Raging Insecurity: Gains of Admitting  Failure and Losses  of Scapegoating Syndrome

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By Adamu Aminu

The disproportionate spate of insecurity bedevilling some states of the federation, such as Sokoto, Zamfara, Borno, Niger and Kaduna is quite becoming very alarming and saddening development in this country.

The recent avoidable incessant killings in Kadisau village, Faskari local government in Katsina state and another heinous massacre in  Gubio local governments, Borno state has solidly served as a testimony to Nigerians that President Mr Integrety seems to be losing the power grip towards protecting the lives and properties of his citizenry, as he had confidently promised during the electioneering campaign.

Unfortunately, the spate of insecurity particularly in the North speaks a lot about the state of the natíonhood which no one is ought to be comfortable with.

Traditionally, African leaders are professionally known for apportioning or shifting blames to others on account of failure to surmount national predicaments.

And moreover, scapegoating has become part and parcel of the psyche of our leaders when they reach the brink of losing the power grip towards nipping the bud of an unsolved dilemma.

As the scenario is glaringly manifesting itself in today’s Nigerian context, with regards to spikes of insecurity bedevilling the north.

Fortunately, the embattled, Katsina state governor Alh. Aminu Bello Masari has set records of breaking the jinx of admitting the failure of protecting the lives and properties of his people due to overwhelming, unholy alliance of emboldening, heavily armed-bandits terrorizing his state.

The situation had even gone to the extent of the septuagenarian governor, openly succumbed of admitting disappointment, saying that he doesn’t have the dignity to look at Katsinawa’s face for failing them woefully.

Inarguably, the stand was taken by Governor Masari of branding himself as the leader of a big failure to his people, this would reduce the pinch of salt deserves to add on the injury.

But, despite taking such compromising stand, Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s name would be indelibly written in the history book as a Katsina who irrationally compromised with the armed-bandits, whose repercussion has eventually turn to catastrophic dimension to his
people.

But, it is grossly unfortunate, with regard to the current insecurity in the north, Mr Integrity and President Muhammadu Buhari still maintaining the culture of African leaders – scapegoating and blame-apportioning blame to other areas as it has reflected in his last June 12 broadcast to the nation saying that ” I regret the recent tragic loss of lives in Katsina and Borno states is as a result of COVID-19 restrictions”

Whereas, Mallam Garba Shehu, president’s senior special assistant on media publicity admitted that “some traditional rulers in Katsina state were partly responsible in aiding armed-bandits in carrying out their heinous attack on innocent people in the state.

Based on the President Buhari assertion which said to triggered the attacks in Katsina and Borno states amidst COVID-19 constraints, and also contentions made by Garba Shehu of traditional rulers in Katsina aiding and abetting bandits to launch the attacks.

This is rationally cleared that Mr Integrity and his senior trumpet resisted to admits failure on the spate of raging insecurity in the north,  instead apportioned blames to others, on engages in scapegoating, which this would not augur well on the confidence people reposed in Buhari administration.

Admitting failure and apologizing from mortal being is not impairing.

It is not too late for President Muhammadu Buhari and his subordinate to wake up from their weighty slumber to pinned the raging insecurity engulfing, particularly northern Nigeria including his homestead.

President Muhammadu Buhari should remember that – finding a solution is the essence of what leadership exist. A credible leader is a path-finder, not a fault-finder.

Otherwise, the name of the nation’s redeemer from the shackles of insecurity  would be likely seen as opposite.

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