I have been observing the reported military onslaught on the Niger Delta, and I'm left with some disturbing observations.
Honestly, I am begining to doubt our military's true capabilities.
These questions keep ringing in my head:
1) The[b] JTF/Military[/b] claimed to have dealt a heavy blow on the MEND/Militants.
My question: How come no militants have been arrested? How come there are no dead bodies of the militants? How come there are no figures to the number of militants killed.
On the other hand, there are numerous reports that the military has lost almost 20 soldiers if not more.
2)[/b]How come the [b]MEND/Militants were able to destroy five critical flow station pipelines yesterday when the JTF/Military is said to have taken over the creeks.
3)[/b]Why haven't any journalists, local or Foreign been allowed to independently assess the situation in the creeks? To the best of my knowledge, in the heat of the Iraq war, CNN, BBC and the likes were allowed freedom to film and report as the war proceeded. This is not even a war, how come no journalists are reporting.
I'm neutral. I care less about the[b] military or the[b] militants[/b], they are both fighters and killers, but I'm thinking the Militants are acting more responsibly than the military. Bad that they are kidnappers, but they haven't killed innocent citizens like the JTF is doing.
The Government labels the militants Oil theives! What immorality. A pot is calling a kettle black.
If theft of oil is a justification for attacking the militant camps, then the first place to attack should be politicians homes in Abuja.
The biggest thieves in Nigeria are the politicians. Their theft is responsible for all the problems Nigeria faces. We read daily of billions they steal. We see it in the houses they build, the cars they drive and and stashes of foreign currency they place in offshore bank accounts.
My Fear however, is the mentality of these Abuja/ Yar Adua types. By Abuja I mean the politicians in the executive and the legislative arm of Government from all states in Nigeria. By Abuja/YarAdua types I also mean the Northern Cabal that has held and keeps holding the Nation Hostage for selfish reasons that haven't been able to lift their citizens from abject poverty.
Why is it much easier to plan and execute a military operation , than to plan and execute a proper development program not just for the Niger Delta, but for the whole nation.
I see a very tactical blunder by Abuja in their decision to attack the militants. If the MEND succeeds in diminishing the country's capacity to export crude, where will Government get the finances to pay salaries, to import crude, to finance the already hugely deficited budgets, etc?
The cost to the Nation would be enormous and we might then begin to understand that the Niger Delta really lays the eggs that feed the nation.
The Federal government said (even b4 the present crises) it loses approximately N9 billion daily to the crisis in the Niger Delta.
That is N90 billion in ten days and N900 billion in 100 days.
In a year that is a whooping 3.3 trillion Naira! These are real figures, they aren't made up!
If you take just a quarter of that amount say 800 billion and expend it judiciously on infrastructural and human capacity development in the Niger
Delta, I bet you, the problem would be solved for ever. The citizens of the Niger Delta would be the first to throw stones at any militant that dares to kidnap even a monkey!
My point is simple. No amount of ammunitions on the part of the Federal Government would solve the problem. The solution lies in one word! Sincerety! A sincere desire to solve the problem is all it takes.
If it is easy to use N247 billion on just one road in Abuja, why should it be so hard to expend judiciously in the areas that contribute the most.
A sincere desire to solve the problems would lead us to true federalism. True federalism doesn't necessarily mean full resource control.
True federalism would allow each and every area develop itself to its full capacity. That should solve to a large part, the problem in the Niger Delta.