Before our highly resourceful crisis traders complete their usual business of exploiting our volatility and vulnerability in these dangerous times again, the authorities and the task force in Abuja must continue to reassure the already skeptical and traumatized people in this country that the United States is on terror alert from Abuja. not enough to derail the organization and conduct critical elections next year, after all. Crisis traders here are very smart. It is very rich and safe. The crisis industry is quite dynamic. This business is well capitalized. Shadow drivers, the brains behind a lucrative and protected business have solid connections even in a global context.
They are very smart with business plans that are sold to various ‘assistant leaders’ all over the place. In the public presentation of the Kano State Governor’s book titled, ‘Deputising and Governance in Nigeria’ last week, there were revelations from many former and serving deputies including the current Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and a man who is the deputy governor. governor, deputy president and president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan that there are some hidden facts about why deputies are always considered dangerous ‘spare tires.’ In one of his constructs, the author of the book, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (PhD) revealed in his speech that there are always some witches and crisis traders around the State House who will tell gory tales to the principals (president, governor, minister. , vice chancellor and chief executive in general) about how dangerous their deputies have become they will always find a way to create a phantom ‘assistant’ instead of assigning deputies created by law and regulations. Therefore, we will always look for strong ‘assistant president,’ ‘assistant governor,’ ‘assistant minister,’ ‘assistant vice chancellor’ assistant MDs, etc. who are made to do the work of statutory deputies. That everywhere there is money or the power to make cold money, which ‘answereth all things.’
Crisis traders will always want terrorism to flourish because no government wants to hear about terrorists: they will always increase security and defense spending even without an appropriation bill. Crisis traders want insecurity to thrive so they can manipulate security and intelligence managers to ask for more funding. Where crisis traders develop, there will always be a scarcity of funds for critical sectors including infrastructure, human development (services) as their lobbyists in the house of power always talk about priority management. The traders of the crisis are artful in contextualising part of the constitution, which provides that: ‘Security and Welfare of the people will be the primary goal of the government.’
They always like strong and influential diplomatic missions to issue terror alerts, yes red flags that can increase the sound of security and defense across platforms and security sectors. It is very brilliant when it comes to the exploitation of protocol management for the chief executives of the public sector. They always advise even the first ladies to have long convoys of vehicles for security reasons. They got even the First Son and Daughter got presidential and gubernatorial treatment with the presidential and chartered plane to take even photos for school work. They came to the chief executive quietly and cleverly with their proposals on security, especially now that there is a federal characterization of insecurity: Insecurity is no longer only in Borno and Yobe states. The crisis traders who negotiated the release of 114 prisoners in 2018 may continue to tell the chief executive of the federation that it is difficult to negotiate the release of only Leah Sharibu. They will continue to ask for more money to negotiate the release of the only Christian girl who is said to have given birth to two children in captivity. Crisis traders have only one god to serve: their stomachs.
That is why we have to appeal to our President Beware of crisis traders who may want to take advantage of the terror from the Foreign Mission in Nigeria using a weapon of mass disruption of next year’s elections – fear. As I reported here, Alan Paton, author of ‘Cry, my beloved country,’ said ‘sorrow is better than fear’. From the experience of apartheid in South Africa he deconstructed in the classic, ‘fear is a terrible journey.’ The action of the American Embassy in issuing a terror alert is not intended to scare anyone. It is for its citizens in Nigeria. This is the thing, even though the United States Mission in Nigeria says that everything is in a state of alarm and nothing is under control, the chief executive of the federation and the commander of the Nigerian armed forces must continue to insist that everything is under control. control and nothing will be under any alarm.
In other words, President Jonathan ordered the armed forces and held elections even in the volatile Northeast region in 2011 and 2015. There should be no reason for crisis traders to be allowed to fuel rumors of war that could derail the 2023 transition agenda. Our president has assured that terrorism will disappear by December 2022. We must believe him. He should not let his casual attitude and simple thinking allow the crisis to become a big business for some crisis traders who want to create a conducive atmosphere for another interim national government after the 2023 elections.
Here is a fact that is not unusual in diplomatic circles: The governments of Germany, Bulgaria, Ireland and Denmark have warned their citizens against non-essential travel to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria due to the risk of terror attacks. The travel advisory comes days after the United States, Britain, Australia and Canada warned of possible terror attacks in Abuja.
The Federal Government through the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has since dismissed the advisory and specifically stated that the United States is also not safe. The embassy has listed targets including schools, government buildings, hotels, markets, shopping malls, bars, sporting events, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, restaurants, places of worship and international organizations. There are reports that other countries are aligned with the United States after several meetings, sharing intelligence and “irrefutable evidence of imminent danger. A decent source said, late last week, the suspect was nabbed near the US Embassy in the Central Area suspected of espionage on Also, explosive devices were found near the entrance of the US staff housing compound on Saturday, October 22. And then after gathering intelligence on the plan to attack US citizens and other expatriates, the US government decided to send Special Forces to Abuja to analyze the threat. Beyond that, the US State Department, in a travel advisory issued on Tuesday, authorized the departure of non-emergency US government employees.
There is a sense in which government officials in Nigeria can admit that the panic is unwarranted. Yes, this is not the first time a security alert has been issued in Nigeria. Senior Nigerian government officials who are aware that the president has done it to welcome the United States Secretary of State to Nigeria instead of the Minister of Foreign Affairs may also ask at this point: why do Nigerians need foreign products? Officials may also ask rhetorically: does the alert come from the United States?
It will be recalled that on March 19, 2022, April 22, 2022 and December 14, 2021, the DSS warned of upcoming bombs and violent attacks and plans by elements to attack public places. Nigerians dismiss it and never worry. Then a few months later, Kano, Jigawa, Imo and other places were attacked. I was attacked. A Nigerian spokesperson may have admitted that the threat reported in March/April could have been worse but for the intervention of our law enforcement authorities. This is what government officials should tell citizens, anyway and not to abuse foreign missions alerting their own people about security threats.
As senior intelligence sources describe the actions of the US government as appalling and a slap in the face to the Nigerian authorities, what else do they have to do other than intimidate?
The security-intelligence community maintains what they call: the Global 5 in the intelligence community. This includes the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They share the same position on the issue. They always have a special relationship and most times align with the position taken by the United States. That is why the security chief in Nigeria says we are not disturbed; we are on course to secure our country. It is good and reassurance.
The media in Nigeria has reported how security forces have been working hard to prevent serious attacks on Abuja and its environs by terrorists loyal to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Two weeks ago, two notorious terrorists were located at Tipper garage, along Kubwa Express Road by Jahi District and security operatives put them on their radar. And on Thursday, October 20, one Abubakar Dan Borno, an ISWAP kingpin who fled Sambisa Forest, was picked up in Mararaba, a suburb of Abuja in Nasarawa State after a few days. The suspect was handed over to the military and taken to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for interrogation.
In his latest travel advisory in Abuja, the United Kingdom (UK) Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said there is an increased threat of terrorist attacks in our nation’s capital. In a warning posted on its website, FCDO said: “The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice on October 26, to UK residents. FCDO now advises against all but essential travel to the Federal Capital Territory, including cities Abuja.
“UK citizens are advised to remain vigilant, avoid non-essential travel within the city and follow local news and advice from security authorities.
“Other states in Nigeria where we advise against all but essential travel include Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto, Kogi, Abia, Plateau, Taraba, within 20km of the border with Niger in Kebbi State and non-River Delta areas, Bayelsa and Rivers state. The German Foreign Office, in its latest travel advisory, warned its citizens against non-essential travel to Abuja today. In a travel advisory on its website dated October 27, the German government urged its citizens to limit travel in Abuja to an absolute minimum, avoid crowds and busy public places, and be alert and vigilant. The government also urges its citizens not to travel to certain areas in Nigeria, unless necessary. So, our leaders and their reputation managers in Nigeria should not allow crisis traders to take advantage of the advisory which is not dangerous to campaign to postpone next year’s elections.