We are a nation of
believers and so we trust in GOD and his angels for
protection. We are also a nation, where the rich incessantly
engage in gaieties and social festivities. These stoke the
envy of the underprivileged, who occasionally visit their
abject frustrations on civil society, especially the
underprivileged like themselves. This is the irony.
For the rich, it is only when they dance in the circle of
fear that they remember national security. Demonstrative
measures are then taken against the security chiefs for
their ineffectiveness. This, however, does not stop the
activities of political and social mal-contents in our midst
and they are in the majority, which suggests that the state
may have failed to secure its people.
When I read “We, the people……” in our current Constitution,
I begin to wonder whether these people live in a state, in a
nation, in nation-states, federated states or federated
nations. This is a core jurisprudential issue, resolvable
only at a sovereign national conference.
The sovereign national conference will afford all Nigerians
the opportunity to speak out, voicing their agreements and
discontents in a civilized manner. This meeting is very
crucial as we shall hear from Nigerian citizens and resolve
our differences amicably.
Some citizens believe that it was to avoid this
all-important national conference that the former Chief
Justice, Uwais was commissioned to panel-beat the existing
Constitution, but “wash a pig and comb a pig, a pig is a
. The military handed us a Constitution that has no
theoretical antecedents, does not define the society we are
aspiring to build and does not have a panacea for the
stalemated and arrested development of Nigeria.
National security is affected by acts of vandalism caused by
those, who do not understand that peaceful co-existence is
the only concept that could help Nigeria to thrive.
When one ruminates over the nation-states that could suffer
shipwreck should Nigeria be shaken by a mighty wind, one
shudders to think that those, who have no minerals or a good
support base, would be hard put.So, it is in their interest
to live in peace with other Nigerians and enjoy Lord
I can say with truth and meaning that the incessant massacre
of fellow Nigerians by their compatriots is a monstrosity
wrapped in an enigma.
We often confuse state security with national security.
In states, where the interest of the ruling elite is put
above that of the people, the police, the army and security
formations are expected to defend the government, its
personnel and its property. This why the sirens keep
blaring, each time some ubiquitous governors and
non-performing ministers drive by.
In truly democratic states, where the people’s welfare,
well-being and wholesomeness are the paramount concern of
the state, the government, determinedly weaves a security
network around the people in the various villages, towns and
National security starts with food security because” a
hungry man is an angry man”. The populace needs personal
security from hoodlums, armed robbers, pen-robbers and
Job security is important so that citizens can live
meaningful lives and secure their homes, children, wives,
ageing parents and kiths and kin.
The security of highways and bye-ways will enable mobility
and the free movement of people. Security must insulate
religious bigots, illiterates, haters of their own people,
so that they do not cause trouble. These are all part of the
concept of national security.
At the level of government, a state must manage its
resources well and should frown upon misuse of national
funds. Government must retrieve proven stolen national
wealth and reserves the eternal right to trace national
wealth wherever it can be found. A state that condones
corruption weakens its own authority.
A state must secure the health of its citizens by erecting
adequate medical centers and hospitals. Then, it would have
no reason to rush sick citizens to other nations that have
built suitable medical facilities for their own citizens.
At the academic level, national security is an intricate
network of systems of defence measures, aimed at ensuring
the safety of governments, the state and their nationals.
Through overt and covert measures of military intelligence
operations, under-cover disruptions of the sinister
activities of men and women with misplace consciences, the
security of the people, their state and governments is
The methods used in security operations are varied, for
example, infiltration, intrigue, subterfuge, deception,
rough tactics, wire-tapping, defence intelligence and
Intelligence has political/military/strategic components,
which are associated with statecraft, governance and
security. Every sovereign, independent, state must train,
sustain and nurture men and women to serve in its security
and intelligence outfits.
In Europe and America, these are selected from the best and
the brightest citizens, who are endowed with keen and subtle
intellect. They are the anchor of state security.(See
Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai,”Military Intelligence and
International Law”, Max Planck Institute of Comparative and
International Law, Heidelberg, Germany,2005.)
There is a difference between the cult of intelligence and
the craft of intelligence. It is a craft, when it is based
on scientific methods and genuinely used to defend the
nation. It is a cult, when groups in military intelligence
conspire against the state, for example, by staging a coup
Military intelligence operates both general and specific
intelligence systems. It is mainly about gathering
information on the plans of the enemy, demonstrators,
terrorists and other dangerous people.
Recruitment into defence and military intelligence outfits
needs scrupulous assessment of the recruit’s intellectual
sharpness, smartness and patriotism.
Graduates with the best grades should be deployed not those,
who got ranks by federal character. Recently, there was
failure of military intelligence in Jos. The system of early
detection failed. A corps of strategic, street-corner
operatives would have detected the movement of armed men
into the affected villages.
What system is now in place to protect the nation from bomb
detonators, angry and hungry youths, failed politicians, who
are bitter and are ready to use the unwary young drop-outs
for their political ends?
There are states and some leaders abroad, who only
high-light our failures and they invidiously associate
Nigeria with every vice and not a single virtue.
We must gear up and not allow these prophets of doom to
demoralize us. There are misguided and unpatriotic
Nigerians, who quote, with relish, these nefarious odes
about what America, Britain and the Libyan leader said about
The Libyan leader should be told that rascality should wane
with old age. His undiplomatic, raspy ranting on Nigeria
still rankles. Our diplomatic resentment and response are
appropriate and timely.
We must intensify our diplomatic responses to all unsavory
attacks. If well managed, the new opportunity we now have
will usher us into the age of splendour.
We have recommenced governance and the world should take
note. We must always fight back in measured terms against
semi-literate foreign commentators on Africa, diplomatic
arrogance and against statements that are aimed at
denigrating the African and revile our people.
For example, while Christine Amanpour speaks in reverential
tone, when she interviews Euro-American personalities, she
could not hide her contempt for African leaders like His
Excellency, Dr Robert Mugabe and His Excellency, Paul Kagame.
Her shaggy-dog stories no longer cut the ice. She is now
short of ideas as her stream of consciousness wanes
As the Chief Propagandist of CNN, Christine reports on
factual issues but often mixing her reportage with fictional
imageries. Some CNN reports are “capriceux et crepine.”In
some cases the reports jeopardize the national security of
other states. For example, the reports about the Jos crises
did not have to be repeatedly aired for effect.
CNN’s swarming hive of journalists “have regularly
celebrated their undivided social and political power over
the world “in the last twenty years. Its elite journalistic
grand masters are acquiring greater muscle, which they do
not hesitate to flex, when interviewing leaders from
Showing disabled Africans regularly on television seems to
satisfy the psycho-galvanic reflexes of some people, whose
appetites for the sadistic and the bizarre are insatiable
and ill-defined. Some journalists report, albeit
inelegantly, on ghoulish events in Africa, with enthusiasm.
Euro-American journalists, when reporting on Africa, seem to
invoke for themselves, a special dispensation from
journalistic responsibility, a kind of licence to philander
through the order of truth.
The ultimate felony of reporting has been committed by
Euro-American writers, who have regularly violated all
intellectual etiquette on information dissemination by their
sweeping and unstoppable generalizations which have painted
pictures of Africa’s metaphoric perils in an altogether
This continent is not just a place for dancers and bad
governments. It is on the move, but Euro-American reporters
do not get it. As a result of their poor reporting about the
continent, Euro-American investors do not know what they are
missing. The Chinese have impressed their acumen on African
As Professor of International Law at Shandong University of
Science and Technology, Qingdao, China, (2005-2008) I
organized state-wide lectures on International Economic
Relations, with emphasis on China-Africa trade. Today, the
Chinese national currency has been strengthened ,by the US
dollars they collect from their colossal trade with Africa.
The US is protesting the disparity in exchange rate of the
YUAN. The US owes China billions of dollars. The national
security issue this poses is clear.
Let us hope that the envisaged CNN “Market Place Africa”
programme, will assist Americans to gain an insight into the
opportunities bad reporting has rob them of over the years.
I write about Euro-American reportage on Africa, not because
of any delusion that their journalists will change but
because a few may reflect and change. The concept of “Africa
at Risk” is targeted at the national security of states in
Africa, but in paradoxical fact, “is an acknowledgement that
the transfer of Western civilization to Africa had failed”
It would appear that the whole world is at risk from all
those with Hitlerite disposition, who kill people, who
manufacture weapons of mass destruction and who jeopardize
the national security of nations. They are creatures from
the universe of fallen angels.
Perhaps, there is need to evolve for “Euro-American
journalism, a new journalistic ethnology to curb the lore
and obsession of Euro-American misinformation about Africa,
because their collective mental inversion seems
Under some form of liberalism, Euro-American press often
foments trouble that impinges on the national security of
African states. For example, the BBC report on the Nigeria/Biafra
war was inciting.
In Nigeria, GOD, the FATHER is now leading on and victory is
sure. We shall remain vigilant against all forms of
misinformation and disinformation from the centers of
manipulation and control.
Those of us, who have been to the five continents, will
attest to the fact that those societies in the West have
long become Sodom and Gomorrah, spreading satanic culture
and sexualizing people worldwide.
Our national security was put to severe test during the
return of President Yar’Adua, especially the unauthorized
deployment of troops in Abuja.
The death of King George, the Queen’s father was kept secret
for quite sometime. A newspaper in London wrote,” King’s
hidden death, men dread chronic malady.”
In time and space, Kings and Presidents are corruptible.
Their sins will find them out. JESUS is the Rock, the only
Rock of Ages. ASO rock is shifting sand.
Undoubtedly and admittedly, the Federal Government shall
react appropriately to issues concerning national security,
especially, the movement of arms, troops, serious crimes and
official corruption. It is a new day.
As a scribe of the Era of the Gentiles, Atonement and the
Brotherhood of Man, I will end this essay on an ecumenical
theme. These are the End-times.
There will be a shaking of the World, which will destroy all
man-made systems, satanic scientific establishments,
man-made security systems etc.The only security one can be
sure of now, is the one GOD, the Father provides in these
The most significant evidence of failure of Man-made
security are the twin-tower bombings, the Madrid train
bombings, the Moscow theatre attack, the Bali bombings, the
London bombings in the home of the M15, the Mumbai attack.
As from now, all national security systems not founded on
GOD, the Father, through Jesus Christ will fail
The Second coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ demands that
spiritual wholesomeness, not perversity, wars and
debauchery, home-sexuality, same sex marriages etc. Existing
states and kingdoms will fall.
The human agents of satan have infiltrated the Catholic
Church. A Glorious Church “without spot, wrinkle and without
blemish “will soon be established, which will bring Christ
to the nations. Only Jesus, the Christ can give us the power
to live a new life, not science and technology. Those, who
stand upon the Rock of Christ, will not be moved throughout
this hurrying century.
Professor Dr. Emmanuel
Omoh Esiemokhai is the President of the proposed Afemai
University, Fugar, Nigeria.