The failure of Political, Security and Economic Sorcery, by Salisu Na’inna Dambatta
Nigeria is currently facing a triplet of experts, specialists and pundits in political, security and economic sorcery. They always predict doom for Nigeria. They are simultaneously trading their wares in a country they live and call home. But for which they do not wish well in their practice of sorcery.
Their devilish oracles tell them the untruth that Nigeria, home to over 200 million black people, will break up into an unknown number of tiny entities. A socerer had the temerity to swear by the grave of his father that our fatherland will go to pieces in the next six months. This type of malicious and wild prediction has been on the mercantiles of the socerers for decades, indeed, right from the day the country was stiched together in 1914. It has always failed woefully, just as the current and future bad wishes for Nigeria will turn to ashes.
The political socerers are not relenting and are even giving timelines in which Nigeria will be dismantled. Any form of deconstructing Nigeria will not augur well for anyone, including those who pay for the socery and financiers of the untenable deconstruction.
Politically deconstructed countries around the world such as Iraq, Sudan and Libya are in a cycle of turmoil and instability. The socerers that predicted heaven on earth after the disruptions of those countries are now biting their fingers. The political socerers did not, and certainly could never have foreseen the catastrophic outcomes of the political destruction of Iraq, Libya and the division of Sudan into two countries. Nigeria and the 200 million residents who call it home do not deserve and should not be exposed to that kind of political recklessness as conceived by the devilish political socerers.
Even former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who seems in his letters to be a critic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration and fond of fanning embers of disaffection against the administation has warned tha a category of Nigerians would suffer terribly should the country be splintered as hoped and prayed for by Robert Clarke, who some rate as an ignorant, confused and poorly-learned barrister at law. He should be stripped of his rank of Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of the Nigeria he wishes to see dismantled in six months.
The security socerers are working jointly in a triangle of the devil by constantly denying that the country has successfully contained the insurgency in the North East. Their fake oracles turned their socery in security matters into hallucinations by telling them that the so-called caliphate proclaimed by the Boko Haram insurgents still stands.
The socerers are trying to deceive gullible Nigerians into believing that everywhere in the country is barricated, with security checkpoints every inch apart. This observation and findings show that contrary to the evil wish of the security socerers such check points are now rare.
It is true that the socerers have seen or heard of the evil activities of kidnappers, bandits and arsonists, but chose not to admit that the security forces are up and doing, day and night, tracking and successfully finishing off many of those kidnappers, bandits and arsonits in gun battles. The security forces are doing that to make sure that each of the 200 million Nigerians is freed from the fear of such criminals.
The security socerers have not seen how on daily basis Nigerian security forces display lethal weapons recovered from criminals of all hues. The security socerers whose blind oracles cannot show them how the police and other legitimate state agents are regularly moppin up illegal weapons and the seizure of container-loads of illicit war materiel at our borders.
In another failure by the oracles to show the security socerers the reality, the Nigerian security forces have foreseen their negative prediction and warned them that they can not be infiltrated or divided into enclaves that can make them drop their guard as they do their job of making Nigeria safe.
Indeed, the security forces are busy developing a modest military industrial complex for the country. It has taken off, and much materiel needs for the armed forces are provided through domestic production. This the security socerers did not see. But it is real.
The oracle of the socerers cannot detect a civil war in Nigeria. There will be none. Those calling on Ndi Igbo in parts of the country to keep procure and keep guns for a looming war, will be disappointed foever. This is because those beating the drums of another civil war in Nigeria have been beaten by fate because Nigeria has not been forsaken by the Almighty God.
The third leg of the tripod of evil socerey for Nigeria, which is on the economy, their oracle has equally failed. Their false and baseless characterisation of the Nigerian economy as camatose turns out to be off the mark.
The performance of businesses threw the negative prediction of economic socerers into the dustbin. Because in addition to huge profits being declared unceasingly by businesses such as Dangote Cement’s N296 billion after tax profit in 2020 and BUA Cement’s N72.34 billion profit in the same year, MTN Nigeria announced a record full-year turnover of N1.3 trillion in 2020. These and more results were achieved despite the strong economic headwinds caused by the Covid-19 pandemic which crippled most economies around the world.
While the economic socerers were envisaging economic doom for Nigeria and mouthing catastrophe for the citizens, Nigeria shamed them by exiting the recession that was majorly induced by the Covid-19 pandemic earlier than most countries. By every measure, this feat is testimony to the competence of the economic management team put together by President Muhammadu Buhari. Many countries in the world are gropping for a way out of the recession.
As the socerers saw the mirage of economic failure and joblessness in the country, the impact of the economic diversification programme of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administation is reviving and expanding Small and Medium Enterprises, supporting the manufacturing and agriculcural sectors through more than one dozen initiatives and interventions by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The economic socerers equally failed to hear from their oracles that Nigeria has attained more than 95 per cent sufficiency in domestic paddy production and processed rice to the extent that many rice-exporting entities are in economic pains because Nigeria is no longer rampantly and wastefully importing rice from them.
Overall, it is a source of joy that going by the preceeding paragraphs, the political, security and economic socerers who predict doom for, and an end to Nigeria’s existence, are lowering their heads in shame because their bad wishes for Nigeria will not materialise. Never.
Salisu N. Dambatta writes from Kano