By Tunde Asaju
When it comes to security, no one should take America for granted. The reasons are found in the sayings of our ancestors. In days gone by, the jingle of Radio Nigeria reminds us that the words of our ancestors are words of wisdom; the wise man listens to him, and he will be wiser.
Our elders say, when someone promises to buy you cool clothes, look at what they’re wearing. Our elders are wise but unless we live by their advice, we are likely to miss out on the generosity of Dangote, Otedola and Alakija. None of these eternally rich people need to wear the ‘latest’ in fashion to create their wealth.
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Now forget about Sadio Mane, the multi-millionaire footballer who dresses like a hermit. Mane made millions from football but lives like Jose Mujica. He says his position is in solidarity with the people of Bambali, Senegal where he has spent over $100 million building a school and hospital. Most of his friends have underground garages filled with multi-million dollar cars, glitzy watches and girls with enhanced body parts.
If you see a billionaire flaunting meager wealth, like Omo Olalomi Portable flaunting his dirty gate achievement around the world, they are on a cruise. In ordinary terms, they are seeking inappropriate attention. You won’t see Dangote, Otedola, or Alakija on social media showing off their latest Audemars Piguet, A. Lange & Sohne chronographs, latest iPhones or their Bugattis, Ferraris and Rolls Royces. The point we’re making here is that tripe can pretend it likes being fat; it doesn’t have the same texture.
So we digress. The fact remains that in the modern world, America is still the most dangerous country in the world. Their citizens’ obsession with their First Amendment rights, representative duties and their interest in hard drugs has made their country the most dangerous country in the world. Before you finish reading this, any criminally inclined individual could walk into the nearest Walmart or gun store; buy a submachine gun and ammo, load it in the parking lot and return to target practice.
If the crime is white, he could surrender to the police and eat the night’s dinner in peace. He has a better chance of standing in front of a judge than a black kid playing with a toy gun in his father’s yard has to make it to the next day. That, my good friend is not racism, it is called killing. The bard believes that the colored people of America tend to breed indiscriminately and if their numbers are not reduced, they could perpetuate the divine rights of the white race from their heritage as the white race used the rights of the native owners of the land.
So, when America issued an order to its citizens living in Nigeria and South Africa to evacuate and those on essential duty to stay clear of malls and public places, no one should have taken them seriously. Buhari says Nigeria is safe and that is the law.
Back to the Americans, for all their powerful technology and clairvoyant evangelists, they never accurately predicted where the next carnage was likely to occur. They seem to know more about the modus operandi of other people’s insurgents than they do about their own serial killers.
The prediction of a possible attack on Nigeria and South Africa caused fear on the continent. Of course, they have the right to evacuate their citizens, but the right to terrorize Nigerians is exclusive to Muhammadu Buhari. Its lackluster handling of governance scared off potential investors, intimidated professionals and forced health workers and academics. When it comes to the right to terrorize citizens, African governments hate competition.
Recently, the Nigerian government put a terminal date in December for insurgent activities, kidnappers, armed robbers and rituals. Given the testimony of Buhari’s promise to end Boko Haram which ended in technical defeat, this last date reminds us of other words of our ancestors.
Our elders say that when a blind person threatens to throw a stone at someone, that person should be very worried. Obviously the blind man must be holding a stone or his foot must be one. Only a government that controls the tap of insecurity could; a project with certainty to end it in a specific time – because even America had abandoned Afghanistan. We do not need Apostle Johnson Suleman to tell us that this regime holds the keys to the vaults of rebellion.
Be that as it may, America’s terror has awakened a sleeping giant – our incomparable propaganda minister Lai Mohammed who has been missing for a long time into action. Lai especially likes to talk about things he doesn’t know much about or what he does know. That is why most Nigerians do not pay any attention to it. Lai insists that he has never told a lie in his life, but Nigerians know that lying comes with the territory.
The moment America sneezed, Lai came out. And even for a country that was pandering to America to meet its security needs, Lai came out smoking guns. Of course he denied the omnipotence of American intelligence on Nigeria. He asked them to mind their business and keep their long noses out of Buhari’s soup pot. He came just short of issuing a threat of war. Nigeria hates being dictated to; but even more, he hates to correct, guide or redirect.
As Lai joked, presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar fired his jet and flew to Washington. Americans, including Nigerian Americans who voted in the Nigerian elections, did not stop their wannabe president from campaigning abroad. We expect, in the spirit of reciprocity, that Joe Biden would come to Abuja to articulate his mid-term poll strategy if not for the prevailing scaremongering.
As a former vice president, Atiku is a privileged Nigerian in the inner workings of government and security, but he did not get the memo before he resigned. Not to worry, even Zainab Ahmed, Buhari’s Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning was not consulted as Nigeria plans to change the colors of its currency. What’s more, everyone who should know better says that it is not unusual!
Although we were thanking Lai for dropping the bomb on America’s hypocrisy, our patriots could have had their hair standing on end if the Secret Service ‘Daura’, DSS, had not been activated. In their first undercover raid, they fished out 35 insurgents and raided an Abuja estate; they are said to have picked two brothers. Who says the DSS could not do more than scare Nigerians?
That dynamism has nothing to do with American caution. Ma’am! It is the proactive nature of the DSS, which has been known in the past for dealing with the hecklers of those in government and the insurgents barely. America should not claim any leadership in this attack. Even if he had not issued a statement, our security forces would have responded, after all we released an arrested insurgent from Kuje prison and paid ransom to the Abuja-Kaduna railway victims! For the sake of national survival, we hope these Americans would never keep quiet. If they do we are doomed.