Saturday, 3 September 2011
President Jonathan's Israeli Security is a Threat to Nigeria! By Emeka Aneke
Nonetheless, I am aware that Jonathan won't be the first to garrison himself with foreign bodyguards - President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea has long been doing that - which clearly indicates lack of trust and confidence in your own citizens. The big question is how safe are the nation's secrets in the hands of these people especially, Israelis with their siege mentality. Israeli do not believe they have a friend in the world and that everyone including their greatest allies USA, could be potential enemies one day.
If you look back at history, the Operation Thunderbolt by Israel in 1976 at Uganda's Entebbe Airport was successful largely because they had sensitive security information about Uganda and more importantly, the Airport master plan.
I wonder how Jonathan will be able to withhold sensitive national secrets and expect to get an all round-the-clock maximum protection from the Israelis. However one looks at it, something will have to give...at the end of the day. Security is not just about gun-toting, beret-wearing, fierce-look personnel surrounding someone; when it comes to a head of state, it's much more than that.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua Peoples Congress.