The quality of people in charge of Nigeria is not the best, but it is more pathetic when you have an Ayo Fayose up there. His recent newspaper advert — in which he tried to use death as a campaign tool to frighten people about Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s health — is the cheapest campaign stunt I have ever seen in my life. Who knows tomorrow? Even if Buhari has cancer, who told Fayose that people with cancer die faster than others? Seemingly healthier people die every day in accidents or from heart attacks, while cancer patients may even live up to 90! Nonsense.
We’ve been told that we are not winning the war against Boko Haram because of corruption, leading to the under-equipment of our soldiers. However, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the national security adviser, has added another dimension to the debate: cowardice. He said some soldiers simply run away from battle, having joined the military basically out of unemployment. He said 4000 rounds of heavy ammunition and six APCs were captured from the military in Baga as soldiers fled when Boko Haram approached. In fairness, you cannot have as many APCs and such heavy ammunition and still claim to be under-equipped. Honestly.
There are fears that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may not be ready for the 2015 elections because of the permanent voters’ card (PVC) issue. Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the national security adviser, said he advised INEC to shift the election within the three-month window to avoid disenfranchising 30 million Nigerians. I think he has a good point, but it is too late in the day to suggest that now. Before INEC fixed February for the polls, all these issues should have been factored in. No postponement please, even by one hour. Let’s just allow sleeping dogs lie. Wisdom.
- This Best Outside Opinion was written by Simon Kolawole/Thisday