The Boko Haram problem is grossly underestimated. The northern region, particularly the north east of Nigeria fast becoming the next waziristan. The Federal government, President Jonathan, needs to declare war on terror and terrorist organisations now.
Guess what? al Qaeda Boko - Haram link is threatening the nation as a whole and we do not have a leader with the courage to deal with it. Probes, commissions, non-coordinated military task forces and other window dressing are not what we need now.
Mr President, we need leadership. The Nigeria people and the families of the victims need a comprehensive national strategy against these murderers. We need rapid response. We need a national hot line that actually works. We need to know who the enemy is. We need to know his target. We need to infiltrate their ranks. We need to know what they eat, were they come from, where they live and the public needs to know what to do especially in cases of emergency like this. The national counter terrorism strategy, at present, appears to be more interested in securing safety of foreign investors and foreign investments. Which is a total wrong approach. We must prize the lives of citizens of this country.
We need to arm select locals to defend themselves their families, which has not a bad idea at all. It is completely ridiculous that one or two militants could wipe out scores of people. I would personally support the idea that all responsible citizens should carry personal fire arms. May be we should start by arming ex-service men and national youth corps with no family or personal criminal record.
The continued call by some talking heads, including Professor Pat Utomi, for a constitutional conference is a piece of bull and I say that with all respect.
I believe in the constitution as it presently stands. At the root of the call for a 'sovereign' national conference is a fundamental disrespect for the work of others. Nigeria as a nation must grow up. These talking heads must assign honor were honor is due. I was not part of the body that drafted the current constitution but that does not mean that I must not recognize the progress it represents.
We have an elected National Assembly, if someone is not satisfied with parts of the constitution he must refer his position to the lawmakers. Or he must go back to his constituency and seek election into the National Assembly. There is something called constitutional amendment. We must respect the constitution and not continue to try to reinvent the wheel.
I will not support the wasting of billions of naira in another constitutional conference and in the duplication of the function of an institution already in existence. The constitution is supreme and must be the basis for all new legislative processes. Get that into your heads people.