Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), says the President, Muhammadu Buhari is missing in action amid the worsening security situation in Nigeria.
Ozekhome lamented the multiple attacks on lives and properties in the country this week which claimed at least 15 cops, five soldiers, and 20 civilians. This was apart from the killing of five abducted students of Greenfield University in Kaduna, amongst other callousness freely exhibited by terrorists, bandits and men of dead conscience.
In a note sent on Wednesday, the senior advocate said Buhari has been missing in action while Boko Haram and other criminals overrun the Nigerian state to the extent of mounting their flags in parts of the country.
The lawyer said Nigeria was no longer working, adding that fault lines were widening day after day.
He wrote, “Nigeria is not working. The fault lines are widening and deepening on a daily basis. There is anger, anguish, blood, sorrow, pains and pangs. Even those who initially ethnicised, parochialised, nepotised and tribalised Nigerians’ cry for redemption have now backslided. Because the chicken has finally come home to roost, the rich also now cry.
“There is a President missing in action. His capacity has been tested. Buhari has woefully failed Nigerians. Boko Haram has taken over large swaths of lands in Niger, Kaduna, Borno, and other northern states, planting their flags of sovereignty on the soil of a supposedly independent nation.
“Nigeria now possesses all the ingredient of a failed state. There is no leadership, no governance, no one in charge. We are fast drifting to the precipice. Inexorable.”
Many Nigerians including senators and governors have in the last 48 hours urged the President, a former military head of state, to seek foreign help to put a stop to the ceaseless bloodshed and kidnappings nationwide.
Buhari finally caved in to pressure on Tuesday when he asked the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, for the support of the Joe Biden administration to tackle the security menace in Nigeria.
Buhari, who warned of a likely spill over of insecurity to neighbouring West African states, also called on the US to consider relocating US Africa Command from Stuttgart, Germany, to Africa, nearer the Theatre of Operation.