Security: Alleged external influence and local collaborations

The dire security situation takes a frightening dimension last week with the revelation by professor Bolaji Akinyemi that external forces are involved in the security crisis Nigeria is currently facing. In an interview with a National Daily, Akinyemi, who was once a minister of foreign Affairs, and was a member of the security committee set up by fomer president Jonathan to look into the menace of Boko Haram and report back to the presidency noted that many of the discredited Islamic militancy groups all over the world are targeting Nigeria as a possible cell headquarters for their activities, having been dislodged from their enclaves by either coalition forces or other interested groups.

This magazine has in the past exclusively indicated the deep involvement of foreign security agencies in the activities of Boko Haram, noting that it appears to be covert operation of the western and American intelligence Agencies.

But Akinyemi’s revelation puts the issue in a different perspective. According to him, Hisbullah, Islamic State, and other groups under pressure from the Iraq war and war against terror are all moving to Nigeria. Therefore if this fundamental issue is not take into consideration, the war against terror may never end. There is no country where these groups takes a stronghold that has not suffered a protracted crisis.

His observation may be tied to unconfirmed reports that Boko Haram has sympathizers within the highest echelon of our security outfits. Akinyemi cited an example of how a group was trying to get to Sambissa on the Boko Haram Onslaught but five kilometers to the target area, they were instructed to halt their attack and turn back. This ended up in the massacre of the troop by Boko Haram. This appears to be a repeat of the same tactics used to oust former president Jonathan. Besides, there were reports by natives of Helicopters dropping arms and foodstuffs to Sambisa. Such local reports claim that some of the pilots appear to be Caucasian.

It is also alleged that those who are financially benefiting from the security challenges may not also want the crisis solved. And the religious card is only played to deceive the gullible and continue with the game. At the end of the day, many of them smile to the bank on a trail of blood.

Indications are that a clarion call has been sent to all Fulanis all over the world to join forces in recovering Nigeria for the Fulani race, as their biggest prize.

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