Following the recent threat by the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to boycott the coming general elections on 16th February 2019, the Chief of Army Staff(CAS) Gen. Tukur Buratai has ordered an immediate crackdown on the group.
As part of efforts to operationalize the order, a new military operation named, Operation Safe Conduct is to ensure teh smooth execution of elections is to be purt in place in areas where such a threat is expected to affect. The Army, he adde will be working together with the Police to ensure the peaceful conduct of the elections.
He mad this statements at the Chief of Army Staff Operations Conference, in Abuja, The rest of the statement as captured by Vanguard Newspaper correspondence are as follows:
” In this regard, GOCs and field commanders at all levels are to deal decisively with any form of security breach,”he ordered.
Hear him:The activities of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their splinter groups in the South Eastern part of the country is gaining momentum as the group is threatening to disrupt the 2019 electoral process.
“Their excesses must therefore be clamped down immediately.”
He added:”Furthermore, the political clashes in Taraba State and a few other states, call for enhanced liaison between commanders, the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in order to de-escalate tension as quickly as possible.”
While the Kano State government and the All Progressive Congress (APC) refuted claims that the delegation from Nigeria had come purely on a political solidarity visit as part of the on going nation-wide campaign of the APC Presidential candidate, evidence have emerged indicating to the contrary.
An official letter originating from the Governor of Maradi Region of Niger, Gov. Sakari Oumarou, dated 29th January 2019, shows that the delegation were arriving Kano solely for the APC presidential campaign.
Everywhere seem to have gone silent. Nigeria has moved on, as usual. But we’ll all ask what democracy has offered the average Nigerian in the past 20 years. It is not then hard to know why our leaders continue this culture of impunity. They already know that it will simply take a week or two of “noisemaking” and then the people will go mute. The hardship and the ever eventful political climate of Nigeria will in no time present them with new a drama to distract them.
The enthronement of civilian rule by itself doesn’t have the capacity to guarantee a democratic and prosperous society as we see in other societies that have had democratic governance for a much longer period. And yet, it is not simply a matter of time, it’s a matter of the quality of effort we put towards building the institutions that guarantee that democratic and prosperous society for which we admire any democracy.
Democratic and prosperous societies are not like computer software that is installed in a society, people, through their ideas, expectations, demands and actions, shape their societies to what they eventually become in the long run. This is what is missing in most democratic settings in Africa.