THUGS IN UNIFORM
“I love my country; it’s the government I can’t stand”
A national daily last week carried the story of a Nigerian based in China who decided(to take the wrong decision) to pay a visit to his country Nigeria and he discovered first hand all the stuff he had been reading and hearing about his country Nigeria.
Civilians in Nigeria do not have right of way especially when military men are on the prowl (road) hunting for civilians. Our brother from China had the ill luck to be stuck in traffic with some naval ratings when they were in a hurry to get to their barracks (probably for a drink). In countries with a sane government military men would have cleared the traffic but in this case they decided to batter all the vehicles around and manhandled those close by including our China (JJC-Johnny just come or do we say Johnny just from china) brother whose vehicle was badly damaged by the irate naval men who were clearing civilians off the road to make way for their vehicle. This is happening when the incident of a senior naval officer and his men who were caught brutalizing a young lady for having the audacity to remain on the road instead of driving her car into the gutter to make way for their own car is still fresh in our memory.
Frankly I do not believe we have a government in Nigeria. If we had a government military men would not be running amok molesting civilians whose tax pay for their training and upkeep. They drive around in tinted cars and blowing sirens as if there is an emergency. They look upon civilians with disdain as if they are superior. Their behaviour is a sharp contrast to military officials from other nations who are regarded as “an officer and a gentleman.” What we have here is “an officer and a thug’. Senior officers who ought to berate their men for their unruly behaviour encourage them and this gives them the impetus to go ahead to commit more atrocities. People no longer raise eyebrows over the animalistic behaviour of our military men. Last week a speaker in one of the state house of assembly got battered by some army men even though they knew his identity. The growing incidence of brutality by men of the armed forces on civilians if not promptly checked will have adverse consequences on us. A friend told me the other day that at the rate they are going they will soon beat up one of the state Governors then go ahead to plan a coup after giving President Yardua a dose of military brutality.
Ill trained armed rebels in Chad are making highly(?) trained Nigeria military men run for cover, armed teenagers in the Niger Delta are making our “brave” military men tremble with fear and their courageous nature comes to fore only when they are brutalizing unarmed civilians! There must be a law that any military official who attacks an unarmed civilian should be dismissed from the armed forces with his immediate commander who failed to control his men. If we do not take action now, then we are giving them the impression that they are above the law. Infarct may of them believe that they are already above the law. Just last month a military man driving a military bus was stopped by members of the Federal Road Safety Commission for jumping traffic and driving in a dangerous manner. When asked why he jumped traffic he replied on national television that he was a military man and was not bound to obey traffic rules and regulations!
Do we actually have a government in this country? Is it not the responsibility of government to protect is citizens from brutality? Is this part of rebranding we are talking about? The number three citizen of Nigeria (a retired military man) is busy marking his birthday while law abiding citizens are molested by military men for plying their cars on roads built by taxpayers! Can we expect the senate to defend poor unarmed civilians when their boss who from past utterances has little regard for the poor? He once said that the poor have no business owning phones or enjoying air transportation! Yes, Nigerians love their country; it’s the government they hate. A government that fails to protect the rights of its citizens both here in Nigeria and in the diaspora.
Imohimi Uduigwome Airenevboise
Re: Thugs In Uniform
PAPIG posted on 04-13-2009, 12:03:16 PM
THE NIGERIAN MILITARY IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR PLIGHT
When a part of the human anatomy becomes gangrenous, the only viable option left to keep that same human alive is to amputate the gangrenous part.
The Nigerian Military is not only gangrenous, it is spreading toxic metabolites into our collective polity. We the people MUST CALL ON THE SURGEON TO EXCISE the aforementioned part for our own survival. The Nigerian Military no longer serves any useful purpose in the current and foreseable climate.
Re: Thugs In Uniform
TEchi posted on 04-13-2009, 12:31:21 PM
I was appalled when I read about the incident of the compatriot that had his vehicle windshield smashed by military rating. I thought after the incident with Ngozi late last year the Nigerian military heads would now have enough sense to behave and also talk to their men.
How very unfortunate that this is happening all over again. Nigerians should be out on the street to show their displeasure at the unruly behavior of men who are supposed to protect the country and the citizens.
Re: Thugs In Uniform
Gbolly posted on 04-13-2009, 20:25:53 PM
You are so right. I have the feeling that most Nigerians like to suffer cos why can't they stay a non-violence protest? At least to be heard by the general public.
Re: Thugs In Uniform
Nijalaw posted on 04-14-2009, 09:06:56 AM
A couple of hours ago today I witnessed three FRSC personnel attacking a driver. I was driving on the PH/Aba expressway & was approaching the garrison junction when on the opposite lane I saw an FRSC vehicle with siren stop in the middle of the road, a black BMW passed them & the driver of the BMW stopped about 5 meters from them & I saw he had turned back in his seat & was looking & talking apparently to them. All of a sudden 3 of the FRSC officials jumped out including a lady & began to kick & pound the vehicle with their hands & feet like deranged & rabid animals. One of them managed to open the drivers side of the BMW & landed a slap to the drivers face & in fear the guy sped off for some few meters. While he was arguing at a safe distance the deranged officials were raining curses plus threatening fire & brimstone. The chap sped off again & they gave chase in their vehicle, by then my lane had started moving & I could no longer follow the drama.
I had read this earlier on SR & was shocked to witness this ugly incident. I had no idea what the issue was but the FRSC officials obviously had shirked their duties of keeping our roads safe to brutalizing road users and aptly donned the toga of this article.