiefs and appointed four others to replace them.

I might be sounding churchy here but, don't get it twisted, I'm not a pastor of any denomination. Although, I'm a born again Christian but not a Pastor. 

In the Holy Bible, in the Book of Mark chapter 15 verses 7-15, the Bible gave a vivid illustration of how Jesus Christ was given up to be killed at the expense of a notorious bandit, Barabbas.

Let us check the Bible verses together and you will see how it best describes the situation we have found ourselves in Nigeria.

Mark 15:7 -And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow insurrectionists; they had committed murder in the insurrection.

Mar 15:8 -Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them.

Mar 15:9 -But Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?"

Mar 15:10 -For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.

Mar 15:11 -But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.

Mar 15:12 -And Pilate answered and said to them again, "What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?"

Mar 15:13 So they cried out again, "Crucify Him!"

Mar 15:14 Then Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?" And they cried out more exceedingly, "Crucify Him!"

Mark 15:15 -So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.

So, I want to compare Pilate to President Muhammad Buhari whose hands were tied, who asked the people who they wanted and later yielded to the demands of the people. Barabbas to the notorious bandit, kidnappers, terrorists who despite their daily afflictions were preferred to the Service Chiefs 'Jesus' doing their best to eliminate the bandits.

Just like the notorious bandit, Barabbas was left to roam the city and inflict more hardship on the kingdom and Jesus, the innocent, was condemned to die, that was exactly the situation a month ago when President Muhammad Buhari sacked Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai and other Service Chiefs after about five years of fighting terrorists, insurgents and bandits in Nigeria. I am not saying they are the best. But, they seems to have been mapping out strategies to fight this 'unseen' fighters.

The sacked Service Chiefs.

Sack them! Sack them! Sack them, was the chorus all over Nigeria against the the Service Chiefs. Just like Pontius Pilate, President Buhari had no choice, his hands were tied by the deafening 'noise' of his people to sack the Service Chiefs and like Barabbas, the bandits were happy! They went back to re-strategize. 

Just yesterday, gunmen abducted over scores of Schoolgirls at GSS Jangebe, Zamfara. The gunmen were said to have arrived the school around 2am and loaded the girls in buses to an unknown destination.

Earlier, at least 50 people were alledgedly killed and many others wounded in a series of suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state where the militant Islamist group Boko Haram originates from.

Scene of the Maiduguri bomb blast.

Some of the unknown bandits.

A total of five explosions went off at two busy markets and a bus terminal near a government security service building, at least two were set off by female bombers and another by a teenage boy.

Some scenes of students abduction.

This was less than months after gunmen abducted hundreds of students of Government Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State, who were later freed after negotiations.

Niger, Katsina and many other states in North-west and North-central Nigeria have increasingly been targeted by “bandits” who kidnap for ransom, rape and pillage.

And soon after the appointment of the new Service Chiefs; Major-General Lucky E.O Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff and Air-Vice Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amao, Chief of Air Staff; on 16th February, 2021, a week haven't passed with a case of an abduction, kidnap, banditry, suicide bombing or raids.

It has gotten so bad that since their appointments, School children, Tertiary institutions, Police posts, women and girls are now their targets.

The new Service Chiefs with President Buhari.

As difficult as it is to start calling for the sack of the new Service Chiefs who were appointed exactly one month ago, those who were at the forefront of the sack of the former service chiefs, (who were later made Ambassadors), are again beginning to lose their patience over the new Chiefs.

And the reasons for this was far fetched, their inability to hit the ground running in the fight against insurgency in Nigeria can be seen in the almost weekly activities of the insurgents in the country.

Nigerians are beginning to lose faith on them. They are beginning to judge their performance. They are beginning to compare them with the sacked Chiefs.

And the question Nigerians will like to ask them is, 'when will Buhari Service Chiefs hit the ground running.'

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  1. Changing the service chiefs was a step in the right direction.