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Take It Easy Gov Bulldozer

When I heard that Kaduna State government has demolished the office of Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, I thought it was another fake news .But I was shocked when I found out that the story was true. The opposition in some states is turning out to be endangered species. What stopped the state government from sealing the buildings if the Senator had violated state laws? This primitive way of dealing with anyone who expresses a different view should be stopped. Governor el- Rufai should know that nothing last forever. He should not taint his legacy with this ego war with the factional APC in the state. There are more civil ways of putting opposition figures in check. A word is enough for the wise.

Planned Suspension Of 10 Lawmakers By Senate

There are reports that the Senate is planning on suspending 10 lawmakers led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who opposed the Senate’s passage of the reordering of the election timetable. According to the Senators, the reordering is targeted at President Buhari. To me, reordering the timetable will even affect the lawmakers more. Ninety per cent of lawmakers from the north won because of Buhari. That’s why we have many charlatans in the National Assembly now masquerading as lawmakers. I have said it several times on this page; the 8th National Assembly is the worst in the history of this country. Every lawmaker has a right to his views, including dissenting ones. The method of suspending every lawmaker who stands up to the establishment should be stopped.

The Senate should perish the thought of suspending the 10 lawmakers for expressing their views. Senate President Bukola Saraki should know that it’s not every battle you fight. Saraki should read this quote by Joybell and meditate on it day and night which says “Choose your battles wisely. After all, life isn’t measured by how many times you stood up to fight. It’s not winning battles that makes you happy, but it’s how many times you turned away and chose to look into a better direction. Life is too short to spend it on warring. Fight only the most, most, most important ones, let the rest go. I rest my case.

Like Chibok, Like Dapchi

The replay of the abduction of Chibok girls took place early February when over 100 girls were abducted at Government Girls Technical College in Dapchi. The style of abduction was the same; same story, different characters. Like President Muhammadu Buhari said, the abduction was a national disaster; more like a national disgrace. Let’s stop deceiving ourselves that Boko Haram has been completely defeated. The Nigerian Military has performed excellently in degrading the insurgent group but to say we have completety defeated them, is a fallacy. The response of the government now is better compared to the Chibok girls’ abduction saga when the former President Goodluck Jonathan believed the abduction of the Chibok girls was a scam and was meant to embarrass his government by northerners. It was when the abduction gained international attention that the former president woke up from his seeming slumber.

It’s funny how people who said the Chibok girls’ abduction was a scam are the ones crying foul and blaming the president for the Dapchi girls’ abduction. While I will not completely exonerate the army for the abduction, I know it is completely impossible for the army or police to protect every school in the North East. Lest we forget, we have a Police Force of 400,000 officers and men and 150,000 out of that are guarding VIPS, some are carrying handbags for wives of VIPs, others are guarding religious leaders while some are errand boys for our celebrities.

On the other hand, the military is overstretched and are carrying out operations in different parts of the country, from Operation Python Dance, to Crocodile Smile, Cat Race and Scorpion Sting. I don’t think there is any country in the world where the military has been overstretched in peace time like in Nigeria. The military are carrying out assignments the police are supposed to be doing. What is most sickening about the whole Dapchi girls’ abduction is the politicisation of the whole things by the PDP. I know the opposition are supposed to take on government and keep them on their toes but when it comes to matters of national security, party differences should be kept aside. The pontification by the PDP is hypocritical and they should stop embarrassing themselves.

There is plenty of time to play politics but not at the expense of people’s lives and the grieving parents of the girls. The PDP called on Buhari to visit Dapchi, but they are the wrong people to be giving such advice .Can’t remember President Jonathan visiting Chibok after the kidnap. The government should suspend all boarding activities in the North East for now. The Chibok and Dapchi kidnap took place at nights and if the girls were at home, it would have been a different story by now. Abduction of girls is now turning out to be a money making venture for Boko Haram. However, I support any move by the government to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls, Dapchi girls and all other people in captivity.


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