Published May 2nd, 2012
The first principled truth is
that at this time in Nigeria life is frustrating and painful considering the
current level of insecurity in the nation.
There is one Nigerian, apart from the
nationís President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who really knows
the depth and density of insecurity in the country, he is
the Presidentís current national security adviser and his
name is Owoye Andrew Azazi, a retired general and a former
chief of defense staff.
In truth and in pain, and from the point of
speculative or theoretic psychology, Azazi was waiting for
that very Friday and that week end to reveal his repressed
anger, feelings of shame and guilt about a dwindling nation,
and find a way to turn all of his frustrations not against
himself, at least not this time but towards the nation as a
whole especially those in political leadership, the
Azaziís deep-seated rage it appears was more
of a moral issue, as he could no longer guarantee an
improvement on security issues, and in his capacity as the
security ear of the President and as a well-tested soldier
any restrictions placed on the secrecy and security aspect
of his job was in disappearance, as disclosing his inner
emotional pains was all that matters to him.
Even if his full-blown anger stood out as
endangering national security it matters not on that
faithful day as the top political parties have already done
the damage with total impunity and indifference.
Azazi knew fully well that his burning
frustration since finding himself in the midst of do or die
politicians would draw attention away from the pretense,
silliness and denial which appear to be continuously
shaping the nationís polity.
He knew that to bring to discourse honest
dialogue about our present times and how we got to this
level of national confusion and undemocratic ways of
existence it was worth the effort and time to open his
Azaziís show of public resentment which he
displayed to the who-is-who in political leadership came out
as a form of political anger even though he is not a
politician, and he made sure to blame his listening
political audience as responsible for the sweeping societal
insecurity. Which to him is a factor of their self-made
rules like the system of zoning which he sees as
antithetical to the Nigerian constitution.
Azazi as a man of humanity and art by virtue
of his education and as a man styled with an apparent
personality of systematically reaching and executing
decisions, some persons in our society have taking his
meticulous appearance and painstaking conduct to be that of
indifference. Now they see how wrong they are.
That very Friday, during the second version
of the South-South economic summit in Asaba, he knew that
one side of the Nigerian political divide known as People's
Democratic Party (PDP) would be fully represented and as a
calculating soldier with well-planned and prepared notes,
may be for days or weeks or even months, vented out his
inner frustrations line by line, irrespective of whether
the PDP power-that-be identified with his
emotionsóunconsciously or consciously. He may have even
wished the President to be there to see a fellow kinsman
telling it all!
In fact Azazi, would have done the same exact
thing in the north-east of the country full of core members
of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) but with a
different type of notes and preparedness.
Azazi by his nature and training in national
and international principles of peacefulness, he sees the
need for all humans irrespective of oneís place in the
society, to follow the legal document called the
As a long standing military student of
national intelligence, national development, citizen
involvement, strategic intensions, tactical coordination and
international leadership he seems to approach governance and
leadership through the apparatus of the Constitution
imperfect as it may be.
For Azazi, anything short of true practice of
the constitution or the rule of law could represent various
lines and cycles of disorderliness, rebellion,
double-dealing, intemperance, inequity, politicking,
disunity and discomfort.
Azazi appears to be telling the political
class across the nation unless they stop making their
personalized rules or doctrines and take the pain to show
greater respect for the rule of law in matters of elections,
power sharing, and economy, the rising insecurity and
civilian extremism may not submerge fully even with the best
Azazi, by removing the wall of anger between
him and his masteróthe PDP , he had in fact placed the
political leaders in a sudden position from where they can
see in full view the anger, worry, resentment, frustration,
disappointment and other negative emotional states being
felt in the north and in the south of the nation.
Azazi is making it clear to the political
leadership that to continue to justify the principle of
unconstitutional practice, leaves room for more undemocratic
responses to their existence and that could include acts of
insurgency and chaos in the society.
In using some of his embedded emotions and
pains to repudiate the political leaders, beginning with the
southern ones, he appears to be disclosing to the country
very serious and powerful consequences in the upcoming
rounds of political fight for the presidency and other
Azazi as a man who is skilled in peaceful
resolutions, national integration, meritorious leadership,
and American diplomacy any attempt to ignore his true
revelations, and even punish him will be a cause for him to
further validate his deep feelings of anger, sadness, and
frustration and in the process free himself from an
interfering undemocratic politics which he sees as currently
at play in lives of the people.
Consequently, whatever follows this
undemocratic divide in leadership with its symptoms of
burning distrust and greater danger occurring, Azazi who is
currently in the midst of all this divide, appears to be
creating healthy ways for his own personal freedom.
Azazi, as he fights inwardly and to some
extent outwardly, in an attempt to rescue the nation and
even if he is made to apologize for his honored words but
under the cover of slip of tongue where the underlying truth
really lies, he appears to have another painful concern for
his kinsman , Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who at this time and in
the wake of all these happenings is heading a polarized
society, and caught between the southern and northern
political divide, as such may not be able to escape soon
from the partisan burden of a worried nation like
Emotionally, he appears to be telling the
President here is a quit notice, my anger is a call your
resignation from the presidential leadership at this time!
If Azaziís emotional exposť was to provoke
more national crisis as in Jonathanís resignation, sorry the
President is still standing and the President should not
The President must be wandering how could
someone he trust dearly pour out his broken heart
publicly, and resolve to pour out his wrath on him and the
political leadership, a question that Azazi could fully
answer personally in response to a psychological therapy
session, that is if he deems it as helpful.
Nevertheless, Azazi in his spirit and mind
appears to see the path of progress and unity through the
eyes of the constitution but whether this fantasy will turn
to a reality is what is probably burning within Gen. Andrew
Owoye Azazi at this unpredictable time. On that unique day
in Asaba, he must have hollered free at last, free at last!
John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D., is an
Abuja-based Forensic/Clinical Psychologist and the
Secretary-General of the Nigeria Psychological Association (NPA),