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America Won’t Help Nigeria – Balarabe Musa

Posted: Jul 26, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Alhaji Balarabe Musa was governor of old Kaduna State. In this interview with AUGUSTINE ADAH, he describes the recent US trip by President Muhammadu Buhari as a jamboree that would not achieve any positive result. Excerpts…



Do you think the recent US trip by President Muhammadu Buhari would bring positive results to the country?

It is not going to help the country at all, because the visit was anchored on three areas of trade, Boko Haram insurgency, and recovery of looted funds for which Nigeria has made spurious efforts in the past to get their assistance without result. For quite some years now, Nigeria has been seeking the support of G-7 nations on trade investment but we have not received any positive response. I believe there is no justification in a government that is less than two months in office rushing out to foreign countries for assistance because the country you are going to seek assistance from would want to see what you have done before coming to them for help. Again, there is no indication that the new government has settled down yet because it travelled without any minister, secretary to the government, and even chief of staff.  These people are the engine room of government machinery and there is no way the present government can convince America that it has settled down for business of governance without properly constituting the cabinet. I expected Mr. President to have waited for some time and allow the government to take a proper shape before rushing out to solicit for assistance. I continue to say that Boko Haram is not a conventional war; therefore, we must find our own peculiar solution to the problem instead of relying on conventional method of combating it as offered by world bodies.   Let us see how we can solve our problems internally instead of going to seek help from advance countries. Nigeria has a population of about 170 million people whose problems America does not have solution to. Some people believe that with the $5m so far released by America for the fight against insurgency, it is an evidence that the country is prepared to help Nigeria out of the present challenge, but I asked what happened to Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and other Middle-East countries where America has spent billions of dollar fighting terrorism, what result do we get from such countries? We have so many insurgents in the country, apart from Boko Haram, which the President must not fail to negotiate with.  The presence of these groups like Niger Delta youths and MASSOB risk the slide of the country further into terrorism if it fails to do something on time even though Boko Haram is eventually subdued.  Let us work more in solving our problems internally instead of relying on super powers that have not been able to successfully help any country of the world in a similar condition that we find ourselves at the moment. Whatever promise of assistance made by America or Any other country is not going to come as expected and we cannot rely on them.