By on May 7, 2014

Finally, I have to congratulate President Jonathan Goodluck for doing something we have been advising him to do for over 3 years now, which is basically to admit that our armed forces and policemen are simply not equipped, and not trained enough, to successfully deal with the Boko Haram menace. I have been on record several times in the last 3 years as advising the president to invite other advanced countries with more resources, and experience in dealing with terrorism, to come in and help us.

At the time some people criticized my recommendation as unpatriotic and impractical since, as they claimed, the Boko Haram is a national problem and inviting foreigners to help is an admission of weakness, and an invitation for modern day colonization. I have continued to maintain this point, even as I recognize the national sovereignty implications.

hardtalknaija - JONATHAN AND OBAMA3Finally this morning, the President of Nigeria, Jonathan Goodluck finally did what is necessary to bring down the Boko Haram siege on Nigeria, and invited the Americans to come down and help us deal with this mess. The news filtered in this morning on CNN that the American President has finally pledged, based on request from our president, to send military specialists and marines to Nigeria,  and give us a hand in finally dealing with this national menace that has confounded the country for more than 4 years now.

I say BRAVO! to our president on this decision. While I am still firmly of the opinion that Jonathan is NOT the right man for our country come 2015, and those who really do not know me may keep accusing me of being an acolyte of the opposition for my views on this Jonathan Goodluck, on this point I want to appreciate the President and tell him ‘well done’.

It is certainly not easy to make this decision to invite a foreign government into our country on security matters but it is definitely the right thing to do. Opposition be damned on this point if they do not agree. This is a ballsy move by a President under siege with his manhood questioned repeatedly on several issues by Nigerians and commentators like myself. Who knows? Maybe if our President can continue to make the tough choices like this, and improve conditions in our nation drastically over the next few months in other areas like power; Roads; Employment etc, I may still turn out to be one of his promoters. While I don’t think that would happen, I am still an optimist at heart.

Yes, contrary to what some people who really do know me, and what I stand for may think, I really do want President Jonathan tohardtalknaija - JONATHAN AND OBAMA2 succeed, but his antecedents and results so far make it impossible for me to think he deserves another 4 years as President unless he can pull the rabbit out of the bag in key areas over the next 9 months. That is why I will keep calling him out in areas where he is wanting and keep shouting that he does not deserve another term, unless he can show us in dying minutes that he is a ‘born-again’ in terms of his approach to governing this country. Nothing is impossible.

Back to the invitation to USA to send us help on Boko Haram, I think it is a great decision on many levels.

One of the things I particularly like about this move is that we will soon know whether it is our own politicians, or opposition parties, or foreign countries who are sponsoring these terrorists on our soil. The Americans who are coming do not know anybody, and where Islamic terrorism is concerned, Americans do not play games. Their intelligence officers will not only get to the bottom of it, but also ensure that the wicked Boko Haram activists are decimated.

Also, since we all know that America is a very organized place where investigators are accountable to their President and Congress, their reports on the Boko haram sect will eventually be submitted somewhere, and all of us will have the benefit of reading it. At that point we will know if it is APC; or CPC; or PDP; or whoever that have been sponsoring these terrorists within us or not. I simply cannot wait for the mystery of how, supposedly illiterate terrorists managed to develop bombs; explode them at will and evade capture for years, to be resolved. I am 100% certain there is a story here that will stun the nation when we finally get to the bottom of this thing with the involvement of Americans.

I have been on record for criticizing the president’s handling of the Boko Haram insurgency and I also want to be on record for applauding him for taking a decision that is very difficult for any sovereign country to take. Yes, every country should want to maintain its independence and handle its internal matters by itself, but a time comes when a smart government should acknowledge its limitations. There is no shame in asking for help when you have a problem bigger than your ability and resources at your disposal to handle.

Of course I know many people in opposition will criticize the President for ‘selling’ out our country to America but I for one will not be part of that on this matter. This Boko Haram menace has gone on for too long. It is time we call on countries with more experience; more resources and more motivation to stamp them out once and for all. If it requires giving them access to our military for a season, I am definitely all for it. Only those who are alive can enjoy their sovereignty. I am also sure the parents of the kidnapped girls could care less that brought their children home if possible. All we all want at this stage is to get rid of the enemy that has held us under siege for years.

So on this point, HardTalk will be one of the first to congratulate the president and say, ‘well done’ for inviting the Americans to step into this matter and help us out. As for those who may want to politicize this, I say get a life.

This may be HardTalk, but it is true talk nevertheless


About Dr. Ope Banwo

Dr. Ope Banwo is an Attorney; Pastor; Business Consultant; Author; Motivational Speaker, and Corporate Solutions Provider. He holds several degrees in Law including a Bachelors, Masters and a Ph.D. He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar (1986), New York Bar (1997) and Federal Court of Nebraska (1997) in the United States. Ope Banwo has written several published books on different topics over the years including bestsellers in Christianity; Lifestyle; and Business such as The Kingdompreneur, Overcoming The Gideon Complex, The Kingdom Citizen, The Return of The Prodigal; The Blessings of Adversity; African Internet Business Manifesto; Confessions Of A Guru-Wannabe; Social Media Marketing Genesis; Offline-Online Business Manifesto, Digital Marketing Without Tears For Company Executives etc. Deeply committed to public service and service to humanity, Dr Ope Banwo has also initiated several public initiatives including the Ghetto Dreamz Foundation to empower economically-disadvantaged Youths; The Omega Wealth Club to teach youths legitimate ways to employ themselves online; The Kingdompreneur Academy to impact Christians in Business and the Nigerian Market Ombudsman to ensure transparency, accountability and fairness in the market place.

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    October 19, 2014 at 9:50 am

    well done Mr president I hope its what we have been asking for while but its seems to you now that they want to scatter your government… allow america to fish them out mala …aboki family

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