I have often come across the statements that things get worse before they get better, but I think it is a matter of irresponsibility if we allow such phenomenon to happen when it can be prevented. Things do not always have to become so terrible before we can do something to improve the situation. That one is not good at all. These became my thoughts in the wake of the news about the Nigerian military gaining grounds in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.
As at today about 600 girls and women have been rescued or liberated from the hands of these terribly murderous human beings. Territories are being reclaimed and strongholds are being secured every new day. In fact the president is credited to have said that he intends to hand over an insurgency-free Nigeria to his successor, I assume this means that he will stamp out every trace of militant belligerency in these northern parts and return the captured locations under the full sovereignty of the country.
As much as this is a laudable undertaking and achievement, it remains baffling to me how come he was not able to make such tremendous amount of progress before so much damage is caused. The level of success he achieved seems to far outstrip the years he was fighting them. Now there have been so much lives lost and properties destroyed, homes devastated, futures of people undermined. Why does it have to get this bad before it could start getting better?
All the factors and circumstances that ensured the national victories and progress, could they not have been invoked before now? Could external assistance not have been sought? Could munitions nit have been obtained? Why do things have to become almost completely irredeemable? Could we not have nicked it in the bud before now? These are my questions.
They also apply to the last-minute changes he has been making the public sector, the forensic report on missing NNPC money and the reshuffling of the seats of some public servants. Alas, our good president suddenly seemed to be in more control than he has been all these years!
Perhaps If he he has been this on hand, the Nigerian citizenry may not have felt the need to vote in his successor. Things do not always have to get worse before they get better.