A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport. As she would need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a book to spend her time and also bought a packet of cookies, then sat down in an armchair, in the VIP room of the airport, to rest and read in peace.
Beside the armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading. When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also. She felt irritated but said nothing. She just thought “What a nerve! If I was in the mood I would punch him for daring!” For each cookie she took, the man took one too.
This was infuriating her but she didn’t want to cause a scene. When only one cookie remained, she thought: “Ah… what would this abusive man do now?” Then, the man, taking the last cookie, divided it into half, giving her one half. What! That was too much! She was much too angry now!
In a huff, she insulted the man, took her book, her things and stormed to the boarding place. When she sat down in her seat, inside the plane, she looked into her bag to take her eyeglasses, and, to her surprise, her packet of cookies was there, untouched, unopened! She felt so ashamed! She realized that she was wrong. She had forgotten that her cookies were in her bag.
The man had shared his cookies with her, without feeling angered or bitter, while she had been very angry, thinking that she was sharing her cookies with him. And now there was no chance to explain herself… nor to apologize.
In life, there are 4 things that you cannot recover…
1. The cake… after it’s eaten!
2. The word… after it’s been said!
3. The occasion… after the loss!
4. The time… after it’s gone!
Let’s all be careful and watch our ATTITUDE ALWAYS.
Beyond the screaming headlines and breaking news in Nigeria recently, following the invasion of the National Senate by operatives of the Secret Service; what is the context and historical background of the recent sack of Head of the Agency responsible, Lawan Daura? Is he a victim or villain of the political shenanigans ahead of 2019 elections?
Security is the first line responsibility of any government. Whoever manages that sector therefore matters beyond our common-place partisan differences. But first an overview.
Aftermath of the attempted Dimka coup of 1976 the then IGP M.D. Yusuf tendered his resignation because he felt personally responsible for the intelligence failure as the nation’s most senior spook. General Obasanjo refused, on the grounds that the nation needed security solutions and not another sacrificial lamb. That was how NSO was birthed. A similar occurrence happened in the US when GW Bush inherited the Clinton era CIA Chief George Tenet, who after 911 tendered his resignation but it was turned down. That was how DHS was also birthed.
The first head of NSO was Aliyu Shinkafi, whom Shehu Shagari inherited from Obasanjo in 1979. Shinkafi was also Shagari’s student in Barewa College. Unfortunately under his watch General Muhammadu Buhari became military Head of State. That culminated into an endless bickering with Umaru Dikko, as recounted by Shagari in his memoirs entitled ‘Beckoned to Call’. Buhari in turn appointed Lawal Rafindadi, a career diplomat as his NSO chief. Another choice that backfired when Ibrahim Babangida, under the radar, outwitted Nigeria’s then security architecture.
By Buhari’s second return to power, he therefore in 2015 appointed a thorough-bred professional; Daura, who was previously sacked by Jonathan to pave way for Ekpeyong, also from the South South like the then president. If so what the dickens happened?
My personal take is that Daura’s case is like that of Ayodele Oke, the immediate past NIA chief. Personal failings rather than incompetence. Then there is ethnicity and religion. Perhaps only Babangida and Obasanjo really understand that security issues transcend primordial sentiments. Bernard Odogwu was head of Biafran intelligence during the civil war but helped Babangida reorganizing NSO into SSS and DIA which he appointed Col. Togun from Ogun and Horsefall from the former Rivers State to head, respectively. Though Obasanjo would again appoint Togun as his DSS Chief, he never had an NSA from the South or even Christian.
No doubt despite the lopsidedness of Buhari’s security appointments they are the right stuff. For instance his NSA was TRADOC and Guards commander and has a Phd from the UK. It is the defence minister that probably has issues because all the service chiefs and CDS reporting to him are his professional superiors. I really feel that is rather awkward in a sector that is obsessed with seniority. Perhaps when Buhari writes his memoirs we might know why he did that. Anyway Shagari’s NSA was Dr. Bukar Shuaib, a Vet and his Defence minister, a former VC for goodness sake! No wonder he was so easily overthrown.
Ironically the first Nigerian Army officer to be trained in military intelligence was Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu. So my fellow Nigerians let us look beyond meandering into conspiracy theories, partisanship, wild speculation and suppositions. Let us stay focused on the fundamental issues. Simply Nigeria first and only.