Opinion: #EKITI_ELECTION: Deployment Of 30,000 Police Personnel: A Misplaced Priority.
In a country where thoughtless killings of innocent citizens, loss of loved ones and properties, loss of means of lively hood and loss of place for respite is becoming the order of the day and yet the government at their best could do close to nothing to avert these evil occurrence but deemed it necessary to deploy mass Armed Forces for an election.
If the government could be placing more value on attaining a political office ahead of safeguarding lives of their citizens, I ponder who they intend to rule when they get there. Probably to rule the blood of those citizens.
I couldn't envisage a country battered by incessant killings of her citizens and close to nothing was done to quell the atrocities or bring the culprits and perpetrators to book, but the same government adjudged it necessary to deploy 30000 police personnel for the sake of an election. Winning an election at all is seemingly pivotal to the government than protection of lives and properties of the electorate.
If half the number of those police personnel and other arm forces deployed to Ekiti for the sake of an election are deployed to those Places in the Middle Belt inflicted by marauding herdsmen, the story from that end would be different from what is obtainable now.
All these are not unconnected from the fact that the government of the day does not take the lives and properties of her citizens as something fundamental to them. They would rather invest big towards winning an election at all cost in place of securing and upholding their constitutional duties and responsibilities towards the citizens.
The deployment of 30,000 police personnel for the sake of an election is not a crime but doing it at the expense of protecting those citizens consistently plagued by thoughtless killings by marauding herdsmen is criminal itself.
Oladeji Olaniyan is a student journalist of obafemi awolowo university. He can be best contacted through firstname.lastname@example.org