One factor you can not take away from the Nationwide Safety Adviser, Main Basic Mohammed Babagana Monguno (rtd), is the truth that he isn’t completely unaware of the challenges hampering the safety of the nation.
The retired Main Basic and previous boy of Kings Faculty, Lagos, who’s skilled in army intelligence although an engineer by coaching, most instances is ready to establish safety challenges within the nation.
However the issue is whether or not he would do something about the issue aside from blame others for what is occurring.
That was precisely what Monguno did when he led a delegation to commiserate with Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State over the latest bandits assault within the state.
He advised the Sokoto State governor whereas on the go to that preventing safety just isn’t depending on particular person makes an attempt however relies on the collective effort of all stakeholders.
To press dwelling the purpose, the NSA on Thursday whereas additionally addressing the media on the safety assembly President Muhammadu Buhari held with service chiefs and heads of safety businesses additionally mentioned that the President had amongst others issues harped on the necessity for synergy among the many armed forces and safety businesses.
He mentioned, “Lastly, is in regards to the situation of lack of synergy inside the safety sector. This needs to be addressed additionally and has left us in little question that until we handle this situation and kind a single entrance, the convergence of efforts, the confluence of all concepts be they operational or intelligence, have to be achieved in order that we now not if in any respect there was this notion that teams had been working in silos or stockpiling, they desist from that with instant impact. We will need to have a central platform to coordinate all of the efforts, all operations and safety.”
The NSA was to additional clarify to the media in one other interplay in Hausa that the sevice chiefs are anticipated to streamline their efforts via a government and never be seen working to the President individually.
However the one drawback is that whereas the NSA doesn’t fake he doesn’t know what the issues are, he additionally fails to differentiate between real dedication to nationwide curiosity versus selling his private curiosity. From indications he prefers the latter.
Anyone conscious of how the safety businesses in Nigeria have labored within the final 5 years wouldn’t overlook the contradiction between what the NSA is saying and what he does.
It has turn into public data that whereas all of the arms of the armed forces in addition to safety businesses within the nation have at numerous instances teamed as much as handle sure safety considerations and challenges, the one facet that has been constantly lacking within the equation is the enter from the workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser.
The armed forces, made up of the military, airforce and navy have in collaboration with the police, the DSS, NSCDC and different businesses labored collectively or struggle criminality, banditry, insurgency and different safety threats within the nation.
Outfits equivalent to Operations Crocodile Smiles, Sharan Daji, Harbin Kunama, Ayen Akpatuma, Whirl Stroke, Secure Haven and others, which had been established alongside the road, are all joint efforts of the assorted safety businesses which have produced monumental outcomes.
However as these efforts are made, one can hardly single out the enter of the NSA.
Whereas the NSA is conspicuously lacking from the battlefield, nonetheless, his presence looms massive on the sector as he engages in turf and media wars. In different phrases, the NSA is extra involved about rising the powers of his workplace than becoming a member of palms with others to struggle insecurity within the nation.
The few situations there’s an intervention from the workplace of the NSA which the general public turned conscious of, hardly had something to do with the problems of safety bedeviling the nation, however borne out of ego and struggle for house.
In 2016, Monguno was locked in a fierce rift with the previous Director-Basic of the Division of State Companies, Lawal Daura, till the latter was faraway from workplace.
Many are upset with the way in which Monguno is finishing up his job provided that he was extremely advisable for the place on account of his coaching and expertise in intelligence.
However regardless of having the advantages of studying from the errors of his predecessors, Monguno appears bent on repeating them.
When former President Goodluck Jonathan sacked Basic Andrew Azazi as his Nationwide Safety Adviser, it was partly as a result of Azazi was mentioned to have turn into extra obsessive about the workplace of the NSA and was apparently doing extra to guard himself in workplace than the job for which he was employed.
Therefore it was simple for the previous President to accuse him of utilizing the identical methods repeatedly at a time the techniques of Boko Haram militants had been altering.
Little doubt, many see Monguno as not transferring away from this path as his reported expertise in intelligence has not been delivered to bear on the safety scenario in Nigeria.
He’s an NSA that may relatively be bothered in regards to the President receiving safety info first hand from the service chiefs than knock out a method that may hinder the operations of insurgents within the nation.
He would relatively be bothered about protocol and bureaucratic niceties relatively than the drastic and pragmatic essence of successful the struggle in opposition to insurgency.
That is regardless of the large allocation to his workplace for the aim of securing the nation because the Nationwide Meeting elevated the spending plans of the workplace with N25bn finances largese along with the sooner N2bn to the workplace for the 12 months 2020.
One more reason why the selection of Monguno appeared apt firstly was as a result of he isn’t solely from Borno State however from Monguno, one of many native governments being ravaged by the actions of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
Individuals anticipated that together with his data of the world, he would take pragmatic steps and transcend what former President Olusegun Obasanjo had accomplished by travelling to Maiduguri and interesting the terrorists in dialogue. However no such factor had been forthcoming from the NSA, who has exhibited solely somewhat or no signal that he’s even from the place since he turned the NSA.
Individuals count on the NSA, who’s clearly lagging behind within the safety equation and who by default is dragging others behind to neglect about preventing turf wars at the least for now and convey his expertise to the theatres of operation. That is among the methods Nigeria can win the battle in opposition to insurgency and terrorism and never be shifting blames as he does at all times.
Okoye is a public affairs analyst and wrote from Lagos and could possibly be contacted at [email protected]