Permit me to share the deep pain in my heart for days now.
Between Sunday and Tuesday, it is claimed that we lost over 100 soldiers to the enemy (Boko Haram, the subsidiary of ISIS).
Over the course of this year, we have lost more than 200 our of soldiers, not to mention the countless lives of citizens.
Since 2009, we have lost tens of thousands of citizens (a husband, a brother, a father, a friend, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a breadwinner)
We are losing this war in our territory and I am deeply pained like many other Nigerians who care.
1. The incidents of the Sunday – Tuesday has still not been acknowledged by the Army and the government with any official statement and a stated line of action to be taken (not even as of today, Saturday 24th November 2018).
This is wickedness and leadership failure from the C-in-C.
2. We are currently led by an Army General (once a General, always a General) and yet, we are still unable to deal effectively with the enemy and the corruption that hinders the effectiveness of our troops.
3. The leading opposition party cannot use this as a campaign tool because the initial failings were theirs.
Under the last administration, we also lost a lot of men and territorial ground to the enemy. Also, funds for troops welfare and equipment were stolen.
4. We lost a good friend and class mate (Group Capt. Ubong Akpan) and have also lost a 2007 set member of my Alma Mater, so we can relate personally to this crisis. So can many Nigerians.
We can’t no longer continue to entrust the power to govern into the hands of these system folks (regular politicians and those who governed before) because the result has been the same.
Same folks can’t deliver a different result.
5. We must give a serious consideration to the need to push for a true revolution through the ballot box and that is mobilising ourselves and other citizens to vote into the Presidency, Governorship and legislature, citizens who genuinely care and capable but are not of the major political parties (the system folks).
How else can we ensure we don’t continue to lose men to Boko Haram as we have done since 2009?
The war cannot be won by the use of force only but it will require those with true intellectual capacity, courage and fresh vision to lead us from the front (not as running mates).
We weep now, as we have for sometime now but must accept responsibility to work to ensure the days of sorrow will turn to joy in the near future.
I challenge you to join the task of a revolution through the ballot box. It is work but nothing good comes without a good measure of work
May God heal our hearts and heal our land. May He compel us to draw wisdom and courage from Him to go lead this revolution.
It is time to ARISE, countrypeople.