Gov Zulum : Consistently Inconsistent …….

“He was at his wits end recently when he showered praises on Nigerian Army which has become his (Zulum) whipping ‘boy’ whenever there’s security crisis for its gallantry. His rhetorics was that he decided to use a carrot and stick approach to whip the Army into the line as if denigrating the military might of the most populous black nation in the world has become a statecraft”

By Deyemi Saka

 Governor Zulum of Borno never won me over for a moment with his “populist” antics and pronouncements. I saw through it and I knew it was nothing but show boating from a man with little understanding of governance nothing profound to offer. 

When he took office on May 29 2019, I was quick to raise an alarm on how he needlessly and recklessly expose his security details to danger.

  He kept breaching protocol, disregarding security reports and briefings and stepping into hostile zones in a bid to shove up his popularity and sustain his campaign of calumny against the military especially the Army. 

There was a time he(Zulum) wanted to force his way into Baga and was ambushed by Boko Haram. When  he got to safety, we are all a living witness of how he blamed the Army and accused Nigeria Army of sabotage. 

It’s becoming apparent Gov. Zullum have an axe to grind with the Army and it’s not just about inability to tackle the rising insecurity in North East of Nigeria which Borno is the epicenter.

This is a man who at every visit to the Presidential Villa, will praise the President Muhammadu Buba for the improved situation in North East and at any bad turn, the Army is not doing its job and often times call for the removal of Service Chiefs.

During the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Shettima and his colleagues from Northern Nigeria were quick to hurl acerbic and blame President Jonathan for every attack, and not the Army, military or Service Chiefs. I’m wondering what has changed? I’m also wondering who is responsible for the improved situation in the North East which he’s praising President Buhari for if not the Miliatry and Nigeria Army he’s always castigating? 

Governor Zulum should know that if he wants the Army to be wholly responsible for the security situation in his state, it comes at a price which I know he is not willing to pay. If he wants the Army to be fully in charge, he should lobby the Senate or request the President to make a proclamation of State of Emergency. With this, the Army will move in with full compliments, impose curfew and restriction of movement which will enhance its efficiency in confronting the insurgents. 

Again, Gov. Zullum should be advised to tone down his acerbic as the Nigerian Army is not for Borno State alone. This is an Army of under 100,000 men which is stretched beyond limit as it has men deployed to 34 out of the 36 states of the federation. 

Also, his constant needless criticism will dampen the morale of the fighting troops which will be counterproductive to whatever gains we’ve recorded in our war in insurgency. 

He was at his wits end recently when he showered praises on Nigerian Army which has become his (Zulum) whipping ‘boy’ whenever there’s security crisis for its gallantry. His rhetorics was that he decided to use a carrot and stick approach to whip the Army into the line as if denigrating the military might of the most populous black nation in the world has become a statecraft. 

One thing is evident here, Gov Zulum is consistently inconsistent with his positions on the state of security in North East and Borno State. 

Deyemi Saka, a senior partner with Lambert & Curtis sent this piece from Lagos 

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