Property and even life are unworthy of our struggles without an assurance of securing them. Security from a lay-man’s point of view can be understood as the state of being free from danger or threat.
When a man acquires a property his first and foremost desire is to secure this property from loss or damage. Security is as vital to human as life itself and the obligation to secure in one way or the other is the responsibility of everybody. Now taking a look at the state which is a territory or nation considered as an organized political community under one government, example; our nation Nigeria. Bringing security into the picture gives us the need to widen our scope on the subject of security into national security.
The requirement to maintain the survival of the state through the use of economic powers, diplomacy, power projection and political power is what can be referred to as the meaning of national security. National security in our nation Nigeria cannot be tagged satisfactory meanwhile the resources capable of upgrading this sector are available.
Faced with this important challenge of providing adequate security for lives and properties, corrupt practices have made the accomplishment of this task seem impossible to achieve. Being the number one problem she is faced with, our country, economy and general state has been one we cannot write home about. Even when the will for a change is shown by the apex government, those who Mann government parastatals and even some devilish citizens thwart these efforts by politicizing our peace and harmony. No one can be trusted anymore as even some of the suffering masses have turned into terrorist who go about killing and destroying the same suffering masses, all this owe their origin to the corrupt practices of those who have siphoned a whole lot of money from the public offices and yet they wish to monopolize power and the dividends of democracy. Sometimes, we regret ever praying for freedom, why wont we? When those who we call our brothers have traded our security and well-being for wealth and power. Having succeeded in frustrating the people with their favoritism, tribalism, unlawful killings and incarcerations, our fundamental rights have been taken away and the dividends of democracy still in view.
Actually the concept of security have been misunderstood and interchanged with hatred and unlawful destruction as even our security personnel don’t see us as their clients anymore hence their responsibility to protect and serve the people is only for the rich while the poor is automatically the criminal. Hence, the sight love gets blurry.
Like the feminist (Eve Ensler) once wrote, “it gets easier to lock people up, humiliate them, occupy them, invade and kill them because they are merely obstacles to your security” but what have we all been doing in the past to safe them from the claws of starvation and poverty, many we can say we have tried our best but the message for us is that our best was not enough.
Now for you leaders, can you make that u-turn and move towards love and sincerity in your practices? Officers can you also move towards truth and justice, with love? Fellow Nigerians, can we love and care for one another?
If we all say yes, then our security can be strong, even without rifles.
Long live Nigeria.