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Weapons Are Flooding Into Nigeria As If There Is War — Professor Bolaji Akinyemi Says, Reveals Source Of The Arms

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Weapons Are Flooding Into Nigeria As If There Is War — Professor Bolaji Akinyemi Says, Reveals Source Of The Arms

 

 

Professor Bolaji Akinyemi is a well-known Nigerian who has served as a former diplomat and accomplished scholar.

Responding to questions on the Arise Television Morning Show, the Professor of Political Science and International Relations spoke candidly about the state of the nation, especially in light of the recent invasion of the country’ s correctional center and police headquarters in Owerri, the capital of Imo state.

On the current state of insecurity in Nigeria and the country’s international reputation

Akinyemi: I’m Akinyemi, and I’m Nigeria has always been a lucky country, and that luck continues to work in the sense that the rest of the world is too preoccupied with Myanmar’s problems to notice Nigeria’s misfortunes. In the United States and around the world, COVID-19 is causing problems. So it’s not like the rest of the world isn’t concerned about our problems, as evidenced by the fact that when Biden and Harris were calling African leaders, Nigeria’s foreign minister was also calling ours. As a result, we’ve been demoted to the third division. This is extremely upsetting to those of us who have worked in the field.

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Other Africans are unconcerned because, as Nelson Mandela recently stated in an interview with a Nigerian journalist, until Nigeria gets its act together, the world will not accord black people their rightful status.

So the proper insult to Nigeria was to all blacks, and we must remember that everything we do in this country has an impact on blacks all over the world, because we are the only authentic African country capable of lifting blacks by their bootstraps into, if you will, first-class status. I said the only genuine African country because, while I acknowledge the existence of South Africa and Rwanda, we are Africa’s sole power. We are the only African force capable of bringing Africa from third to first world status, to borrow Lil Kwan Yun’s words.

What are your thoughts on General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s claim that Nigeria has six million weapons and that they have killed 80, 000 people? According to Dr. Ekomo, a security expert, the six million weapons figure is understatement.

Akinyemi: I’m Akinyemi, and I’m My name is Akinyemi and I am from Nigeria Yes, I agree with Dr. Ekomo that that is a bit of an understatement. A task force was established by President Jonathan. I’ m not sure whether it was a task force or just a task committee on this issue, but they classified the report, and it wasn’ t made public because I was a member of the Boko Haram committee. We were able to obtain a copy of the final product, and the material was unsettling. As if Nigeria were a war zone, weapons are pouring in. Perhaps it will be a battleground; perhaps they are foreshadowing events to come.

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The moment Ghaddafi was destabilized, and you might argue that it wasn’ t Ghaddafi alone who was destabilized, but you see, at the time Libya was Ghaddafi and Ghaddafi was Libya, but the moment he was destabilized, the weapons depots were robbed, and those arms simply came down south, where Nigeria, with Boko Haram flexing its muscle, was seen as a legitimate ground for the arms to be used. They conducted a risk assessment of Nigeria’ s problems and concluded that we were not on our way to a wedding, but rather to a tumultuous future in this region. Different organisations that had been supported by wealthy individuals had funds available to them. I want to obtain the arms, which is why you in Nigeria have accepted those arms with reverence.

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And you’ ve seen how beneficial that estimate was to them, not to us, because from the Boko Haram rebels in the North- East, you now have herdsmen, bandits, or whatever you want to call them all over Nigeria, and the weapons are still pouring in.

Now you wonder, what are we going to do about it, and I dare say I’ m not in the business of criticizing government or criticizing anybody. There is nothing we can do about it.

 

 

Weapons Are Flooding Into Nigeria As If There Is War — Professor Bolaji Akinyemi Says, Reveals Source Of The Arms

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