”The Army of a nation is supposed to be homogeneous, in composition as well as in the way they operate. But since the Boko Haram scenario unfolded its ugly head, it is unfortunate now, to see that even within the Army, the politicians have been able to infiltrate, and give them a kind of divide and rule juice to drink, that is why you are seeing them diverting money meant for fire arms into personal use and in the process camouflaging that they are waging war against the Boko Haram”
Not long ago, national newspapers reported an alleged coup plot, the report made Nigerians to be worried. In this interview with Federatiobnews2day, the founder of Shafaudeen worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, says that the ranks of the uniformed personnel have been infiltrated by politicians. Excerpts :
The newspapers were awash with stories of a coup plot recently, and Nigerians are worried. What are your views ?
In every rumour, there is always an iota of truth. When we look at the situation in Nigeria generally, and the various changes that have been coming up, you will agree with me that having some people communicating diabolically with others underneath, is never a new thing. In fact, when Chief M.K.O Abiola was alive, it was through him, we realized that the civilians then, used to go to the Military, sponsored them to carry out coup. The tradition has not faded off, mainly because in Nigeria things are going worse, regarding our social life as well as the way we relate with one another. In those days, you will never see anyone junior to you addressing you with all affront, even in the name of politics. But these days you see all these 40, 50 years old people calling even Mr. President a lot of dirty names. You can see how abysmally bad our socio-cultural and core values have been eroded. So when you have such a state of impunity and indiscipline, the situation will be infested with a lot of surprises, which may not necessarily benefit the nation. When you look into the scenario of the South South, and that of the militants, the Avengers, as well as that of Biafra insurgents, one should expect, even the Federal Government would be so foolish that there is still unity within the rank and file of the Army. The Army of a nation is supposed to be homogeneous, in composition as well as in the way they operate. But since the Boko Haram scenario unfolded its ugly head, it is unfortunate now, to see that even within the Army, the politicians have been able to infiltrate, and give them a kind of divide and rule juice to drink, that is why you are seeing them diverting money meant for fire arms into personal use and in the process camouflaging that they are waging war against the Boko Haram. And rendering useless the lives of subordinates in the Army. Until this particular government comes in and takes the bulls by the horns and at least make a change. And it is because of this, the Americans, the Europeans, British in particular, were able to see all these things on ground and that was why they dissociated themselves and even placed embargo on the possibility of Nigeria, buying firearms. But immediately they saw that it was really a change towards a positive direction, they gave them the support now, and that is why we are still having a formidable Army on ground today. But the diversionary problems that have been surfacing, instead of all of us concentrating in wiping out the Boko Haram, there is another insurgency in the name of Biafra, there is another insurgency in the name of Avengers in the South South. When you destroy the legacy of a generation, you are bold enough to say that you are the one that did it, in spite of the fact that there is a government in place, that points towards the fact that some people must have been seizing such advantages to sponsor the problem in order that it will snowball into a coup de’tat.