"Their ammunitions are out this world. I have seen such type of arms in my life"
- Freed Niger kidnap victim narrating his ordeal.

Two things raised to my mind reading the ordeal this morn:

1. Very likely that none of our security forces took the victims in for debriefing
2. That our security forces are increasingly useless.

For number (1) above, if the debriefing ever happened, the victim would not have been allowed to speak to the media. Placing such information in the public place has two implications:
a. Creates mass hysteria
b. Blows off the cover on the ammunition pile of the terrorists, who would now have to increase their ammo power, knowing that their capacity has been exposed.

Whichever, it doesn't look good for the security forces.
But, has it ever look good for our security forces that stand idly-by doing nothing?

A serious country should by now be rejigging its security forces to confront the present security challenges. First, by creating a new counter-terrorism and counter-kidnapping teams
whose operations should be overseen by a New Natiobal Guard. We can't continue ti operate with the old methods that are not working.

Two things are clear from the revelations of the freed kidnap victims:

1) These terrorists are Fulanis. No need masking the truth
2. Negotiations with the terrorists by non-state actors should stop forthwith.
If we can't deal with the menace during the dry season, our country will have a tough time placing a handle on rural terrorism during the rainy season.

A stitch in time saves nine.

Good morning
Finally, as an addendum, if the current spates of attacks continue and the terrorists continue to seize control of more territories, thus threatening the internal stability of the country, only one thing will likely happen: the military will sack the government.
Our politicians have to look at what Col Qassim Goita did in Mali when the democratically elected government was forced to resign.
We don't need the oracle at Ife to tell us that the same terrorists that massacred villagers in Mali are at work here.
Military putsches are no longer fashionable; but in the global chambers of power, foreign governments would prefer the stabilizing putschists to stave off refugees streams that may inundate the region if things get out of hand here. Paris will protect its former colonies
London and Washington will issue press statements, then embark on shuttle diplomacy to protect its economic interests. The UN will merely pay lip service to the restoration of democracy.
We don't need the oracle at Ife really...

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