Matters Arising: Straight to the POINT

To be CANDID,if we have to pay ransoms to free all persons who are walking in the shadow of death as of today as of today,then let that be DONE.

After all, it is still a failure of governance that we lack the capacity to take them by force
It is OK to engage in a rhetorical back and forth of any sort BUT would we be grandstanding if any of the captives were children of governors, senators or the President? The answer is no.

Nobody failed the captives other than their federal and state governments.
After that pyrrhic victory, maybe we shall turn a new page and take very, very seriously the need to get EVERYTHING from pre-emptive intelligence gathering to rapid intervention military and police units
If we did not bring home termite-infested firewood, we would not have endured this visit by lizards.

Those who bear the remains of a stranger often look like they are carrying a plantain tree until it gets to our turn and we realise that it is human remains
That is to say, there is no principle or ideal which will make me rethink this stance insofar as the present danger is certain death.

Given the means at the disposal of Nigeria, we have grossly under-performed as far as building the capacities of our intelligence services+troops
They have already killed five undergraduates to underline their seriousness and can be trusted to kill again. Someone on Twitter suffered the outrage of seeing her own sister's corpse while the family hoped, prayed and waited for that unfortunate girl's return
The only consequence of paying the ransoms is that there will be less money available for our overly self-indulgent political elite to throw around. Why should I care about that? Was any of it getting to me ab initio?
Pls, let the concerned negotiate, hurry up and pay. Hopefully, after that substantial loss of resources which amounts to nothing where lives are involved, painstaking efforts shall be made that chances of a repeat are reduced to the barest minimum

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4 May

IF you are wondering why I make no bones about saying that the concerned govts should secure the release of the abducted undergraduates through the payment of ransoms, it is because we failed to prepare and therefore allowed kidnapping to spiral out of control
Inputs beget outcomes. The other day I made it clear to compatriots that during General Ihejirika's stint as COAS, he truncated the national security nuisance that was guerrilla warfare.

How so? Task-specific training on an unequalled scale. Here's a snapshot of what I mean..
Ihejirika embarked on what I described in my blog posts then as a "Basic CTCOIN Proficiency Training Programme". He not only undertook same on an "army only" basis but also trained thousands of cops and civil defenders. Diligence does beget outcomes.
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2 May
It Is A Good Thing That There Has Been A Universal Feeling Of Outrage On Account Of The Rape+Killing Of Miss Ini Umoren By A Desperately Wicked Scumbag.

Let Us Hope That As Is Often The Case In Nigeria, Her Case Does Not Go Cold As Have Many Before Hers. She Deserves Justice.
Our hearts go out to her family but I still do not know what happened to the killers of Cynthia Osokogu who got lured to Lagos, that poor kid Ochanya in Benue, Very Omozuwa in Edo, among many others.

Hopefully, Ini and all other victims get justice. May their souls RIP
This SIMPLE quest for a decent and honest living rather than issuing battle cries for urgent 2K was what truncated her life. Not sure she would have believed the potential consequences when she sent out this message

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2 May
Military Historical Fact File (Chadian Mercenaries and the Nigerian Civil War):

During the last week of June 2011, a gun-and-bomb attack was launched against a beer garden at Maiduguri. That event triggered the establishment that month of the Joint (Security) Task Force.
One important fact which emerged from local TV news (was it NTA or AIT now?) but which eluded the local print media at the time was that many of the victims were long-term Chadian residents of Maiduguri who fought on the federal Nigerian side during the Nigerian Civil War.
Whereas they constituted less than 1% of the manpower strength of the Federal Army, the principal contribution of mercenaries from Niger and Chad appears to have been the massacres at Asaba in 1967
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2 May
#FLASHBACK 2010-2012: How #BokoHaram Started From Small Beginnings By Attacking Police Stations and Prisons…
You have seen Yobe and Adamawa.

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2 May
On The ONGOING SPATE OF ATTACKS On Security Operatives In Parts Of Southern Nigeria:

For Those Who Do Not Fathom That A Sense Of Belonging For All Creates A Good Operational Backdrop For Security Operatives, Consider The Following Questions Carefully..
MASSOB have been in existence for two decades now. Why did we not attain today's tipping point which surely is an ongoing and budding armed struggle when Lt Gen Ihejirika was COAS or when Mr Ogbonna Onovo was IGP and Mrs Uzoamaka Nwizu was CGI ? Nigerian real politik at work?
My measured guess is that feelings of alienation were not as acutely felt and so people felt more invested in the "Nigeria Project". That is perhaps a snapshot of what Nigerians can do when you are not trifling with their ethnoregional interest(s)
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2 May
NOTE THIS: The Overriding Bit Of Evidence Which Suggests That The Gunmen Who Are Currently Attacking Security Operatives In The Southeast & Parts Of The South-South Represent An Organised Group Of Armed Insurrectionists Is That They Invariably Take Away Their Victims' Weapons
The consistency of the attacks shows a mission-driven group which is working to meet an objective, that quite possibly being the capture of a stipulated number of firearms.
In a very short time, the said group would feel bolstered enough to launch 100 men at a go into operations against targets and security installations which are able to yield even larger caches of arms.

Little by little, this matter is starting to get out of hand..
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