Nigeria is painted with the same paintbrush as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia by mainstream media, religious leaders who pedal fear in exchange for riches, and misinformed Nigerians in the Diaspora who trumpet everything wrong with Nigeria.
It is assumed that America can effectively fight terrorism within their borders, yet there was the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, Boston Marathon bombing and several mass murders of children in schools. Gov. Rick Perry high on Texas tea announced how prepared Texas was to effectively fight Ebola yet many costly mistakes were made.
I have no doubt that Nigerians are exceptional professionals and the men and women of Nigerian Armed and Security forces are no different. What we have always lacked is real leadership. Nigerian politicians spent years ignoring the threat of Boko Haram due in part to a mix of ignorance and arrogance in Aso Rock and the fact that Boko Haram was busy terrorizing the poor masses, the same people they claim to be fighting for.
Due to greedy politicians and religious leaders aiding politicians in money laundry the Nigerian Army are sent into gunfights with knives. Aso Rock and Ayo Oritsejafor the head of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) were snatched twice flying $15m in cash stashed in private jets belonging to Ayo Oritsejafor to allegedly purchase arms from unlicensed South African arms dealers. This is tantamount to the White House sending Creflo Dollar to Canada to purchase weapons from unlicensed Canadian arms dealers to fight terrorism in America.
It is safe to assume that if the South African government stumbled upon two deals there is a strong probability that some got through. The Presidency has given no explanation to the citizens of Nigeria about these shadow arms deals neither has our honorable Senators called for a hearing.
Boko Haram was never or will ever be a match for the Nigerian Army even with crooked politicians and religious leaders playing greedy politics with the security of the country. The Presidency announced a ceasefire and agreement to release the captured girls was reached with Boko Haram. I am not certain Boko Haram was in on this phantom deal and what are the odds that this is politics ahead of next year’s elections, it is just a new game in Nigerian politics from the American playbook.
Nigerians once again showed exceptional professionalism in Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh and nurse Obi Justina Ejelonu during the first case of Ebola in Nigeria introduced by a Liberian citizen. Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh and nurse Obi Justina Ejelonu heroically battled and contained a virus they had no experience treating in the process giving up their lives, while the religious leaders were preaching a hostile gospel.
The brave doctors and nurses in Lagos, the epicenter of the Ebola crisis in Nigeria have been and continue to fight for a better health system and working conditions. You see our politicians would choose to die in a hospital in India, America, Spain, London or Ghana than seek treatment in a hospital in Nigeria. Ogbeni Ayotunde