By Emmanuel Udom
The claim by Lt Gen Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Army Staff that Nigeria is safer today, than it was five years ago sounds to me like a desperate attempt by the army topshot to evade realities on ground and paint black, white.
The moves may be to impress President Muhammed Buhari, who is obviously angry with the performances of the service chiefs and had told the world that their performances are not good enough.
Vanguard on Thursday July 30, in its editorial comment asked: Is General Buratai mocking Nigerians (1)?
Reading through the comment and doing some fact-check online on the issue, I was convinced that Buratai is possible talking from the wilderness. He is a preacherman.
Based on the public utterances of Buhari some months ago, it is clear; the president is not impressed with the performances of his security chiefs. But, truth is that the bulk stops on his table as the commander-in-chief and he has the power to hire and fire.
Today, the army topshot is preaching the gospel of peace in Nigeria while Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto, Bornu, Kebbi, Zamfara and indeed other states across the federation are presently under security threat.
I therefore appeal to forget this sermon of public relations, crises management and control propaganda and face the realities on ground, as I have the deep feeling that Buhari may still be contemplating whether or not to fire the security chiefs.